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Old 05-22-2008, 10:53 PM   #11
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The srt 4 is a nice car, pretty fast for a turbo 4 cylinder. Its a good idea to get used to the car first, they have alot of power for a small car and you'd want to get used to handling it etc before going crazy and adding any more.

Quick question Is it your first car?

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Old 05-22-2008, 11:12 PM   #12
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Yep, first of my own.

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Old 05-22-2008, 11:19 PM   #13
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Ah cool, feels so great to get your own car!

But as for the srt4, like i said there nice cars , ive driven one and it was enjoyable, A Nice first car thats for sure.
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:35 PM   #14
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The problem with the SRT-4 is getting your power to the ground. I'm pretty sure they are very susceptible to wheel hop. But you probably shouldn't be going that fast with your first car.

I disagree about buying new cars, I think that is a stupid investment, especially for your first daily driver. You take such a huge hit with depreciation when you buy new. On top of that you're piled up in debt. The only real advantage is you know that someone hasn't beat on the car, but even if that is the case, and you know what all is going on with all your parts in the car (it comes with time) you will know how to look for red flags on a used purchase and be able to repair things should anything go wrong... probably for cheaper than depreciation will own you even if you include labor.

Now granted, I wouldn't go for anything that has been modified to a certain extent. Heavy - bad, light - okay. Aftermarket parts are sometimes more reliable and work better than OE parts.But FYI my daily driver is my racecar and it has been pretty reliable. Got it used for $10K and I have probably put a little over $1k in "fix-it parts" on it over 80,000 miles, which some were upgraded so more expensive than an OE part. The key is to do the work yourself and you will always save half the cost.

You're probably better suited going to lots of car forums to research your car than asking here. We do know a lot about cars in general, but as for specific advice on ranges of different models etc... there's only so much we know. My advice is to not get set on a car, and drive as many as you can get your hands on. Get the one that speaks to you, and try not to make compromises... but I'm a purist. The world isn't a racetrack, despite my wishes, so do your research on reliability and safety as well and let those play a role in your decision.
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:57 PM   #15
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Check out www.srtforums.com, lots of info about them there.

As for wheel hop, new motor mounts are a absolute must. Either that, motor mount inserts, or filling the inserts with some kind of glue yourself.
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:17 AM   #16
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I'm buying a car sometime in the next few months. I'm looking at the Dodge SRT4, and ideally if I were to mod it I'd like to do it myself just for the personalization factor, but this deal is hard to just forget about:

Too good to be true? I mean the blue book value is 12k in good condition from a private party, but look at the thing. He's claiming he put $20k into it...maybe not quite that much, but still that's a lot of stuff in there. Obviously driven pretty hard though...

The other SRT4 I was looking at was a stock '05 for basically the same price, 10,000 less miles.
Depends, the moded one is going to have that extra power. But the thing it has proabably been driven hard with all those mods. I prob would get the stock one.
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Nice one.... I got lots of useful information there.
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Old 05-23-2008, 03:12 AM   #18
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if this is your first car you are stupid IMO for spending that much money on it
chances are its going to get beat up anyway i would spend max $1500 on a first car why not get some cheap crappy little car for your first car and then once your a little bit more experienced get something of that value
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:51 AM   #19
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There's no point in modding your car, I don't think.
  1. It can make you look like a dickhead
  2. People will want to steal it (happened to a guy who lived across the road from me, he spent thousands modding his Metro and it got stolen and written off)
  3. The Police in the UK single out people with car mods because they see you and think you're some wideboy chavster who's going to be driving like an idiot
  4. Mods are worth nothing, when you sell the car later on then you'll lose all your mods and won't make the money back
  5. If you don't get it right, it can devalue the car.

In my opinion, you'd be better off using the money you'd be spending on mods and just put it into your main car budget to buy something which is much better overall, without bothering to mod it. I mean, most of the time in the UK the chavs all buy cheap crap like the Vauxhall Nova and mod it, but it's still a Vauxhall Nova and everyone knows that, so was there really any point when they could have kept the mod money and just bought a better car outright?
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For my first car I wouldnt be getting a tuner like that... Insurance will be really expensive, and its your first car. Wait til you are older before you buy something nice like that. Get something from the 90s with decent power for cheaper. Like a Mustang GT, or maybe a Camero SS or Z28. If you get one of those, just dont get the V6 crap ones, you will just get made fun of for that.

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