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post #23806 of 26272
2000s MR2s are mid-engined Miatas and not far removed from Lotus Elise's when swapped with the 2ZZ. As with anything RTC, drive em all then decide.
post #23807 of 26272
the Mk2 was the last MR2. i refuse to acknowledge the lineage of that 2000s bug eyed spyder bullshit fight[1].gif
post #23808 of 26272
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The biggest question which may have been mentioned is do you work on your cars? And do you have money on the side for repairs? BMWs are amazing cars pre E-90, but it looks like you are all over the place? I would never cross shop some of these cars. Personally I would suggest an e30 or miata as there is a wealth of information on both cars and parts are cheap/abundant (miata is the highest selling sport car ever). I would stay away from e46 and e36. I cant really speak on the japanese cars but the 2000s MR2s are garbage from what I have heard. 

 

I thought the 2003 MR2 improved on the issues that plagued the earlier ones.

I don't work on my car and actually wanted to learn a bit. This would be a second car, so down time wouldn't be a big issue. I don't have a ton of money on the side for repairs. Which was why the miata spoke to me.

The above cars are a weird smattering of cars, but they're all manual convertibles that look like they'd be fun to drive.

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2000s MR2s are mid-engined Miatas and not far removed from Lotus Elise's when swapped with the 2ZZ. As with anything RTC, drive em all then decide.

 

I might go check that one out tomorrow actually. 

 

You're all going to laugh at this, but this guy is asking 2200. Could probably do 2k.

https://providence.craigslist.org/cto/5710250334.html

 

That plasti dip makes my eyes hurt, but there was sheet metal welded on to address rust (saw pics) and at that price I could probably have the damn thing painted. Would need an exhaust too, but I can't see a stock miata exhaust costing anything.

 

On the other end, this guy said he'd settle for 4k.

 

https://newhaven.craigslist.org/cto/5710284834.html

 

96 miata with 100k miles. Looks in amazing condition. Listed for 4500, he said he'd take 4000. If I gave him a check for 3800 and had my checkbook, it might swing over to be more reasonable.


Edited by ridethecliche - 8/1/16 at 7:29pm
post #23809 of 26272
That 240 is a steal. And a great entry car. Manual, has a few mods, but not riced out. A very good choice.

That Mr2, either way. Was also a good pick. An aftermarket steering wheel and shift knob would really liven up the interior. -excellent parts support, engines available (4agze), great handling. And choice of cool retro jdm wheels. Another solid choice.

That Miata actually looked nice too. If you go the way folks here do with it? A good base to work on.

Add the super clean Rx7? Your browsing is much improved.

One of these 4 will see you happy.

My order of preference?
1. Rx7 (just tooo good to pass)
2.mr2 (cool retro pocket rocket)
3.240 (best aftermarket support of all time)
4.miata. the gray / striped one. (Would look sick on Watanabe's)
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Edited by Thrift Vader - 8/1/16 at 8:47pm
post #23810 of 26272
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That 240 is a steal. And a great entry car. Manual, has a few mods, but not riced out. A very good choice.

That Mr2, either way. Was also a good pick. An aftermarket steering wheel and shift knob would really liven up the interior. -excellent parts support, engines available (4agze), great handling. And choice of cool retro jdm wheels. Another solid choice.

That Miata actually looked nice too. If you go the way folks here do with it? A good base to work on.

Add the super clean Rx7? Your browsing is much improved.

One of these 4 will see you happy.

My order of preference?
1. Rx7 (just tooo good to pass)
2.mr2 (cool retro pocket rocket)
3.240 (best aftermarket support of all time)
4.miata. the gray / striped one. (Would look sick on Watanabe's)
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Wait, which MR2 are you talking about?

I'm a bit scared of the rotary engine tbh. Would it destroy me if something went wrong? Everyone is terrified of them and I feel like not enough people here know enough about them relative to you.

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Coming back to this car though, I'm really not sure I can do better for the price if this works. Plenty left for repairs. If the AC is awful I can have one put in by sourcing parts over the fall... or just drive my regular car if it's that bad out.

 

https://boston.craigslist.org/sob/cto/5673054752.html

 

Probably sub 3k out the door taxes tags etc (it's at a dealership-ish). Leaves about 1k left for any repairs that come down the line.

Vs the other miata that's about 1500 more, still requires taxes and is just running off the illusion that it's just better because it has 40k miles less.

post #23812 of 26272
I was talking about the Black 1st gen Mr2. Can be VERY trad jdm goodness with a few nods to the culture. Plenty quick too. There is enough aftermarket support to provide choices.
(I know where some super rare wheels are that will fit one, "Tom's", Work, and Volk)

So, Rotaries are not my specialty, but i see no reason to be weirded out by them. Remember, v8 only mechanics won't even touch a Subaru. The flat 4 weirds them out. Imho, a mechanic scared of any engine isn't worth his hourly rate.anyway, think of rotary as a sandwich, with salsa and a dorito in the middle, you have 2 cases(bread), and a layer of salsa (middle block) with a triangle (dorito) that spins really fast. Being that you have your head around a subaru being a 2-piece block, with the crank and pistons in the middle. It's not a stretch to understand a 3-piece block. In fact, they are absurdly simple engines. Waaay simpler than a twin cam flat 4 with variable timing.

You are just leaving the egg. It really makes no difference which engine format you choose. 2 years from now, you will be an expert on whatever engine you run with. So a running rotary in good health, is not something to be afraid of. Plenty of time to research it.

That miata had a small front hit. Check the a/c condenser for wet spots if no gas.
Not the best looker , but i can see why you dig it.
post #23813 of 26272
"Shops for convertible, worries about a/c. . . "
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You left that one open. Hehe
post #23814 of 26272
N/A rotaries are pretty solid - it's the turbo ones that give people pause. The extra heat weakens the apex seals. I'd scope out a good rotary mechanic in your area before buying one since you cannot drop it off anywhere and expect people to know what their way around one.
post #23815 of 26272
Apex seals are like piston rings.
post #23816 of 26272
Has anyone read anything credible concerning BMW finally coming out with its X7?
post #23817 of 26272
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Has anyone read anything credible concerning BMW finally coming out with its X7?

Won't be released until Q1 2018
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Insurance came through on the generous side. Have a 2012 A6 on hold at my dealer that I hope to claim in a few days.

Good to hear. Your car is new enough that it should be easy enough to find a nice example that has been taken care of to similar standards of your own.

Sucks hard when someone totals your older car that you've taken excellent care of. Even if their insurance comes through nicely, if you are talking a 10-15 year old car, you'll have trouble finding anything as good as what you had. At that point...the people who take excellent care of their cars are probably planning to run their car into the ground...the ones for sale are the ones that haven't seen gobs of on-time maintenance and excessive cosmetic care.

Maybe the M3 has enough enthusiasts out there that insurance could be convinced to shell out on a car that's way above blue book since there are plenty of well preserved vehicles out there...but I would still wager that GF would get fucked out of a few grand if his car got totaled and he wanted to get back into a comparable ride..
post #23819 of 26272
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Here we go!

Some delusion with some sellers there, but the 240 looks like the best choice imo if the fender damage isn't terrible.
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Guy with this one just called me: https://newhaven.craigslist.org/cto/5710284834.html

 

It's listed at 4500, but he said he'd dump it for 3500 if I was actually serious and wanted to check it out. He told me he used to work for breitling and is retiring at the end of the month and is downsizing his fleet. And then he said a friend is selling him his jag and he wants to get it. 

It's definitely the lowest mileage of the lot. Lets see how it goes.


Um, dumb question, but how the heck does someone get a car home from out of state if you don't have plates/tags etc?

 

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Originally Posted by horndog View Post

N/A rotaries are pretty solid - it's the turbo ones that give people pause. The extra heat weakens the apex seals. I'd scope out a good rotary mechanic in your area before buying one since you cannot drop it off anywhere and expect people to know what their way around one.

 

Yeah, that's definitely what I thought.

 

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Some delusion with some sellers there, but the 240 looks like the best choice imo if the fender damage isn't terrible.
 
Pics make me think that the rear quarter panel was replaced. Color looks off relative to the rest.

This is the RX7 that @Thrift Vader is talking about.
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