I'm looking at two somewhat different cars and am stuck between a decision made with the head versus the heart.
On the relatively sensible side is the Mazda MX5 with the 2L engine, preferably in manual - https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/Mazda-MX-5-2016/OAG...
On the silly side is a 2009 Audi S5 Cabriolet - https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/Audi-S5-2009/OAG-AD...
The purchase price for both vehicles is in a similar range, I think I could pick up the MX5 for around 25k, and the S5 for several k more.
I imagine however that the maintenance for the MX5 will be reasonable, whereas the S5 could be many thousands more per year.
Does anyone have any experience in the maintenance costs of an S5 with the supercharged 6? I have looked around online however have found very little.
I know that I am comparing vastly different cars here - a lightweight roadster to a large GT car. If maintenance costs were manageable however, I'd take the S5 in a heartbeat. Nonetheless, I can be very quickly talked out of this when confronted with perhaps the harsh realities of owning a 10-year-old European performance car.
Thanks for any thoughts you might be able to share.