Expert: Jason Torchinsky – This Feels Like The Modern-ish Version Of What You’re Into
Buyer Wanted: A comfy, sports car with dealer-free maintenance
We Recommended: 2005 Audi TT Quattro
(This one was hard, but the ergonomics don’t seem quite there for a 70-year-old, and the maintenance could turn to a hassle ruling out service entirely.)
First, Dave, let me remind you that according to most people, 70 is the new 25! I’m pretty sure I heard that somewhere. If you’re still interested in a manual sports car, I’d say your youth glands are still pumping something, so you may as well take advantage of that. And I think I know a car that feels a bit like a more modern take on the small, nimble, quick cars you gravitate to: an Audi TT!
Sure, the engine is at the wrong end, but the TT’s character feels like an update of your old 914, and I’ve always loved the clean look of the TT, especially in coupé form.
I’ve driven these a bunch, and they handle great, are genuinely fun to drive, and, yes, I think they’re pretty comfortable, too. I’ve road-tripped in them, and while they’re small, the seats are quite good and it’s a world of difference from your ‘70s cars.
Here’s a nice charcoal gray AWD one with a six-speed manual for under $10,000! In Oregon, even. A steal! Sure, mid-2000s Audi/VWs have their share of issues, but among the drivetrains of that era, the 1.8 turbo was one of the better ones, I think, and, you know, it’ll still be a step up from the Triumph, reliability-wise. I’d hope.
I really like these cars, and I do think you’d enjoy it. You’re only 70 once, remember!