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Offline Jon1978

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MX-5 is a fantastic car
« on: January 15, 2009, 11:57:22 AM »
My old man retired this year, and since my sister and I have flown the nest, drive and have cars of our own, he has treated himself to a two-seater. Before I was born, he always had Spitfires. He has now bought the 1.8 MX5 hard top electric convertible. It is mainly because of this, that I now drive a 3. Having driven his, I really wanted one myself, but the wife put her foot down. (Apparently I need something practical - even though she has a Suzuki Jimny, which has four seats).

The MX-5 has always been a favourite of mine, but this new one is something else. It feels like a modern, luxury car, but boy, does it put the fun back into motoring. I have driven some serious performance cars in my time on and off track, but the handling in the 5 is second to none. Visibility is excellent - jaded a bit when the top is up, but as long as there's nothing falling out of the sky, who needs a roof?

If I had the money and a garage, I would buy one as a weekend car. It may not be the fastest car in the world, but it is fun, and I love it.
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Re: MX-5 is a fantastic car
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2009, 12:13:13 PM »
My missus used to have a Jap Import 1.8 mx5 and I loved it. It was a little tight climbing in and out as I am 6'2" but as you say what a drive.

Only down side was that the soft top leaked at the window seals as they were colapsing just before we got rid.
 
She now has an RX8 and I compare that to a big MX5!
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 12:37:36 PM »
My wife's uncle has one.  Think there's too much stigma attached to them for me to ever own one. But he loves it.

My weekend car's a motorbike. They totally beat seven shades out of anything that has four wheels!
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009, 01:07:19 PM »
I had two Mx-5's before trading for my 3MPS. I had a yellow mk1 California which I absolutely loved and after a couple of different cars I bought another mk 2.5
A great car to chuck about and very easy to explore the limits of it, the only thing I would say is the car is crying out for a little more power!
Both cars were 1.8's but you could be outdragged on a motorway by a 1.6 focus. Now if they made a modern turbo version like the old BBR mk1 I would be interested
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2009, 03:35:52 PM »
My wife's uncle has one.  Think there's too much stigma attached to them for me to ever own one. But he loves it.

My weekend car's a motorbike. They totally beat seven shades out of anything that has four wheels!

I had a weekend toy too until I had a rush of blood to the head and sold it! Doh, now I have loads of free time and no bike.

Trying for one this summer, but did say that if I got the MPS I would not want a bike.......Double Doh!
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2009, 03:56:58 PM »
Let the flaming begin... ;)

If I were lucky enough to be in a position to buy a weekend car, I go for a Honda S2000. Mainly 'cos its genuinely fast rather than just nippy.

The Mx-5 and S2000 are similar in layout and design but granted, different in approach (Honda weren't trying to re-create the British sports car). I'd imagine these classic cars were more about handling than outright speed ???

For me it would be a no brainer in the same way choosing between a 3 MPS vs Focus ST is. Am I missing something?

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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2009, 08:10:14 PM »
why didn't he go for the 2.0 ? I think that would have been a better choice cos it has a LSD.

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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2009, 11:31:18 PM »
He's 67 and not interested in performance. Just wants fun, and boy has he got it. Besides traction control and LSD and other such safety features are for girls!!!  >:D

As for MX5 vs S2000 being a no brainer - I don't think so... the former is affordable to buy and to run, and the latter is overpriced and group ridiculous on the insurance. Also when and where in the UK can you use top end these days?

And as for two wheels being better than four - possibly more exciting, but I've lost a relative on a motorbike, and I've seen - in the course of my job - far too many fatal accidents involving bikes. You won't ever get me out of my nice safe box.

Still, only my opinions.... each to their own!
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2009, 12:40:11 AM »
LSD for girls ! Err no ! They aid in transmision loss and help put more power to the road etc !!!!

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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2009, 08:26:41 AM »
LSD for girls ! Err no ! They aid in transmision loss and help put more power to the road etc !!!!

Chill out young man. I'm joking. In all honesty, I would probably have gone for the 2.0l myself, but having said that, the 1.8 would tempt me with its price tag having driven it.
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2009, 08:26:41 AM »