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    Car was ruined by regulation. bumper height, emissions, etc. so there isn't an impressive amount of power by any standards, to be fair though it did remind me of my old mk2 GTi, which isn't a bad thing, only lower and more geek/badass. Stainless body. Iit looks great from a distance, but up close my car was covered in a weatlh of subtle imperfections, that are hard to unsee. These can be fixed if you want to invest. Basically I would get one with all this work done, because it doesn't drastically improve the value. The Doors really make the car. If I'm really honest, it's like a little spaceship, I never got bored of how much fun the doors are, you can get a system fitted which satisfyingly pops the doors open (like a spaceship). A lot of these cars are sold as 'survivors' with low miles and all original. I would expect to sink a further 10k on upgrades and replacements, original exhaust is crap, you can upgrade it, and you should, but they are usually louder and it can get droney on the highway. Stock suspension is laughably high at the front to meet bumper regs, good idea to replace for other reasons too. Electronics, replace with modern loss flamable solutions. And this is without the engine upgrades to fix the power. I really hope they get a good electric conversion going on, these would make a GREAT electric car.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: 'Affordable' Exotic $25000.
    Last gasp of 70s awesomeness.
    Gullwing doors.

    Cons: Low power,
    Requires upgrade

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    Delorean — After a 23 year wait, I finally got the car I wanted as a child. I was a BTTF kid, but took it much further than most. After handling a few very well known issues, the cars are dependable, reliable, and durable. A huge support network for parts and tech assistance is readily available. Well tuned models provide fuel economy as good as or better than its original predictions (which were 19mpg city/29mpg highway for a manual transmission) It should be mentioned it is not a car for everyone. It strictly seats two. It has manual steering. It grabs attention, whether you want it or not. The drivetrain does not live up to the expectations of its appearance. It is as close to being a celebrity as I wish to be. You may find yourself arriving late because you get approached at gas stations and in parking lots. You will answer "Where's the flux capacitor?" at least once every outing.

    Pros: Everything I dreamed of and remembered. Good fuel economy for its car class and production era.

    Cons: I waited a long time before taking the plunge.  Movie questions everywhere you go.

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    My D — Love: Styling, Fun to Drive, Unique, Gull Wings, Rear Engine, 5 Speed, R-12 AC Unit, Relatively Easy to work on.... I dunno it is a great car. Best car I have ever owned

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    Drives Well, Looks Awesome. Turns More Heads Than That Brand New Corvette! — Car has a pretty good amount of get up and go. Always maintains power. Car handles very well. Built strong, no corrosion, great stainless condition.

    Pros: Handles great, tons of looks, car is in great shape, stainless is flawless,

    Cons: Wish it had more horsepower but can still outrun my mustang.

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    Back Seats Ranked 1981 Dodge Challenger Coupe worse.
    "never been in the back seat and dont really think it has one."
    Family Car Ranked 1981 Dodge Challenger Coupe worse.
    "I dont have or want a family so it is perfect."

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    1983 Delorean DMC-12 Reviews

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    the best car when traveling in time and from home to work - sometimes even just around the block for fun or so the car unfortunately has lousy milage which is the biggest reason for why it never becom... Read More

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    My Deloren By Luis

    no repairs at all it sometimes makes a sqeak noise. acceleration is not bad its handling is good no maintenance at all gas is perfect its really fun to drive and it feels comftable its a really goo... Read More

    Awesome By Jack

    very fun to drive not to fast and the frame cant take a turn but its still awesome to drive very affordable if you can find one very exclusive but if you find one you should get one cause they will be... Read More

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