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Brutus
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-18-2019 14:40
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Realistic things:
The CTR in blue CPO I saw at my local acura dealer looked like a sweet option.

A Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and leave off the doors roof and everything and enjoy the pure savageness of it wind in your face.

A Porsche Cayman.

Less realistic:
NSX.

B.
B.


TonyEX
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-18-2019 15:26
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tennis32828 wrote:
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The unlucky ones get a divorce, get a younger trophy wife and move to a rented two bedroom downstairs condo.

The lucky ones, keep the wife and the garage and get a car.




Sounds like I rather be the unlucky one in your scenario lol



Hell!

You don't need a fancy car.

You need a nice pillow top king size bed and remember that generic drugs at Costco are really cheap! All of them.

NealX
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-18-2019 17:47
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tennis32828
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-18-2019 19:10
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That's what I'm driving now, albeit a 2013 non-abarth. Hoot to drive but visibility especially rear view is non existent. Turning radius is worse than some big SUVs, And I hate the power window switches in the middle console a mile apart from each other preventing you to control them at same time.

TonyEX
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-18-2019 19:23
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tennis32828 wrote:
NealX wrote:



That's what I'm driving now, albeit a 2013 non-abarth. Hoot to drive but visibility especially rear view is non existent. Turning radius is worse than some big SUVs, And I hate the power window switches in the middle console a mile apart from each other preventing you to control them at same time.



That 600 really is funny.

When I grew up, Seat 600s were extremely common. One of my aunts, uncle, three cousins, picnic food, tables, chairs, parasol would ALL fit inside.

Remember the clowns in the circus all getting out of the clown car, there you go. Only this was for real.

And then, then... people used to live with their parents until they got married. So, if you saw a 600 arockin' with the windows all fogged up, well, you just knew not to get too close.

Therefore, I do appreciate the size of American cars, vans and SUVs. I specially like the idea of an RV with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two couches, large kitchen and 65 inch flat screen TV. Those suckers are bigger than many Old World apartments. ;-)

For a mid life crisis, I'd prefer the RV with the wife inside.


owequitit
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-19-2019 00:41
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TonyEX wrote:
BG wrote:
I've seen the Type R in red and it would want to be a particularly spectacular mid life crisis to choose that colour!!

Unless you can opt for an Alfa in red....

https://www.alfaromeousa.com/cars/giulia/quadrifoglio




Never... Never a newer Alfa, nothing built after '72 that was shipped to the US with the Spica FI.

As I was telling my wife, it's either a CTR or a something along the lines of a '69 Alfa Romeo GTV.... Fully understanding the Alfa will be a lot slower and likely tie us down to living in our part of Orange County, close to all the auto shops in Costa Mesa.

...or, who knows, if we start thinking about older cars without a working AC... then you got the '70 Datsun 510 with the SSS tach and an SR22/5MT powertrain. (I much prefer the looks of the wagon, but the coupe/sedan have the IRS).

...or, there's the Datsun 2000 convertible. On that one I'd make my wife happy and get it silver with a black interior/top.






I see Guilias all over the place. Still have yet to see one on the side of the road. Even the blue one I mentioned a coworker having over a year ago is still in the parking lot daily and always has been...

Nick GravesX
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-19-2019 06:40
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TonyEX wrote:
tennis32828 wrote:
NealX wrote:



That's what I'm driving now, albeit a 2013 non-abarth. Hoot to drive but visibility especially rear view is non existent. Turning radius is worse than some big SUVs, And I hate the power window switches in the middle console a mile apart from each other preventing you to control them at same time.



That 600 really is funny.

When I grew up, Seat 600s were extremely common. One of my aunts, uncle, three cousins, picnic food, tables, chairs, parasol would ALL fit inside.

Remember the clowns in the circus all getting out of the clown car, there you go. Only this was for real.

And then, then... people used to live with their parents until they got married. So, if you saw a 600 arockin' with the windows all fogged up, well, you just knew not to get too close.

Therefore, I do appreciate the size of American cars, vans and SUVs. I specially like the idea of an RV with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two couches, large kitchen and 65 inch flat screen TV. Those suckers are bigger than many Old World apartments. ;-)

For a mid life crisis, I'd prefer the RV with the wife inside.




Ehi, Tony,

E un cinquecento, no seicento. Non un Ottocinquanta...


NealX
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-19-2019 09:24
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I'd be smitten with this:


RMTRADER
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-19-2019 13:00
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What about a 2-3 year old 370Z? You can then spend some time and cash gently modding it and end up with a quick and fun third car that doesn’t break the bank.
None
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-20-2019 10:51
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We just picked up a final edition Beetle convertible to run around in on the weekends.
NealX
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-20-2019 11:03
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RMTRADER wrote:
What about a 2-3 year old 370Z? You can then spend some time and cash gently modding it and end up with a quick and fun third car that doesn’t break the bank.

Completely forgot about that - another beauty!

papapoly
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-20-2019 13:08
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Mid-life crisis car for me needs to be on the rare side (no Audi, BMW, MBs, and Lexus, there are just so many on the road) and not mean a new mortgage payment.

High
2017+ NSX (why not Gen 1?, prices are approaching 100k might as well get a used Gen 2)

Medium
2016+ Cayman
2020 Supra

Low
S2000
2019+ Miata

Unknowns
2021 86
MR2?

LudeLeRoy
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-20-2019 13:37
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NealX wrote:
RMTRADER wrote:
What about a 2-3 year old 370Z? You can then spend some time and cash gently modding it and end up with a quick and fun third car that doesn’t break the bank.

Completely forgot about that - another beauty!



Depending on budget and requirements many good options exist and have already been suggested.

If you want newer but not brand new and solid RWD performance and Japanese reliably - the 370 would be a great.

The Type R would give you a nice taste of "midlife crisis" based upon looks and performance while at the same time offering seating for 4 (real back seats) and a hatch for added practicality - and FWD may fair better in winter driving (if applicable to you).

Approaching midlife and being a Honda nut I went with an S2K. I thought long and hard about an E46 M3 as I've missed having a 2 door coupe ( not a convertible guy) since my 94 H22 Lude. The high revving inline 6 with 6speed, good looks, performance and reasonable backseat almost won me over. Ultimately realiabilty concerns and repair costs (rod bearing failure and torn up sub-frame/undercarriage) caused me to stick with Honda.

I would love for Honda/Acura to offer a sexy 2 door coupe with a manual and 250-300HP minimum. I've always wondered what the J37 out of my MDX would be like in a RWD or sport turned SHAWD car...but as trends and technology change realistically if we got anything similar it's likely be a 2.0T or better yet the new 3.0T.

Maybe by 2025 if they still build IC engines we TOVers will have a 3.0T Hondura coupe option for all our midlife crisis needs.


superchg2
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Car is having a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-20-2019 14:18
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RMTRADER wrote:
What about a 2-3 year old 370Z? You can then spend some time and cash gently modding it and end up with a quick and fun third car that doesn’t break the bank.

My 80 year old neighbor has one of these and the roughly 7 year old 370Z (automatic) is having a mid life crisis of its own since the owner only drives it to the adjacent shopping center and does not go over 20 m.p.h.!
:)





TonyEX
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-20-2019 15:17
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Nick GravesX wrote:
TonyEX wrote:
tennis32828 wrote:
NealX wrote:



That's what I'm driving now, albeit a 2013 non-abarth. Hoot to drive but visibility especially rear view is non existent. Turning radius is worse than some big SUVs, And I hate the power window switches in the middle console a mile apart from each other preventing you to control them at same time.



That 600 really is funny.

When I grew up, Seat 600s were extremely common. One of my aunts, uncle, three cousins, picnic food, tables, chairs, parasol would ALL fit inside.

Remember the clowns in the circus all getting out of the clown car, there you go. Only this was for real.

And then, then... people used to live with their parents until they got married. So, if you saw a 600 arockin' with the windows all fogged up, well, you just knew not to get too close.

Therefore, I do appreciate the size of American cars, vans and SUVs. I specially like the idea of an RV with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two couches, large kitchen and 65 inch flat screen TV. Those suckers are bigger than many Old World apartments. ;-)

For a mid life crisis, I'd prefer the RV with the wife inside.




Ehi, Tony,

E un cinquecento, no seicento. Non un Ottocinquanta...




I was referring to the SEAT 600, "seiscientos"... Not the earlier Fiat.



123456speed
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-20-2019 15:35
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I'm too old to get into a small 2 door sports car (and I don't trust other drivers from such a precarious position). I'm still enjoying my '03 CL Type S 6MT. It's a comfortable, safe, reliable and a fun sporty car. The last 2 door 6cyl-6MT Acura made that was affordable.


TonyEX
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-20-2019 18:37
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owequitit wrote:
TonyEX wrote:
BG wrote:
I've seen the Type R in red and it would want to be a particularly spectacular mid life crisis to choose that colour!!

Unless you can opt for an Alfa in red....

https://www.alfaromeousa.com/cars/giulia/quadrifoglio




Never... Never a newer Alfa, nothing built after '72 that was shipped to the US with the Spica FI.

As I was telling my wife, it's either a CTR or a something along the lines of a '69 Alfa Romeo GTV.... Fully understanding the Alfa will be a lot slower and likely tie us down to living in our part of Orange County, close to all the auto shops in Costa Mesa.

...or, who knows, if we start thinking about older cars without a working AC... then you got the '70 Datsun 510 with the SSS tach and an SR22/5MT powertrain. (I much prefer the looks of the wagon, but the coupe/sedan have the IRS).

...or, there's the Datsun 2000 convertible. On that one I'd make my wife happy and get it silver with a black interior/top.






I see Guilias all over the place. Still have yet to see one on the side of the road. Even the blue one I mentioned a coworker having over a year ago is still in the parking lot daily and always has been...



They could become the most reliable cars in the world... I just don't trust it.

Haven't seen a single Giulia in the neighborhood. I've seen a couple of Stelvios though (Yuck! The thought of an Alfa SUV).

myhui
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-20-2019 23:37
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I suggest this, but with a Honda engine swap:

http://carguychronicles.com/2018/04/historic-racing-datsun-nissan-at-walter-mitty/




BG
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-21-2019 04:59
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Maybe something along the lines of this.....

https://www.donedeal.ie/vintagecars-for-sale/ford-escort-mk1-r-s2000-2-litre-16v-mint-px/20544257







superchg2
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Re: Cars for a mid life crisis    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-21-2019 13:27
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TonyEX wrote:
Nick GravesX wrote:
TonyEX wrote:
tennis32828 wrote:
NealX wrote:



That's what I'm driving now, albeit a 2013 non-abarth. Hoot to drive but visibility especially rear view is non existent. Turning radius is worse than some big SUVs, And I hate the power window switches in the middle console a mile apart from each other preventing you to control them at same time.



That 600 really is funny.

When I grew up, Seat 600s were extremely common. One of my aunts, uncle, three cousins, picnic food, tables, chairs, parasol would ALL fit inside.

Remember the clowns in the circus all getting out of the clown car, there you go. Only this was for real.

And then, then... people used to live with their parents until they got married. So, if you saw a 600 arockin' with the windows all fogged up, well, you just knew not to get too close.

Therefore, I do appreciate the size of American cars, vans and SUVs. I specially like the idea of an RV with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two couches, large kitchen and 65 inch flat screen TV. Those suckers are bigger than many Old World apartments. ;-)

For a mid life crisis, I'd prefer the RV with the wife inside.




Ehi, Tony,

E un cinquecento, no seicento. Non un Ottocinquanta...




I was referring to the SEAT 600, "seiscientos"... Not the earlier Fiat.




Here's a 1959 Fiat 600 Multipla, on Bring a Trailer, with 3 rows of seating.





 
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