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MrStickShift
MrStickShift New Reader
8/3/22 4:45 p.m.

Hello all, I'm selling my XJ, and want another car at 14 years old. I either want an 6-speed RX-8 or a 6-speed B6 Audi A4. I know the RX-8 would be harder to find in my price range, but the Audi would be easier. So what should I get?

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
8/3/22 5:24 p.m.

Is the car 14 years old or is the driver 14 years old??? 

johndej
johndej SuperDork
8/3/22 5:27 p.m.

What are the other cars you own?

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
8/3/22 5:30 p.m.

In reply to MrStickShift :

Are you a 14 year old who has owned 5 cars?

You belong here. 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UltimaDork
8/3/22 5:33 p.m.

RX8 all day every day for me, no contest.  Buy a blown up one cheap and rebuild it.

MrStickShift
MrStickShift New Reader
8/3/22 6:13 p.m.

In reply to SV reX :

Yes!

MrStickShift
MrStickShift New Reader
8/3/22 6:13 p.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

Driver. It's me who is buying it as a 14 yr old lol

MrStickShift
MrStickShift New Reader
8/3/22 6:14 p.m.

In reply to johndej :

First a 78 C20, then a 01 f-150 v6 five speed, then my XJ, than a 02 ranger and then a 95 gmc conversion van 

Racebrick
Racebrick Reader
8/3/22 6:18 p.m.

My 14 year old just got an rx-8, so I vote for the rx-8

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr PowerDork
8/3/22 6:21 p.m.

Keep in mind that anything rotary powered WILL make you an excellent mechanic (if you want to drive it).  Or, frustrated as E36 M3 if you do NOT become an excellent mechanic.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
8/3/22 6:39 p.m.

In a couple years that Conversion Van might get you some first dates but will likely keep you from any second dates as the fathers forbid it!

A V6/manual F150 is a pretty reliable package.  Good for a starter vehicle!

MrStickShift
MrStickShift New Reader
8/3/22 6:44 p.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

LOL

johndej
johndej SuperDork
8/3/22 6:49 p.m.

In reply to MrStickShift :

Yup definitely need to add a proper sports car, go rx8 and learn how to keep the ol rotary happy. 

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
8/3/22 9:11 p.m.

Another vote for the RX8

pilotbraden
pilotbraden UberDork
8/3/22 11:24 p.m.

Rx 8 I loved mine and want another

MrStickShift
MrStickShift New Reader
8/3/22 11:42 p.m.

Yeah, I just need to find a running stick shift RX-8 for around $2K

pilotbraden
pilotbraden UberDork
8/3/22 11:56 p.m.

Rx 8 I loved mine and want another

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) MegaDork
8/4/22 2:34 a.m.

They are two wildly different cars.

I had an RX-8, and it was way fun to drive. Like, wow, I'm not breaking the speed limit at all, and I bet I can take that 90 degree turn at 30 and it'll be fine. The RX-8 is a Miata with back seats and suicide doors. Also, and this is key: glorious rotary noises. Drive it near the redline.

I absolutely want another one.

SKJSS (formerly Klayfish)
SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) PowerDork
8/4/22 6:24 a.m.

Just out of curiosity, how old were you when you started driving said previous 5 cars and where is it you are driving them?  Inquiring minds want to know...

MrStickShift
MrStickShift New Reader
8/4/22 6:52 a.m.

In reply to SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) :

So, I just own them, and I don't drive them.

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
8/4/22 8:55 a.m.

As a long term learning tool, I feel like the Audi is a much better choice than the Rx-8.

Rotary engines are quickly vanishing from the planet, but you should have a limitless supply of broken Audis to work on for the rest of your life.

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
8/4/22 10:29 a.m.
MrStickShift said:

Yeah, I just need to find a running stick shift RX-8 for around $2K

I would argue that this is the incorrect strategy.  You want to find the nicest non-running RX-8 you can find for $2K.  Then rebuild the engine.

I'm a huge fan of the rotary, but I'm not sure about rebuilding one on the cheap.  And parts are getting harder to find.

I was going to vote for the Audi.  Classy package, nicely put together.  Rumor has it that they can be unreliable, but my 7-year ownership experience with a 2001 A6 2.7T says otherwise.

I'm frankly surprised by all the love for the RX-8, but it is a superlative chassis.

ProDarwin
ProDarwin MegaDork
8/4/22 11:29 a.m.
MrStickShift said:

In reply to SKJSS (formerly Klayfish) :

So, I just own them, and I don't drive them.

You definitely fit in here

iansane
iansane Dork
8/4/22 12:58 p.m.

B6's are just so ugly... B5's and B7's are so much better looking.

MrStickShift
MrStickShift New Reader
8/4/22 1:02 p.m.

In reply to iansane :

Hey, no hatin on the B6 LOL

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