: Suggestions for a Summer Car

c5 rv
05-16-05, 10:08 PM
I sold my vette last fall and really miss it. So does my wife. We're starting to look for another summer car. It needs to to be a vert or have a removeable top, needs a trunk that is at least 30" from front to back, spirited but not necessarily scorching performance, prefer a two seater, prefer rear wheel drive, prefer manual tranny, and prefer GM. It can be new or used, but has to be reliable. Price isn't really a concern. Options I'm considering (or already ruled out):

- XLR has too little trunk space when the roof is down.
- C6 Corvette coupe would be great, but I'd probably be too anal about it and I would want to wait until the '06 model year.
- 2000-2002 C5 Corvette coupe would be a lot like what we had and I kinda want something different.
- Early - mid 90's C4 Corvette coupe is worth looking into.
- Pontiac Solstice won't be out until fall and has too small of a trunk.
- Honda S2000 has too small of a trunk.
- 1990s Mazda Miata is one of my wife's favorites, but probably has too small of a trunk as I remember.
- 1990s Honda Del Sol has a pretty good sized trunk, but is front wheel drive.

Other suggestions for a fun summer car I should consider?

DopeStar 156
05-16-05, 11:57 PM
I dunno about the Miata. There are bumper stickers out there that say, "I'm not gay, but my Miata is." in rainbow lettering.

05-16-05, 11:59 PM
I saw the new Vettes on Sunday at the dealership. Very impressive and would look better in a convertable imo.

05-17-05, 12:06 AM
1998- 2003 Pontiac Firebird T/A :coolgleam

03-05 Z06 Vette - Spice it up a bit.

Non GM:

Latest Gen or Last Generation Mustang GT convertable

Used Viper RT/10

Both seem like they would have a big enough trunk...

05-17-05, 12:10 AM
c5rv - older ZR1s are getting quite resonable , ive seena few nice exaples below 30k , even saw 2 under 25k

Like you ive had my eye on a vette , but im rather yeing the c4 generation , 95-96 is your best bet for a standard vette

but for me im looking at a few flavors :
1986 Vert , yellow with the indy decals
Any doug nash 4+3 tranny vette , i know those are junk but its a odd ball
88 Albino vette (35th anniversary)M/T
93 white , black interior , manual tranny
95-96 6 speed

05-17-05, 02:46 AM
How about a Porsche 911 Carerra or Chrysler Crossfire?

DopeStar 156
05-17-05, 03:56 AM
Chrysler Crossfire's a gorgeous car. The coupes are my favorite.

05-17-05, 08:55 AM
He's concerned about a trunk though... and the crossfire and porsche are bad in that area.


05-17-05, 10:02 AM
00-02 SL500. I dont think they have a retractable roof so that saves on trunk-space BIG-TIME.

What else is there really... Chrysler Lebaron GTC? LOLOL :histeric:

05-17-05, 12:03 PM
00-02 SL500. I dont think they have a retractable roof so that saves on trunk-space BIG-TIME.

What else is there really... Chrysler Lebaron GTC? LOLOL :histeric:
Good point ...

Hey C5 , if you want something rare go for a 1990 Lebaron Convertable "VNT" made for only one year and if you play your cards right you might find one and it be one of 3 (i forget the color combo)...Out of any of the lebarons from the 80s this one has the best chance of gaining value

05-17-05, 12:58 PM
Well, since you took the liberty to list Honda & Maita, both of which are not GM, I'd have to go with a Thunderbird, with the removeable top. They ride real nice and corner great and are beautiful !
"Only way to fly"

c5 rv
05-17-05, 02:12 PM
I stopped here over lunch. Interesting ideas:


05-17-05, 03:03 PM
Have you considered the Chrysler Sebring Convertible. Not bad at all on turnk space for the convertible...

or if you wait, the Chrylser 300M convertible :lildevil:

05-17-05, 03:09 PM
We just got a BMW 323CI Cab which is sweet.It is a 4 seat but with the windscreen it feels like a 2 seater
WIth a windscreen it can be in the 40's and you are not cold.
The trunk is large
Wife really likes the Z3 or Z4 ask Elvis he has one.

05-17-05, 05:11 PM
My non-gm picks would be

Jaguar XKR
Lexus SC430
Saab 9-3

GM picks would have to be classic muscle cars.....unsafe and unreliable perhaps.

Those Jags are one of the nicest roadsters on the road and the price has come off alot....if you get one 2001 or newer, all the bugs have been worked out.

05-17-05, 05:34 PM
Z3 really stands for zoom ZOOM ZOOM!!!


05-17-05, 05:45 PM
Of course, there's a later model...


05-17-05, 05:48 PM
Sebring or Miata. I lean more toward the Sebring since I already have a quick RWD car.

c5 rv
05-17-05, 09:23 PM
How much trunk space is there in a BMW Z3 or Z4? Also, thanks for the Saab suggestion. I didn't think of those and they are in the GM family now.

05-17-05, 10:02 PM
BMW trunk room is not bad

05-17-05, 11:45 PM
How much trunk space is there in a BMW Z3 or Z4? Also, thanks for the Saab suggestion. I didn't think of those and they are in the GM family now.

Z3 space is adequate for groceries, if you don't store the boot there. Golf clubs won't make it. I've also carried a load of dry cleaning and laundry back there--about 20 shirts, 6 pairs of pants. They laid down flat on hangers, no problem.

Z4 is bigger than Z3, but I still don't think a golf bag would fit.

If I hit the powerball tomorrow, I'm buying a Navigator and a Z4.

05-18-05, 12:02 AM
Would t-top be enough? I'd hunt down an old Buick GN. :) Could also get an older Camaro or Bird. The new Mustang convertible looks pretty nice... Number of the import coupes have some decent converts. Toyota Solara, BMW 3 series, VW, Lexus, etc... Could also have something built for yourself... One of the coach builders, etc. Some can chop top for relatively little.

05-19-05, 12:21 PM
I saw the Saab at the Auto Show in Detroit. If you have long legs and must put the seats back. you just eliminated the back seat. the backside of the front seat butts up against the edge of the back seat with those front seats all the way back.

i was extremely disappointed, i love how the saab looks