I want to get a relatively cheap import to work on and gain experience with. I dream of one day being a car mechanic and want to start out with a project like this. Most people suggest a domestic car, but honestly i can't find a domestic i'd willingly pay money for, and i'm trying to stay away from a huge V8 that i might kill myself in. Looking for a relatively small 4-cyl most likely, something that a "beginner" could do with some assistance. An "easy" car i suppose, with lots of options and available parts. I've been told a Civic is what i'm looking for since they are cheap, easy to work on, and won't break the bank. Reliability is important, because i don't want to be replacing things left and right just to keep it driveable. also im not looking to build some badass ricer, no 600whp or $20K worth of upgrades. I wnt to start basic, and just have a "decent" car that is fun to drive and has a little more "pep" than normal. discuss. cliffs: suggest to me the best project car that is easy to work on and won't break the bank.