We were really 6 months away from serious car shopping, though it is a daily discussion in our house because we love cars. Have a 48 month lease up in June on a 2004 A4 1.8T which we love but it is too slow and too long a lease. Now would be a good time to make some money on it as we are way under miles and the payoff is less than it is worth. We have tossed the ideas of everything, daily going from let's just get a MINI to let's go all out and blow the budget for the dream car (911 cab). But, as I said, we were going to wait until the Spring. But then we read this week's MotorTrend http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...volkswagen_r32
and said, "maybe we found our car!" Then we drove it yesterday and were THRILLED by it. So much fun, so much car for such a good price. However, we have wanted a convertible and live in a climate where we can use it most of the year (TX). So, I am asking for thoughts on these 3 cars. (The 335 is way better, but so expensive and it is not the 911 (which we are really just not ready to make the stretch for). Also, the 3 series is kind of a cliche (for good reason, I know). 3 other of my husband's (young physician) colleagues drive 3 series as do his two cousins. But maybe the MINI Cooper S convertible is the right compromise? So confused! Thanks in advance.