- Ford Puma 1.7


Recently I've been wondering, what if I changed my car, what car would I go for?

4w ago


Before we carry on, I need to let you know that I still love my Volvo 440 turbo, it still drives well, this thinking is mostly for fun, even if it would represent a true likely choice for me. Let's start with my criterias then.

First, I developped something for coupés recently, so I would like a coupé as my next car, as I find the shape of those quite nice. I want to find a nice-looking coupé, in my taste of course. But I also wanted something original and fun.

My second criteria would be the size, I wouldn't want something too big, as I'm going to live in a city starting from August.

Finally, I wanted to look for a coupé with a nice and fun engine, which is fun enough but not too thirsty.

For the budget, I would like something up to 3000 euros, but I could climb up to 3500 euros for a decent car.



First, we have the Ford Puma. I always had something for those. I know the look is a bit debatable, especially the rear end, but I still like the overall look of this car. Thanks to its lightness, it's apparently quite fun in the corners, sometimes compared as a bigger go-kart.

For the engine, multiple versions are available, but the one I would be looking for would be the 1.7L Yamaha engine, which produces around 125hp. This engine gives a nice power to weight ratio. I could go for the 1.6L if I can't find a decent 1.7 through.

I really really like this car, overall a nice little coupé for a daily driver!


This one is antoher of my findings, even if to find a decent one, you need to climb to 3500 euros. However, you get a nice looking coupé, pop-up headlights, which are always cool!

Another advantage is the legendary Toyota reliability, and it's apparently a fun car to drive. When it comes to daily driving, its size seems not too terrible, and should be okay in the city.


I think I really have something with Celicas. The 2003 model is easier to find in a great condition, than the St182. I really like the looks of it, and for 3000 euros, I find it a great deal.

You get Toyota reliability, a nice sporty look in my opinion, and it's quite rare around here. You can get a 1.8 engine with it, which seems quite okay to have fun. Plus, you get a "modern" enough interior.


I recently saw one of those at my work, and I really liked the look of it. I immediately looked for how much you need to find a decent one, and happily, it's in my budget. The Fiat coupe has a quite special design, but it looks quite sporty in my opinion. Pinninfarina designed it!

You can find it with a 1.8L 16v engine, producing around 130 hp, which is quite acceptable for a car like this. You can even find a 2.0L turbocharged version, but for 3000, you won't get a decent car.


Have you got any idea for a car that would meet my criterias. I'm open for suggestions, maybe I didn't think about some nice cars!

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Comments (31)

  • get the celica

    not only is it cool, its a future classic

      27 days ago
  • I would with the fiat or the ST185. But all of these are all cool because in America we’re deprived of cool compact cars like these…

      27 days ago
    • Yeah that's the thing, I like all of these, so choosing one isn't an easy task. Too bad, sadly America is sometimes forgotten by manufacturers

        26 days ago
  • The puma is a great choice, and can be efficient on fuel too when you want it. I never new the ST182 was so cheap, I always thought they were collectors items and so quite expensive.

      29 days ago
    • I did some research about the Puma, and as you say it's apparently well balanced between performance and fuel consumption! So far I think it's the least thirsty car I found. For the ST182 I'm not that sure that I found those versions for 3K...

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        29 days ago
    • Ahh i see. I muddled it with the ST185, the big 4WD one. They are still good cars though. Yeah the ford was well praised when it first came out, and it’s handling is supposed to be really good too.

        29 days ago
  • Toyota 2003

      1 month ago
  • Have you thought about the Rover Tomcat?

      1 month ago
    • Nope but why not! I'll check it out! The problem is that Rovers being quite really rare in France, it's tough to get parts. But thanks for the idea!

        1 month ago
    • I think they have a small following, but not sure. Of course you could always get a 480.....

        1 month ago