I've had my mk1 for nearly four years now, done a lot of work to get it to it's current state where it's great to drive on short and long journeys (European tours) The next logical step would be to either supercharge or turbo it but I think that would spoil it's character and I have already done that in the past to my old mk2. Plus I don't think it would add any discernible value to the car.
Then there's the safety aspect which is always in the back of my mind ever since I got cut up by a lorry driver dozing on a French motorway and came within a whisker of being stuffed into the central barrier at about 85
I like the idea of the mk4 and the added safety features, plus the great road test feedback that compares the driving experience to a mk1. I wouldn't be able to justify a new one so would be looking at an early mk4. Ideally I'd like a 2.0 sport but if a 1.5 comes up I'd consider it with a view to getting the BBR tune at a later date. Either way I'll need to do the retro fit of the reach adjusting steering column which seems to be fairly well documented in the US and is a $340 modification using new Mazda parts.
Quite interested in some of the cars coming up damage repairable on Copart at the moment, but only the ones without structural repairs. Anyone else moved to a mk4 here from a mk1 /mk2 ? or tried the damage repairable route