Well, 9 months out of the year I daily this:
The NSX thread had me thinking, as the OP mentioned he wants to drive the NSX everywhere... something I can absolutely sympathize with.
Quick background: My foray into cars only started 3 years ago where I quickly went from spontaneously combustible 16V VWs to e36 M3s to my newest and ultimate obssession with M Coupes. I've gone through 19 cars in 3 years now (buying/selling/driving) and my most recent 4 have been 3 M Coupes and a Z3 Coupe... and I simply cannot get enough of them.
For the amount I've paid for my M Coupe I could've been driving almost any e36 M3 or other *more* sensible BMW or even a non-finnicky japanese daily, but it simply does not compare. I don't believe in compromises, and using a car merely as an appliance or tool to get you around does not compute with me. With two seats I am compromising a good bit, but at the benefit of having a car I only see one of every 6 months... if that. It's exotic, affordable, has a boot and gets as many looks as the Ferraris next to me at Cars & Coffee. But it's got 120k miles and it's paltry 240hp keep me grinning every time I throw it down a gear and remember that pure horsepower does not equate happiness. Hell, I flew to Phoenix and drove it back to Chicago in a weekend.
It's tiny, uncomfortable, loud, rattles more than a 10 year old Kia and keeps me on the Z3 subforum several times a day. But it's the best, most irrational and amazing car I could be driving now and I'm going to continue enjoying 100% of my time in it because it's that good. I've always wanted one since I got my license and 4 of them later, it's as special as always.
So who else?
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I've daily'd two of my "dreams."
First was a BMW 745i -- the turbo one.
Let's just call that was a letdown. From the time I picked it up there was work to do, mainly catching with neglect. And it was basically an OK car -- nothing too fast except above 80MPH. A 2.93 final drive was not at all helpful, and neither was the automatic. It was long and low and 100% completely out of place in Southern Vermont.
The other dream really did come true, though it was a motorcycle and so it is kind of off-topic. But having a 1976 Honda CB400F for my first bike was just an absolutely excellent experience.
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1986 BMW 535i
1984 BMW 745i turbo
2002 Passat 1.8t
2001 Saab 9-5 wagon
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Actually, I almost am. As a teen I lusted over the Coupe Quattro as an actually realistic dream mobile. I ended up with my A4 Avant. Which will spank a Coupe Quattro anyways
And it's plenty of fun to drive with almost 50/50 distribution being a fat in the arse.
I dreamed of an E39 M5 since 1997 when I first saw an E39. I knew the M5 would be nuts.
Made the sensible purchase and got a 540 6spd instead. So for the last 6 years I've been DD'ing close to my "dream car."
My one and only dream car, like ultimate dream car of wet dream status, is a McLaren F1.
The day I can afford to daily one, is the day you will never see me post on here again because I would never not be on the road.
like, this is beyond true.
I had wanted an LS1 F-body since I was 12. Even have a 2000 Firebird promo calendar they used to give out at dealers from my 'get every vehicle brochure for every car I like' obsession I had when i was a kid. 11 years later I finally picked one up. It's loud, raucous, has an interior with more squeaks and rattles than an old shopping cart yet every time I hit an on ramp or I'm out on some windy country roads I'm reminded of exactly why I had such a desire for this car.
Little brother enjoying the 'broken roof'
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Old: 2005 VW Jetta GLI|2003 Nissan Maxima|2000 Pontiac Trans Am
Ok. Not to be THAT GUY but 6 months of out of the year is 50%. That's not DD.
DD = 365, no?
I DD XXX every weekend is not DD.
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By design, there is no way I will ever drive one and only one car each and every day of the year. Still, I can drive any one of them whenever the mood strikes me... and some days I do manage to drive every one of them.
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