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    When I was in high school, my dad picked up a Dodge Colt. Maybe it was a 1980 or so. It was a 4 speed. Lizzard taught me to drive a stick in it. I had a blast driving it until I wiped out on wet leaves and smacked it into a schoolmate's '71 Malibu. We transplanted the engine into another Colt roller that my dad had on the side of the house so it wasn't a complete loss.
    The car had no balls but was fun as hell to drive. It was cheap to maintain. I have had a hankering to drive a stick again. What would be cheap to buy and maintain but still fun to drive? Speed would be nice but is a lower priority than cheapness?

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    what are you looking for daily driver or weekend fun

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      #3
      Originally posted by Fandj View Post
      what are you looking for daily driver or weekend fun
      I'd say weekend fun. But if it gets good gas mileage, I would certainly drive it to work weather permitting.

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        #4
        I have a 1989 Geo Tracker soft top. It’s a 5 speed I love driving it. They are cheap too. I got mine with origional paint for $1200. Put a new top on it for $180 and painted the wheels and looked great
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          #5
          I don't know of many cars that can even be gotten with a stick anymore, especially cheap ones. Maybe a Civic Si or Type R. NOT cheap. Maybe some other "sporty" cars from other manufacturers.
          No one ever wished they didn't have a gun.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Gopedxr7 View Post
            I have a 1989 Geo Tracker soft top. It’s a 5 speed I love driving it. They are cheap too. I got mine with origional paint for $1200. Put a new top on it for $180 and painted the wheels and looked great
            Wasn't that the same car as the Suzuki Samurai? Weren't they noted for flipping over?

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              #7
              Originally posted by BLAMMO!! View Post
              I don't know of many cars that can even be gotten with a stick anymore, especially cheap ones. Maybe a Civic Si or Type R. NOT cheap. Maybe some other "sporty" cars from other manufacturers.
              There are a few that are still made with a stick. But I am looking in the used category anyway.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Genghis Khan View Post

                Wasn't that the same car as the Suzuki Samurai? Weren't they noted for flipping over?
                Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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                  #9
                  Driving a stick is getting to be a lost art... Save the manuals!!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by 2wheelbliss View Post
                    Driving a stick is getting to be a lost art... Save the manuals!!
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                    Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Genghis Khan View Post

                      Wasn't that the same car as the Suzuki Samurai? Weren't they noted for flipping over?
                      This was slightly bigger than the samurai and had coil springs and front independent suspension. Samurai had front and rear solid axels and leaf springs. This was not the one known for flipping. Hahaha

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Genghis Khan View Post
                        When I was in high school, my dad picked up a Dodge Colt. Maybe it was a 1980 or so. It was a 4 speed. Lizzard taught me to drive a stick in it. I had a blast driving it until I wiped out on wet leaves and smacked it into a schoolmate's '71 Malibu. We transplanted the engine into another Colt roller that my dad had on the side of the house so it wasn't a complete loss.
                        The car had no balls but was fun as hell to drive. It was cheap to maintain. I have had a hankering to drive a stick again. What would be cheap to buy and maintain but still fun to drive? Speed would be nice but is a lower priority than cheapness?
                        When I got out of the service in late "72" - with my get out money I bought a left over "71" Dodge Colt - fleet white 2 dr. - 5 spd. -- the last anti-American jap POS I'll ever buy - LOL

                        Last edited by Ricekila; 02-23-2019, 06:19 PM.
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                          #13
                          I've always been impartial to the Firebirds. If I ever have money to burn I plan on buying one and modding it until I fit in the damn thing. I've seen running ones for about 5k.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Ricekila View Post

                            When I got out of the service in late "72" - with my get out money I bought a left over "71" Dodge Colt - fleet white 2 dr. - 5 spd. -- the last anti-American jap POS I'll ever buy - LOL

                            Ours looked a lot like that. Maybe it was closer in year to 72.

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                              Oh... you meant the vehicle itself, not just the stick shift.
                              John Valuk is dead. He fell on his head.

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