I apologize for the novel
I am at a crossroads and need your thoughts, opinions, and advice. Mid-40's, 3 young kids. My daily driver is a 2015 WRX (which I love) and my wife drives a 2013 Honda Odyssey. I live in Minnesota (Minneapolis burbs).
I am struggling here. I have a long history of owning lighter, fun, RWD sports cars (past cars include but are not limited to three different generations of RX-7's, and recently a BRZ that I had to part with due to the growing family). As much as I love the WRX as a daily driver (some minor handling/suspension mods) I really want a weekend/fun car that can occasionally be driven to work on weekdays for fun and the occasional AutoX. I don't need amenities. I want lighter, lower, and fun. I have the WRX and Odyssey for everything else.
I have spent the good part of the last 12 months looking at used Miata's and S2K's. I have to be honest, as much as I love the cost of the Miata I just have not fallen in love with the NA, and NB's that I have driven. The NC is just missing something for me, but I fit better in the NC than the NB (I am not fat, my eyes are literally level with the top of the windshield). I keep trying to make myself love these cars, and struggle to.
I like the S2K, but lower mileage good ones near me that are not beat to death or modded improperly are hard to find and expensive ($18-22K). I like the car more than the Miata, but again, not really in love with it enough to drop $20K. The driving dynamics are pretty much there for me but the styling does nothing. And I hate to sound superficial, but I want a car that I love, not just like.
I keep thinking I might pickup a used FR-S/BRZ.. I loved the car a lot. The power is lacking, but the driving dynamics are all there. Low to the ground. Great handling, cheap to maintain, etc. But... I drove an Elise a few years ago and keep coming back to it.
I love the styling of the Elise. I love the handling, and driving dynamics. I don't mind the spartan interior and lack of amenities. The price is a little more than I would like to spend but, I have the money and feel the car (used 2005-2006) will most likely hold it's current value pretty well over time. The Elise seems to stir my soul in a way that the others don't.
So what's the problem, right? Buy an Elise and be done with it you say... Well here is the thing. The fiberglass body shell scares me. The cost of having things repaired scares me. I am somewhat handy but not a wrench head. I have three young kids who will be near the car on bikes, scooters, balls, etc. So this is where I would love to hear from you. Actual Elise owners who are similar to me in that you may have young kids. I don't want a moneypit and I also don't want to be worried everytime I have to park the car at a busy store somewhere. Am I over thinking this? Overly worried?
Thanks for hearing me out.