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Choosing a car is a very tough decision. Buying a new car is almost like entering a new relationship, after all--it could go sour in a matter of weeks, or instantly it can get under your skin and excite you every time you turn the key.
It's even more true of a college car, since it's about all you can afford--and any betrayal could cut into your tuition money, your book budget, or God help us, no, the beer money.
Sure, any old car can become your friend over the years, but a really exciting car will make you enjoy driving all the time. Even if you're just going to the student union, you will be having fun.
You might think that these exciting cars would cost a fortune to buy and run, but you can get any of these cars below for less than ten grand used. They're each a lot of fun for a little bit of cash.
Ford Focus SVT: Track-ready straight out of the box. Every modification you'd ever want to do to a Ford Focus has already been done.
Hyundai Tiburon GT V-6: All the style and luxury of a coupe, but much better to drive than the Mustang from the same years.
Ford Taurus SHO: One of the greatest sleepers of all time.
Mazda MX-5 Miata: A British roadster with Japanese reliability and a bargain price tag.
Volkswagen Mk2 GTi: The king of hot hatchbacks in its time. A great candidate for an autocross or track day car that you can carry groceries in.
Honda Civic Si: Revs, revs, revs, and more revs. What more could you ask for?
Six cars, and six different ways to have a blast.