Which 2 seater soft top would you pick?

Suspended
Joined
12 Jan 2005
Posts
346
Location
Walsall
Mic said:
Bit pricey i would have thought. But id love one of them:D
Theres a 2001 on autotrader for 17k.

media

2001 51 Reg BMW M ROADSTER Z3M 3.2 [325 BHP]
51,000 miles, Metallic PHOENIX YELLOW with Black leather. Air conditioning, ABS, Alloy wheels, Electric windows, Electrically adjustable seats, Heated seats, Immobiliser, Remote locking, Sports seats, Foglights, Full service history. Power Hood, VIEWING STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT.. £16,995 p/x welcome.

Probably not the best colour, but it wouldn't bother me :)
 
Man of Honour
OP
Joined
18 Oct 2002
Posts
20,342
Location
Äkäslompolo
S2000 - The driving style required just doesn't suit mine. I like to be able to make good progress in a lazy fashion. I don't want to have to rev the **** off the car to get anywhere. It also doesn't feel as 'special' as the others for some reason.

BMW Z3M - I'm afraid the looks do absolutely nothing for me. Whilst it may be a great car it would be almost impossible to insure and if I was going to get a BMW it would be the Z4 over the Z3 any day.

At the minute my favourites are the Boxster and the Z4. I love both for different reasons. The looks of the Z4 really do it for me whereas the performance and the badge of the Porsche interest me too.

Has anyone an idea of what I'd be looking at paying for servicing on a Boxster at an independent specialist? The Porsche badge makes me think a standard service will be £500+ which is a major factor when choosing. I'm assuming the servicing on the Z4 will be cheaper than the Boxster?
 
Soldato
Joined
9 May 2003
Posts
3,062
Location
Midlands
For me it would be the Z4. Never been a fan of Boxters and if you spent all your money on the 350z then you will always be in the shadow of the new Skyline GTR when its released. It looks just as ugly but if it goes like previous generations then at least it will have some serious stink about it. Don't think it will be a convertible though :)

GTR_Proto_31.JPG
 
Man of Honour
Joined
17 Oct 2002
Posts
159,718
MarkyMark said:
if you spent all your money on the 350z then you will always be in the shadow of the new Skyline GTR when its released.

How on earth will you 'always be in the shadow' of a £40k+ Coupe if you spend £18k on a convertible 350Z? :confused:
 
Man of Honour
Man of Honour
Joined
23 Dec 2002
Posts
10,025
Location
London
Have to say that I'd like to rethink my initial response of "boxster" after being in Freefallers turbo MX5.
I think that I'd now be inclined to buy one of those instead, and with the change have some very nice holidays.
Whilst you might think that the MX isn't in the same league, let me mention a few points:
- MUCH lighter than most of the rest of the cars mentioned. At 1060kg, it's 200kg lighter than the Boxster, Z4 and S2000, and 300kg lighter than a Z3 (they really are HEAVY), and SLK. Don't even ask about the 350Z, which is on par with the mustang for lardiness and is really a GT as against a sports car. The only cars really in the running for weight are TVRs, and Elise/VX. The Elise/VX are awesome cars, but are simply far to raw for long distance driving (IMO).
- Still have 50:50 weight distribution, meaning that they have wonderful and progressive handling. Linked to the low weight, they're a good match for most cars down a backroad, even with a standard engine. Give it a 50% power increase, and it'll have a power to weight ratio in the same league as some of the cheaper 911s.
- Doesn't need to be revved into the ground, unlike an S2000. I had concerns about the noise from it not matching a lovely 6, but can assure you that it does sound damn good for a straight four.

All in all, a very complete sports car, which can be done cheaply enough to spend the remainder on fuel for a couple of years, or some decent holidays.
 
Soldato
Joined
9 May 2003
Posts
3,062
Location
Midlands
[TW]Fox said:
How on earth will you 'always be in the shadow' of a £40k+ Coupe if you spend £18k on a convertible 350Z? :confused:

Its kind of like the whole persona of "a poor mans Porsche". In essence 30-40k is not what poor people can afford. But when you have the likes of them going up to 300k then in perspective its the cheapest Porsche you can buy. You don't see any cheap Ferrari's or Lambo's from new.

So my comment about the 350z was basically that despite it being convertible, with the roof up it looks like something it will never be. And the 350z coupe imo looks similar to the new GTR. Not its fault, but it would be like haivng a body kitted BMW or an M3. Oh and I know they are two different cars, its just the way i've always felt about it. Not hard fact, but I don't like the 350z. But if I had to put up with the shape of it for myself then i'd at least want it to go like the GTR, if that kind of makes sense lol :)
 
Man of Honour
Joined
17 Oct 2002
Posts
159,718
As much as I admire the MX5 and think it's a fantastic car, it surely cannot be compared to a Boxster.

A Boxster is a sure candidate for the finest Sports Car in the world - whereas the MX5, good as though it is, is a Mazda. It is not a Porsche Boxster.

It would be like me recommending a Mondeo Ghia X to somebody considering a Mercedes-Benz S Class. Of course, the Mondeo is an excellent car, one of my favourites, but it's never going to be an S Class.

Just like an MX5 just isn't a viable alternative to a Porsche Boxster.

Take a Boxster out for a spin and you'll realise :)
 
Man of Honour
Joined
5 Jun 2003
Posts
91,375
Location
Falling...
[TW]Fox said:
As much as I admire the MX5 and think it's a fantastic car, it surely cannot be compared to a Boxster.

A Boxster is a sure candidate for the finest Sports Car in the world - whereas the MX5, good as though it is, is a Mazda. It is not a Porsche Boxster.

It would be like me recommending a Mondeo Ghia X to somebody considering a Mercedes-Benz S Class. Of course, the Mondeo is an excellent car, one of my favourites, but it's never going to be an S Class.

Just like an MX5 just isn't a viable alternative to a Porsche Boxster.

Take a Boxster out for a spin and you'll realise :)

I agree with the comparing the mx5 to a boxster - 2 cars in competely different leagues.
 
Soldato
Joined
2 Jun 2003
Posts
8,950
Location
Nottingham
Bah i just wanted an excuse to post that damn nice pic. :p

I suppose the MX5 would be the perfect one to pick if he wanted to spend a little less. But to be honest i think id go for the Boxster really.
 
Back
Top Bottom