hehe. I did not mean to open a powder keg.
In all honesty, my Boxster has been pretty reliable. There is the impending threat of the IMS bearing dying which I don't like, but aside from eating a water pump, it's been reliable the most reliable car I've owned by a distance.
It is incredibly practical. It's refined, it doesn't rattle, it's a very accomplished car. That cannot be doubted even by the staunchest of critics. It is quick. Far quicker than the 250 odd brake suggests, especially through the bends. Real world performance wise - even in a better car, I'd need to be a more superior driver than I am to go much faster, and of course a race-track for the sake of keeping my license. I don't care about top-trump figures, I can straight up note that from pure driving experience it's a damn quick car.
I have really been considering an exhaust - it might give the car the character it so sorely lacks.
I wouldn't go out and buy another convertible. I don't really get the appeal - only reason I bought the Boxster was because of the capabilities of the car, rather than the fact it had no roof. Z4 also has electronic power steering, which is one of the biggest hates of mine around. Unless you buy the Z4M, which is well out of my price range, unfortunately.
I'm having quite a few issues shifting mine at the moment, so I'm not sure I want to be diving into a new car too quickly.
People turn around and say Alfas are expensive to run, and they require regular maintenance, just what kind of sums are we talking about here? Are they easy to spanner on yourself, or is it another case of taking it to a specialist every five minutes. I quite enjoy getting my hands dirty and would like to do as much as I could. Obviously, accessibility is severely hampered on a Boxster unless you're fortunate to own a lift.
Nice to hear that others have been experiencing 'the hate' with owning one. I initially put it down to my age; I recall making a poor attempt at growing a beard last year just in an attempt to look older behind the wheel, which had a little more success than I had anticipated. But. Honestly I'm bored of being spat at, driven into, and being that Porsche driving ******. Shouldn't have an impact on which car I'd own really, but it does.
Owning one is a lonely proposition. No headlight flashing, waving, petrol station chit-chat. Just envious glances and comments about the size of your junk for company.
I don't really look forward to using it, though I always leave the car slightly surprised and pleased at the amount of feedback. The engine should be louder, but the car's very faithful to your inputs. In a straight fight ignoring driving experiences I'd go and buy a GTV now, provided there were no scary pitfalls.
It's the fact that I need to consider how the GTV is to drive and how they stack up. It's not going to be as quick, I'm comfortable with that, but I am intrigued by the steering feel & feedback and how it handles beyond it's limits. Is it a car that enjoys being driven at 10/10, or does it feel a bit ropey past 8/10? It'd be the first front driver I've had in a while, and I want something with a little longevity to it in driving terms.
From what I've read they are meant to handle well enough, is it a case that with some lowering springs/coilovers, stiffer ARBs, polybushing & so on I could actually have a pretty handy little car?