Dave loves his old sports cars. But now that he is turning 70, he finds it uncomfortable to get in and out of those old cars. He wants to make something more modern while retaining the manual transmission. Which car should he buy?
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Here is the scenario –
Ok boomer, my sports cars are getting too old.
I love sports cars, but as I get closer to 70, it’s getting harder to get in and out of them. I have a ’74 TR . Is6 more ’74 914’s for entertainment and a CR-V and a Frontier for daily use. I’m thinking about a sporty coupe for my fall years.
I like the road connectivity that sports cars give me, no electronic nanny, just me, the car and the road so I’d like to keep it. It would also be nice to be able to do my own wrenching, I live in a rural area with a typical car dealership 25 miles away. It has to be a manual, I want that connection. Handling it well, I like to move around in corners.
I can spend up to $30,000. I don’t want an automatic, a convertible or anything like that that would require me to take a long drive to the dealer for service.
Budget: $30,000. till
Daily Driver: like
Location: South Central Oregon
Wants: Manual, Modern-ish, Casual
Do not want: an automatic convertible.
Expert 1: Tom McParland – Just Embrace It
Dave I appreciate you wanting to continue the sports car experience even though your body is fighting you on that front. If I understand you correctly, you don’t want to give up on sports cars altogether, but rather move away from shorter and shorter vintage rides.
You can steer in the muscle car direction and there are many Mustangs, Camaros and Chargers available with three-pedals for under $30,000.
Although something tells me you want a vehicle that is a bit more focused. The Chevrolet Corvette might not be the car you want, but it looks like it is the car you need. They are super capable and quite comfortable. Vets are easy to service and parts are readily available. I get that you don’t want to be the stereotypical “old man with a vet”, but when You’re enjoying life with 400 horsepower, who cares what people think. There’s a clean looking C5 generation Z06 with only 36,000 in your area.
Expert 2: Jose Rodriguez Jr. – This Badge Is Waiting
Dave, there’s no reason you absolutely have to give up Display for comfort. A Cadillac car can deliver both speed and luxury. an interesting two-door like this 2011 CTS Coupe The unexpected can be great!
Think of it as the Camaros that Tom mentioned, except this car doesn’t seem to focus on raw performance. Caddy. V-6 engine in The Muscle won’t make power like a car but with RWD and a manual transmission, it’ll still be fun to throw around corners. And its design is very unique.
I’ll get you in one instead ATS-V Or cts-v wagons but their price is high. However, these command a higher cost for a reason. If the V-6 CTS is too low, consider one of Cadillac’s “V” rockets and remember that comfort doesn’t kill speed.
Expert 3: Jason Torchinsky – This sounds like the modern-ish version of what you’re after
First, Dave, let me remind you that according to most people, 70 is the new 25! I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it somewhere. If you’re still interested in a manual sports car, I’d say your young glands are still pumping some, so you can take advantage of that. And I think I know a car that feels like a more modern take on smaller, nimble, faster cars: an Audi TT!
Sure, the engine is on the wrong end, but the TT’s character feels like an update to your old 914, and I’ve always liked the TT’s clean look, especially in coupe form.
I’ve driven these a bunch, and they handle great, are really fun to drive, and, yes, I think they’re pretty comfortable too. I’ve road-tripped in them, and while they’re small, the seats are quite nice and it’s a world of difference from your ’70s cars.
Here’s a nice charcoal gray AWD with a six-speed manual for under $10,000! In Oregon, even. a theft! Sure, the mid-2000s Audi/VW has had its share of issues, but among the drivetrains of that era, the 1.8 Turbo was one of the better ones, I think, and, you know, it still One step up would be victory, credibility-wise. I hope.
I really like these cars, and I think you will enjoy it. You’re only 70 once, remember!
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