Re: Alfa vs. Porsche
It`s interesting the prejudice that sometimes emerges about the Boxster on some car forums. Despite some "accepted" wisdom the Boxster S is just about the best traditional sportscar (as opposed to GT) that`s available currently. It is RWD, mid-engined and has a lovely 3.2 flat six that is one of the few contemporary engines that can match the character of an Alfa. It is not based upon the platform of a saloon or hatchback!
As to why you would buy one instead of a TVR or a secondhand Maser` for £40K there are some very good reasons! I`m an Alfa enthusiast rather than a porker person and carefully considered both of these (amongst others) before buying both of my Boxsters. It`s important to note that my £40K is my own money and not the banks or my employers!
1) TVR - It is impossible to look beyond their terminal unreliabilty (AJP engined cars) with around 40% needing an engine rebuild before 30,000 miles! I do 15+K a year in my Porsche so this is a concern. The build quality is also shocking.
Most importantly however is the fact that I enjoy driving and the Boxster S, whilst slower in a straight line, is massively more competent (and quicker) and enjoyable to drive. TVR`s are exciting but really very poorly resolved and ultimately deeply unsatisfying.
Oh , they also depreciate like a brick and cost between 2 and 3 times more to service.
2) Maserati - lovely cars and genuinely well built. I have considered these very carefully and have driven them all (3200/4200) extensively on road and track. The engine in the 4200 is an absolute stunner and the interior is massively attractive in comparison to your average sober German number. They even handle quite nicely and the cambiocorsa flappy gearbox is better than its reputation deserves.
However, your notional £40K will get you inside a 4200 which is part of the problem really. They DEPRECIATE big style and are nigh-on unsellable on the second hand market unless you want to be raped by the official dealers. Your £40K suddenly becomes much more expensive when you realise how little of it you will get back! Oh, and the dealers are Ferrari dealers of course which means even more money oozing away because you are trapped in the official network! If you have the misfortune to have something horrible go wrong out of warranty you might as well sit in a corner and weep!
IMHO, if you are planning to use your car properly you should buy a £40K car with your £40K. The Maserati is a £60+K car that has the running expenses of a £100K car whilst the TVR is a £60K car sold for £40K because they haven`t spent the development budget (oh, and they`re also sh*T!)
my reservations about the cav