stuck between two choices of a secondary convertible car

Discussion in 'Gettin' Off-Topic' started by sojah, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. sojah

    sojah Member

    so i'm stuck between deciding on two different cars and they are completely different even though they are both convertibles.

    1. 2003 toyota MR-S

    Pros for me:
    this thing was a blast to drive
    just like a go-kart
    its a toyota and therefore it will last a while
    didn't need any work done at all
    75k km
    awesome little zippy grippy car
    sounded nice too
    around 7-$7500 with all taxes and everything
    SMT (sequential manual transmission) fun but not fun
    paint was original and perfect
    from a nice dude

    Cons for me:
    too much like a go-kart
    only a two seater and no space for junk or subwoofers
    kinda ugly
    feels a little douche' driving it around all zippy like
    completely stock
    SMT (sequential manual transmission) fun but not fun

    2. 2000 bmw 320i convertible

    pros for me:

    shiz looked sweet when you backed up and took a look at it, already had rims, dropped, body kit, front end conversion upgraded to newer version
    front lights and rear lights looked almost brand spanking new
    4 seats and a trunk for speakers and things
    nice custom color paint job

    cons for me:

    shop said they would fix a lot of stuff but it looked like it needed some love under the hood
    interior seats were rough looking, front were much worse so car seat covers would deff be in order
    steering wheel was really bad but could always be replaced for a couple hundred with an almost new one
    about 10k when its all said and done but if no issues then it is a much better car to me
    looked like an old chick with some nice clothes and high quality makeup on
    brake pads looked good but rotors looked like hell since it has been sitting for a while the guy said
    120k km's
    not a super zippy awesome to drive car but may be still a fun cruiser
    paint was not original and had some scratches that dealership says they will fix before selling
    from a shady dealership

    unknowns: waiting to hear if timing belt and water pump have been done or will be done before said purchase
    don't know how old the aftermarket coilovers are
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013
  2. visitor

    visitor New Member

    I dont really like either of them, honestly. Out of the 2 id choose the toyota.

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  3. airmax

    airmax VSC Super Moderator

    i think they are both poor choices. lol.
  4. gh0st

    gh0st New Member

    I bought a 99 Miata as a daily/fun car. I absolutely love it. But its not something I can pack my son in, so in that aspect its kind of a drag.
  5. TLontheDL

    TLontheDL VSC Super Moderator

    Yeah, I'm not too crazy about either car but if I must choose one, I would do the toyota.
  6. sojah

    sojah Member

    i too am leaning towards the toyota... i know its not most's cup of tea, hell, i've never before owned a coupe or a convertible so its new territory for me as well.

    ideally i had been thinking an s2k or sc430 all along until i cam to the realization that in japan these two cars were made in low numbers (or made in high numbers and most shipped to the US) and are very expensive at the moment. i put myself on a 10k budget and nothing but garbage is even in that price range in the s2k/sc430 realm.

    comparing the MR-S to the miata i think is a pretty safe comparison minus the fact that the MR-S is mid/rear engine, but they are very similar to me. i like the looks of the MR and the road handling a little better which is why i didn't include the miata/roadster/mx5 in my list so far... other entries that almost made it are the jeep wrangler but the more i read about it and how they suck they more i ended up not including it in my search.

    my wife says to keep on searching until i find something i am really feeling, but i think this is just her trying to dissuade me from picking one this season and not 6 months from now. that MR-S is a damn good deal on such a clean car and although i'm not 100% sold on it at the moment i think if i pass it up i will regret it 6 months from (after summer) when i can't find another clean one at that price point again. mehhh,,, at least i don't have big worries [knock on wood] so i am very thankful for this...
  7. chrispy

    chrispy Active Member

    I was going to suggest SC430 (Soarer) or S2000 but I didn't know they were more expensive there.
  8. airmax

    airmax VSC Super Moderator

    sounds like you are gonna end up disappointed with anything you choose.
  9. sojah

    sojah Member

    i just want a convertible fun to drive little car,, but again my champagne taste on beer budget is kicking in.

    yeah s2k and sc430 are almost 1.5-2 times the price here as they are stateside at this exact moment. i considered getting a nice sc430 off CL and trying to get it shipped here, but a guy who runs a dealership here said he did it a few years ago and it adds about 2-3 months of time and about 5-8k$ when its all said and done, and then you have a left hand drive car in japan,, hmmmm.... not my first choice of side for the steering wheel for driving here.

    just did another search of japans equivalent to autotrader and here is the current trend

    s2k 2004/5 + (AP2; new version) 20-25k minimum starting for anything without 200k miles.

    sc430 2005+ 30-35k$ mimimum starting price for anything less than 100k miles.

    guess i should either shut up and buy something cheap and be happy or save up another year until i can afford an s2k or sc430...

    check out the site for your selves,, pretty nice selections
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013
  10. brainneeded

    brainneeded Active Member

    get a cappuccino!
  11. AustinY

    AustinY New Member


    Or maybe a 350z roadster? Can't recall if they made them pre 07, but if they did I'd imagine it not to be too much?
  12. sojah

    sojah Member

    a fairlady is not a bad choice at all, i always wanted one of these stateside but just assumed they would be in the ballpark as an s2k,, not too far off at around 18k, but i'm liking what i'm seeing of these 350z roadsters ;) thanks for the heads up.

    about the cappuccino, there is a track version of one that zips past my house every now and then and it sounds like an f1 car coming down the road (which is why i always look), and then i see this small car go flying by pulling 1.5 g's and boosting in the 30's (according to the blow off sound it makes),, insane, but small.

    the fairlady roadster would be about 2-3 times the price of the MR-S but i'm not sure its 2-3 times the car...
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2013
  13. sojah

    sojah Member

    well i got the MR-S guy to agree to 6k from his asking price of 7k... now just gotta figure out how to get it from a Y plate to a J or Kanji plate rather,, stupid rules says US peoples are only allowed to have one car per licensed driver here and i'm not giving up my crown so i gotta have my Japanese wife do all the officiating on this one.
  14. sojah

    sojah Member

    found a real clean 04 bmw z4 3.0 i w/ sport package 55k miles. 3.0i and sport package were over $10k in original base model add ons alone. got em to include a new set of tires and gonna test drive it later today, but we already agreed on a price considering everything is cool with the test drive.
  15. sojah

    sojah Member

    bought the z4 mentioned above ^ ^ ^
  16. adamls2

    adamls2 New Member

    Pics or gtfo :D Congrats!
  17. brainneeded

    brainneeded Active Member

    should've gotten a capucino. 1.3L 3 cylinder turbo. :dance:
  18. sojah

    sojah Member

    pick up the car on 1 or 2 apr, to avoid the yearly road tax so thus far i've only paid for it, don't have it yet ^ ^ ^
  19. sojah

    sojah Member

    Got a pic, dont pick up the car till the 1st of april though.

  20. sojah

    sojah Member

    Btw thats a TT aristo for sale behind it,, just noticed that ;)

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