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Javelin
Javelin UltimaDork
5/8/12 5:33 p.m.

It's been 10 years since I had my DSM's, but WTF happened?

$2800 of "running" TSi

$2500 of "running" GSX

SyntheticBlinkerFluid
SyntheticBlinkerFluid SuperDork
5/8/12 5:36 p.m.

$2500 of crack being smoked.

B430
B430 New Reader
5/8/12 5:36 p.m.

Those are $800 cars to me.

dean1484
dean1484 UltraDork
5/8/12 5:56 p.m.

Unless they are mechanically in good shape I would not go more than $1500. The paint on both is really killing the perceived value of those.

I need to get one of those before they are all gone. I have wanted the AWD turbo one for a long time. I always thought it was the perfect NE car. I have been told that the transmissions are the week point in those. Considering my luck with 944 transmissions as of late they can not be much worse.

Keith
Keith MegaDork
5/8/12 5:56 p.m.

Until someone pays $2500 for one, they're not $2500 cars

Mazdax605
Mazdax605 Dork
5/8/12 5:58 p.m.
dean1484 wrote: Unless they are mechanically in good shape I would not go more than $1500. The paint on both is really killing the perceived value of those. I need to get one of those before they are all gone. I have wanted the AWD turbo one for a long time. I always thought it was the perfect NE car. I have been told that the transmissions are the week point in those. Considering my luck with 944 transmissions as of late they can not be much worse.

I think David B up in NH still has Scott's old Talon. I bet you could get it cheap.

dean1484
dean1484 UltraDork
5/8/12 6:06 p.m.

I should talk to David. I have not heard from him in a long time. Speaking of that we should do a MARX7 gathering this year. Nothing big but it would be neet to get the old group together to see what we are driving now. LOL

SEADave
SEADave New Reader
5/8/12 6:21 p.m.

For cheap cars you gotta go to Cali. People here in the Pacific NW have insane ideas about what their worn-out crap is worth.

Besides how can you think about a DSM when this is in Oregon: http://monterey.craigslist.org/cto/2963278829.html (brand new never assembled Formula Vee/SuperVee with spares for $1500).

z31maniac
z31maniac UberDork
5/8/12 6:46 p.m.
dean1484 wrote: Unless they are mechanically in good shape I would not go more than $1500. The paint on both is really killing the perceived value of those. I need to get one of those before they are all gone. I have wanted the AWD turbo one for a long time. I always thought it was the perfect NE car. I have been told that the transmissions are the week point in those. Considering my luck with 944 transmissions as of late they can not be much worse.

I was under the impression the trans were a weak point because of clutch dropping 19 year olds?

Knurled
Knurled Dork
5/8/12 7:17 p.m.

Heh... living within an hour of a certain tuner shop that specialized in DSMs meant that an AWD model with a blown engine would still go for $2500. Seems that all of the cheap ones would get snapped up pronto.

Paint? Who cares about paint? You can fix paint.

Javelin
Javelin UltimaDork
5/8/12 7:27 p.m.

Paint hell fellas, that first one is pictured in a damn junkyard!!!

MrJoshua
MrJoshua PowerDork
5/8/12 7:29 p.m.

I'm more interested in the N600 in the first pic.

Anti-stance
Anti-stance HalfDork
5/8/12 7:45 p.m.
Javelin wrote: Paint hell fellas, that first one is pictured *in a damn junkyard*!!!

Yeah, That one is a $500 car to me. The red one, a grand tops.

"I was under the impression the trans were a weak point because of clutch dropping 19 year olds?"

irish44j
irish44j SuperDork
5/8/12 8:22 p.m.

wonder how much they want for the black one up on top of the shipping crate in the top right of the first photo

Knurled
Knurled Dork
5/8/12 8:23 p.m.

I thought the trans was the weak point because they were geared so absurdly ridiculously tall... Really now, looking at the gear ratios, I was shocked, looks like 3rd gear is taller than my VW's 5th.

When I saw that, I stopped caring about DSMs altogether. Poking around, I could put together complete AWD drivelines fairly inexpensively, but why bother when they're geared so bad?

petegossett
petegossett UltraDork
5/8/12 8:28 p.m.

It's not just DSMs, I'm looking for a cheap car for my step-son, and so far have found a beat to crap '01 Focus with 150kmi for $3k, '03 Cavalier with a rebuil title and 130kmi for $3300, and a '97 Aspire with 170kmi for $2200 - but it sold before I could get there!

amg_rx7
amg_rx7 Dork
5/8/12 8:42 p.m.

Same thing with Honduhs and 240s...

Strike_Zero
Strike_Zero Dork
5/8/12 9:38 p.m.

I think all the cool stuff for cheap prices have mostly dried up

I get leads on cheap non-running BMWs (people love popping head gaskets and cracking the cylinder heads), here's two them:

93 525it w/ 140K, popped gasket, possible cracked head, new water pump and radiator, normal dings and dents, need brakes and tires . . . $1500

92 525it w/ 105K, timing chain break (trashed engine), new water pump, normal dings and dents . . .$1700

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
5/8/12 9:45 p.m.

1) They aren't geared bad.

2) The transmissions are strong, but never really shift all that well

3) It's the transfer case that isn't the strongest thing in the world.

4) None of these things are a problem if you're "only" looking for 11 second quarter miles.

5) The prices for the two examples in this thread are HARDLY "normal."

Anti-stance
Anti-stance HalfDork
5/8/12 9:54 p.m.
Strike_Zero wrote: I think all the cool stuff for cheap prices have mostly dried up

I think you are right. Damn cash for clunkers didn't help either.

B430
B430 New Reader
5/8/12 10:09 p.m.

This thread is making want dsm #5 :-( hopefully I snap out out of it, though I haven't ever had a 2nd gen.....

fast_eddie_72
fast_eddie_72 SuperDork
5/8/12 11:56 p.m.

Yeah, that's nuts.

$3k Co. Springs

http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/2997443683.html

Grtechguy
Grtechguy PowerDork
5/9/12 6:19 a.m.

a 91 for $3500? http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/cto/2951315077.html

or for less money

a 91 V8 powered Supra http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/cto/2969882726.html

What would you choose?

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
5/9/12 7:55 a.m.
Grtechguy wrote: a 91 for $3500? http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/cto/2951315077.html or for less money a 91 V8 powered Supra http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/cto/2969882726.html What would you choose?

I'd choose a sharp stick in the eye.

Anti-stance
Anti-stance HalfDork
5/9/12 8:02 a.m.
Grtechguy wrote: a 91 for $3500? http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/cto/2951315077.html

"180 decibel blow off valve" Is that how they rate those post-FATF days?

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