- Fuel consumption has stabilized at around 8,1l/100km. More than I'd expect from a car this small and light, but still less than all my previous cars, therefore I'm happy. Also, I don't exactly drive it too economically.
- Size is enough for 99% of my needs. I mostly drive alone or with a single passenger anyway, and rarely with more stuff than fits in the MX5's trunk. For rare exceptions, usually another vehicle can be procured in some way.
- It's really fun, which really was the main point of the purchase. I find that I'm looking forward to almost any drive much more than with previous cars. Except...
- Long Autobahn drives are unpleasant. Comfortable cruising speed is <=140 (as opposed to ~150-160 in the C-class and 170+ in the A5), and even then it's way loud and twitchy. I actually try to avoid highways if I can, but it's not always reasonably possible.
- Despite the high-speed loudness, soft top was the right choice I think, just because of how quickly it goes up and down. I try to have it down as much as possible, but if it's too cold or starts raining, it takes under 10 seconds at the lights or at the side of the road to get it back up and keep going, or to release and throw it back down if the sun comes out again.
- Xenon lights aren't necessary, it has the best halogens I've seen before by far. Probably because they sit so low they are not angled as far down as most other cars (but still aren't anywhere near blinding opposing traffic), and with decent bulbs I get almost as much light as the xenons produced in the A5. No night time visibility issues whatsoever.
- But lights from other cars are much more annoying, because one sits so bloody low. Especially high-riding SUVs and vans blind me every single time, either coming the other way or from behind via side mirrors.
All in all, so far I'm quite happy with the little thing. With the winter approaching, days shortening and temperatures dropping I don't get as much top-down time as I'd like anymore, but I'm really looking forward to first snow. And probably even more to next year, when I'll get some proper grippy summer rubbers on it, and see how well it really goes in the dry.
thevictor390;n3411411 said:Rudimentary Japanese got me two answers. Still only 9/14. I realized too late that.it's always the most positive answer
MWF;n3547418 said:I've driven both. NB feels more pure and has a more satisfying, old school feel but rust is the enemy, particularly rear sills just in front of the rear wheels. NC feels much more modern - inside could as easily be a mainstream car from Vauxhall or Peugeot, very little character, but is OK to drive although it handles pretty much as well it doesn't feel as lithe or nimble.
Find one of each to test drive before bidding. My gut feeling is you'll probably prefer the NB as I know you like older cars and a more honest feel.
The NB is vinyl, the NC is CDs. The latter may be more reliable, but the former more real and honest.
And if they sort out the steering feel on the ND? Put me down for one in a few years' time because other than that it's damn near perfect.