like the title says, i'm a total BMW noob. i don't even have one, i'm a VW guy. a few years back i took my Corrado out on my first track day and have been hooked since. problem is that the more i've done, the faster i've gotten. the faster i get, the greater the potential expense i have should i go off cuz i'm hitting things harder. Bending a corrado is not fiscally responsible! plus, really, FWD is getting a little boring i must admit.
I'm finally catching a break career wise and so i'm starting to look for a dedicated track rat. i use the term rat because i'm lookin for cheap thrills here! the 2 main candidates are a miata with FI of one sort or another or a BMW. I am not gonna ask BMW or Miata here cuz i can guess what that answer will be!!! the question is, which BMW? trying to decide between E30 and 36. and if E36, sedan/coupe or hatchback? i'm assuming any 5-series cars will be too heavy so they're not being considered.
the main consideration here is cost of buying the car and setting up the brakes and suspension for a coupla years of fun and then maybe have some fun with the powerplant. Low cost is also desired because I fail to see the sense in spending 15-20k on an old 911 or way more on a shiney new 135 when, if i'm lucky, will only put on 2000kms a year. other considerations of significance are cost of body parts. that is the main reason (aside from sentimentality) for me wanting to retire the Corrado from track use....i'd be lucky to score a good fender without rust for $400 outta the states somewhere now. just to ease worries tho, i am not shy about spending big money on proper parts. I've learned that lesson the hard way on my Corrado. I just don't wanna have EVERY part costing mucho dineros!
right now, my WAG for budget is ~$3K-5K to get up and running. we're just beginning the process of selling our house in Ajax (anyone wanna buy it?! lemme know!!!) and moving to Ottawa so this track season is more or less out. i have time to consider the options.
Thanks for any input guys, i appreciate it