If you are in the market for a cheap ($5k-$7k) late model (MY 2000+) sports car (two seats…rag top…etc) there are a few obvious choices. The Boxster makes a good case — but potential maintenance issues will be huge. The MX-5 Miata is ubiquitous and not special enough. The Audi TT suffers the same potential pocket robbing action as the Boxster but with more understeer…so what car could offer a reliable platform with a focus on handling and fun. Find this 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder offered for $6000 in Los Altos, CA via craigslist.
From the seller:
2002 toyota mr2 spyder
cylinders: 4 cylinders
paint color: silver
title status: clean
2002 MR2 Spyder
Lots of power, great body (soft top has minor problems) good tires: a really good looking, fast car. 116K miles. Fun to drive.
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