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Old 01-24-2013, 04:20 AM
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Actually you'll find a lot of Gen II Vipers with miles on them. But yes, it was kind of in the supercar class. Wish I never sold it.

I am in the construction business. My toys follow my income! Lol. Anyway, I buy what I can afford at the time. Plus I like to try different cars. I've had quite a selection and they have all been great in different ways. I have two small kids...The back seat on this one will make it more usable.

I'm sure next year I'll have something else. But looking forward to the rotary experience!!
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:52 AM
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well i wouldn't expect to make money on one of these cars unless you find a sucker with too much money and doesn't know what KBB is. they will drop considerably in price once the powertrain and core engine warranties fall off.

paid $3.3k for my '04 LY, which was simply flooded.

the main reason i was looking for an 8 was the 4 seats so we could fit more than 2 people into it, on the flipside my TII gets a bit better gas mileage(rotary still, 24mpg highway) and has nearly twice the power with a little less response. after driving it i was still on the fence with the horrible fuel mileage but the car runs and feels great, worth the discrepency in mileage versus the BMW which gets about 30mpg highway compared to 17mpg highway with the 8. but we're planning on giving the BMW to the kid once he gets his license next year so we will still have a decent mileage car for long trips.

we bought the BMW because i couldn't find a decently priced 8 at the time, i have a hard time wanting to pay even blue book for a problematic car. the late models are more worth it to me but i despise the depreciation factor of many cars so i generally look for cars that need minor repairs.

if there was an 8 to make money off it, this was one of the very few. i still keep finding mods done to it because the PO knew literally nothing about it(bought it with the intent of fixing it or selling it non running, wound up selling because it wasn't just flooded it was severely flooded).

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:24 PM
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All my "toy" cars sit 80-90% of the time and see 2000-2500 miles a year if they're lucky. It's all good. Keep the fluids fresh, and the battery charged up.......run 'em hard when you do drive them and you're all set.

I will gladly pay a few bucks more for low mileage, one owner, well documented cars, above average cars. One thing I have learned is that my definition of the words, "mint", "showroom", etc. are different than most people selling used cars.

Unless you're buying stuff you see on Barrett-Jackson or Mecum; cars are a terribly bad depreciating asset. Buy new and it's even worse. You buy what you like at the time, what you enjoy driving, looking at, tinkering with, etc. When/if you get bored then change it up. If you make a few buck on the sale, then consider youself lucky but certainly don't expect it.
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buy a Miata brah. Don't do it! Ill sell you my blue GT with 72k miles and 15 k engine miles for 8 grand if you want it. Has a dealer bumper to bumper for 36k with only a hundred dollar deductible. Killer deal!
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Actually you'll find a lot of Gen II Vipers with miles on them. But yes, it was kind of in the supercar class. Wish I never sold it.

I am in the construction business. My toys follow my income! Lol. Anyway, I buy what I can afford at the time. Plus I like to try different cars. I've had quite a selection and they have all been great in different ways. I have two small kids...The back seat on this one will make it more usable.

I'm sure next year I'll have something else. But looking forward to the rotary experience!!
So if we see you driving a Lambo that means the business picked up; but if we see you driving an RX-8 that means you haven't built a house in a while

Seriously, the RX-8 will be a fun 'toy.' Mine is a secondary vehicle/toy, so I only use for fun. And it's the perfect sports car for me. It has the right amount of power - for me - and I love the fact that the rear seats are functional in case I need to bring somebody onboard.

I can can assure you the ride on the street and/or around the mountains will be more pleasurable in the RX-8 than in your former viper. I've driven a handful of Vipers (two of them at the track), and even though I respect their hp and torque, I wasn't too impressed by their overall handling. Also, for some reason I could never understand the positioning of the shifter. It's so far high! But I did love their power and overall looks. It's a very nice body design. The Viper is the only production American sports car I really like and respect.

Some reviewers have stated the RX-8 has the handling of an exotic car, minus the price tag.

I believe that assumption is fairly accurate.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:02 AM
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I am REALLY enjoying the car...1350 miles home...Got to spend some good time with it!

I am REALLY impressed with the handling, seating position, etc. I have to say it has exceeded my expectations...Especially for less than $12K. Seems like a lot of car for the money. So far one of my favorites.

The car is near perfect inside...Looks like it is 3 mos. old. Exterior is in excellent condition as well. IF I want to be really picky, I will go to a dent wizard and have the couple of dings removed. It really is in GREAT shape.

It runs like NEW. Nothing funny, idles great, etc. Gas milage was about 18-19 doing about 80+ all the way home. Nothing great, but on par with what I have read. It used a bit more than 1/2 quart of oil in the first thousand miles...Again I think on par with what I read.

So no issues thus far...Going to do an oil change and replace the front rotors / pad. That's about it!!

As far as the car choice...Work is going really well right now...Thankfully I am in commercial construction...So not a dead industry. But I just built a pool for the family (there went my thoughts of the GTR!) and I wanted to spend wisely. But I have no regrets...I LOVE this car so far.

Thanks to all for the advice, constructive criticism, etc. It has been helpful!
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:12 PM
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Hi there, at the risk of being ridiculed, I thought I would tell you I bought a pristine 1 owner 04 lightning yellow GT with 18.5 K miles for $14K & I absolutely LOVE it! Asking price was $17900. However, it shortly thereafter displayed CEL & started misfiring. Added expense of pricey tuneup parts & BHR midpipe took a little luster off it. Many of the posts here have helped me out immensely, & I'm hoping once I get the pipe on, I can rekindle the spark(pun intended). I would hate to think of it as lemon yellow & come to regret it. I haven't had a car that I like so much since my 1st, '69 Javelin, also yellow. Good Luck!
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