Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Just outside Baltimore, MD, USA
You repeatedly seem to assert that M3s are an obvious choice over an older Alfa in the same price range. I've tried to convince myself to buy an E46 330 or M3 on several occasions over the years; the test drive reminds me of why I didn't bite the previous attempt. They feel heavy and too refined to me, at least compared to the transaxle Alfas. I also didn't want to think of what I'd have to pay when the VANOS needed repair, along with a myriad of other potentially-expensive pitfalls. Owned a 996 911 once. Boring at any speed that won't get you thrown in jail. Owned a Cayman S too. Preternatural handling but engine sounded like an exotic vacuum cleaner; you have to completely flog it to get a visceral growl out of it. I also went back to Alfa Spiders after having owned an S2000 and a Boxster. Just like Alfas over the alternatives and I would easily take an SZ over those other cars you mentioned. The engine, the handling, the look. It's no more just a Milano than a Cayman S is just a base Boxster, obviously. I have a friend who bought a 2012 911. Couldn't care less though I love Porsche; it's just, who cares; $100K worth of who cares (I think he even admires it more than enjoys it). If he got an SZ though, now that would be something worth noticing, and more fun for 95% of any driving a regular person might do on an American road.
Current: Black/tan '86 GTV6; Blue '87 Milano Plat; Blue/tan '76 Alfetta
Past: Opale/tan '84 GTV6; Red/tan '95 164Q; Silver '87 Spider Quad; Red/tan '91 Spider, Black/tan '91 Spider Veloce; Black/brown '83 Spider Veloce
Current non-Alfa: '03 White/tan 330i ZHP; Red/tan '98 Taurus SHO
Last edited by Rutlefan; 02-06-2015 at 06:52 AM.