I'm new to this forum, I owned a origial 1275 mini for more than 2 years, but seems not that reliable(my personal experience due to my driving style)
sorry a bit out of topic, What I was trying to do a year ago was to buy a lotus elise(or exige) but due to anothe much more serious/stupid mistake I have made , I can't afford it now. and the recent A serious engine broken down experience made me totally dont want A serious engine anymore, I will not invest a sinle penny on A serious, no matter how powerful/nice that engine can be tuned, they are just way out of date now, I think. i will just leave it until I can afford to do something else---zcar?lotus?
I recently seriously begin to make attention on the Zcar especially the vtec version. and I do like them very very much. so the confusion comes---zcar vtec or lotus?(who knows, I may able to afford one of them in 1 or 2 years time.) In price wise for 20k pounds, I can only buy an about 5 year old lotus(sc version elise or exige), but i can buy a very very good already built zcar vtec from some one. but in style wise, i love both of them.
But I never own/try one of them yet, so , come to handling, corning, acceleration....etc the overall feeling when come to driving, which one is better? I will like to use the car mainly on road, especially weekend twisted B road fun and sometimes on trackdays with friends. but there are few things I worried about zcar vtec:
1, is it pratical for put some laguage for 2 people in a weekend away? like camping bag, sleeping bag, food, etc. those small items, it seems it doesnt have spare space at all.
2 rust. lotus is mainly made of platic fiber, so rust is a very small issue, but mini, still a big issue?
3, engine, normally where Zcar get the vtec from? what sort of mileage is in already? can I trust thoes second hand vtec in a long time view? say about an other 80K mile?
4, is that possilbe to make some good/reasonable sound isulation for long jourey in a vtec?dont get this wrong: I do love engine/exh noise a lot, but I also dont want be deaf after 6,7 hours long journey. because sometimes i do trip about 10 hours long journey.
any advice? especially from you guys owned both zcar vtec and lotus. Much appreciated.
thanks for reading my boring topic.
Edited by xbox, 26 February 2010 - 09:06 PM.