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I'm in the "Waiting Club" and while the wait is killing me I'm also sad about saying goodbye to my old car. I keep cars a LONG time. I will be selling my 2004 Golf R32 (which I bought new) a few days before my CS arrives. And boy, I'm going to miss this car. I will have had it almost 14 years when I sell it, and around 85,000 great miles.

I thought about trying to keep my R32, but I can tell you that 3 cars is too many. Something just doesn't get driven. (I have a Honda truck and I just got rid of a electric Fiat 500e and my R32 has mostly sat in the garage the last two years.) And by no means do I feel the R32 "compares" to a 718. But, to me, it compared to the M2/RS3 and whatnot, because I felt those cars weren't special enough to warranty replacing the R32. I'm really gonna miss that car.

I know a lot of "car guys" get a new car every few years. That's...not me. Did anyone else replace a long-held car with a 718?
 

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I keep cars a long time (around 10 years). At that point I am ready for a new one as the old car has had its day and technology and car performance has moved on, making the new car far superior to the old one. So while there is a tinged of sadness when the old car leaves, it is replaced quite quickly with the exhilaration of the new car.

With that said I did keep my 987 this time, so now have two of them, with the 987 becoming a dedicated track car.
 

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I was trading in a 2004 MX5 Mazdaspeed (turbo) with on a new 718B (deliver May) However my wife asked, "do we really need to trade the Mazda in?" I thought for about a second and said nope. So I will have his and her convertibles - Question will be which is his and which is hers :)
 

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I also had a Miata and I'll admit, I miss it.

Mine was just a standard 2000 NB that I bought new (so I kept it 17 years). Super reliable and fun to drive; a completely "no-drama" car with lots of tracks days and pace car duty.
I like to say it was the best British sports car the Japanese ever built.

But I still have four other, real British sports cars (and a Brit racing saloon), so I needed the room and the Miata went on the block.

When I picked up the Cayman I told the guys in Atlanta that I hoped this new Porsche was as good as my 17-year old Miata. They kind of winced but I was serious.
So far the Cayman has been great and obviously it has better performance. But I'll give it at least 5 years before I can judge whether it's actually better to own overall than the Miata.
 
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I keep cars a long time (around 10 years). At that point I am ready for a new one as the old car has had its day and technology and car performance has moved on, making the new car far superior to the old one. So while there is a tinged of sadness when the old car leaves, it is replaced quite quickly with the exhilaration of the new car.
I'm hoping so. I'm going to miss the R32. I will say this - it makes a better sound than the 718 does. It sounds brilliant. I've certainly gotten my money's worth.

Bought it for $28k, selling it 14 years later for $15k...not bad.
 

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I don’t miss my Focus RS that much since I sold that for the 718. However, when I had the RS, I missed my lil Fiesta ST....such a fun lil car. So, I ended up buying one used. It’s a practical car for when I need to carry things or have more than one passenger.

Edit, not sure why the photos always end up sideways on this forum.
 

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I lease my cars so I am in and out every three years. The last car I had was an Audi A5 6MT. I loved the way it looked, and it was comfortable, but it was somewhat cold and detached from the road, and didn't like to be pushed. So, I don't miss it.

Of all the cars that I have had over the years (a bunch of us listed them out in another thread), the one I perhaps miss the most was my Integra GS-R. It was small, light, elemental yet still comfortable, had perhaps the most beautiful manual transmission ever (until my 718C), and loved to rev. Or maybe it was because I was young. But that car I do miss.
 

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I had a 2007 BMW Z4 Coupe 3.0si and i still think its a beautiful looking car and was extremely fun to drive. Pretty rare as well, especially in Canada. I sold it to a work colleague and still see it around town occasionally. Love my Cayman but i wish i could have kept both.
 

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For long loving looks in the garage, I miss my 328 GTS (file photo from Google -- all my pics were analog back then). I don't miss looking at it in the rear-view mirror of a flat-bed truck following breakdowns....and that happened often enough to also remain a distinct impression of the car.

But it turned me on to open-air mid-engine motoring, which eventually brought me to my first Boxster. And here's the ironic thing: my 718 Boxster S is endowed with what I'd have back then thought of as Ferrari-like performance (as in scary-fast, not legally usable fast; but with handling to match) whilst the 328 would be considered slow today...
 

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The only time I miss the Impreza is when I want to carry something that requires a long boot with the option of the back seats down--about once a year.

I bought the Boxster (at least partially) when I realised that in the last 15 years the rear seats in both previous cars had been used less than a dozen times!
 

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My BS took over for my e90 M3 MT which I had for 8+ years. I miss the M3, especially the V8 in that car which is phenomenal. Also very practical compared to a sports car. In retrospect there are a few cars I wish I could have kept forever.. the M3 and a Toyota 6cyl 4WD from the 80's come to mind right away.
 

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When I get my 718 CGTS in few weeks, it will be my first Porsche.
I had many BMW and I am actually driving one that will be sold. I never missed any of my previous BMW... they are simply not reliable (in Canadian cold weather). After the warranty period, they start breaking regularly. And, like for any German brand, the parts are being sold at touristic prices. And all the time lost at the dealer... Every BMW I had became so unbearable that I never missed it once it was sold.


Many reliability studies rank cars according to their initial reliability in the first year or within the first 3 years. But I normally buy my cars and keep them 7-8 years. So this is way after the warranty period. I am told that on the long term Mercedes (we also have one for the first time) is slightly better than BMW and that Audi is worst. But apparently, over all, all three brands are terrible in cold weather.


One of my clients has a beautiful Audi S8. I asked him if it is true that this brand is not reliable. He said : '' People are overreacting when it comes to Audi. Its very easy! All you have to do is buying two at the time and keep one for parts...'' I should have done that when I bought my BMWs...


All this to say that if this first Porsche is reliable (like it is expected to be), it will be the first car I will regret when I sell it. Also, its resale value should be much better.
 

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The only previous car I’ve owned that I really miss is my 93’ Mazda RX7. At the time that was my dream car. Bought it used in 1998 and then the kids arrived, and I sold her. Now that the kids are grown up, exactly 20 years later, I’m getting my ultimate dream car. Should arrive in less than 2 months. Tick tock.
 

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My "fun car" before my Cayman was a 2012 BMW E92 purchased new to my specs. I really enjoyed driving the car and was very unhappy when it was hit by an uninsured motorist. While repaired, it was not the same.


As far as missing the BMW, I was completely "over it" shortly after we left the Porsche dealership in my CPO 2014 Cayman. On the long drive home my spouse and I agreed, while it certainly did not seem so at the time, the kid that caused the accident in a way did us a favor by getting us into the Cayman and back into the Porsche family.
 

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I don't miss my 2012 (987.2) Boxster because the 718 is a superior vehicle in every way. However, I do miss my 2004 MX-5 MazdaSpeed. I didn't have enough garage space to keep it. Without a garage, the AZ sun will destroy a vehicle quickly.
 
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