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Oppopinions needed, E46 M3 Vert? Boxter? Ghia? Baja Bug?

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So I sold the muscle truck today, just didn't have the time to work on it. So now I get to do my favorite thing: Shop for a new car! I still have the FoST but I'm open to selling that too since I don't really need the hatchback and absolute reliability of a new car like I did with my old job. The way I see it I have three options:
1: Buy something older, but reasonable reliable as a second/fun car. Ex: Karmann Ghia, Baja Bug, older BMW. Keep the FoST as a reliable daily driver.

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2:Buy something oldish, but somewhat impractical as a second/fun car. Ex: 1st Gen Boxter, Z3, S2000, Miata. Convertibles mainly. Keep the FoST as a reliable and practical daily driver.

3:Buy an E39 or E46 as my primary driver. Sell the FoST and buy one of the options above, or maybe a cheap work truck.

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But that begs the question, how do I feel about some of these cars? I'd love to have an E46 M3, but most of the ones that are reasonably priced around here are convertibles. Like this one:

Now I'm not going to going to the track nearly as much as I was now that I'm in Houston so a convertible could be kinda nice, but something about a convertible M3 just feels... wrong.

I also don't really know how I should feel about the Boxter, prices are cheap cheap cheap now, and they're supposed to be fun to drive but... they're not that fast, I don't think they look that good, and they give off a sorta poser feel. I dunno. What are the maintenance and reliability like on Boxters? This one is close by and the price is right.

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Then I'm also looking at old aircooled stuff, which would be new to me, like this Ghia

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Or this Baja Bug

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And then I really like this 540i, really low miles. Could make a great DD

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But this S2000 also looks good

Ghaaa so many choices!

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