What’s the Perfect Used Summer Roadster?
I have a new mission in life:
Find a roadster.
Summer’s here, and fun, fast open-top driving should arrive with it. I have some summer road trips coming up, and they would be infinitely more enjoyable behind the wheel of a rear-wheel-drive thrill machine.
I’m thinking something small, light and quick, but still masculine and powerful. So the Miata is out.
Something new is out, too, as finances currently dictate that I fill the garage with a pre-loved used model. Well, truthfully, finances also dictate that I wait until I have a garage, but that’s just a matter of logistics.
I started thinking about this after reading more about the upcoming Toyota/BMW co-developed sports car, which could either become a next-generation Toyota Supra or even a BMW M8 supercar. Regardless of what incredible machine is born as a result of the Toyota/BMW partnership, odds are I won’t be able to write a check for it. That’s true whether it costs $30,000 or $330,000.
The MR2 Spyder’s last model year in the United States was 2005. The car uses a mid-mounted 1.8-liter, 138-hp 4-cylinder engine. It’s RWD and has a 5-speed manual transmission. Plus, it has looks that turn heads and have caused plenty of regular folk (not car enthusiasts) to mistake it for a Porsche.
Then again, a used Boxster would be a good candidate for a poor man’s Boxster as well. They cost more than the MR2 Spyder, but are more plentiful.
Maybe an older Audi TT Quattro Roadster would be a good choice, though the costs of repairs and maintenance on either of the German options might not be affordable.
Let me ask you:
What used roadster would you buy on a budget?