HI, and Yes I've been a member for a couple months, BUT I bought my 2011 Blu Fontus Spyder in the middle of winter here in Eastern PA. I figured I wouldn't do an intro until I had something valid to express about the purchase since I didn't get to drive it....until Easter Sunday and a couple times since and I'm simply amazed. ALL my sports cars in the past have been strictly 3 pedal manual transmissions. I've always said, If it doesn't have 3 Pedals it's for Pussies. One of my favorites was a 2006 Carrera S in Midnight Blue. I bought it in 2011 w/ 11,900 miles and sold just before Christmas (9yr 10mo ownership) w/ 24,027 miles. It turned 20k FIVE years ago, I think I was getting bored w/ it. Beautiful car but it was time to move on.........
Now finding it impossible to find a gated manual Gallardo in the specs I wanted made me start to regret selling the Porsche. The ones I did find would have me compromise for things like color, year, and even condition/mileage. The replacement for the Porsche HAD to have less miles than it did. I broadened my search then I DID find a car to meet my expectations, BUT it was an E-gear.....so sad I thought but I will probably Never find this same car in the Manual. I figured why walk away from this one just because of that. I felt comforted that at least I still have 1 stickshift car back home in the stable ('89 Supercharged Mustang Foxbody) that I've owned for 25+ years now and it very well may get handed down someday.
That was the logic and I bought the car. It's just a car, if I end up hating it I'll just get something else. After all, if it sucked so bad why would people keep buying them for the 10 years they built them?
Skip to Now.... oh Man this thing is FUN !! I DON'T REGRET MY DECISION AT ALL. I must be getting old because this is like the lazy man's stickshift. It's going to take a while to comfortably get used to it, but it IS cool.
My thoughts / advise now are -- If you are looking to buy a Gated Manual as an 'investment' car and drive very sparingly, Fine!.... If you are looking for (and having trouble finding) your special spec'd car to drive and enjoy, why not try the E-gear. IF you Gotta Have 3 pedals, buy something else for a Second car to beat on, even if it's a Mustang !! -Mike