Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern New England
Another recommend me a car thread (roadster)
Mull this question over for me, if you donít mind, during your post-holiday stupor. Iím thinking about putting a roadster in that empty space in the new garageÖsomething just for fun on a nice summer day. Iíve been looking at three cars with nearly identical performance specs but not prices. Nicely equipped, the Boxster S is $76K, the 370Z is $48K, and a Z4 is $62K.
I test-drove and liked the Boxster, except for the price tag. Itís really nice, and much more civilized then my present cars, but I canít convince myself that itís provides $30K more entertainment than the less refined 370Z.
Iím a long-time Datsun/Nissan Z enthusiast, and the 370Z is fun to drive and has a lot of good points, but Iím not sure how much use Iíd get out of it. Its non-existent storage space means you canít run errands in it or take more than an overnight trip. It also has a history of PITA problems with roof fitment. And I kind of want something different.
Iíd like to look at a Z4, but neither of the dealers has one in stock, and the salespeople arenít even motivated enough to find out when they might get one. Iím not sure if the Z4ís hard top is desirable enough to outweigh its poor reliability history and all the Z4 forum inhabitants seem to think it needs a zillion mods to be livable.
Your opinions, please. Or is there something else that should be on my short list (in this general price range and with a MT)? If Iím going to order something and get it by spring, Iíll have to decide by the end of January.
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