another middle aged sports car thread with a twist
MX5 hard to beat at that money for driving enjoyment, not the fastest and wont win any bragging competitions but lovely things to drive and explore limits in.Posted 4 years ago
surprisingly capable with a decent peddler behind the wheel too……. easy enough to quiet the “Hairdressers car” crowd on a trackday thats for sure.
Merc SLK is in budget, TT, Z3 / Z4 at a push
Jon – yes I believe that’s why it’s taken so long to have the conversation about it 😉 Still it was ace fun doing it, and we’ve had fun driving it but there’s no point it sitting on the drive and it’s not practical for me at all.
I do like the s2000s. That’s a useful thread. I’m not going down the XK route, I just know the words ‘money’ and ‘pit’ will enter my vocabulary. I know nothing about cars other than a vague intuition petrol is sometimes involved.Posted 4 years ago
Last year I bought my wife this for our 15th wedding anniversary.
In that year, it’s done about 500 miles. She’s just not got time to use it and hates it sitting on the drive, and I actually love driving it but sadly am about 6 inches too tall. So we’re going to move it on and buy something we both can drive (well let’s be honest, it’s me really). Mainly 30 miles to Cheltenham and to the local pub and anywhere we’re not taking teenage kids and dog.
I can’t get much past an MX-5. I know it’s all a bit hairdresser but I’ve almost no dignity left anyway 😉 Or a Honda S2000. Budget is 5-6k. This is not going to buy me a Jag XK sadly!
So we want something a bit bigger but not big, fast-ish without being nuts, reliable, not going to fall apart/rust if left outside and, enough space in the boot for something other than a small bag of grapes.
Anything else to consider?Posted 4 years ago
Klumpy – it really is tiny, it’s not just the fact you’re looking at the roof lining, it’s just very small inside. Which is ace. If you’re 5ft4. At 6ft, it’s like trying to put an octopus in a string bag!
MR2 – not really floating my boat.
Porsche – I think that’s probably XK territory… 😉
Not going to get much to trade ours. Bit quirky. Probably have to sell it first (which is about the least favourite job of mine) or accept we’ll lose a lot if we do trade. This is a bit of a conflict with my ‘can I have shiny now’!Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Another vote for S2000 (I’m not surprised to see all the recommendations before) great car, Honda quality and reliability and you can drive it sensiblely if you / your wife wants.
I wouldn’t buy a Porsche for 5k decent ones hold their value really well so not much worth looking at below £10k IMO.
Definitely a Z4 over the Z3.
MX5 is perfect for wife assuming you are not going to drive it.
I would double check the road tax situation vs engine size and age of the car, it pains me to pay nearly £500 for a car that does 3000 miles a year.Posted 4 years ago
I really think you should drive and then consider looks in the equation.
The S2000 is lovely but I’d shit myself if I drove it quickly.
The MX5 has alot less power but at the ends of its grip (and over) its simply sublime.
MR2’s boot is crazy tiny for even a purse.
If its just to bimble along fairly quickly in my money would be on a coupe TT or S2000.
If its for a laugh I’d look at the mk2.5 MX5 or (if you can stretch moneywise) Elise..Posted 4 years agoSammyCMember
Be careful on the S2000s, they can drink oil in the earlier models and I suspect the high revving engine doesn’t like being run dry.
That said they are really nice driving cars and because of the VTEC drives like a normal 2l car below the VTEC switch which was 5000rpm IIRC. 5000-8000rpm was fairly mental but below that just normal 2l.
Wish I still had mine 😐Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Alex, that little Suzuki is a beaut! A guy I work with has one, although a dick in a white van drove into the back of it at a controlled crossing a couple of months after he bought it. Insurance wrote it off. 🙁Posted 4 years ago
He might be interested in yours, what are you thinking of asking for it?
Stoner, yeah yeah at least I’m honest about it. It was that or buy a FS 29er. Leave me a shred of dignity eh? 🙂
CZ – dropped you a mail.
It’s a brilliant little car. Live driving a Jack Russell! Amazingly quick for a 700cc engine (turbo tho and very light) and superb in the corners. I get back in my yeti and it feels like a transit van.
Only about 1000 were imported. There’s 400 or so left registered and I saw some right dogs. They go from about 1k or less for ones that need basically rewelding from scratch to silly money for perfect ones. Ours is a really nice one and we spent some money on it as well. Don’t expect to get it all back, but it was worth it to see the look on my wife’s face when she realised I’d bought it for her.Posted 4 years ago
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