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Help me choose: Miata, BRZ, Boxster or something else

blownsiblownsi Member Posts: 3
edited July 2016 in General
Looking for a summer car to have fun in for around 25k or less new or used. I have read extensively on the usual suspects and honestly none of them speak to me. The Miata is likely too cramped for me (I'm 5'10" 250#), the BRZ is under powered, a used Boxster or M3 requires high maintenance costs. No Mustangs or anything like that, I've had high horsepower cars before, this time I want something that handles well and can put whatever ponies it has to good use. I test drove a 2015 WRX and it just felt big and boxy to me, not fun to drive at all. Any suggestions?

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    texasestexases Member Posts: 10,735
    Have you driven the new Miata and the BRZ? Forget the articles, it comes down to what you like.
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    Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    At 5'10", you should be fine in a new or new-ish Miata. I agree with you, a used Boxster or M3 out of warranty can become a burden if you aren't used to spending liberally on maintenance. How 'bout a C5 or C6 Corvette?
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    blownsiblownsi Member Posts: 3
    texases: Today I test drove the 2016 Miata and a 2015 BRZ. The Miata is a tight fit (midsection girth) otherwise I liked it. I'm not sure it's the best car for me but it's a nice car. The BRZ was just not for me at all. It felt like driving an old Celica instead of a modern sports car.

    Mr_Shiftright: I've never driven a vette, have rode in a 2006, they fall into the muscle car group for me. Everybody likes there own thing but I'm much more into sport compacts than Detroit muscle.

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    texasestexases Member Posts: 10,735
    GTI?  Too practical, but lots of fun. 
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    blownsiblownsi Member Posts: 3
    No VW for me. Despite what the internet says about their reliability, I have seen too many of their cars spend their life in the shop.

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    zandorzandor Member Posts: 67
    How old is too old? You might look at a Honda S2000. The last year for them was 2009. A Mazda RX-8, discontinued in 2011, could also be worth a look.

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