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I went to open the drivers door on my Camry yesterday and the plastic door handle broke. I guess due to the cold and age. I am afraid that this could be the start of lots of breakage. The car is 15 years old and has 203,000 miles on it. It has been a great car and its never let me down but its getting old and wearing out. SO.. my options are:

1. Spend $7,000 to $10,000 to build this car up the way i want. Engine rebuild with turbo, new paint, coilovers, new suspension bushings, wheels, tires, exhaust, and fixing all the little plastic stuff that will keep breaking over the years.

2. Spend $10,000 to $12,000 on a '02- '03 Subaru WRX with half as many miles as my car, good paint, no repairs necessary, all wheel drive and a huge aftermarket for performance mods.

What do you all think? Is building my Camry a waste when i could get a WRX for almost the same amount of money? Or is the sleeper and unique aspect of the Camry worth the work?

Thanks for any thoughts!

Heres my Camry @ the autocross last summer...


 

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honestly, part this one out (you will have a lot of buyers) and go with the wrx.
I went all out with my car, but a wrx is still faster.
You have to be very dedicated or too far gone into buidling the car to really highly mod the camry. Most guys here have started with a car that didn't need a lot to fix up to begin with.
 

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wrx imho...sounds like my 94, i swear every knob/handle in that thing has broken off
 

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ha...thats funny, i had the exact same dillema. if u spend that 12K for a used WRX, keep in mind that ur getting a car with at least 50K miles, prolly more. so in another 50 to 70K ull have to start doin 100K repairs. i decided to stick with my camry. when the engine goes im gonna replace the motor with totally rebuilt one($2600 for 94-96 or $3200 for 97+). then ill put in the 5 speed. in total its gonna cost me about 6-7k to do it, including paint job and brake upgrade. with the 97+ motor i also have the option to supercharge it if one ever ends up in my hands. this way ill have a "brand new" car for under 8 grand. now i do have another car that is my play car for the most part and i LOVE my camry so even though id like to try somthing new and faster, money and insurance wise, this is a better deal for me. but ita really all depends on how much u wanna stick with ur car. keep in mind also that if ur lookin for raw power, u can always spend that 10K on a camaro or a mustang and as long as u take care of it it will last u a long time and they are loads of fun, not as practical though.
 

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i second that camaro vote too ;)

you could get a nice 4th gen Z28/SS LS1 for around that price range
 

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bigbird said:
ha...thats funny, i had the exact same dillema. if u spend that 12K for a used WRX, keep in mind that ur getting a car with at least 50K miles, prolly more. so in another 50 to 70K ull have to start doin 100K repairs. i decided to stick with my camry. when the engine goes im gonna replace the motor with totally rebuilt one($2600 for 94-96 or $3200 for 97+). then ill put in the 5 speed. in total its gonna cost me about 6-7k to do it, including paint job and brake upgrade. with the 97+ motor i also have the option to supercharge it if one ever ends up in my hands. this way ill have a "brand new" car for under 8 grand. now i do have another car that is my play car for the most part and i LOVE my camry so even though id like to try somthing new and faster, money and insurance wise, this is a better deal for me. but ita really all depends on how much u wanna stick with ur car. keep in mind also that if ur lookin for raw power, u can always spend that 10K on a camaro or a mustang and as long as u take care of it it will last u a long time and they are loads of fun, not as practical though.
i completely agree
 

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I think you'll have a whole lot more fun with the WRX. Putting a turbo in is a waste on this car.
 

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wrx (or camaro, no bias there). but everyone and their brother seems to use a wrx on autocross. the easy route would be get a wrx, but it wouldnt be unique if youre interested in that aspect. the camaro would take a fair amount of work to turn into an autocross competitor.
 

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12 grand will buy u alot. the absolute best bang for buck for that amount however will be a early 90s gutted, 2000lb civic or crx hatch, a built b18, b20 or b22 and one of a million turbo kits. a friend of mine has a 93 hatch, b18 turbo pushing 302hp, he walks vetts and is a beast at autocross. he spent only 8 grand on that car and does 12s:disappoin . but its ugly as sin and sounds like a hornets nest. all the hp in the world cant make an ugly car butifull:D .
 

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bigbird said:
12 grand will buy u alot. the absolute best bang for buck for that amount however will be a early 90s gutted, 2000lb civic or crx hatch, a built b18, b20 or b22 and one of a million turbo kits. a friend of mine has a 93 hatch, b18 turbo pushing 302hp, he walks vetts and is a beast at autocross. he spent only 8 grand on that car and does 12s:disappoin . but its ugly as sin and sounds like a hornets nest. all the hp in the world cant make an ugly car butifull:D .
only 8 damn..
you know i wanna do the samething but to a bug.. i know sounds stupid but
the look you'll see on peoples faces as you pass them in this little thing
my unlce painted a bug once just the shell, no drive trian, no wires, nothing i was able to pick up the little thing.. of course not all at once but it was very lite
 

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a new handle is only a couple bucks. Repairs can be spread out over some time. WRX will cost 10-12 upfront plus insurance increase... monthly...forever. My friend is paying 400$ a month. he's stupid though, so his is higher then normal. but expect a higher amount then the camry. if thats not an issue, then you should do what you want. Lots of people like their new car but always miss their old one. i think in general the camry - even with the upgrades you want - is the cheaper way to go. Also more practical. more interior and trunk room. Our opinions don't (or shoulnd't) change your mind, just help to present all/most other factors.
btw, camaros are nice
 

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Handles are cheap and you still have 3 more to break, not counting the interior LOL...I'd fix the camry! Insurance will be more expensive on the WRX!
 

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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Thanks for all the replies! I think im gonna keep running the Camry for now unless i find a screaming deal on the perfect WRX. The new door handle arrived so once thats fixed hopefully i'll be good to go for a while. Thanks!
 
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