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Withdrawal

Since I turned in the leased BMW I’ve been without a manual transmission. I enjoy my Suburban, but having no clutch pedal in my life is giving me major withdrawal.

Ultimately I want to find an E24 or E28 BMW to drive and wrench on, but I really don’t have time on the weekends to search for one outside Houston. Surprisingly there are very few that pop up on CL in the Houston metro area.

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So my conundrum is - continue to just wait, or buy something now that will be fun for a while? If I try to find something now just to have a little fun with, I would want something that has very little financial downside - so simple to work on, plentiful parts, and won’t lose much value if I have it for 3 months or 2 years.

I’ll drive it evenings and weekends, if it is reliable enough maybe to work once a week. Just enough to soothe the withdrawal symptoms.

(Two wheels is not an option with the wife, even though I have the license for it.)

If I keep it to $5k or less my wife won’t say anything, moving above that and we might have to actually discuss.

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I know the answer is always Miata, which I’m not opposed to. If that is the answer, what year / mileage / option range should I look for to meet the above criteria?

Other suggestions?

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