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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=94710
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 50  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 04-27-2016
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I've got an itch... and the only cure is a convertible...

...so, my dad has put the worm in my ear... I finally have a good paying job, and my Mazda2 ain't getting any younger... I *may* go take a look at a Miata retractable hardtop in the near future, just to see what it's like... I dunno... who knows what my reaction will be...


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5-10-2016 @ 10:24:30 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
#39, Campagna T-Rex.

5-10-2016 @ 10:32:59 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#41, http://i.imgur.com/25hhqqJ.png

5-10-2016 @ 10:41:07 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
Why no love for the Mazda5. :/ or a Focus sedan?

5-10-2016 @ 10:42:24 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
Okay, in all honesty, have you looked at a Chevy Spark or Spark EV? Maybe even a Sonic hatchback if you need something a little bigger?

5-10-2016 @ 10:43:59 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
Mazda 3, even?

5-10-2016 @ 10:51:48 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
I seem to be retreading what I've already stated...

- I totally want an open-air experience now.
- It has to be a car *better* than my current one in either refinement or performance (or both)...
- It has to be a SMALL car, most notably in the width-department.
- I will not go for a car that is as old as my current one, or older... and if I'm going to do this, I have to cut the odometer mileage at least in half (~27k miles or less)
- I'm looking UP to $24,000... but that would really push my budget.

That Fiat 500C Abarth keeps ticking all the boxes...

5-10-2016 @ 11:04:45 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
The Abarth isn't all that fast, it's not all that fun, it's ridiculously loud, and the servicing costs are atrocious.

5-11-2016 @ 12:30:24 AM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#46, If you want to get a car at all, you're going to have to relax some of those criteria. Not looking at anything older than 2011 is limiting enough, but insisting on a convertible for under $24,000 that's smaller than a Mustang but isn't as small inside as a Miata, and doesn't completely gargle balls like a Fiat? Forget it.

If you're willing to go back a few more years, you could pick up something like a late 2000s BMW Z4 with fairly low mileage for just under $20,000. A later-year Honda S2000 would be even cheaper. A mid-2000s Porsche Boxster would also be in your price range. You could really save quite a bit of money on a car of this era, even one that needs work.

5-11-2016 @ 07:44:25 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#48, I suppose I've mentally locked myself into wanting a "unicorn"... maybe my requirements just can't be met.

Would a 500C Abarth really be such a nightmare in terms of reliability and repairs?

5-11-2016 @ 08:39:23 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
#49, Honestly, I see as a new Mini in terms of long-term reliability. I guess the only thing that worries me is FCA's attitude towards transmission slippage, and engine failure. I suppose, since you live in FL, winter driving is out of the question. I guess my main concern comes from the fact that every single "upmarket"/fun vehicle we've bought used has turned into a moneypit by about 80k miles or thereabouts.

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