I had an Alfa Spider before I bought my one year old Merc. Loved the Spider - but the Merc far more practical (hard top) even though still very sporty looking, and a good drive. Cheaper insurance but still manage to pick up more speeding tickets which balances it all out, I suppose? Being in the 'over 50 bracket' I am toying with the idea of now exchanging for a Volvo C30.....but it would break my heart ...and 50+ isn't that old is it?? Nah! I'm keeping it!
I have owned this car from new sept 2003 having covered 40,000 miles.The only problem I have had with car was one electrical gremlin which resulted in a new ECU unit (£1178.00) OUCH. Apart from that I absolutely love this car.Great to drive with the top up or down.Even at 6`2 and 15 stone with a bad back and gammy knee I find it so comfortable.The automatic gearbox is a dream especially, on B roads when on ocasion the red mist comes down (speed limits permitting obviously).Try the run from Pickering to Whitby on a clear quiet day!!.Just on my 2nd set of tyres 17" contintal sport which I find suit the car.Fuel consumption, whose bothered when you can this much fun.Oh by the way never had a car this long so that must say it all.Go on spoil yourself get one I dont think you would regret it
Got it new when I turned 50. Always wanted an SL but this next best thing! Spec is Lazulite blue, cream leather interior, walnut trim. Love it to bits despite badly trapping my finger in the heavy door twice! Even now, 5 years on, when I am parking it up anywhere people passing by aged from 7 to 70 always say 'Nice Car!'. It is aclassic, beautiful shape and I am not sure I'd want to swap it for the new more contemporary version. Treated it to a bit of a paint up on stone chips the other day, "'cos it's worth it"!
Wife's car owned from new 2002. She loves it. It's reliable, economical 30+ mpg, easy to drive and own. Good boot space with roof up, acceptable with roof down. No problems with quality.
Being very low, it is prone to stone chips. Interior space is rather snug for taller people. Quite hard on rear tyres, original Dunlops only lasted 11k, Michelins better and last 25k with reasonable driving.
Manual box is fine, ignore the so called experts, most of us don't drive as if we were on a race track.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!