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  • #16
    Originally posted by Force McCocken View Post
    What are his requirements?
    Jump in, jump out, snap to park, fun to drive. C5 doesn't quite fit the first 3 points.

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    • #17
      Dad must be in good shape if "jump in" and "jump out" is applicable to a Miata for him! That's great! I vote GTI.

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      • #18
        Mazda 3 hatchback. Fun cars to drive, good utility.
        Yer pal,
        Force

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        • #19
          Originally posted by CoolTech View Post
          Dad must be in good shape if "jump in" and "jump out" is applicable to a Miata for him! That's great! I vote GTI.
          Yep, he's doing well. I think my s2000 is tougher to get in an out of due to how far inboard the seat is. Like a less extreme version of lotus square tube you gotta climb over to get in. The corvette has longish doors and is maybe lower? Miatas with their seats so close to the door and door geometry seem a lot easier to me. Also lots of room left since they are fairly narrow when you park them.

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          • #20
            for RWD - 997.1 or 997.2. small, nimble, easy to park, at bottom of depreciation curve for few years now (997.1). low-mid 30s buys you a no story 60-75k miles 06+ 997.1 Carrera S.
            This is the only "high end" sport car that sits upright. narrow door (helps in parking spot, you young people don't understand), that an elderly gentleman would appreciate.
            997 is also one of most reliable cars I've owned. IMS issue is insignificant in 06+.

            FWD - choices like Mini Cooper S or GTI are nice. again they sit upright, that your dad would love. But they are wrong wheel drive, and they are nowhere as reliable as a 997.
            Last edited by bellwilliam; 01-09-2018, 09:17 AM.
            S1 Supermiata - 220whp
            13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
            17 GT350R
            03 Miata Club Sport
            96 NSX
            06 EVO MR
            15 Mini Cooper S
            Beck 550 Spyder

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            • #21
              Originally posted by bellwilliam View Post
              and they are nowhere as reliable as a 997.
              Whoaa

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              • #22
                Originally posted by bawareca View Post
                Whoaa
                haha, you are from a BMW world... I've owned 3 BMWs. z3, z4 and an E90 M3. I would say 997 is x2 times more reliable than a z4, x3 times more reliable than a z3, x5 times more reliable than a M3
                997 parts price on par with z3, and about 1/2 the price of a M3.
                S1 Supermiata - 220whp
                13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
                17 GT350R
                03 Miata Club Sport
                96 NSX
                06 EVO MR
                15 Mini Cooper S
                Beck 550 Spyder

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                • #23
                  I know of a NC Club PRHT for sale. Great condition.
                  https://m.autotrader.com/cars-for-sa...ngId=474757807
                  Just a guy racing stuff. #GetSickTour
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                  • #24
                    If he liked the Miata but wasn't one to put the top down, I'd say GT86/BRZ. They'd seem to be a good analog in that they are sporty, get good mileage, not hard to drive around town, and not badly priced. Go in, negotiate a 7 year extended warranty with the deal, and he literally doesn't have to turn a wrench on it until 2026 at the earliest.

                    Steve

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                    • #25
                      Car recovered less wheels and a few other things... nevermind!

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                      • #26
                        Damn, I knew I bought that last set of wheels cheap!

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                        • #27
                          How did we get from a miata to a $40k 997?

                          The large IMS bearing was installed in late 06 so I would look for 2007 or later cars. First Gen 997s should also be checked for over Rev events and box scoring. Very few engine have box scoring but it's still thousands to repair. Then there are the more common wear items such as broken gearshift cables, water and fuel pump failures, worn control arm bushings, leaking radiators, etc.

                          The 997 is reliable by Porsche standards but it's still not a Honda. A pre-purchase inspection by a competent Porsche shop is a must. Or buy it from car max with a warranty.
                          Elise
                          MR2 Spyder
                          Mazda RX7 FD
                          Porsche 911E

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Silversprint View Post
                            How did we get from a miata to a $40k 997?

                            The large IMS bearing was installed in late 06 so I would look for 2007 or later cars. First Gen 997s should also be checked for over Rev events and box scoring. Very few engine have box scoring but it's still thousands to repair. Then there are the more common wear items such as broken gearshift cables, water and fuel pump failures, worn control arm bushings, leaking radiators, etc.

                            The 997 is reliable by Porsche standards but it's still not a Honda. A pre-purchase inspection by a competent Porsche shop is a must. Or buy it from car max with a warranty.
                            I disagree.. 06+ 997 non-S is already sub $30k, and have been for few years now. better IMS bearing was installed in late 05, so 06+ is fine.
                            it aint no Toyota reliable. but it is a LOT more reliable than BMW, VW, Mini, Mercedes...all those issues you mentioned, fuel pump, worn bushing and leaky radiator, that's a BMW thing for last 20 years.
                            as for over-rev. that's a thing of ALL manuals, not just Porsche. just because you can check it on Porsche, doesn't make it any less reliable.

                            997 is basically a 996.2. 996 have been reliable other than the IMS issue. 06+ 997 IMS issue is insignificant, and 997 is more reliable than a 996
                            Last edited by bellwilliam; 01-11-2018, 10:36 AM.
                            S1 Supermiata - 220whp
                            13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
                            17 GT350R
                            03 Miata Club Sport
                            96 NSX
                            06 EVO MR
                            15 Mini Cooper S
                            Beck 550 Spyder

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                            • #29
                              From rennlist

                              https://rennlist.com/how-tos/a/porsc...erblown-383755

                              Which Models Were Affected?
                              The IMS bearing issue is a carryover issue from the 996 model. The earlier non-Carrera S 997 models had the same basic engine as the 996, hence, the same issues.

                              Most late 2005 and early 2006 997 models are included and, as mentioned earlier, a very small percentage of those cars were affected. But if there is doubt in your mind, most experts completely rule out any IMS bearing failure on 2007 and newer 997 models, as some engine components were updated and no incidents have been reported so far. If you happen to be in the market for one, remember that a Porsche CPO warranty could be a good idea, possibly helping you sleep better at night. So far this is not a reason to pass up on your long-awaited Porsche acquisition.
                              Elise
                              MR2 Spyder
                              Mazda RX7 FD
                              Porsche 911E

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by robburgoon View Post
                                Car recovered less wheels and a few other things... nevermind!
                                I heard there has been a big uptick in Miata thefts in north and south California recently. Glad your father's was recovered (relatively) intact!
                                Yer pal,
                                Force

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