Making Do-It-Yourself (DIY) modifications to your own car became mainstream ever since the debut of the movie Fast & Furious. While some of us have gone through this phase and came out (oh thank god!), some are still stuck in it and continues to modify their cars. Either for flashy reasons or practicality, they are eager to go around looking for the best rims, spoilers, skirting, engine, exhaust pipe, and other accessories for their car project.
So, can you relate to them and see yourself as the modern age MacGyver? Whether it is your hobby or selling it of on the secondary market, if you’re into making DIY modifications to a car, consider getting these lovely models for your next project.
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From our research, we would say that this is one of the cheaper sports car that you can get from a used car dealer out there. It’s the first contemporary four-door coupe and it’s a dream come true for any car enthusiast that would like to have it as a project car. Well, that depends on whether you’re a fan of it’s rotary Wengkel engine or not. Owning and working on one of these babies will not only improve your street cred, but also help you out with the ladies. If you are one of the fortunate grease monkeies to own them, don’t forget to share your enthusiasm with other RX-8ers on the RX8 Club Malaysia forum.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
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Small is not always bad. And size doesn’t always matter. If that’s your philosophy in life, why not go for the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Building it up will be much fun as there are a few ways you can go about creating the ultimate Volkswagen Golf GTI. For a small car that’s brand new, it can set you back a bit financially. However, thanks to the emerging secondary market, your hobby shouldn’t burn a big hole in your pocket.
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Subaru Impreza is one of the most popular picks if you are really into modified car projects. You are bound to see one at any of the car shows that you go to. Not only did the car gave Subaru a firm grip on professional Motorsport, but the Impreza provides Subaru with a foothold in the entry-level car market. A simple search online will generate an abundance of general guidelines and car parts for you to modify and personalise your own sport compact car.
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Much like its long-time direct rival, the Subaru Impreza, Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evo is a rally bred. It is turbocharged, comes with All-Wheel Control (AWC) system that continually monitors the road and intelligently transfers power and braking to the wheels with the most traction to improve handing in even the most challenging conditions. We need not say more on how awesome this car is when even our men in blue are using the Evo for high-speed speed car chases in Malaysia. We rest our case!
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The Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34), made famous by video games and The Fast and Furious movies, was Nissan’s top tier performance car of the late nineties. Taking a cue from the movie as well, it has high potential for engine modification and exterior enhancements. R34 GT-R achieved legendary status for its ballistic performance and superior handling. Given its fame and standing in the second-hand car market, it is no surprise why most car enthusiasts would love to get their hands dirty on this one.
Proton Satria Neo
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Not missing from the list is Malaysia’s own Proton Satria Neo. Launched in 2006, the model was released to replace the original Satria model. Although it wasn’t intended as a performance car, making a few modifications such as changing the Neo’s air intake and exhaust system prove to be a good investment in improving it’s power during pickup. Known to target those who are youthful and sporty, it would be a great car to start with if you’re new at modifying and tuning cars.
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Of all the mods out there, none are as crazy as our very own Proton Waja. One of the famous theme of Waja’s modification is Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution, or as they call it ‘Wajalution’. Paying the price of local car and getting an imported one is what we call a bargain. A great philosophy to easy living in this tight financial times. You can seek advice and share mod tips with other owners through Waja Performance Club of Malaysia (WPC) where they actively organise activities with members throughout Malaysia.