Affordable options for getting into the sports car thing

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  1. naveed211

    naveed211 Friend of Leo's

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    I must be approaching a mid life crisis, but I’m starting to crave buying a sports car. Blame @JL_LI ’s thread.

    I’ve gotten over GAS in the last year. Maybe I can stand to treat myself within reason. I’ve never had any car remotely sporty.

    What’s a fun, sporty car to drive in the, say, $10,000 and under range? Doesn’t matter if it’s older. 0-60 or 1/4 mile not as important as just good acceleration and handling.
     
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    Miata.
     
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    E36 M3, if you can find one that hasn't been ridden hard and put away wet.
     
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    Older Ford Mustang GT.
     
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    I have owned a 2001 Miata LS for 15 years. Plenty of faster cars, but NONE are more fun. An old BMW Z3 would be a close second.
     
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    My aunt and uncle have been in a Miata club for years. They love it. Maybe I’ll have to give one a drive.
     
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    You need a C4 Corvette (4th generation body style) from 94-96. Those came from the factory with 300HP and handle really well.
     
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    A Z3 is a good bet for an older sports car but there may not be many available around 10K. Older Boxters have reliability issues. We got rid of one at 38000 miles with a top that needed replacement after replacing a water pump and a computer from a flooded interior. We’re trading an SLK on the Z4. You should find them for under 20K depending on age. We had zero repairs in 7 years on ours. Maintenance at a dealer can be costly but we found it to be worth it.

    If sporty without being a sports car works, I highly recommend a BMW 128i coupe. My wife drove one for quite a few years with no problems. It’s a little smaller and more nimble than a 3 series and will run about 30% less used. The convertible is harder to find but it’s a rip.
     
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    Miata. Plenty of affordable parts and easy repairs and amateur race groups across the country with SCCA and others. Excellent starter sports car.
     
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    10k is a lotta dough.
    Good Brit stuff available in that range.
    MGB, MG Midget, Triumph Spitfire, TR6.
    Also 80s Alfa Spider.
    If you don't turn wrenches...follow the Miata advice.
     
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    "The answer is always Miata."

    My dad had a Corvette. When driving it, you could tell it could be a lot of fun if not for traffic laws and, well, traffic. I inherited his E-type. It wasn't fun so much as it was a time machine, it sounded and smelled like 1967.

    A Miata is a go cart you enjoy ever minute of every drive. And its the same if it's a 1992 or a 2015 version.
     
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    Make sure you put the top down!
     
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    What works for me is to think in relative terms, comparing what I drive now to what my knucklehead friends and I drove in high school and right after. Back then a 4,000 lb.
    car with around 300 hp would have seemed pretty rad. All our 4,000 Dee-troit hand-me-downs fell way short of that without some serious bolt-on help.

    I drive a 2014 Grand Caravan, which weighs around 4,000 lb., has just under 300 hp, can get 27 mpg on a good day and has made a pretty good low-maintenance work vehicle for 200,000 miles (knock on wood). And I’m pretty sure it handles as well or better than anything I drove or rode in back then.

    See? Just like that, I realize I already have a “sports car!” Sorted!
     
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    Looks for a used Z.
     
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    I’m just stopping by to say that I didn’t know you could get into anything sporty for $10k. I’m a pickup man (primarily because I need the bed and towing capacity several times a week) so I’m by no means in the loop with sports cars.
     
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    Look what I have on my drive at present

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    How could you possibly resist?

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    Unfortunately it belongs to my son.
     
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    Track guys always use an acronym: M.I.A.T.A.

    It stands for "Miata Is Always The Answer"
     
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    I own a Miata. I had some concerns about using a small convertible as a daily driver.

    It's the best car I've ever had. It makes every mundane trip a go kart adventure.

    The nimbleness makes it easy to get around and accelerate away from stupid situations rather than being stuck in the middle or behind them. That makes a normally miserable work commute much more bearable.

    A friend at work asked me if it makes me drive fast. I told him no, I just don't have to put up with people driving slow.
     
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    Through odd circumstances we ended up with a Porsche Boxster. Haven't had it long and still have some reservations, but for a guy who has driven pickups for 40 years, it's a hot rod. It's extremely fast and sits perfectly flat going around curves. If you need to make evasive maneuvers, this is the ticket. It has little storage space and not that much space for the driver or passenger either, so it's basically a Sunday drive kinda car, but no one gets a sports car for a daily driver, do they?
     
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    Miata, or as they call them here "MX-5".

    Got myself a 2004 NB model, the thing is barely worth two grand. It's not as sought after as a pop-up headlight model, but it's newer and faster. I really can't see anything being as fun for less than 5x that price.
     
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