I found I can get either a 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder or a 2000 Mazda Miata MX-5 for about the same price and same condition ($8k-$10k), but which would be a better choice? I'm looking for reliability, ease/cost of self-repair/upgrade, and overall performance (I plan to autocross eventually).
Miatas have a great autocrossing reputation and apparently the MR2 is an exception to the "Toyotas are always reliable" rule. I can't remember the specific problem, but I think they have a rather common major problem...some bit of something flying up into the engine and locking it up...let me try to find that.
Here we go:
Whether or not that's typical, I don't know.
Get the miata.
I have a little experience with the ZZW30.
I'd say its not a bad car overall and I kinda like the interior, BUT the MOTOR BLOWS. I hate that motor.
A friend has a custom turbo setup on his and his charge pipes were smaller than JUST 1 Primary on my HEADERS!!!!!!! Haha.
That and it was still slow.
But anyways get the miata.
Enthusiast thinks small motor=bad motor. Or so it seems.
Just keep in mind that that's not always the case.
Okay, after doing some more thinking/talking, I've decided to just stick with the Miata.