Okay everyone... I'm pretty sure most of you know what happened to me. I still don't know if/when the car will be repaired, but I've already decided that I won't be keeping it either way. Mainly because I'm sick of automatic, but also because I don't want a car with 70% new body panels and a repaired frame. I've made the decision to sell the car private party if/when it's back.
I'm having a hard time finding another red '04 GTS with the old action package and options I want. Now I'm leaning heavily toward the Mazdaspeed Miata. It has a six-speed, 178 HP, 166lbs of torque (36 more than our car!), RWD, and weighs the same as a GTS. I love the styling, the Racing Hart wheels it has, and the awesome metal-flake red paint. My father's company has a partnership deal with Mazda, so we could probably get one in the low 20's (21-22k).
I'm just not sure though. There is no after market yet for this car (may never be, it's limited edition). Plus, I've got soft and grown accustom to the roof and back seat our Celi has. I could just go with a manual GTS and add a body kit later...
What does everyone honestly think? I know this is a Celica site, but some I'm still interested to see the feedback. Please no "Miata's are a girls car" comments, because I've loved the cars since I was 15, and that isn't going to change. My main plans for either car would be some speed mods and trips to the 1/4 track, but also one or two autox events.
Just want to see what you'd do in my position. And sorry everyone, I'll be staying on the site whether I get another Celica or not.