General Midlife weekend car

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Nighthawk, Saturday 30th Apr, 2016.

  1. Nighthawk Guest

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    Been looking after a couple of cars for family whilst they travel the globe for a few months to ensure they don't run flat, and its not good for any car to sit for months without use. Today, being a nice enough day, I decided to go and dump the Volvo back and grab the other car for a bit of pre-midlife crisis weekend car. Lovely little thing, only got 21k on the clock with an electric hardtop which is really quite hard to find.

    I don't drive cars which arent mine hard, especially when I have been entrusted to take care of them. She is a little 1.8 and fully specced out. She is great on country roads, but she could do with a bit of a VTEC or VVTI equivalent.

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  2. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    MX-5 / Miata is probably near the top of my 'want to own one day' list. I have only heard good things about them and how approachable the limits are and how easy it is to not over do it.
     
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  3. Nighthawk Guest

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    Was it one of your mates that has a GT86?

    Handling is very much like that with loads of feedback from the tyres. Car really talks to you on the corners and you know exactly what its doing.
     
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  4. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    nah. no one i know has anything remotely close to a GT86. but yeah I hope to own a NA/NB Miata one day.
     
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    Ok, I thought it was you that had a mate with a GT86 - Il put it down to getting old and losing more hair. It handles like a little go kart, very precise, predicatable and forgiving. It has enough power to kick it into oversteer if you are comfortable handling that although the only time I did it was when I was teaching the owner how to drive fast. :Laughing:

    Today, I drove it like a granny, roof down, wind blowing through what used to be my ever reducing hair
     
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  6. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Not sure what they are like to drive but just look at how horrible that engine bay looks.
     
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    Its clean though, but yeah, the engineers could have made it a bit neater under there
     
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  8. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    Probably cause of a tiny longitudinal engine. Looks messy but then again these damn playing covers are work of the devil. Nothing beats a beautifully designed rocker cover.

    Might be because in their effort to centralise weight they put stuff into weird location like that battery is right in front.. Never seen that before
     
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  9. exec Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Fantastic car nighthawk, add me to the MX5 appreciation list! I want to own a 1st Generation MX5 one day, love the simplicity of the whole car, a true legend in the motoring world. Hope you enjoy it, could always FI it for a bit more power.
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    Also probably a much more sensible choice too, as the car is usable, an Impreza is a car you can easily lose your licence with. :Grin:
     
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    I havent bought it mate, it belongs to a member of my family. The scooby is still very much on the cards, but tomorrow is supposed to be quite a nice day so I will enjoy the roof being down before I return and pick the Volvo back up again
     
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  11. Nighthawk Guest

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    Although, now that I have been looking back at those Supras......... :Wub::Wub::Wub:, the scooby might have a challenge on its hands
     
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    I've always liked the look of the MX5 too, and there are automatics available, which is good for me.

    One thing though - a friend used to have one (same shape as in your first picture) - and it picked up parking dents everywhere, a combination of the slightly rounded panels and the fact that they seemed VERY thin.

    And she lived in London...:shock:

    Nice, but I'd prefer a MINI Roadster.
     
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    Hell yeah Supra ! PLEASE PLEASE let it be a Supra :Wub:
     
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    :Rolf:

    Careful speedy mate, you are likely to self destruct if you look at anything non honda. :Laughing:

    Have i made a convert ojt of you? :Rolf:
     
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    No the Supra always been my guilty secret car. A neighbour use to have one when I was a young teenager that I use to drool over.
     
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  16. Alexknight91 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    The mx5's are great fun, I had a 1st Generation before my accord and now the gf has a 3rd Generation hers is the 2.0sport though and is quicker than the accord :Frown:

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  17. exec Premium Member Club Supporter

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    My bad, the thing with the Mx5 is you will have fun in it at the limit, as the car is all about driver involvement etc. High-powered cars like Scooby etc just seem like unusable on the road, you can have fun in an Mx5 on your drive to the local supermarket, but with a scooby, supra, etc I'm not so sure.

    Thats one thing that Honda used to do different too, the emphasis was on driver enjoyment and involvement and not outright power or speed.
     
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  19. Nighthawk Guest

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    To be honest..after experiencing HUK customer service and sloppy shoulders attitude, Honda are one of the last companies I am going to hand over 30k to. Once they can be bothered to respect their customers then I will be bothered to give them business.

    Interesting read however and it looks great in white
     
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  20. motorbikelover Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    MX5 I have a 98 2nd Generation my daughter has an 02 2.5 VTEC sport 6 speed (i hate her for that) must be the best sports car ever made for the price. I was lent a S2000 it was great but it urged you to drive flat out and i would have lost my licence in no time.
    GT86. I had use of one for a day off my son. It was very nice and very quick but tail happy. If you like coupe.s it is a good choice but have you seen the new supra. Son has Gone back to the Type-R and all so has a mr2 turbo rev3 that is mental.
     
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