@ranwhenparked Several years back a friend of mine decided it was time to finally get himself the air-cooled 911 he always wanted. He decided he had the time and money right when the 911 market went crazy. 1989 and earlier 911s were all wildly out of his budget now and he looked at a few 964s. He found on that he could afford and that looked alright on cursory inspection. Good thing he took it to a good shop for a PPI. They normally charged something like $600 (I can't remember exactly) but called him up and said "We're about halfway through our PPI here and we've already found over twenty grand worth of work that needs doing on this car... we can stop now and save you $300 if you want." He's still never managed to own one.
The Porsche that I really regret missing out on was a beautiful, restored Pre-A 356 I saw for sale in 1990. The price was above what I considered my "budget" but I could have managed it if I had been willing to push myself a little out of my financial comfort zone at the time. I had only just graduated and started working so it would have meant a loan but I could have managed that easily and at a low rate - and likely have paid it off within a year looking back at it.
@functionoverfashion I'm very tired actually. I was thinking of the X5, not the X3. It'll still be more fun with three pedal and it's RWD based AWD so it has potential.
How is your wagon worse in height? I like sitting lower.
You're right that the rear-biased AWD is fun. My wagons had a similar system although it was a little different mechanically IIRC, but that's not important. Rear biased means easy to get sliding, awd means easy to recover. So much damn fun in the snow - both the wagon and the X3.
And you're exactly right, I like being lower too. I mean, the X3 had more space inside, vertically, and probably a little more in some other areas too. But we're not big people so the extra couple inches of width didn't matter. And a taller cargo space behind the rear seat didn't gain much because we can't stack our dogs on top of each other. That's actually why we got a Volvo wagon to replace it, because of the much larger surface area behind the rear seat. It's not volume we needed, but horizontal space.
R53’s are great cars. Keep an eye out for rust bubbling up below the tail lights and on the boot lid above the license plate. Also get a third party inspection and lake sure you take a good look at the strut tower mounts under the hood and check that the power steering pump recall has been done.
@cb Hey, that dealership is 'local' to me! Steele Mazda is in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia which is the 'twin city' opposite Halifax across the harbour. That dealership would be about an hour and a half from me 😛
@just-jeepin Anything over 10K GVWR used in interstate commerce requires an annual USDOT inspection. Things used only for intrastate use fall under that state's rules, but most things over 26K are still going to require an annual. Rules vary by state, and sometimes there are exceptions for things like farm vehicles. But still, old commercial trucks are cheap for a reason.
@essextee perfectly fine car. Most are beat to shit. That transmission is not sporty at all, it's easy and economical. Solid engine, will need a thermostat (CEL) and belt tensioner (squeaks), and maybe an intake manifold (won't even set a CEL or cause noticable issues for 99% of failures) if you're unlucky. But won't leave you stranded or scratching your head trying to figure out a weird problem. Interior feels cheap, but most did in those collapses economy years. Easy to maintain yourself with basic tools. Not as exciting as it should've been, but won't put you to sleep either. Don't go in expecting E90 dynamics, but it should cost a fraction of one to own.
@essextee Yeah I don't think I'm quite ready for how bad the rust situation is out there! My FIL is visiting out here right now and keeps excitedly pointing out all the 90s/early 2000s pickup trucks driving around without a spot of rust on them.