- everyday fun/exciting car for 1500 stirlings…
I just got a 2003 MX5.
1.8 Sport, as high spec as they got:
Heated leather seats
Electric windows and mirrors
Limited slip diff
30,000 miles and full Mazda dealer history. Just north of £2k
Great car and feels like driving a new one.
Was cruising around last night. T-shirt on, roof down, heated seats – watching the mega-moon.
Posted 5 years agodohMember
Love my micra 160sr feels like I’m a blue bottle when I drive it.Posted 5 years ago
Nothing fancy but it has 1.6 engine with slightly stiffer springs that won’t shatter your back and is cheap to run. Think the sport+ is the same car just different badge. Should get a 2005 ish one for near your budget.DufferMember
I think you were onto a winner to begin with; BMW. You’d get a decent E36 for that money- silky smooth straight 6 and rear wheel drive. The earlier ones are reckoned to be more reliable (so one badged a 325i, rather than a 328i).
Keep an eye on Retro Rides for some inspiration. There’s usually some ‘interesting’ motors for sale.Posted 5 years agorichmtbSubscriber
Don’t worry, I’m not buying. There’s a very specific reason why no one suggested a Golf GTi of that era
The VAG car of that era to go for is the Leon Cupra.
Sure its not an MX-5 but they were a hell of a lot better handling and more fun to drive than the Golfs of the same vintagePosted 5 years agoDeveron53Member
For that money:
BMW 728i (E38). Surprisingly cheap to run and feels like a luxury tank. I’ve had 3 of them. If you get a good one, you can sell it after a year for about what you paid for it. Just MOT, Tax and petrol. E38s were the pinnacle of quality and luxury that wasn’t ruined by electronics. Avoid large diameter fancy non-OEM alloys.
(EDIT: You can get a 29er with wheels off in the boot)
Nissan 300ZX. A bit more exciting. Get a good JDM 2+2 Auto non-turbo with low miles. Nissan reliability.
That’s what I’d get but then I’m not exactly ‘normal’!Posted 5 years agomk1fanMember
What do you mean by ‘fun / exciting’?
2-seat convertibles are universally ‘fun’ when the roof is down (imho) but definatively not when the roof is up / hardtop fitted.
At the budget you should buy on condition of the specific car not by the brand.
Shameless plug. This has been a lot of fun, reliable, reasonably economic and practical;Posted 5 years ago
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