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Present and Future FWD Classic and Special Interest Cars

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  • oregonboyoregonboy Posts: 1,653
    I would have to think that the trunk springs on the models with wings must be far more powerful than those on their wingless brethren.

    The idea of removing the wing and leaving the spring unchanged gives me visions of a remote trunk release and a snoozing cat...

    bad james
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    Yup that is what happend to these guys. They forgot swap out the springs and the trunk lock cylinder so they had to call the guy back for those two items.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,906
    I vote for a new MINI, or a used Boxster... You can get a 2001 Boxster S for around $25K..

    For the price of that EVO, you could get a new MINI Cooper S..

    And... and.. and.. it would be a pretty rare EVO that hadn't been wrung out.. Rich kids get those.. not 30-something middle managers..

    Just my $0.02..

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  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    The MINI is everyone's darling right now. They are flying out the door. This certainly bodes well for their future "classic" status in the future....the old saying "Loved when new, loved when old".

    What I don't like is having to PAY for this popularity. You can't bargain on a new MINI. Pay MSRP or take a hike.

    EVOs have outrageous resale value. Another "classic to be" I'm sure.
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    Yup I only lost about 4 grand on my Cooper S.

    Not bad for 30,000 miles over two years.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    Does that include sales tax, etc?
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,906
    I don't see that as being a long-term trend.. The car is still a basic economy car with $16K of drivetrain enhancements and options.. And.. they keep making newer/better versions of it..

    Ever look at an old Mitsubishi? Not a pretty sight..

    Focus on value for the money, and the new MINI, even at MSRP, will come out ahead in the long run.

    There are two low-mileage Boxster S in my local paper.. both with $26K asking prices.. All you need is a friend to follow you around with your stuff.. ;)

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  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    Yup I was 25,xxx OTD in July of 2004.

    I sold it for around 21,000 after it was all said and done but I had to put two new tires on it so I guess I lost closer to 5,000 dollars.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    Still outstanding. I'll do about the same on the xA after 2 years and 32,000 miles. $15K OTD and sell for $11,000. Good resale is more about gas prices than the car itself I think.
  • oregonboyoregonboy Posts: 1,653
    Boxster are very reliable but they are a touch... ahem... girlie....(ewww...maybe I shouldn't have said that)

    To make a Boxster look less "girlie" park it next to this:
    hard to sell
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    Why it's a Mary Kay Miata--LOL!

    Now that's "special interest"....VERY special interest, as in one person on the entire planet special interest....
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    Well there is an [non-permissible content removed] for every seat...

    Too bad the [non-permissible content removed] for that seat already owns it.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    In fact, the term "special interest" was created for this very type of car (no kidding, it really was). It was the "catch-all" phrase for the collection and glorification of cars that practically nobody wants.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,906
    ..then put a skirt on me, and call me Gladys.. I would have no problem with it. ;)

    Actually, I'd rather have a Cayman, but they haven't been around long enough to drop into my price range.

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  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    I took a Cayman S in trade last night and drove it this morning. It was pretty good but I need about one to two inches more leg room to drive one for an extended period of time.

    It was a pretty hot car but driving that F430 has ruined all other cars for me.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    You know, I'd heard of the Miata/MX-5 referred to as girlie, but not the Boxter, until now. Whatever, I wouldn't throw a Boxter out of my garage, or a Miata/MX-5 either, for that matter. While I haven't driven either of them, they appeal to me.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    Take time to notice who is driving Boxsters. At least in my area, it is rarely a guy. Of course I know they DO drive them, but for some reason the proportions are ridiculously askew in San Francisco area. I'd gladly take a $20 bet on every Boxster on the road that comes along randomly. I'd clean up.

    Reason? Like the Miata, it is, in base form, sexy, affordable and it comes with an automatic. Also the high production numbers have put a glut of used ones on the market, so prices are quite reasonable.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    Interesting. I hadn't noticed. If I think about it I'll take notice and report back.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,906
    Here in the Midwest, Boxsters are mostly driven by men (or cross-dressers named Gladys). I'd say about 80/20 in favor of men..

    Women here are more likely to drive Tahoes.. :surprise:

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  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    Well I could see where they'd be tricked into thinking it was a man's car. Probably too uppity for a woman right? :P

    I think regional differences can be quite startling. For instance, aside from the wildly disproportionate number of women driving Boxsters, we have an almost complete absence of Cadillacs. I do see lots of Lincolns in livery service though.

    MINIS are as thick as flies out here. Dealers must be raking in the bucks on these cars.

    You'd think I'd see lots of weirdo electrics, old Benzes burning biodiesel and the like, but I don't. Plenty of bikes and scooters however. You know, college town and all that.
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