Sam has some exciting news for 2019: He'll pick out of Ohio and move to Maui. It's time for him to leave his old Honda Accord behind and get a nice island car to enjoy the sand and sun. What should he buy?
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Here's the scenario –
Hey, I'm currently running the 2002 Honda Chord that is starting to show its age. It gets stainless and the repair bills have increased over the last couple of years. I've also just found out that I'm moving to Maui for work, and I think that means this is the perfect time to replace my old Honda.
I live in Ohio right now, and my job will pay to send my car to Hawaii, so I'll shop here before moving to the island. My wife runs a jeeppatriot that comes with us, so my car can be inconvenient and fun. Really looking for a change in the pace of the generic since I have been driving for many years. For the budget, I have up to $ 20,000.
Budget: up to $ 20,000
Daily driver: Yes
Location: Maui (but want to buy a car on the mainland )
Want: Something fun for the sun, but trustworthy
Won't have: A great SUV
Expert 1: Tom McParland – Be like Magnum, Sorta  Sam, I have to admit I'm a bit jealous, but congratulations on the go. You've obviously suffered enough in Ohio, and now it's time for sunny clouds and hot beaches.
Obviously, if you are going to get an island car, you need something with an open top, but you will want to keep in mind that living in Hawaii is expensive as ridiculously expensive so you may not want to blow your entire budget and keep some money aside for a rainy season fund.
Of course, if you want to be a real badass in Hawaii, get a Ferrari 308 that Magnum had, but they are probably not the wisest purchase if you want something reliable. But it's the next best thing if you like the idea of a mid-engined convertible: Toyota MR2.
I wanted to find you a nice MR2 with t-tops from the mid-1990s, but because of Radwood Effect they are currently running for bonkers money. While the later MR2 Spyder from the beginning of the 2000s may not have the same exotic lines, it is a wonderful little car for blasting around an island.
Here's a 2003 with about 50,000 miles and a manual gearbox for $ 8,500. These are not the fastest convertibles, but they are light and fun, and Maui speed limits do not allow you to achieve super-speed speeds anyway.
Expert 2: Patrick George – Live The Beach Rat Life  I agree with Tom that a droptop is the way to go here. But I also think that a Toyota MR2, while being incredibly fun, is not the best way to have a blast on the beach. As you will definitely want to do from time to time! So what about an equally fun car that's even better – a Jeep Wrangler?
I haven't spent any time in Hawaii, but on holiday in Puerto Rico a few years ago, almost all of these things. It makes full sense why. You can pop the ceiling and doors off to enjoy the weather, they can scale any type of terrain, and they are tough enough to handle sand and rain and whatever else you come in. It is an almost perfect island vehicle and while it is completely New JK Wrangler is a bit out of your price range, Wrangler's easy to find.
Here is a used 2013 Wrangler Sport for $ 19995 near you. It's not the most original choice, but hey, it will be as fun as you need every day.
Expert 3: David Tracy – Get the real beach king
Why give up the off-road opportunity with an MR2 and drive on the road in a high, solid-case Wrangler when you can have fun on and off pavement with sand king: Volkswagen Beetle-based dunebuggy?
There were many different types of these things, but they were all small, light, relatively fuel-efficient (probably), and died simple and cheap to continue running. Also, they are the rear engine, rear wheel drive, air-cooled, manual convertibles – that's what you need in your life. That's what we all need in our lives, now that I think about it.
Here's one for sale in your fine Ohio state for just $ 1200. It needs some work, so it may not be the right vehicle for you, but the idea stays solid: get yourself a VW dunebuggy and have a blast on the beach, on the road, or where you feel like driving on the beautiful island.
Expert 4: Erik Shilling – The first step towards Miata is acceptance
You say you have a budget of up to $ 20,000, but someone who is willing to spend $ 20,000 is probably willing to spend $ 25,730, the base price of a 2019 Mazda Miata. Why do you want to spend more and not go with a certified pre-owned Miata of a previous vintage, all of which are also very good? Because 2019 Miata finally gives the new ND model a decent power boost, and in small and large ways it is only better than it has been this year.
It's so good that we called it one of the best cars in 2018 – I still have good memories of me in 2019 Miata, driving alone on the Pacific Coast Highway, and going nowhere else. Because it's just so comfortable to drive.
Make sure you also get soft tops, which may have been a little hurt in Ohio's rubbish, but it'll be fine in Hawaii.
Also like former Ohioan, congratulations on the go.