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instantclassic415
01-26-2010, 06:47 AM
there's no way im passing smog my next registration so i've been debating spending on a new cat and exhaust or buying a new car. i've been looking at n/a supras and..dont laugh...fieros haha. any suggestions? i really want a supra with a targa top but no matter what there's no way im spending more than 2000....maybe 2500 on any car seeing as im a broke student.

david in germany
01-26-2010, 09:27 AM
Get a 1st gen MR2. If you get lucky you can find a supercharged one.

UtahSleeper
01-26-2010, 10:25 AM
Why cant it? Are you just done with the car?

For a toyota in the price range your looking I would assume you run a chance of having the same problem that your having now.

Slider
01-26-2010, 09:57 PM
Hmmm $250 for cat + exhaust or $2500 for a whole car. Why not keep the Celica?

Murgatroy
01-26-2010, 10:18 PM
Get a 1st gen MR2. If you get lucky you can find a supercharged one.

I just now realized where and why your user title is what it is.

klapa
01-26-2010, 11:32 PM
Hmmm $250 for cat + exhaust or $2500 for a whole car. Why not keep the Celica?

I'd think the very same - plus there's a good chance somebody here in a state that has no requirement for smog on a car that old already has a manifold and CAT to sell cheap.

I'm a bit worried about the same thing - as my GT has a header with no CAT and I'll maybe be looking at the same situation next January when I'll need to have it inspected. Best case the thing will pass - next would be needing to buy a hi-flow CAT and put it in the exhaust line - worst might be I'll need to install the factory header every year to get the inspection.

While the second and third scenarios above would be a PITA and cost something - they would all certainly cost about 1/10th or less than 2.5K.

instantclassic415
01-27-2010, 02:00 AM
car runs like a champ, had a jdm engine with 40-50,000 miles dropped in about 2 years ago when i first got the car due to a blown cylinder along with some other issues. but honestly you guys are right. i just got the new car fever because on the outside my car looks bad (all clear coat chipping off the hood and roof of the car). i might as well spend the 300 on a nice new exhaust from the cat back. hell with the extra money i could get a shitty paint jon from earl schieb!

Galcobar
01-27-2010, 03:28 AM
Skip the paint job -- at least for now -- and go for a good quality paint restore. US$150 should buy you all the equipment and products required to get a shine back on the car. It won't be a permanent solution given the colour coat isn't meant to be exposed, but with proper maintenance it'll last a lot longer than you'd think.

celi92
02-02-2010, 11:46 PM
I'm with the rest of them man. Keep your Celica... for $2500 you will never find an MR2 or (and I try to keep from laughing at this) Fiero... in good shape...

... espically a Fiero... but then again... a Fiero is the perfect car for people who love to work on cars... and not drive them.... just work on them... forever...

kungFUBAR
02-05-2010, 01:33 AM
Why not just move out of CA? :hsughno: Might be the best long-term investment for your car lol

celi92
02-07-2010, 05:29 PM
Why not just move out of CA? :hsughno: Might be the best long-term investment for your car lol

True... you'll save lots on taxes too ;-)

Kanoodle
02-07-2010, 09:40 PM
To help with smog dump a bottle of "HEET" in the tank and fill up on low octane.

kungFUBAR
02-08-2010, 02:58 AM
To help with smog dump a bottle of "HEET" in the tank and fill up on low octane.

Rubbing alcohol and kerosene works better :D

instantclassic415
02-24-2010, 06:28 AM
rubbing alcohol and kerosene lol...sounds a wee bit sketchy

187flatliner
02-24-2010, 07:24 AM
Why not just move out of CA? :hsughno: Might be the best long-term investment for your car lol

yep this is the less cost-effective way for u......i got a backyard somewhere u can put a tent up.....:nono:

instantclassic415
02-27-2010, 12:28 AM
I'm either going to go with the iso-heat and crossing my fingers and hoping for the best or just heading to midas with my own exhaust and cat and and have them do the labor. Any suggestions??

wizzards581
03-01-2010, 01:21 AM
if your low income jus apply for state assistance. you only pay $20 deductable and the rest the state covers for smog related repairsand testing, thats if your car fails smog first. thats what i did. why pay when the state is willing to pay for your car repairs...