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Still in the search mode and trying to decide if I really NEED another two seater (I have a '91 BRG in addition to an '03 XK8 that isn't going to practically fit anyone in the back seat).

Test drove all three models but had a balky Lusso (the only manual Lusso in their stock). Decisions are all on hold until I get seat time in a manual Lusso since, right now, the Classica actually was winning the 'seat of the pants' feel.

The delay also gives a chance to see if they sweeten the lease pot later this week when the current incentives expire. Have never leased anything before since I usually buy to keep but I also have concerns about what amounts to an orphan if Fiat were to again leave the States. One can claim it was a platform-share all day long, but outside of anyone that really understands what that means, the risk of an orphan status is not being able to sell down the road without taking a heavy loss.

For comparison, I did also get unescorted seat time in a Miata Sport (the 2.0 normally-aspirated engine). Aside from the dealership pissing me off and treating me like I had no clue what I was talking about in many areas of the prospective purchase, the body of the Miata just didn't excite me. Another bonus point for Fiat is that they have no problems with stocking the Classica while Mazda makes it damned near impossible to find an unmolested Sport (I HATE dealers that tint windows and add other crap on as soon as it comes off the truck).
 

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I added another convertible to my '92 Miata 2 months back. Love driving both. You can't have enough 2 seaters. :)
 

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If another two seater will make you happy, then I would argue that in a sense, you do need it. The 124 is a great car, I think you will love it.

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I ended up leasing for much the same reasons you quoted. I've regretted it ever since as I'm constantly second guessing mods (how easy can I set it back to 'stock' - and how much to I really want to spend anyway), and I'm now wondering if I'm going to blow the millage allowance because I want to drive it everywhere. I might just take the hit and buy it out now and stop worrying about it. I'm thinking this is a long-term keeper...
 
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