I am facing a difficult decision and all my pleas and calls on Click and Clack’s voicemail have until now remained unanswered… My problem is a rather comfortable one to have, nevertheless it eats me up and I’m looking for your advice:
Let’s say I am facing a mid-life crisis and I’m looking for automotive remedies. So I’m thinking I’ll be a happier person if I bought myself a convertible or other selfish car.
For years I have been thinking about owning an older (say mid 80’s) Porsche Targa. I think it’s an excellent car, timeless and classy design and still today a car fun to drive. The targa top would allow me to cruise without a roof when the weather allows.
I test-drove one and the gears shifted quite poorly. I’m used to driving stick-shift, but that was beyond me. I don’t know if this was this particular car or if that can be expected from 35 year old cars, no matter how brilliantly designed at that time. (Any comments?)
Also, to my knowledge the targa top can’t be stored in the car when driving. So a commute in the morning would be fun, but what if it rained in the afternoon? On top of that I don’t own a garage, so I’d have to store the car for the winter someplace else, never mind of just being able to use it for say 8months / year.
For the same amount of money I could get a say 2004 Audi TT roadster convertible. This car would have obvious advantages, making it a daily driver even. Everything works with the push of a button, the roof is always there. I do like Audis and they may be my most favorite brand these days. However, I had an Audi before and that one wasn’t cheap to maintain when it got older.
The question boils down to: That sweet Porsche, with quite limited funcionality, or that neat but not awesome Audi TT?
Thanks in advance for your comments.