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help me pick a used sports car

jmd0607 jmd0607
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 06/06
Posted: 06/15/06
01:32 PM

Some time soon I will buy a used sports car; my daily driver is a 2002 MB S430 Sport-I love it; I also have a 2005 Lexus LX 470 - a great family car and luxury hauler; now I want a toy; I have approx 25-30K for this and am considering the following(depending on the vehicle some would be older than others);cars must be reasonably fast, a standard, good fit and finish, somewhat of a a head turner; if you have experience with any of these vehicles, can give guidance, or an opinion, let me know and the basis for your recommendation. Thanks. CONSIDERING THE FOLLOWING:

Audi TT quatro(2001-2003?)

Porche Boxster(S) (2000-2002?)

Porche 911 (1996-1998?)

masda RX8 (2004-2005)

corvette (1999-2001?)

Mustang GT (2005)

Nissan Z (2004-2005)

BMW Z4 (2002-2003?)  

frankrizzo-#002 frankrizzo-#002
New User | Posts: 10 | Joined: 05/05
Posted: 06/24/06
06:52 AM

i would go with the Porsche 911. The 911 is a timeless design, they are classic and classy and based on wanting a head turner i thikn this is best choice - and to be shallow but truthful I dont think 90% of the american public could reliably tell you which Porsches were newer if you lined up 10 in a lineup.  

Camaro67racer Camaro67racer
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 05/06
Posted: 07/10/06
01:27 PM

In my opinion, DO NOT BUY AN AUDI TT!!!! I have had nothing but bad experience with it. It was a 2001 TT roadster with 45,000 miles on it and had well over $4K in repairs to it! Blinker regulator went out around 40K that was $500, airbag sensor went bad around 40K another $500, parking brake would not stay engaged, fuel gauge was off about 1/4 but the dealer wanted $1,500 to replace the instrument cluster which i didnt have done and to top it off which cause me to get rid of the car was the transmission would grind gears since day one (bad syncros) and the dealership could never find any problems, so it blew a spider gear at 45k which put a 4 inch hole in the trans case! (this happened in casual round-town driving) Dealer wanted $5k to put in a new tranny but I had a used one installed ($2,500) and promply traded the car in at 45,000 miles. The car was never abused and infact was good until the day it was out of warranty (many will think that it was a 4yr 50,000mile warranty but it was not untill 2002 models). The car was a *** after 36,000! Mazda RX-8 is a really bad choice as well, that car has major reliablity issues and you will have problems starting it in the winter if you live in a cold climate. I think your best bet would be a Boxster or 911. Absolutly a blast to drive and will also turn heads. Remember the maintenance costs too as Porsche parts are expensive and last i checked it was $200 for an oil change on a 911 in my area. If your into tuning, picking up an old Vette could be fun to trick out and hop up the HP also, as Chevys are extremely cheap to hook up and put down some serious power. Good luck!  

sfowle sfowle
Enthusiast | Posts: 507 | Joined: 05/06
Posted: 07/13/06
11:59 PM

I think if you want to follow a slightly cheaper path, go with the 350Z (track edition in Daytona The engine is extremely reliable and easy to get parts for, since it is in basically every Nissan/Infiniti product on the market. It looks cool, sounds awesome and is a lot of fun to drive. It was also our Automobile of the Year when it first came out. The Infiniti G35 coupe is also a nice car if you want to add a back seat and a touch of plushness. If you want to spend a little more money, I'd go with a Boxster S. It is one of the most well balanced cars in the world, and since it was designed to be a convertible, not a coupe with the roof cut off, its plenty rigid. They feel a bit cave-like with the top up though, so if you won't be able to cruise top down too often, I wouldn't get one. As mentioned above, the TT will have electrical problems, and the value is about to drop when the new one comes here. The 911 is a fine alternative to the Boxster if you want a Porsche but want a real roof. The RX-8 can be a hassle with the rotary engine using some oil, and they are easily flooded, leaving you stranded with a dead battery in your driveway.  

carnut0913 carnut0913
New User | Posts: 14 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 08/08/06
04:07 AM

I love the Z4s but for a headturner in your price range, I'd go for a C5 Vette.  You should be able to get a convertible in your price range, or lower and do some personalization.  If you are adventurous, for less money, pick up a 93-95 RX-7 or RX-7R and put the money you save on purchase into making it right and making it yours.  It is always a headturner.  

New User | Posts: 7 | Joined: 09/06
Posted: 09/29/06
01:20 AM

A 911 may be hard to come by for 25-30K unless it's very old.  For that money, I'd go with a Nissan Z or Infinity G35 coupe.  

Saki Saki
New User | Posts: 6 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 10/24/06
07:52 PM

Of your list, I'd consider the Boxster as the best car/value there, followed by a Corvette.  Did you consider the Honda S2000?  They are pretty rare, a relatively new one will fit your price range, are fun, and are reliable.  

RallyFan RallyFan
New User | Posts: 6 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 10/25/06
08:28 AM

Have you considered an Evo or an Sti?  Just a thought.  The Evo is probably the purer "sports" car, however, the Subie probably has better fit and finish and is a more civilized driver.  You DO get sub 5 second 0 to 60 times.  AWD for winter and wet weather traction is a bonus.  Something to think about.  If I had to pick between one of these two, I'd go for the Subie.  If these AREN'T an option for you, I'd go for these cars in this order:
1.  Corvette
2.  Nissan 350Z
3.  Honda S2000 (not fond of the looks)  

AH100Guy AH100Guy
New User | Posts: 6 | Joined: 11/06
Posted: 11/28/06
03:30 AM

The Honda S2000 is worth a look, go to and read the reviews, as well as the other cars you are interested in, everybody that has one loves it, great fun and great reliability.

As a counter to the prior post, I am not fond of the prior generation Corvettes looks, reminds me of a girl with a real big ***

The C4 Corvette, is clean, fast and relatively cheap these days.  

germany2009 germany2009
New User | Posts: 30 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 11/28/06
05:12 AM

I whould choose the infiniti g35 coupe or the mazda rx-8. I think that the top car in your list is the porsche 911 but you will get a very old car for your price range.  

calvin400 calvin400
New User | Posts: 45 | Joined: 12/06
Posted: 12/03/06
11:49 PM

I was wanting the same thing one month ago.
I found what I wanted.  I bought a used 2000 M Coupe.  Its sexy although some might say it looks odd but it turns heads all over because it so rare. (only 3000 built for North America).
I'll sell it to you for 100,000 USD.
That's how much I like it.  

Fuchs_Alloy Fuchs_Alloy
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 06/08
Posted: 06/25/08
05:58 AM

While I would personally prefer a 911, a Boxster will give you the best "bang for the buck." For $30K you could find a well cared for example. I feel that besides the 911, the Boxster is the most complete and capable sports car on your list; sure the Vette is faster, but the Boxster MUCH more rewarding to drive.  

taildraggin taildraggin
User | Posts: 76 | Joined: 04/08
Posted: 06/25/08
06:32 AM

For a toy, Lotus Elise?  2005s go for under $30k.  

Graduate, Rodan School of Automotive Design

marc.noordeloos marc.noordeloos
User | Posts: 174 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 06/25/08
08:01 AM

I too would go for an Elise. You own two comfortable cars already so get something that is more fun that any cars you list.

If the Lotus is too hardcore, I would go for a good Boxster S. The other option is to go for a 1980s era 911. I haven't checked pricing lately but I think you would have trouble finding a good 993-series 911 (I believe, 1994/1995-1998) in your budget.  

chuck2oonz chuck2oonz
New User | Posts: 7 | Joined: 06/08
Posted: 06/25/08
01:52 PM

911, for sure  

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