Mid Week Match-Up: A Rag Top for Jerry

Today’s Mid Week Match-Up comes as a request from Jerry who is looking for a convertible: So, my bought when new, 1993 Nissan 240sx convertible (in red, no less) which I’ve only driven in the winter 3 years since I bought it, and put 289,000 kms on in those years, was recently hit in the rear while I was stopped behind a truck, and of course we were hit hard enough to put lots of tension in the seatbelts, so are slightly the worst for wear, and the car was pushed into/under the rear bumper of the truck in front, so damage front and rear.

Still waiting for the insurance to settle, and given the complete lack of parts in Canada, I’m expecting it will be a total loss.

So the question: what to replace it with? I have a few requirements:


        rear wheel drive

        rear independent suspension

        functional back seat (think packages, a large dog, small humans)

        Miata and Boxster are too small

        I don’t want a mustang or a camero

        between 1998 and 2005

I recently took both a BMW 330ci and a Benz CLK320 for quick drives, and have very little behind the wheel time in cars from either manufacturer. The 240sx was a roller skate/gokart, and I’d like to have that experience again. Handling is more important than top end. I also do some of my own wrenching – not afraid to get grease on my hands.

So, can I ask the assembled DT knowledge base some questions:

        which is better handling

        which is easier to DIY maintain

        any other suggestions that meet the above criteria

Thanks in advance

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”

 – Kahlil Gibran



DT E-i-C Vince: I’m going to suggest this 1990 Porsche 944 Convertible found here on eBay offered for $6,000 buy-it-now (or make offer) located in Gloucester, MA.

What do you suggest?  Comments below.