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Old 06-08-2017, 01:00 PM   #1
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Sports car?

Did you buy a fancy sports car when you retired?

I have my eye on a nearly new Porsche Boxster but don't want to be a cliché

....or maybe you 'treated' yourself to something else as a retirement gift...from you...to you?
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:04 PM   #2
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We bought a house , our first one at age 50. cost us almost 7 figures.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:36 PM   #3
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Had my sports cars while I was working. Now I'd rather have a car that I can rely on and not have to pay an arm and leg for maintenance and repairs, even though I have enough dollars to do that if I want to. So I bought a Mazda 6. Nice car, semi-fun to drive, but reliable and inexpensive to maintain.
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get a zl1 convertible, that's what i'm getting
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:50 PM   #5
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Yes ! next spring when DW and I are both retired we will get a sports car . I have already looked at the Porsche Boxter and decided it is more problem then I want . Some cars that I am looking at and this is just opinion but check out the maintenance on the Porsche.
If you like the Porsche mid engine , check out the Toyota MR II real dependable and cheap to maintain.
Probably the top rated roadster for the money are the Mazda Miatas.
Tons of Camaro's Mustangs out there used ones are pretty cheap and easy to maintain.

I know this is crazy as hell but we took one of the Fiat 500 Abarth's out for a test drive . We loved it . It seemed like we were driving a go cart on public roads . ...........But again they are not one of the top rated cars by any means.
The old days I used to rebuild Triumphs and MG's so easy to work on . Older brother still does Jags.
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Old 06-08-2017, 02:03 PM   #6
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Bought a new Corvette about every 3 years before and after I retired. As I got older I found I still wanted the high performance but also wanted something a lot more comfortable, luxurious and easier to get in and out of so I switch to a mid size high performance SUV. They actually cost more than the Vetts but it fills my need for speed and in much more comfort.
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Bought a 1971 VW Beetle - something to keep me busy (restoring) in my post-engineering days.

Seriously looking at other toys...maybe an older BMW roadster if I can find the right one.
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You can buy Mercedes benz SL 55 or 63 AMG and get 500 supercharged horses for around 20-30K. Lots of value, but when it breaks down, bend over
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2004-2008ish...well over 100K when new
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You can buy Mercedes benz SL 55 or 63 AMG and get 500 supercharged horses for around 20-30K. Lots of value, but when it breaks down, bend over
The "bend over" part is applied across the board for the MB lineup, not just the AMG optioned cars.
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Old 06-08-2017, 02:23 PM   #11
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You can buy Mercedes benz SL 55 or 63 AMG and get 500 supercharged horses for around 20-30K. Lots of value, but when it breaks down, bend over
Yes, I read an article where the dealership wanted $57K to rebuild the engine... the guy did it himself....
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Old 06-08-2017, 02:32 PM   #12
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Just traded my 2001 Boxster S with 81K mile for a 2009 Boxster S with 17K miles. Owned the 2001 Boxster for 8 years. The Boxster is a great sports car and you get way more "bang-for-the-buck" vs the 911. I was seriously thinking of moving to the 911, but I do not like the convertible look and it was really hard to justify the extra money for the 911. Even if I did not want a convertible I would have went with the Cayman S which is basically a had-top Boxster with a higher tuned engine. IMHO there is nothing like the handling of the mid-engine design. The car was made to be driven hard and on winding roads. So much fun to drive... The Boxster is not know for throw you back into the seat power. If that is what you want get a Corvette. The only down side to any Porsche is the maintenance cost. I did all my own work on the 2001 Boxster. Did not take it to the shop once, so I save a lot of money doing my own work (hobby). They are extremely expensive to take into a dealer for maintenance. If you do not work on cars make sure you have a factory warranty.
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Didn't buy an expensive sports car- bought a 2007 Pontiac Solstice, the least expensive 2 seat car I could find at the time. Still have it, only about 7500 miles but still fun to drive.
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My sports car is 99 GMC Suburban with a big block and modified ecu.

Comfortable as a living room armchair, fast when needed, great visibility all around, huge low end torque with a 4.11 diff.. 50/50 front to rear weight distribution gives good handling, and in several Fire dept. tests, will not get blown over until crosswind is over 95 MPH. And it hauls my 18 foot kayak with ease. Had it since 2001. Oh yeah, it can tow pretty big trailers too.

Sucks up gas at a ferocious rate, but that is OK, with a 45 gallon tank.
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Not the sports car type, I'm afraid. Looking forward to autonomous vehicles.
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Probably not. I had a '75 Corvette in my 20's and DW had an '01 Audi TT in her mid 40's, so we may be cured. Our current sports car has a main, jib and asymmetrical spinnaker and cost more than any sports car, short of an exotic. If I was going to buy a bonafide sports car today, the Porsche Cayman would be first on our list...
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Old 06-08-2017, 03:56 PM   #20
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I'll tell you what's a nice looking new Sports Car is the Lexus LC. Just about the most comfortable 471 hp you'll ever sit in.

2018 Lexus LC - Luxury Coupe | Lexus.com

But, alas, $92K is a little too rich for my blood. I'll keep my BMW 5-series, thank you very much.....it fits me just like a well worn glove.
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