The financial controller has grudgingly given the thumbs up for a new car, budget is up to 18k but I’d prefer it to be less as this would reduce the money I can squirrel away for new watches.
Coming from a hybrid Lexus suv and in the late summer / early autumn of my life I’m thinking that I should own a convertible at least once in my dwindling life. This flies in the face of my 6’2" height and the manly girth that 23 stone creates but sod that.
A mate has an mx 5 which is the standard answer to all car related questions but I just don’t fit, The only thing I’ve ridden in that produces a greater comedy effect when getting in or out is a lotus elise, my knees rub the steering wheel as does my belly so larger 4 seat convertibles seem to be the way to go.
Being used to the almost indestructible nature of Lexus the litany of horrors the internet produces for the main contenders is worrying so I’m asking here if anyone has any recommendations my current thinking is.
Audi S5 - cooling system problems and the DSG can cost up to 4k to fix if it goes pop
Audi A5 2.0tfsi - drinks oil like a glaswegian drinks buckfast. Would probably regret not getting s5
BMW 428i - bit down on power and it’s a bmw but… probably what I’ll end up with
BMW 435i - miley in my price range and two turbos to replace.
BMW 235i - small and so possible hilarity but my cousin has one and he’s my size - also see 435i
BMW M3 - I feel this would be foolhardy but god it’s tempting.
Mercedes e400 - don’t know much about these but again 2 turbos to replace
Merceses e350 - older but naturally aspirated
Mercedes e250 - again with the twin turbos and only 1.8 engine but some nice ones out there.
Lexus sc430 - fuck me it’s ugly and old but V8
Infinity g whatever - no
Vulva C70T5 -too old.
A nice classic SAAB 900 T16 murdered out in black would be lovely but most that are in price range are OAP colours or ‘low miles’ at 150k or more.
So anyway - any recommendations outside of that lot or ownership stories would be much appreciated. Also feel free to point and laugh at the cliche that is my life.