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Used Sports Car

Post by BobH60 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:33 pm

Any suggestions? I would like to purchase a used sports car, up to $15,000. I was thinking maybe a Audi TT or a Mini Cooper.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Jack FFR1846 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:43 pm

Miata
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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by EdNorton » Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:35 pm

High maintenance costs on both of those, doubt it you can get a CPO in those models @ 15,000. I had a Mini convertible, could not fit my golf clubs in the trunk whether the top was up or down. Bought a mint Miata for $10k. Much more fun than the mini.
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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by cashboy » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:13 pm

corvette

most have low miles and are well taken care of.
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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by alfaspider » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:36 pm

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:43 pm
Miata
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The
Answer
x2

But a C5/C6 corvette is also acceptable (though running costs are higher) if you like more power. A Mini is not a sports car- it's a front wheel drive hatch back that may have a bit of zing depending on which model you get. Any Audi TT in your price range is liable to be a maintenance nightmare, plus they really aren't all that sporty except in TTRS form (also outside price range).

You might also consider Boxters, though ones in you price range will need to have the IMS bearing addressed if not already done.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by sk2101 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:17 pm

cashboy wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:13 pm
corvette

most have low miles and are well taken care of.
+1 Corvettes are the most reliable sports cars.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by ChinchillaWhiplash » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:26 pm

Fiat 124 Spyder (Miata).

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by alfaspider » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:38 pm

ChinchillaWhiplash wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:26 pm
Fiat 124 Spyder (Miata).
I'd get the Miata version unless you just REALLY love the Fiat styling. The Fiat powertrain is much less reliable, and the car is no quicker despite the turbo.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Jack FFR1846 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:44 pm

I don't think he'd find a "Fiata" for another few years. Too new. An NC is probably the best value (and ugliest in my opinion). Find an NB Mazdaspeed Miata (04,05 are the only years) which are factory turbo Miatas. Or an "M" Miata, which is fully decked out....for a Miata.
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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by cacophony » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:47 pm

sk2101 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:17 pm
cashboy wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:13 pm
corvette

most have low miles and are well taken care of.
+1 Corvettes are the most reliable sports cars.

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Consumer Reports reliability data paints a very different picture

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by alfaspider » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:53 pm

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:44 pm
I don't think he'd find a "Fiata" for another few years. Too new. An NC is probably the best value (and ugliest in my opinion). Find an NB Mazdaspeed Miata (04,05 are the only years) which are factory turbo Miatas. Or an "M" Miata, which is fully decked out....for a Miata.
There are some 124 spiders in the price range:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sal ... pe=listing

But there are also ND Miatas in the price range:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sal ... pe=listing

But I like your Mazdaspeed Miata recommendation. I thoroughly enjoyed mine. Test drove an ND Miata back to back with it, and while I liked the ND, I preferred the Mazdaspeed. I do note, however, that the Mazdaspeed Miata is a bit overdampened in stock form, which gives it a relatively harsh ride. You won't loose any money on depreciation if you buy one.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by medic » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:59 pm

Depending on how spirited you actually drive, I'd prefer a Porsche 944 over the little roadsters just because there are fewer of them around. Always get a look around here. I like it for the ride and style but realize I'm rarely really going to open up a real sports car on the road around here and unlikely to track it.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Brianmcg321 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:15 pm

You can find nice C5 Corvettes now with low mileage. Lots of people wanting to get the new one.
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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by alfaspider » Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:17 pm

cacophony wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:47 pm
sk2101 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:17 pm
cashboy wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:13 pm
corvette

most have low miles and are well taken care of.
+1 Corvettes are the most reliable sports cars.

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Consumer Reports reliability data paints a very different picture
Judging from the age of the cars on that chart, I think you may also be looking at different eras. For example, chrysler crossfires haven't been made in over a decade and the Mercury Cougar almost 2 decades! You also may be talking about completely different cars when comparing years. For example, the Mitsubishi eclipse has morphed from a sporty coupe into an SUV with literally no mechanical or stylistic connection between the two.

That being said, the drivetrain in the Corvette is pretty tried and tested going on 20 years. LS motors have been swapped into almost anything on 4 wheels for a reason.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Kenkat » Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:37 pm

These are always so dependent on what YOU are really looking for in your sports car experience. A Miata and a Corvette are both great cars to drive but they also offer very different experiences. Really the best thing you can do is look for a car or cars that gets your pulse going a little and then go test drive them.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by FlyOverState » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:53 pm

1999-2001 Porsche 911.
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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by ChinchillaWhiplash » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:21 pm

FlyOverState wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:53 pm
1999-2001 Porsche 911.
+1.

Just find one with good records of proper maintenance. I drive an 01 C2 Cab as my daily. Even in snow covered CO roads. IMS bearing, RMS, motor mounts are some of the common issues with easy fixes. If these have been addressed, no worries.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Small Savanna » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:29 pm

Not the OP, but I'd be curious what people think about the Boxster. I've seen some apparently well-preserved examples from the 2000s that are in the $15K to $20K range. Looks like it would be a fun weekend car. How expensive is the bearing issue to fix?

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by thatme » Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:33 pm

For $15k you can likely get a nice Honda S2000.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Bacchus01 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:36 pm

Brianmcg321 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:15 pm
You can find nice C5 Corvettes now with low mileage. Lots of people wanting to get the new one.

It a chance at $15K

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Barefoot » Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:45 pm

sk2101 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:17 pm


+1 Corvettes are the most reliable sports cars.

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My eyes are kinda old, where is the Miata in this list?

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by rich126 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:02 pm

sk2101 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:17 pm
cashboy wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:13 pm
corvette

most have low miles and are well taken care of.
+1 Corvettes are the most reliable sports cars.

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Ah, the memories. When I was 23 I bought a brand new Toyota MR2. It was a ton of fun. Got stolen once and the cop said “wowthat car moves, I thought it was going to flip”. It was found with 24 hrs. I kept it for 10 years and 150,000 miles. Started having electrical problems. The only other car I loved was my Acura RSX and really wished they were still made. Instead I have my Elantra :(

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by ChinchillaWhiplash » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:18 pm

Small Savanna wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:29 pm
Not the OP, but I'd be curious what people think about the Boxster. I've seen some apparently well-preserved examples from the 2000s that are in the $15K to $20K range. Looks like it would be a fun weekend car. How expensive is the bearing issue to fix?
LNE ceramic bearing retrofit is around $750. Biggest problem is the labor involved to get to it. Might be easier on the Boxter, but on a 911 it takes about 10 hours. You can do the clutch, RMS and the trans shaft seal all at the same time.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by investingdad » Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:03 am

alfaspider wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:53 pm
Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:44 pm
I don't think he'd find a "Fiata" for another few years. Too new. An NC is probably the best value (and ugliest in my opinion). Find an NB Mazdaspeed Miata (04,05 are the only years) which are factory turbo Miatas. Or an "M" Miata, which is fully decked out....for a Miata.
There are some 124 spiders in the price range:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sal ... pe=listing

But there are also ND Miatas in the price range:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sal ... pe=listing

But I like your Mazdaspeed Miata recommendation. I thoroughly enjoyed mine. Test drove an ND Miata back to back with it, and while I liked the ND, I preferred the Mazdaspeed. I do note, however, that the Mazdaspeed Miata is a bit overdampened in stock form, which gives it a relatively harsh ride. You won't loose any money on depreciation if you buy one.
I own an 04 Mazdaspeed Miata I bought new, only about 40,000 miles on it. I rarely drive it and have considered selling, just haven't done it yet. Not sure what the resale is on them.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Bacchus01 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:42 am

investingdad wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:03 am
alfaspider wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:53 pm
Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:44 pm
I don't think he'd find a "Fiata" for another few years. Too new. An NC is probably the best value (and ugliest in my opinion). Find an NB Mazdaspeed Miata (04,05 are the only years) which are factory turbo Miatas. Or an "M" Miata, which is fully decked out....for a Miata.
There are some 124 spiders in the price range:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sal ... pe=listing

But there are also ND Miatas in the price range:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sal ... pe=listing

But I like your Mazdaspeed Miata recommendation. I thoroughly enjoyed mine. Test drove an ND Miata back to back with it, and while I liked the ND, I preferred the Mazdaspeed. I do note, however, that the Mazdaspeed Miata is a bit overdampened in stock form, which gives it a relatively harsh ride. You won't loose any money on depreciation if you buy one.
I own an 04 Mazdaspeed Miata I bought new, only about 40,000 miles on it. I rarely drive it and have considered selling, just haven't done it yet. Not sure what the resale is on them.
OP is acting about sports cars. That’s not a sports car.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by strafe » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:12 am

I agree with the poster above. Definitely avoid the Mercury Cougar.

Two other Boglehead-approved inexpensive sports cars to consider instead:
-Toyota Corolla with the sport package, throw on some 15" racing wheels
-Subaru Forrester with turbo and pinstripes

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by ohai » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:53 am

OP is considering a Mini Cooper kind of car. He doesn't necessarily want a "sports car" in the Miata sense. This conversation need not fixate on this terminology.

Anyway, so that I feel I have contributed to the discussion, please also consider these options that seem appropriate to OP's price range:

1) Nissan 370Z
2) Volkswagen GTI
3) Subaru WRX
4) Camaro or Mustang
5) Honda Fit - slow cars are the most fun to drive fast

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by alfaspider » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:00 am

Bacchus01 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:42 am
investingdad wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:03 am
alfaspider wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:53 pm
Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:44 pm
I don't think he'd find a "Fiata" for another few years. Too new. An NC is probably the best value (and ugliest in my opinion). Find an NB Mazdaspeed Miata (04,05 are the only years) which are factory turbo Miatas. Or an "M" Miata, which is fully decked out....for a Miata.
There are some 124 spiders in the price range:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sal ... pe=listing

But there are also ND Miatas in the price range:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sal ... pe=listing

But I like your Mazdaspeed Miata recommendation. I thoroughly enjoyed mine. Test drove an ND Miata back to back with it, and while I liked the ND, I preferred the Mazdaspeed. I do note, however, that the Mazdaspeed Miata is a bit overdampened in stock form, which gives it a relatively harsh ride. You won't loose any money on depreciation if you buy one.
I own an 04 Mazdaspeed Miata I bought new, only about 40,000 miles on it. I rarely drive it and have considered selling, just haven't done it yet. Not sure what the resale is on them.
OP is acting about sports cars. That’s not a sports car.
Give me a break. It's practically the platonic form of "sports car." A big v8 does not a sports car make, though the MSM actually has a decent bit of oomph. If you resolve the poor factory fueling with the flyin miata "enchalada", you are looking at almost 200whp in a 2,400lb car- pretty close to the power/weight ratio of a c5 Corvette, but with much more nimble handling. By the way, the Miata is by far the most raced car in wait for it.... the Sports Car Club of America- which is the largest amateur racing sanctioning organization in the U.S.

Re the Mazdaspeed Miata prices: recent auction results are here:

https://bringatrailer.com/search/mazdaspeed/

An unmodified one-owner with 40k miles seems to be worth somewhere between $10-15k.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by alfaspider » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:03 am

ohai wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:53 am
OP is considering a Mini Cooper kind of car. He doesn't necessarily want a "sports car" in the Miata sense. This conversation need not fixate on this terminology.

Anyway, so that I feel I have contributed to the discussion, please also consider these options that seem appropriate to OP's price range:

1) Nissan 370Z
2) Volkswagen GTI
3) Subaru WRX
4) Camaro or Mustang
5) Honda Fit - slow cars are the most fun to drive fast
If OP is considering an audi TT, it doesn't appear that they need a lot of passenger space. If your priority is nimble handling, fun to drive, cool looks etc., cars like the WRX or Honda Fit will be a compromise. I say that as someone who drives a WRX STI as a daily, but also has a dedicated sports car. Obviously everyone has their preferences, but I found the Honda Fit to be a miserable penalty box, even with the manual transmission. Perhaps a great idea for saving fuel, but I would never recommend them for fun except perhaps as a stripped out race car with some serious modifications.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by sk2101 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:08 am

Barefoot wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:45 pm
My eyes are kinda old, where is the Miata in this list?
The Miata is in a different category, "roadster"

http://www.dashboard-light.com/reports/Roadster.html

Important to mention that their methodology only takes into consideration powertrain problems. Not surprising to see the corvette on the top. There are lots of old cars in the mix because data is taken from auction sales and there is a bit of everything there.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Doom&Gloom » Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:21 am

Kenkat wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:37 pm
These are always so dependent on what YOU are really looking for in your sports car experience. A Miata and a Corvette are both great cars to drive but they also offer very different experiences. Really the best thing you can do is look for a car or cars that gets your pulse going a little and then go test drive them.
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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Artful Dodger » Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:23 am

strafe wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:12 am
I agree with the poster above. Definitely avoid the Mercury Cougar.

Two other Boglehead-approved inexpensive sports cars to consider instead:
-Toyota Corolla with the sport package, throw on some 15" racing wheels
-Subaru Forrester with turbo and pinstripes

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by EnjoyIt » Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:31 am

thatme wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:33 pm
For $15k you can likely get a nice Honda S2000.
no you can't price has gone up on those. They tend to run closer to $20k

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Barefoot » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:30 pm

sk2101 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:08 am

Important to mention that their methodology only takes into consideration powertrain problems.
Any methodology that ranks the Wrangler as the most reliable compact SUV is beyond worthless.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by alfaspider » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:50 pm

EnjoyIt wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:31 am
thatme wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:33 pm
For $15k you can likely get a nice Honda S2000.
no you can't price has gone up on those. They tend to run closer to $20k
Depends what you consider "nice." You can most certainly get one for $15k.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by chrisjul » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:30 pm

No hesitation here: MIATA.

Most raced car in the world, and the most easily modified if you like.

I've owned several. My 2012 has not had a single repair in 9.5 years.
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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Jack FFR1846 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:35 pm

Bacchus01 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:42 am
investingdad wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:03 am
alfaspider wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:53 pm
Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:44 pm
I don't think he'd find a "Fiata" for another few years. Too new. An NC is probably the best value (and ugliest in my opinion). Find an NB Mazdaspeed Miata (04,05 are the only years) which are factory turbo Miatas. Or an "M" Miata, which is fully decked out....for a Miata.
There are some 124 spiders in the price range:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sal ... pe=listing

But there are also ND Miatas in the price range:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sal ... pe=listing

But I like your Mazdaspeed Miata recommendation. I thoroughly enjoyed mine. Test drove an ND Miata back to back with it, and while I liked the ND, I preferred the Mazdaspeed. I do note, however, that the Mazdaspeed Miata is a bit overdampened in stock form, which gives it a relatively harsh ride. You won't loose any money on depreciation if you buy one.
I own an 04 Mazdaspeed Miata I bought new, only about 40,000 miles on it. I rarely drive it and have considered selling, just haven't done it yet. Not sure what the resale is on them.
OP is acting about sports cars. That’s not a sports car.
So I'm not sure exactly which car isn't a sports car. The classic definition of a sports car is a 2 seater open top car with wheelbase less than 90 inches. Indeed, the Fiata and new Miata are a fraction over 90 inches, so not a sports car. The NA and NB Miatas are under 90 inches, so meet the definition in every way. No Corvette ever made meets this (wheelbase is well over 90).
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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by MotoTrojan » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:58 pm

thatme wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:33 pm
For $15k you can likely get a nice Honda S2000.
This would be my vote as well. Classic car, incredible handling, lots of fun to drive (high RPM), good resale value (prices going up), and maintenance shouldn't be a big issue.

"It is more fun to drive a slow car fast, than a fast car slow".

Some other options worth looking at could be a 350Z/370Z, maybe even a Nismo, but the S2000 is a step above performance wise.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by alfaspider » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:15 pm

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:35 pm
Bacchus01 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:42 am
investingdad wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:03 am
alfaspider wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:53 pm
Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:44 pm
I don't think he'd find a "Fiata" for another few years. Too new. An NC is probably the best value (and ugliest in my opinion). Find an NB Mazdaspeed Miata (04,05 are the only years) which are factory turbo Miatas. Or an "M" Miata, which is fully decked out....for a Miata.
There are some 124 spiders in the price range:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sal ... pe=listing

But there are also ND Miatas in the price range:

https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sal ... pe=listing

But I like your Mazdaspeed Miata recommendation. I thoroughly enjoyed mine. Test drove an ND Miata back to back with it, and while I liked the ND, I preferred the Mazdaspeed. I do note, however, that the Mazdaspeed Miata is a bit overdampened in stock form, which gives it a relatively harsh ride. You won't loose any money on depreciation if you buy one.
I own an 04 Mazdaspeed Miata I bought new, only about 40,000 miles on it. I rarely drive it and have considered selling, just haven't done it yet. Not sure what the resale is on them.
OP is acting about sports cars. That’s not a sports car.
So I'm not sure exactly which car isn't a sports car. The classic definition of a sports car is a 2 seater open top car with wheelbase less than 90 inches. Indeed, the Fiata and new Miata are a fraction over 90 inches, so not a sports car. The NA and NB Miatas are under 90 inches, so meet the definition in every way. No Corvette ever made meets this (wheelbase is well over 90).

That seems silly and arbitrary. Under that definition, they don’t make sports cars anymore outside perhaps kit cars.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by westie » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:39 pm

Forget the Miata, buy a Honda S2000.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by EnjoyIt » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:39 pm

alfaspider wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:50 pm
EnjoyIt wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:31 am
thatme wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:33 pm
For $15k you can likely get a nice Honda S2000.
no you can't price has gone up on those. They tend to run closer to $20k
Depends what you consider "nice." You can most certainly get one for $15k.
I have looked. I don’t see any S2000 for under $15k that still have seats and a body.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by westie » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:54 pm

S2000 --- must be 40 of them under $15,000 or less on Autotrader right now.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by ohai » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:59 pm

Infiniti G37 is another good option. It is within OP's price range, still looks good and is relatively modern, and can be used easily as a daily car.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by khangaroo » Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:27 pm

Honda S2K, ALL THE WAY!! Love every minute in that car. I've been on the fence about selling it, she's a garage queen. Purchased in 2014 with 48k miles...fast-forward to 2019... and she has 58k miles. Clean title and 100% stock - quite the beauty.

I'm biased, but the S2000 is the most fun you'll have in any sports car for less than $20k.

I personally haven't driven a Miata so I can't speak for them but my friend has a heavily modified one and he loves it to death so +1 for those too!

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Nicolas » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:01 pm

Why not rent the cars you’re interested in for a week at a time each and then pick your favorite? That should minimize later regret.
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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by Nicolas » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:17 pm

I’ve often gazed with envy at the S2000 but never drove one. Production of the S2000 ceased in June 2009. If it was so good, why? People stopped buying?
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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by alfaspider » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:36 pm

Nicolas wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:01 pm
Why not rent the cars you’re interested in for a week at a time each and then pick your favorite? That should minimize later regret.
Often not possible unless you get lucky on Turo.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by alfaspider » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:37 pm

Nicolas wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:17 pm
I’ve often gazed with envy at the S2000 but never drove one. Production of the S2000 ceased in June 2009. If it was so good, why? People stopped buying?
It had a 10 year run, but it was a victim of the Great Recession. Right when it would have been time for a second generation, budgets were being slashed and all non-essential projects cancelled. Sports cars are never profit leaders (unless your name is Ferrari). Even Porsche makes its money on SUVs.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by westie » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:11 pm

Bought a new S2000 in 2007. Sold it in 2015. A lot of fun, great little car. Never driven in the rain. Garage queen for the most part.

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Re: Used Sports Car

Post by JDot » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:28 pm

sk2101 wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:17 pm
cashboy wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:13 pm
corvette

most have low miles and are well taken care of.
+1 Corvettes are the most reliable sports cars.

(Reliability Score from Long Term Quality Index)
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Err how many Toyota Celicas have I seen with over 200,000 miles running well? Quite a few. I don't know that could be seen for most of those other cars. Thanks for sharing the data, but I'm skeptical.

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