MoeMoney wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:06 pm
Jack FFR1846 wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:56 pm
So do you want to hear how I sold my 51k mile 90 M3 in 1997 for $15k?
The Elise is a strange bird. Sits at $30K and has been like that for years.
What are we driving now? And what are you watching/shopping for?
So to add to the M3 story, I received a car plan at work but needed a 4 door car to qualify. $700 a month. Sold the M3 and a 91 CRX-Si and bought a 98 A4 2.8Q sport, manual.
Elise was only allowed import (had a whiny manufacturer exemption) model years 05-12. Half of all came in 05 because Lotus thought they'd sell far more $55k cars than there was demand for. Total of Elise and Exige was around 5-6k (LotusTalk has exact numbers). I used to kid that you couldn't stick a magnet to anything on the car. Aluminum bonded chassis, aluminum suspension pieces, aluminum Toyota 2ZZ engine/head, composite body. There is nothing that exists that's close to this car. It is very difficult to get into. Once in a 7 footer fits easily. It's even harder to get out of.
What do I drive now? Well, the Lotus became 1 semester of DS#1's college. I drive an 09 4 cyl auto Ford Fusion daily and a 4 door Wrangler for offroading, towing and when we need to bring big stuff anywhere in it, on the rear rack or on the trailer. Waiting for retirement to buy something else.
996 turbos are coming off the bottom of depreciation. They do NOT have the intermediate shaft, so no infamous IMS bearing problem. I'd consider buying one but it is very dated at this point.
I passed on 3 cars in the mid 70's that also would be worth tons today....but I had no money.
70 Superbird for $2500
63 1/2 Ford lightweight for $2500 (the guy had 2)
67 Corvette coupe 427 4 speed for $2500 (the guy wanted to buy a Corvette racecar)
Cars I might buy: GT-R, GT-3, Evora (the bargain of the bunch, but will never be rare like an Elige)