Weekend pleasure car to complement your AMG?

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Not an AMG owner but this is the weekend toy that takes me across country lanes to my favourite pubs. A decent Z3 can be picked up for not very much cash and provides reliable top down motoring. Not as much fun as my Eunos which was up there with an Elise for pure motoring enjoyment but I like the way it looks.

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Although I don’t have an AMG I do have a weekend car. Unfortunately for our daughter it’s her Mini. Fortunately for me she works Saturday & Sunday and walks to work.

In my defence I always clean it and top up with petrol. Win-win for both parties.

I honestly love driving it. Not fast, not fancy, just fun. 🥳

If we ever could stretch to a weekend car I’ve love a Mini JCW of some kind. @davymead ’s is stunning. 👌
It’s a very cool first car 👌🏻
 


I have a Caterham Seven reserved for sunny days, by virtue of no windscreen :)
No driver assistance at all, not even a brake servo. A completely analogue driving experience!

Daughter No3’s partner has just got himself this.



Not seen it yet though
 

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I don't have an AMG - just an E500. It's long, wide, heavy, grunty automatic and wafty.

My wife has a Fiat 500 which is the exact opposite of all those things but is a hoot to drive round town. I like the contrast.

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I do like the 500 but haven’t ever driven one. I was very tempted by a soft-top Abarth a few years ago and got as far as viewing one at a main dealer but didn’t have a test drive. They judged the balance of retro and modern just right.
 
I don't have an AMG - just an E500. It's long, wide, heavy, grunty automatic and wafty.

My wife has a Fiat 500 which is the exact opposite of all those things but is a hoot to drive round town. I like the contrast.

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My wife also had a 500 (back in 2011), whilst you could park it on a 2 pence, it really wasn’t that fun to drive with the 1.2 and all of about 75hp. Did you have a stiff breeze going downhill??
 
I do like the 500 but haven’t ever driven one. I was very tempted by a soft-top Abarth a few years ago and got as far as viewing one at a main dealer but didn’t have a test drive. They judged the balance of retro and modern just right.

The Frank Stephenson design is just so good.

And the way they accessorise it for the Lounge on one hand and the Sport/Abarth derivatives is very clever.
 
The Frank Stephenson design is just so good.

And the way they accessorise it for the Lounge on one hand and the Sport/Abarth derivatives is very clever.
He’s responsible for a few design classics.
 
My wife also had a 500 (back in 2011), whilst you could park it on a 2 pence, it really wasn’t that fun to drive with the 1.2 and all of about 75hp. Did you have a stiff breeze going downhill??

In the last three years it's spent 95% of its time or more in 20 and 30 zones and it's got enough torque to keep up with the traffic.

I did drive it from J38 on the M1 to NW London when I bought it. It was absolutely glacial on slip roads and hilariously rubbish on the uphill section of the M40 around J6. Surprsingly comfortable and stable though.

Anyway, that was its one outing in the wild. Its main job is cost feck all in tax/insurance/fuel, do all the short journeys that I DON'T want the Merc doing and teach the kids to drive.

Once that's all done I'll look at the leccie one when they get to £10k-ish. So I'll be able to say I have an E500 and a 500e.
 
In the last three years it's spent 95% of its time or more in 20 and 30 zones and it's got enough torque to keep up with the traffic.

I did drive it from J38 on the M1 to NW London when I bought it. It was absolutely glacial on slip roads and hilariously rubbish on the uphill section of the M40 around J6. Surprsingly comfortable and stable though.

Anyway, that was its one outing in the wild. Its main job is cost feck all in tax/insurance/fuel, do all the short journeys that I DON'T want the Merc doing and teach the kids to drive.

Once that's all done I'll look at the leccie one when they get to £10k-ish. So I'll be able to say I have an E500 and a 500e.
We looked at a full-EV 500 at FoS in 2021 and concluded that a starting price (from memory) of £34k was outrageously optimistic on Fiats part, so gave it a miss.
 
We looked at a full-EV 500 at FoS in 2021 and concluded that a starting price (from memory) of £34k was outrageously optimistic on Fiats part, so gave it a miss.

Yes, clearly a mentalist price. They're already down to half that at 2 years old. Hopefully they get to £10k-ish in the next 2-3 years as they start to make sense to me at that point.

I've got a drive, live in London Zone 2, the car does 2k miles a year. Predominantly very short journeys. Perfect use case for a BEV. Just not a £34k BEV.
 
I have a drive, but none of the rest of those conditions apply to me. Both my cars are ULEZ-compliant, and I bought the CLS 63 because it's the only UK-market petrol CLS SB that is. Maybe not just because of that, though...
 
...I did not know that ....on the saloon the 218 CLS 350, 400, 500 (4.7).....are all ULEZ friendly
 
Although I don’t have an AMG I do have a weekend car. Unfortunately for our daughter it’s her Mini. Fortunately for me she works Saturday & Sunday and walks to work.

In my defence I always clean it and top up with petrol. Win-win for both parties.

I honestly love driving it. Not fast, not fancy, just fun. 🥳

If we ever could stretch to a weekend car I’ve love a Mini JCW of some kind. @davymead ’s is stunning. 👌
Lovely idea between Dad and daughter, and whatever model, Mini’s are always great fun to drive.
BMW have kept and undoubtedly enhanced the original idea of drivability, the JCW even more so.
If ever in my neck of the woods Ant, a steer is always available. 😉
 
Lovely idea between Dad and daughter, and whatever model, Mini’s are always great fun to drive.
BMW have kept and undoubtedly enhanced the original idea of drivability, the JCW even more so.
If ever in my neck of the woods Ant, a steer is always available. 😉
Group holiday at Davy’a place I reckon!
 

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