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Old 03-30-2013, 11:11 AM   #61
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My midlife crisis car is a 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T.

I may be midlife but I still have young children and needed a little "practical".
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:06 PM   #62
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The Lotus is nice if you want a track day car that is street legal, but that is pretty much all it will be - I would strongly suggest you take one for a good long drive on a bumpy road before buying it, otherwise it will sit in your garage (unless you can afford to take it to the track every weekend).

The M3 is a bit larger than the others. Just a sporterized sedan/coupe. Okay if you want a daily driver that is also very capable. I like my 3 series coupe (just a very basic 325ci, not an M series), but it is larger than I need. I would suggest you look at the one series - they are now some serious competition for the 3 series.

For a mid-life crisis car my choices would be:

1) Z4 coupe.



2) Porsche Cayman with PDK transmission (like the DSG).



3) newer gen Audi TT with DSG transmission



Each of these can be had it Plain Jane to roaring hot config options.

Of the three, my first choice would be the TT even though the others are sexier. The TT with AWD and DSG would be so much fun and would probably keep me from getting in over my head. The second would be the Porsche - especially if I lived where the roads were rarely wet and I never had to deal with snow.

As it is though, I sold my Ducati and now I am going to sell the Bimmer. I sold the Ducati two years ago because I wasn't riding it after I got the dirt bike and when I was riding it I would always be doing something that I could literally lose my license over or put my in the hospital or worse - so I sold it before that happened. Dirt biking is more fun anyway and probably less risky (especially for my driver's license).

The Bimmer just isn't practical for the dirt/gravel potholed road I now live on up in the forest on a mountain. It was getting beatup and it would not get out of the driveway when it snowed, so I got a beater Toyota pickup with 4WD and now I don't cringe when I hit a deep pothole or worry about getting to work when it snows.

I really like the Bimmer though, it is a nice balance of luxury/comfort and driveability IMO.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:29 PM   #63
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My advice for a midlife crisis car would be a Camry Solara with an extended warranty or a Volvo V70 non-turbo automatic.

If you really want to get edgy, this is a crazy idea. Red is too radical, though. I'd suggest a mild brown or neutral gray.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:42 PM   #64
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Million choices, your the only one who knows what floats your boat. Me, I'd be into old iron, or maybe a blown T bucket or if I felt sporty I'd be doing the Sunbeam Tiger thing.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:49 PM   #65
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How about a Porsche 550 Spyder replica?
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Beck 550 Spyder
OK, I'm holding alla you Shiny Thingers personally responsible.* I pulled the trigger on #201 today.

1995 build and 50 miles since a restore. ('95 is probably about the time a family friend introduced me to Beck and I caught the bug, so to speak.) I'm flying out to IN to pick it up on Wednesday.



This will be a lot easier for me to deal with in the city. Two feet shorter than the 968 for one (cheaper storage) and I'll be able to work on it myself.



*With that responsibility comes rides. Call me.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:15 PM   #66
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OK, I'm holding alla you Shiny Thingers personally responsible.* I pulled the trigger on #201 today.

1995 build and 50 miles since a restore. ('95 is probably about the time a family friend introduced me to Beck and I caught the bug, so to speak.) I'm flying out to IN to pick it up on Wednesday.



This will be a lot easier for me to deal with in the city. Two feet shorter than the 968 for one (cheaper storage) and I'll be able to work on it myself.



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Cool! Which engine? 22R or TDI?
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:17 PM   #67
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Cool! Which engine? 22R or TDI?



140hp 2.0L Type I my man. Old school.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:22 PM   #68
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Another vote for the pantera.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:27 PM   #69
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Another vote for the pantera.
Personally, I've always preferred the look of De Tomaso's previous model, the Mangusta, to the Pantera. Subtle differences, I know but still.



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Old 03-30-2013, 10:01 PM   #70
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I had a red one of these when I hit forty, Good fun but wow did it use some gas. Red ones are faster
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:37 AM   #71
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Watasnake,

If you had to save up for your toy, do you have a maintenance fund to go along with it? Having $40k to drop on a car is one thing, but having the scratch to keep it on the road is another. It would suck for you to have your dream car gathering dust because you didn't have $10k available for the unobtanium part it needs.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:03 AM   #72
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If you had to save up for your toy, do you have a maintenance fund to go along with it?
An NSX was mentioned earlier and I think it'd make an outstanding choice, mid-life crisis or not. In my book they hit the sports car trifecta:

Super low maintenance that can be done at local Honda dealer for cheap.
Super low insurance rates.
Superb handling and performance...

And they're very easy to look at. Here's mine:

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Old 03-31-2013, 07:26 AM   #73
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OK, I'm holding alla you Shiny Thingers personally responsible.* I pulled the trigger on #201 today.

1995 build and 50 miles since a restore. ('95 is probably about the time a family friend introduced me to Beck and I caught the bug, so to speak.) I'm flying out to IN to pick it up on Wednesday.



This will be a lot easier for me to deal with in the city. Two feet shorter than the 968 for one (cheaper storage) and I'll be able to work on it myself.



*With that responsibility comes rides. Call me.
Awesome!

I've been wanting one of those since I learned about them almost 20-years ago!
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:56 AM   #74
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I've been wanting one of those since I learned about them almost 20-years ago!
Me, too. And as much fun as I'm going to have driving and caring for it is going to pale in significance to the "mileage" I'm going to get out of taking it to PCA events.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:32 PM   #75
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Owned a 69 911 years back,, it was hands down just the best car I've owned,, maintenance wasn't too bad (Less than the toyota truck I owned at the same time) ,, handled great, simple,, (VW style 6 fuse fuse box...) and ya cant beat the sound of 6 webber venturies at 6500 rpm's.. The trick is to find a clean one 69 to 72 with the 2 or 2.2 liter engine..

It was a lot like driving a bike, you could feel the road in the wheel and a 1/8 turn or less to change lanes..

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