Originally Posted by CorporateWhore
Yeah, I'm not a big guy (5'10 on a good day) and I prefer small cars with glove-like cockpits, but even I felt a little weird sitting in a Miata. It's a common complaint of the car, and a lot of bigger guys can't even consider driving it.
I'm also 6'1" and fit fine with no visibility issues... but I am mostly legs.
The S2000 is a wonderful car. It's a damn shame they haven't replaced it with something worthy (ditto the NSX). Honda and Acura are in a weird place right now. They've basically turned into Toyota. Nothing really exciting or interesting. The new Civic Si is a giant step down from the old one, the new Civic in general is a giant step down from the old one, the S2000 has been discontinued for a few years, no Prelude, Integra, RSX... just a bunch of sensible, boring daily drivers. And no, the CR-Z doesn't count as exciting.
Used VAG products... I get the feeling that the horror stories are overblown. My parents have owned nothing but Audis for years now. My dad used to own a B5 S4, and held onto it for about 5 years. That thing was supposed to be a giant horror story... blown turbos and all. But, his was every bit as reliable as my old Civic. The same can be said for his B7 S4, which he owned for 5 years. Or the 2008 TT, 2004 A4 1.8T, 1998 A4 2.8...
The mk IV Golfs and Jettas and the B5 and B5.5 Passat were definitely a low point, but things have been better for years now. The only German brand that I'd avoid would be Mercedes (based on personal experience).
Personally, what I find irksome about all the S4s I've driven (B5, B7, B8) is their weight. The current one weighs over 4000 pounds! It manages to perform exceptionally, but you still feel the weight. The insane rubber, fancy differential, and quattro get you around corners at ridiculous speeds, but you can still tell that all those elements are fighting against the sheer weight of the vehicle. It's a sort of "stoic" driving experience. You never doubt the car's capability, but you just don't have the puppy-like enthusiasm of the likes of my mom's TT or my GTI.