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Honda S2000, BMW Z3, Porsche Boxter

Looking for reliabililty and to stay our of the shop.

Haven't looked at any yet.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Exterior styling / Interior styling / Handling / Powertrain performance

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Coupe / Convertible

Car Needs: Fun toy

Primary Driver(s): Senior driver / Tall driver

Need minimum of 2 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 65000
Maximum age: 10 years

Maximum price: US $ 25000

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Response from mkaresh

10:31 am February 20, 2015

Sports cars often have good reliability stats, but this could be largely because many of them are weekend cars that rarely see rough roads, a lot of stop-and-go, or road salt.

If you fit, the one you really can't go wrong with is a Miata. Inexpensive, reliable, very involving and fun.

The Honda is more powerful if you rev it, but quite noisy with the top up (if this is an issue). Drive one and see what you think. Handling can be a little tricky--stability control was finally added for 2007.

A Boxster--it depends. Your age cut-off keeps you away from an engineering flaw that kills about one-percent of the engines each year. My personal issue with Porsches is that they're only involving if you can push them, and depending on the roads in your area you might not be able to push them much.

The Z3 is over 10 years old. The Z4 that replaced it has styling that's a matter of taste and electric steering that isn't as communicative as the others here. Reliability stats have been good, but while these are more solidly constructed than the Z3 their systems are also more complex.

Mercedes offers the SLK in this class. Could be worth a look.

A Chevrolet Corvette might be an outside possibility, but a much different character.

I'd drive them all and see which you enjoy the most.

In all cases, thorough maintenance records are a plus. And definitely have a mechanic familiar with the cars inspect them.

I'd be most concerned with reliability if this car will be your only car. If it will be a weekend car, it's much less of a concern.

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Response from tom.forhan

1:30 pm February 24, 2015

Just a few more (biased) thoughts on the Boxster, I own and love my 2000.

The intermediate shaft bearing problem was gradually addressed over the years with small improvements in lubrication, but the real shift came in 2009 when the entire intermediate shaft was eliminated. So 2009 is a benchmark year for Boxsters, Caymans and also 911s. But not in your price range.

I bought my Boxster about 5 years ago with 67000 miles on it. The general knowlege of this potentially very expensive problem suggests that if it doesn't occur in the first 40-50K miles that particular engine is ok. Because some of these cars are really garage queens, its realively easy to find real low mileage examples, but I would not recommend going that route. Get one with impeccable service records, too. Religious 5K oil changes are a real plus.

You can get a 2005 Boxster in your price range, and they are unbelievable cars. I just would not worry about your mileage limit. Mine is now up to 106K miles with no significant problems. However, when the time comes that it needs a clutch and the engine is out, I will go ahead with one of the aftermarket upgraded bearing supports.

The real answer though, is drive all these suggested cars. One will speak to you.



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