Originally Posted by ronrad
Actually, there is more to my definition of fun to that. I have to admit, a big part of it is having a convertible. Next part is having a stick ...
Having made essentially the same change, Z4 roadster to Jeep, I can say it's quite a change of pace.
The shift throw in the Jeep feels like you are driving a semi as compared to a BMW/Porsche. & I hate where they put reverse. It may have made sense when transmissions were limited to 5 forward gears. But with a 6 speed gearbox, it really should be next to 1st, not 6th. But I've finally gotten somewhat used to that (though I've had to change how I shift).
It's a different kind of fun in the Jeep as compared to a roadster. It's really just not a fair comparison. Ideally I'd have both, like the fellow above with the Lotus. Eventually my ideal is to pick up a Cayman S to add to the stable.
You do get used to the change. You can't corner nearly as quickly or leapfrog around traffic. Even if you could corner you'd slide out of the unbolstered seats (I had fantastic M seats with big side bolsters). But the new 3.6 with a manual does a fine job of getting you around. I've never felt it lacks for power. But perhaps that why I am only getting ~15 mpg lol.
The interior finish is not quite up to the level you are used to. There are a lot more plastics. But with the sat nav/media center the interior looks more than respectable. The steering wheel is great.
My only real gripe with the interior is with the headrests. Why are they canted forward?
Overall I have no regrets making the change. But I do miss having a sports car. As I said above, I'm considering picking up a new bike for the interim.
One thing that surprised me was the awful rear visibility due to the rear headrests and tire. I thought I had poor visibility in the Z with the top up. But the Jeep's rear visibility is pretty poor out the rear window.