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    Default Cheap track day car.

    I am wanting to get into track racing and am wondering what is a good car to start out with on a tight budget? I am in college, so my budget to buy a car is around $5,000. I have looked at 1999-2005 BMW 3-series coupes but they are just a little out of my price range. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Mazda miata.

    Get one for 2K, get a roll bar for $500, tires for $750, brakes for $250, and you have $1500 left. That should get you to 3 track weekends.
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    Tight budget not compatible with "track racing". But Miatas are your only reasonably close option based on what you said.

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    ^ That cage is garbage, but otherwise I agree with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Mazda miata.

    Get one for 2K, get a roll bar for $500, tires for $750, brakes for $250, and you have $1500 left. That should get you to 3 track weekends.
    One for $2k needs some work for track. maintenance and so forth
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    Do you have the means to fix a major mechanical breakdown?

    When I was in college I didn't have the time or the money to fix a broken track car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    One for $2k needs some work for track. maintenance and so forth
    Buy an ugly one with bad paint and dents that's had its water pump and timing belt done.

    Did I mention my SM is for sale?

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    Mia.. NVM
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    But obviously I just dont get it. -fatbillybob

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    If it's gotta be a BMW, a GOOD e30 will be found for that much.
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    This seems like a fishy first post to me. Anyone who has made it to Trackhq has to know what the best inexpensive track car is.
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    Buy my B16 Crx for $3800
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    This seems like a fishy first post to me. Anyone who has made it to Trackhq has to know what the best inexpensive track car is.
    Actually, s2000s are pretty expensive now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    This seems like a fishy first post to me. Anyone who has made it to Trackhq has to know what the best inexpensive track car is.
    I am asking because I am new into track racing. I want buy a car that I will be able to have fun with and at the same time not break my bank. sorry for not being "experienced" everyone has to start out somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ1 View Post
    Tight budget not compatible with "track racing". But Miatas are your only reasonably close option based on what you said.
    This...

    Even if you got a decent race car for free, the costs for racing just keep coming. Do you have a trailer and tow vehicle? Because while in theory you can drive you car to the track, in practice those days are effectively in the past.

    Have you considered track days/HPDE's as a way to get into track driving? Less expensive, no truck/trailer, still big fun. If you do have a truck/trailer, get an inexpensive race car and do track days in that to start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billybobster View Post
    This...

    Even if you got a decent race car for free, the costs for racing just keep coming. Do you have a trailer and tow vehicle? Because while in theory you can drive you car to the track, in practice those days are effectively in the past.

    Have you considered track days/HPDE's as a way to get into track driving? Less expensive, no truck/trailer, still big fun. If you do have a truck/trailer, get an inexpensive race car and do track days in that to start.
    yes I do have a tow vehicle. my daily right now is a diesel truck and I do have a trailer at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walwal44 View Post
    I am asking because I am new into track racing. I want buy a car that I will be able to have fun with and at the same time not break my bank. sorry for not being "experienced" everyone has to start out somewhere.
    Sorry if I misjudged your intentions. If you can fit in a Miata, it's the best choice. If you can't fit in a Miata, I vote E30.
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    That $3500 GTI that Steve linked is a decent starter.
    Might not be going for FTDs in it, but it'll be good fun, has all the safety equipment already, it's technologically advanced as a stick so not much to break and parts are cheap if needed to be fixed.

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    Buy my SuperMiata it's race ready, bit more than your budget, but really nice car and you will be miles ahead of some POS, The VW maybe fun but limited to laping days only around here. always better to buy than build ask anyone here and this car is first rate....

    http://www.trackhq.com/forums/f377/2001-miata-supermiata-race-ready-$16-500-a-8109/

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    College and broke, the good old days! I remember going to the ATM to withdraw $20 and hoping I had enough...

    Towing a race car to the track? Not a good idea on your budget IMO. What about other sports such as soccer, basketball, surfing, biking, running, tennis, martial arts? Wait until you have disposable income for a track car and the high costs associated with racing and hpde. Hate all other sports and only want to compete in a car? Sell your truck and buy a cheap daily driver and start auto-xing. That's how Randy Pobst started out and he's had a great pro racing career. Go to your local kart track and rent karts once in a while with some friends.

    But if you don't like any of this advice, then miata.

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