Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




3809 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2339

Trusted
Spark NZ

Topic # 243653 23-Dec-2018 12:22
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

After a couple of recent significant deaths in the family, I'm deciding to adopt YOLO in the most positive way possible. I'm not going to live forever and if I'm going to do silly things then ideally I should do them while I'm able to enjoy it...

 

Travel isn't really my thing and I love my job - so disappearing off-grid and travelling the world for a year isn't a goer...

 

I don't have kids or a partner, but I love my cats and I love cars... There's only so much you can spend on cats before people start looking at you sideways, so that leaves cars.

 

I have a fun track car and a fun CRX but neither are at all suitable for a daily... My current daily is a very sensible, pretty fast Skyline SUV.

 

So with YOLO in mind, I'm looking for something that will make me grin every time I get in it, even if it's just to go to the supermarket... I'm not generally a fan of V8s and I generally prefer small cars.

 

Looking for inspiration... At the moment I have 3 cars on my shortlist

 

- Fiat 500 Abarth (Test driving one today - but I have rented one before for a week in Italy)

 

- Nissan 370Z

 

- R35 GTR

 

 

 

The R35 is probably at the top of my budget and if I was going to spend anything like that it would need to be on a car that won't depreciate too much more.

 

Anyone got anything to add to the list? Gotta be fun, gotta be reasonably fast, should NOT be viewed by most people as a sensible daily driver.

 

Cheers - N

 

 


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3

xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
9209 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1466

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2149593 23-Dec-2018 12:53
Send private message quote this post

Toyota 86's are a bit of fun if you decide to throw it around, as are MX5s.

 

Personally GTR is on my list but Ive been a Skyline fan for many years ;) (yet never owned one)

 

For giggles, could get a Suzuki Cappuccino and drop a few dollars in it to turbo it :)





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i3-3240 @ 3.40GHz  16GB RAM  Win 10 Pro    Workstation : i5-3570K @ 3.40GHz  16GB RAM  Win 10 Pro    Console : Xbox One

 

https://www.xpd.co.nz - Games, geeks, and more.    




3809 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2339

Trusted
Spark NZ

  Reply # 2149594 23-Dec-2018 12:57
Send private message quote this post

I have rented a GT86 before and to be fair, it was an Auto, but I could tell there was nothing there in terms of go... Also it was bizarrely hard to get in and out of.

 

Something like a Cappucino is a good idea - since posting I also remembered that these exist..

 

Edit. Tried to link a picture. I am sick and tired of how hard that is getting. Honda S660.

 

Cheers - N


 
 
 
 


735 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 305

Subscriber

  Reply # 2149602 23-Dec-2018 13:12
Send private message quote this post

Are you prepared to modify something? You might struggle to get what you want from factory. A Nissan VZR is a great car from the 'parts bin' era with loads of stuff which will bolt right in for cheap. Could go 2 litre VE with big cams or DET...







1567 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 812


  Reply # 2149645 23-Dec-2018 15:35
Send private message quote this post

Honda S2000

 

Porsche 911 


694 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 155


  Reply # 2149657 23-Dec-2018 16:19
Send private message quote this post

I was going to say a Honda S2000 as well especially seeing you mentioned the S600. Prices are only going up on high revving NA cars it seems. Obviously not as quick as an R35, I haven't driven a 370Z but drove a 350Z a lot, a bit lacking in soul, plenty quick, but seemed to run out of revs. 

 

I'd like a nice NZ New S2000 in black. With aftermarket hardtop. 

 

And if you have a CRX then it's keeping it in the family!!


2899 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 508


  Reply # 2149712 23-Dec-2018 22:11
Send private message quote this post

I'd be keen on one of these. It was also sold as a Lotus. I've only ever seen one in New Zealand.

https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/vauxhall/vx220/

https://www.topgear.com/car-news/top-gear-heroes/top-gears-bargain-heroes-vauxhall-vx220

The turbo version was the I think the fastest production car in the world when it was in production.







Sony Xperia X running Sailfish OS. https://sailfishos.org The true independent open source mobile OS 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Nokia N1
Dell Inspiron 14z i5


12304 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4041

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2149715 23-Dec-2018 22:26
Send private message quote this post

Morgan +4





12304 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4041

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2149716 23-Dec-2018 22:27
Send private message quote this post

Arial Atom





12304 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4041

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2149718 23-Dec-2018 22:31
Send private message quote this post

Or for the ultimate bonkers go cart

Caterham Seven 620

0-60 mph 3.4 seconds

Power to weight ratio 508bhp per tonne

145 mph to speed.







3809 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2339

Trusted
Spark NZ

  Reply # 2149720 23-Dec-2018 22:36
Send private message quote this post

Some of you have pretty entertaining ideas about what a daily driver could be... I already have a Lotus 7 replica which is road legal, but my no stretch would I consider it daily drivable - same feeling for an Atom or Morgan :-) The S2000 is a good thought, and I should have mentioned I'd considered and rejected an Elise - so a VX220 is excluded as it's essentially the same car.

 

I drove a lovely 2011 500 Abarth today and it was great fun... Great condition, incredible price and the right spec - but the moment I got back in my luxobarge after the test drive I had the horrible sinking feeling that I wouldn't end up dailying it... Maybe I need to look more at luxury instead of sport... Not a nice realisation to come to - but I don't think I can deny it.

 

Cheers - N

 

 




3809 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2339

Trusted
Spark NZ

  Reply # 2149721 23-Dec-2018 22:37
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

My track/road toy...

 

 

Cheers - N

 

 


Murray River
4409 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1338

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 2149729 23-Dec-2018 23:08
Send private message quote this post

A bmw e34 M5.


3342 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1339

Subscriber

  Reply # 2149730 23-Dec-2018 23:36
Send private message quote this post

The Toyota 86 was also rebadged as the Subaru BRZ. And the BRZ was also available turbocharged.

Otherwise a +1 to the R35 GTR.

And there is always the Tesla Model S, with ludicrous mode of course. Since the Tesla is an EV, the low running costs will mean that you won't worry about using it as a daily driver.







3809 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2339

Trusted
Spark NZ

  Reply # 2149733 24-Dec-2018 01:11
Send private message quote this post

I don't think the BRZ was ever available with a factory Turbo. Subaru have in fact explicitly said there are no plans for it. That's a shame really.

 

A Model S is well outside my budget, especially with the options, 2 motors and a good battery.

 

The R35 is a car I have always wanted, but I wonder if it would be a total waste using it on the road... 

 

I'm almost thinking that in order to be a daily driver it's got to have a level of sensibility involved - not not be completely sensible - something perhaps like an E63 AMG estate of an Infiniti FX50S...

 

An M5 just about fits into the same category as an R35 - makes sense in some parts of the world but would never use more than 25% of it's capability here.

 

Maybe I need to embrace the boring factor of a daily and make a more concerted effort to use weekend cars :-)

 

N

 

 


xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
9209 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1466

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2149746 24-Dec-2018 07:25
Send private message quote this post

Dont know what your budget is, or how soon you want it, but think outside the box.....  do something noones done before ;) Like shoe-horn a RB26 into a original Mini Cooper ;) Wouldnt have much space left for anything except the driver.... but you get the idea :)

 

 

 

https://drivetribe.com/p/10-cool-japanese-kei-cars-VCYt0fpaSouNyOWfORrvIw?iid=IqFb8ziMRUW9H-0YVSzZtw





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i3-3240 @ 3.40GHz  16GB RAM  Win 10 Pro    Workstation : i5-3570K @ 3.40GHz  16GB RAM  Win 10 Pro    Console : Xbox One

 

https://www.xpd.co.nz - Games, geeks, and more.    


 1 | 2 | 3
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Geekzone Live »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.