I've had my car for a while now and was thinking about getting an r172 until I saw it in person. Honestly I've never liked the r171 front end (that nose just didn't do it for me). I was pleased when I saw some early pictues of the r172 and noticed they ditched the 'nose' and it looked more like a classic roadster - almost leaning more towards the original r170.
Well, when I saw it in person I loved the interior and the roof, but I still don't like the front end. So, considering my r170 still runs great, I decided just to keep it. Guess I'll wait to see what the r173 or face lifted version of the 172 looks like.
I find it interesting how different everyone's personal opinion is! I love my R170... everything but the front end. I think it looks like a saturn or some crappy old car. I'm kind of embarrassed to drive an R170 sometimes, and I always make sure I park it front-end-away-from-people. While the R171 to me looks very sleek and sportscarish, possibly one of the best looking cars ever made. I personally find the R170 one of the ugliest 2 seater sports cars in existence.
I know that makes me sound like a "insert offensive term here"
Now I feel like I can say that because I currently OWN one. I mean I love how it drives, how it handles, the interior, the rear end, how its built. I've said it before, but its one of my favorite cars I've ever owned... Just don't like the front.
Thought I could fix it by doing something with the bumper and the hood. Hate the "power bulges" I feel like they look goofy. Didn't have much luck finding a better aftermarket hood. I put on the projectors, that helped with the early 90's look headlights, but I couldn't find an aftermarket front bumper I liked more.
I wanted to buy an R171 because the new laws in Europe won't allow the low sleek front ends anymore (the pedestrian crash laws). The R172 looks too boxy, like a step backwards from the R171. I'm not into the whole retro thing. I'm worried the R173 will be in the same boat. The R171 just seems so reminiscent of the SLR McLaren, one of my dream cars...
Not trying to judge anyone! I know everyone has different opinions and thats GREAT. I like difference of opinion!