First sports car

Chun_li

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What do you guys think is the best sports car under a 100k? A friend of mine wants to buy his first sports car and doesn't really have an idea what to get. He likes the MX5 NA (1st gen) but can't seem to find one and he doesn't want anything "common" like a newer MX5 so that's out. SLK according to him is a posers car that old men drive and the TT just isn't unique enough.

What else is there that's good? He needs it to have parts available (basic parts so he can maintain it) and pretty simple to work on.

Like I mentioned his budget is 100k max but I'm sure he would like to save some money and use it towards new tires or something.

A few cars I've spotted are:
BMW Z3
Pros=good looks, okay dynamics, pretty practical for a convertible (good size boot), smooth 6 cylinder engine, mechanically reliable apparently, has modern feature you would need
Cons= the 4 cylinders are crap and the 6 cylinders are more heavy on fuel but not by that much, known electrical issues, not as dynamically gifted as some other convertibles
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Toyota MR-2
Pros= amazing dynamics, reliable, mechanical parts are often available because the engine was used in other Toyota's, not many around
Cons= the boot is really small, so small that you can't really use it to do a week's grocery shopping
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MG TF
Pros= good to look at, okay to drive, decent performance, it's an MG! The engine was used in alot of British cars so to find basic parts shouldn't be impossible, MG TF's can be had in really good condition for low prices, has a 4 star safety rating back then, quite practical
Cons= known to have electrical gremlins and head gasket issues, poor build quality
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MG Midget/MG B
Pros= it's a classic!! Parts aren't too difficult to find since the midget uses the series A engine if I'm not mistaken which is also used in the Nissan 1400 , basic car that's easy to work on
Cons= it's an old MG it will break down, no mod cons like on the TF
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Let me know what you guys think!!
 

nazmo

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I cant help but think that except for the Toyota. many of them could be expensive to maintain and probably wont run like they should at the price point.

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And now that you said daily. i dont think a sub R100k daily is recommended. if it was a weekend car, sure. maybe Im wrong. but you will struggle just getting a regular daily for under R100k that isnt old
 

Chun_li

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I cant help but think that except for the Toyota. many of them could be expensive to maintain and probably wont run like they should at the price point.

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And now that you said daily. i dont think a sub R100k daily is recommended. if it was a weekend car, sure. maybe Im wrong. but you will struggle just getting a regular daily for under R100k that isnt old
He seems to like the TF. I think it's because it's the cheapest with the lowest mileage out of the lot
 

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He seems to like the TF. I think it's because it's the cheapest with the lowest mileage out of the lot

Its a very tough ask considering his pricepoint. with the exception of japanese cars. I would suggest he visit groups/forums to see what the owners say.

Does he have much experience with cars at all? Sometimes a dynamic fun, small hatch can be super rewarding and probably more practical, reliable.
 

Chun_li

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He has a Isuzu double cab that he lets his girlfriend use so he wants something else as a second car for him to use, something more dynamic than a bakkie and more special than a hatch.
 

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That MG Midget/MG B is sweet :love:

Sadly, I have nothing for you in terms of advice :( I know very little about cars
 

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Advice on any convertible and especially the Z3 take it to a car wash as part of the test drive and note any water ingress.
 

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You can possibly get a high mileage 350z for that money. Reliable and mostly cheap to run, but be VERY sure of the maintenance history otherwise it will bite you.
 

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You mention easy to find parts and then list MG, so in that case let me add RX8 to the list.
 

Chun_li

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You mention easy to find parts and then list MG, so in that case let me add RX8 to the list.
MG's aren't that difficult to find parts for since the engines and running gear was often used in a whole host of British cars.
As for the rX8 it's amazing but the Rotary engine was only used for the rx8
 

Chun_li

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You can possibly get a high mileage 350z for that money. Reliable and mostly cheap to run, but be VERY sure of the maintenance history otherwise it will bite you.
He saw a few of those but most were automatic and he isn't a fan of autos
 

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MG's aren't that difficult to find parts for since the engines and running gear was often used in a whole host of British cars.
As for the rX8 it's amazing but the Rotary engine was only used for the rx8
Which other cars share the engine?
 
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