This is my short list for a new DD. Plan to purchase / lease a '13 model around the end of the year. Will likely get a DSG / AT since the wife might drive it on occasion. Yeah, I know...
I was pretty psyched about a BMW 128i with that sweet inline six, until I saw that dealers only have ones that are bloated with every possible option on the lots. I guess ordering one is a must if you want to keep it basic with Sport Package & Xenons. Have heard the usual horror stories about BMW repair costs.
Random thoughts on these four contenders...
Miata - Everybody says these are a blast to drive. I'd probably get the hardtop. Not sure if I'd like the whole vert thing. It's 100+ degrees half the year here.
BRZ - auto journalists are creaming their pants. I like the look of it and it should handle great.
Cooper S - Out of warranty repairs are high I guess... More fun than a Miata? Or just more practical?
GTI - Have driven the DSG, it's great. Seems like a comfy DD.
Thoughts, etc? Any of these you'd rule out? Thanks CL