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  • Adam Holter

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    Nice list. :) I went to Shepehrd University for my misspent years of higher education. Plenty of turbo Volvos there, one or two mk1 VWs, and numerous SR5s, 300Ds (not CDs, sadly), and 5.0 Mustangs. I went through 4 vehicles during college: an '03 VW, '01 Pontiac Montana (*shudder*), '87 GMC K1500 (loved that thing), before finally settling on a '69 Chevy C10 for mostly the same reasons y'all suggested the SR5 (sans 4x4). It burnt to a crisp about 2 weeks after graduation. Damn, I miss that truck sometimes.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/89042766@N07/9599270769/

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  • J RIdout

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    Had a 280Z in college. It was great... 10 years ago... ouch. Vintage for "new" college freshmen are things from the late 80 early 90. We are talking about 300ZX here.

    I do not think the Alfa is a good choice for the "new college freshman" (most will not know the movie reference). Great college cars have to be reliable (because it is the only car you own... and today's freshman panic if the wi-fi goes down) and it has to be cheap/easy to repair (because beer money is involved and the library can only give you so many minimum wage hours). Cheap, fun, works well with high miles and is easy/cheap to repair.

    Still, were are the '80-early '90 imports? They are now 20+ years old and built before the internet. MR2, 3000GTs, Si, Intergra, Prelude, 60/80 series Land Cruisers, heck, even a Miata if set-up for trackdays. Even some 90s Subies are cool (SVX anyone?). Afterall, this might be the "classic era" of imports for this freshman generation.

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  • JB21

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    I hate to throw a wrench in the day dreamin', but most of those cars aren't that realistic for college freshmen. Or at least if any of the freshmen we are talking about are as financially struck out as I was when I was that age. I know I know, I'm just being a killjoy, because I did have an Alfa Spider during my college years. I did work 2 jobs though, one to pay the rent and such, one to keep the Alfa on the road. Even then, I seem to spend more time on buses than in the Alfa. Didn't matter, really, during those rare days when she was running and I had enough money for gas, it was simply glorious.

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  • Josh Clason

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    With the exception of the Spider, all the cars above can be had for 2-5k, and most are fairly easy to wrench on with an abundance of parts available.

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  • Andrew Holliday

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    Great list. I'm a senior in high school and I couldn't possibly love my 1974 BMW 2002 more.

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  • orgigeorgie

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    Ha i'm in college or 'university' and own 2 alfas. A modern 156 and a classic 116 series GTV. Its true what they say about alfas though:
    They make good drivers into great drivers, but make poor mechanics into excellent mechanics. Give it a go, you're right college is about having a laugh.

    from Australia
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  • Nate Jones

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    Hey! I'm a high school senior and my Toyota SR5 4x4 is on the list! :)

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  • Xander Cesari

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    I think all of these are represented on my campus except for the Alfa Spider. But my GTV6 is pretty close. I think an E30 is a terrific one for this list as well.

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  • Xander Cesari

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    Since I commented I purchased a 1988 Saab SPG and I think it fits on campus pretty well. Any turbo 900, especially a cabriolet, would be a great college car. Safe, reliable, fun, cheap.

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  • Mads Jensen

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    You should add that the spider is only for those in graduate school.

    Sorry...

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