Boy had his Integra GSR for a while and wanted to get another car but
couldn't decide on a used 2003 S2000 or a new 2008 Miata. The S2000 only has
about 30K miles, is in great condition, cheaper to buy but no warranty,
transmission maybe problematic for that year and higher ownership cost. The
Miata is fun to drive and cheaper to insure and maintain but needs more
power. So how would you decide?
For more power in the Miata, check this out: http://www.monstermiata.com /
That is almost as cool as the LS1 Mazda RX7!
But in all seriousness, I would choose the S2000 over the Miata based on
my excellent track record with Honda Cars.
I'd pick the S2000, but if maintenance costs are an issue, I believe the
S2000 uses relatively soft-compound tires with a correspondingly high
wear rate. They're expensive to replace as well, and the rears are
differently-sized than the fronts, so you can't extend their lifecycle
via normal rotation. The independent shop I frequent claimed that having
to replace the rears every 10,000 miles (or less) was not uncommon.
Unfortunately, this is true with just about ANY sports/performance car.
I purchased my 2006 Mustang GT used after my 2007 Accord was
totaled, and the prior owner's second set of tires were already on the
way out at 28,000 miles. Here I sit at 31,000 miles and I am adding set
number 3 to the car. Don't even think for a second that those softer
compound tires are cheap nor should you think that you can just walk
into any tire store and pick a set of four up.
I'll give you two guesses as to why I drive my 1997 Honda Civic WAY more
than my 2006 Mustang GT.
Because his little brother has one. BTW the SI not that good on gas -
averaged about 18mpg, mostly in San Francisco but some freeway too. The GSR
averaged 32mpg even at more than 100K miles on the odometer, mostly freeway
with some city - stock engine!
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