comments appreciated

Grant Lenahan glenahan at
Wed Aug 29 14:26:51 PDT 2012

Hey, we;re mostly in synch, except my boxster is cheap to keep too, and old ones are cheap to buy

But if i knew now what i knew then, i might have a spec miata.....


On Aug 29, 2012, at 2:48 PM, Vincent Gelinas wrote:

> Laugh at me all you want, but I'd take a Miata/MX5 any day of the week over
> a Porsche or Bimmer.
> Much cheaper to run and own, and just as much fun when set up right.
> On Aug 29, 2012 2:39 PM, "Lee Levitt" <lee at> wrote:
>> Folks,
>> 5 years ago I asked this group for recommendations on a "play" car --
>> summer driver and autocross/track day car.
>> Pretty much everyone responded with an "M" car recommendation.
>> So I picked up an '01 A4 quattro avant, 1.8t. Had a *lot* of fun with it
>> over the past five years.
>> Looks like my son will be moving out of his '97 A6 and into this '01 A4
>> sometime soon...which leaves me without a summer play car...
>> I'm back for more recommendations, and given my track record, I'm not
>> going to listen again (particularly if the answer is "M" car). :)
>> Here's the question...same criteria as before...still not interested in an
>> "M" car. Thinking about a Porsche 968 or perhaps an early 996 C2.
>> 968s are relatively inexpensive to purchase (~$10K) and reasonably
>> competitive in autocross. I believe they've already hit the bottom of their
>> depreciation curve. Older car, starting to age slightly, not yet difficult
>> to keep on the road...
>> Early (2002) 996s are inexpensive to purchase ($20K+) and also reasonably
>> competitive, in their classes. Newer car, more to break, potentially more
>> expensive when it breaks. I know about the IMS and RMS problems, would look
>> for a car with upgraded seals...
>> Again, primary use will be daily driver in the summer. 968 would probably
>> see some increasing (and shared) use as an autocross/track car by several
>> people (me, son, daughter, friend with 997TT, his sons), and eventually
>> replaced as DD by later 996 or 997. If I went the 996 route, we would
>> eventually add a 944 or 968 as shared autocross/track car.
>> Virtually no seat time in either yet, working on that now. I've spent a
>> lot of time on Rennlist, know (intellectually) the basics, but have no day
>> to day experience with either of these cars...
>> Boxster would be an obvious, but non-viable alternative...not really
>> interested in pure two seat convertible...Winter car remains '99 A6 wagon.
>> I know some of you have P-car afflictions in addition to our shared Audi
>> affliction.
>> Comments appreciated.
>> Thanks,
>> Lee
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