(just don’t look it in the face and you’ll be fine)

So I’ve been considering consolidating my Car+Truck into just Car, and the 911 Turbo has always been one of those cars I’d have loved to have had. (RIP english) The 996’s are down in the 40-50k range, and are still mostly low miles, but they are extremely expensive to maintain due to both the difficulty of doing anything engine/drivetrain related (You need to drop the engine to get to just about anything vital, and replacing the clutch is a 22 hour job) as well as the “Porsche Tax” that seems to make parts more expensive than their counterparts on other cars. It’s also been a pain in the ass to buy one, since they tend to sell almost as soon as they’re offered, and are mostly hundreds of miles from me. Also, it can be a pain to get a test drive in one, ESPECIALLY when you’re a youngish guy in a Ford hatchback (not that I really blame anyone), and I’m extremely reticent to buy a car I haven’t driven, or even make any promises.

The first thing that came up to mind is the E92 M3, which has reached a similar price point. You lose out on the (pseudo) AWD and some of the “Sports car” nature, but you do get a gloriously high-revving V8. One downside (for me) is I previously drove an e92 3-series, and even with it being the M3, it might feel like a bit of a retread. Also, if the E46 is any indication, the E92 still has a long way to go in terms of depreciation, whereas the 996tt has bottomed out/is coming back up depending on who you ask. But hey, there’s a nice looking 2011 45 miles from my house. Also, 8400 RPM V8.

(Why not consider the E46, you ask? Mostly because my standard “Within 500 miles” autotrader search returned -8-, two of which were actually convertibles, and 2 more of which were actually SMG.)

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Then there’s also the option of waiting and getting the Focus RS which, while an awesome car as far as we can tell so far, is still a Focus, and you may have picked up from the M3 example that I like things that are different from what I’ve had before. I feel like going from FoST directly to FoRS might feel a bit... samey.

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Of course, fourth option is to sell my car, truck, motorcycle, and dignity and eagerly wait for the “Alpha Romero Julia Portfolio” as a friend called it.

But! I’m curious what else is out there that is plausible as a daily driver at the 40-50k mark, and as a secondary/project car around the 20k range (going to Car+Car). And while I know what the answer always is, certain unnamed roadsters are out of the running because I don’t fit in them. I’m too tall to see through the windshield, but not tall enough to see over it.