Originally Posted by Huntsman
As for your 'second choice' -- yeah that's pretty intense, especially from a maintenance perspective!! Enjoy!
Well, as you said, the Z4MC sometimes leaves you craving some cossetting on the drive home.
I've got some experience with old Rolls-Royces and Bentleys and the 80s cars aren't that bad if you avoid the turbo cars or one that hasn't been driven regularly. There are two 80s Bentleys for sale on the RROC forum, one an 8 and one a Turbo R, with maintenance records running back 15 years. The 8 averaged $1500/year to run, the Turbo R was $3000/year. Unfortunately, most people would simply see the totals ("My friend had one of those and spent almost $23,000 on maintenance!!) rather than the cars or timelines.
Originally Posted by phreak
Would be interested to get opinions from SFers on an e31 8-series. Don't own but would like to one day
I love the design of the 8 series, and while many recommend the rare, expensive 12-cylinder models like the 850CSi, with the 840 putting out nearly 300hp you aren't exactly slumming and the reduction in maintenance is exponential due to the 12-cylinder's design (being run as two 6-cylinders, just nuts).
My preference would be for the Porsche 928S4, which has similar running cost and feels as luxurious (costs similar money), but is a much better drive.