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Car Thoughts: Z4 2.5i, Golf GTI, Mx-5, Or 130i?  
User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3140 times:

These are the cars that I am now hesitating between, from priciest:

BMW 130i 265bhp
BMW Z4 2.5i 177bhp
The most serious and reasonable candidate, the manual gear Golf GTI 200bhp
Mazda Mx-5 170bhp

The Z4 is very comfortable and practical for a single person, which is what I am. It's only problem is that it's not a real icon for its price (compared to, say, a pricier boxster), and that it only looks good in one color (blacK) with a very carefully chosen interior colours. Otherwise yes the car is plain ugly don't worry I know that. The 130i is too expensive for a little auto. It's other problem is that it's beaten hands down each time by the Golf R32. But it's sure more lovable than a rugged Golf GTI. The MX-5 is too noisy and toy like.

The Golf R32 isn't in the cards because I think it looks "pimped" and I don't like 4 wheel drive cars. I didn't ask check for SLK's or Nissan Z's yet because I never suspected I would not find what I am looking for in the above brands..

Your thoughts?
Kay

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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3137 times:

How about wait for the new Audi S3?  Smile


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User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

Is that an Audi version of the R32? I thought that one came out already? I'm sure it's even more expensive than the 130i  Sad

Kay


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3130 times:

Quoting Kay (Reply 2):
Is that an Audi version of the R32? I thought that one came out already? I'm sure it's even more expensive than the 130i

No - it wont be using the 3.2 from the R32 (or the 3.2 A3 for that matter). Instead it will be using a very highly tuned 2.0 Turbo instead - with four wheel drive of course.

The 3.2 version of the A3 has been around since launch I believe, but although pretty sporty, the S3 is expected to be a lot more hard core.



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User currently offlineDazultra From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 689 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3125 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 3):
the S3 is expected to be a lot more hard core.

It definately needs to be something special, the new A3 handles like a boat  Wink


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Quoting Dazultra (Reply 4):
It definately needs to be something special, the new A3 handles like a boat

It does not  grumpy 

Especially not in Sport spec - and especially not my one which handles better than all other A3s due to the considerable skill of the driver  Wink


The ride however DOES need sorting.......



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User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3117 times:

Quoting Dazultra (Reply 4):
the new A3 handles like a boat

 Silly

Quoting Cornish (Reply 5):
The ride however DOES need sorting

Too harsh or too soft? or a combination of both?


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3114 times:

Quoting Kay (Reply 6):
Too harsh or too soft? or a combination of both?

Too hard by far - typical Audi problem. Exascerbated in my car by the firmer settings and tyres of the sport model.

Having said that, it is a regular criticism by UK journalists that Audis that feel fine on continental roads feel very firm on UK roads. Audi doesn't (lthoguh thats about to change) set the cars up specifically for UK road conditions, unlike BMW or Mercedes who have dedicated settings for this country.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26815 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3113 times:

Quoting Kay (Thread starter):
It's only problem is that it's not a real icon for its price (compared to, say, a pricier boxster),

The Z-series BMWs are excellent cars. You get the BMW quality in a fun to drive convertible. I would go for that.



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User currently offlineDazultra From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 689 posts, RR: 41
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 7):
Too hard by far - typical Audi problem. Exascerbated in my car by the firmer settings and tyres of the sport model.

Yeah, have to agree here, our A2 is a sport and has the sports suspension and 17" rims and the ride is pretty bad as a result.


User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 8):
The Z-series BMWs are excellent cars.

My previous car is a Z3, but not in this country. The only thing I am slightly worried about is the attention it will attract at my work. I'm not so sure about show off anymore, at this day age (I'm 31).

I'd like to drive it though, because it's the only car in the hole bunch that makes my heart beat faster when I think of it.

Are you speaking from experience by the way?
Kay


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26815 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3094 times:

Quoting Kay (Reply 10):
My previous car is a Z3, but not in this country. The only thing I am slightly worried about is the attention it will attract at my work. I'm not so sure about show off anymore, at this day age (I'm 31).

I'd like to drive it though, because it's the only car in the hole bunch that makes my heart beat faster when I think of it.

Who cares about showing off. You should enjoy your car, and the Z4 seems to make you feel that way. As great a car as the Z3 was, it was still using 1980s suspension componants. The Z4 is that much more advanced and that much more fun.

Quoting Kay (Reply 10):
Are you speaking from experience by the way?

Yes. I have driven the Land Shark before and found it to be up to the standards of any BMW



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User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3789 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3081 times:

The MX-5 is no competitor. A car for women, and then it isn't German Big grin. Also I hate the Mazda Zoom Zoom Zoom commercials.

The only Mazda I would ever buy would be the RX-8, because of the unique Wankel engine...

I cannot give you any serious advice, because my financial state isn't yet in a position where I could afford any of the mentioned cars. I would take the 130i, nothing beats this engine.


User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 12):
because of the unique Wankel engine...

Why make different when not better tho  Smile this engine consumes

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 12):
I would take the 130i, nothing beats this engine.

That's why it's in the list..


User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2648 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3028 times:
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Consider getting a Subaru Impreza WRX. I smoke MX-5s, GTIs, R32s, Boxsters all day long in mine. It handles good and is quick. You did mention you dont like AWD but you should consider it. Also look into an M roadster that thing is sexy. Maybe even a Honda S2000 or Nissan 350Z. O yeah and RX-8s suck. Bad mpg, slow and ugly(at least from the back  Smile)

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