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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonH View Post
    Ha! I wondered if someone would pick up on that!

    Mine has an LSD actually so is fun in such conditions and all honesty I do indulge from time to time. But when dealing with the grind of a 35 mile each way daily commute, in the winter it's good to have the option.
    You didn't specify commute!
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    I've had some form of Mx-5 on the driveway for 15yrs.
    I'd go RWD!

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    Never had an MX5 (it's been on the bucket list for a while) but I did own a MK7 Fiesta ST for a couple of years and thought it was tremendous. I only sold it because I live in the West Midlands and it seems they're extremely desirable with the scum.. and after two years they put the windows through and tried to rob it (unsuccessfully, thankfully) - I fixed it , and sold it soon after.

    But the car was superb. Really torquey motor, superb road manners (albeit a bit firm!), good tech / gadgets in the ST-3, and plenty of scope for tuning too if the standard figures aren't enough. If I was going to move out to a place a bit more isolated I'd probably have another one in a heartbeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianw View Post
    I did some development driving for the Jota MX5, it took a lot of changes to make it a sports car.
    Please give yoúr definition of ´sports car´.

    In mine feature weight, width and weight, width; nimble, agile, way above the on the public road almost entirely academic power, acceleation times, top speed.

    Congratulations Velorum!!!!


    p.s. I went with the left wing suggestions from this very same forum and found a nice MR2 mk3: https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...6-Which-cabrio
    Those are cheaper in the UK than MX5 and have less rust issues.
    On the down side it is more to the extreme; the MX is way more sedate and forgiving plus has sóme luggage space.
    On the latter; dropped a gf off at the airport this morning; although she travels a-typically light ánd offered to keep a suitcase in her lap, had to borrow my son´s car.
    Last edited by Huertecilla; 13th February 2019 at 18:48.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huertecilla View Post
    Please give yoúr definition of ´sports car´.

    In mine feature weight, width and weight, width; nimble, agile, way above the almost on the public road entirely academic power, acceleation times, top speed.

    Congratulations Velorum!!!!
    In the context of this discussion, this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izg55Fa_OHU

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianw View Post
    In the context of this discussion, this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izg55Fa_OHU
    Whilst I agree with the n.a. tuning to be still sort of practical, the lowering and widening is pushing it imo.

    My point however remains: You wrote that it took serious effort to máke the MX5 a sports car, quite clearly implying that out of the box in your opinion it is not.

    Fair enough; your opinion. In mine it is.

    Like the MBF/TF would have been if they had not cut corners with parts and assenbly.
    Like the first Elise before they ´improved´ and spoiled it.
    The Fiat MX124 too is imo an example of ´improving´ it to death too; you pay through the nose for a less well balanced car. The roll back roof Abarth ´500´is more fun imo in spite of being wrong wheel drive.

    Anyway, differences is taste, opinions are the reason why we háve the choice: Hail the differences of opinion!
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    I would stil look at a Mini. Fun cars and the newer models seem more reliable

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    I must admit a can’t really get my head around a 2 seater car the more I think about it. As a summer toy, if I had a few cars in the garage, fine - but I often find myself picking up one of my sons ‘unexpectedly’ and the boot and interior space of the MX-5 look silly small. Still need to drive one to make sure!


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    Quote Originally Posted by awright101 View Post
    I would stil look at a Mini. Fun cars and the newer models seem more reliable
    And they have back seats for short journeys! - I must admit I can’t stand all the stripes, union jacks and funny colours, and I’m not overly fussed on all the fancy and apparently expensive extras. I have always thought they’re a bit girly but a standard Cooper in a solid colour might be ok. I’m not really bothered by some people thinking a car is a bit ‘girly’ tbh but the Mini can look too much like a shiny toy with all the options. Saw a video of the new soft top with a Union Jack emblazoned across it, looks awful imho


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    Quote Originally Posted by RobDad View Post
    I must admit a can’t really get my head around a 2 seater car the more I think about it. As a summer toy, if I had a few cars in the garage, fine - but I often find myself picking up one of my sons ‘unexpectedly’ and the boot and interior space of the MX-5 look silly small. Still need to drive one to make sure!
    In that case it sounds like you need something like an XC60.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy100 View Post
    In that case it sounds like you need something like an XC60.
    Yup, incl. back seats et al.

    On a more serious note; the gf observed that with a boot lid rack I coúld take a suitcase.
    Yes, I could I responded; makes for a neat present then no?!
    I hope not as I am finding the absence of luggage space a wonderful hedonistic thing.
    Last edited by Huertecilla; 13th February 2019 at 23:24.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy100 View Post
    In that case it sounds like you need something like an XC60.
    I see what you did there! Hmm, so I keep practical with the Volvo, go mad with a Mazda. As an aside I just put 7 litres of screenwash into the XC60 and it still isn’t full. What’s that all about, are the roads super grimy in Sweden?


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    Quote Originally Posted by RobDad View Post
    I see what you did there! Hmm, so I keep practical with the Volvo, go mad with a Mazda. As an aside I just put 7 litres of screenwash into the XC60 and it still isn’t full. What’s that all about, are the roads super grimy in Sweden?


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    Coincidentally, I owned an XC60 when I bought my MX5. The plan was to scratch the desire for a fun car itch while retaining the practical family car. Didn't quite pan out like that in the end...

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianw View Post
    I have had the opportunity to play in some proper sports cars but for shear fun I thing a modern mini JCW takes some beating.
    Or an old one



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    How about an Audi S1, 4wd perfect for a bit of rural driving summer or winter lovely little sleeper car


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    If you are thinking along the lines of the previous generation ST, I’d get a Mini instead.

    My current daily is a ND MX5 2.0 Sport Nav and my wife’s car is the F56 Copper Works 210.

    When considering these I drove the ST, GT86 and the MX5 and Mini won hands down for fun.

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