I made the mistake of watching a video about a new car the other day…yeah…I know…I’m not supposed to like new stuff because new stuff is lame, but I watched some faceless German guy go 153 mph on the autobahn in a Mk 8 GTI and I thought to myself…they’ve made something past the Mk 6 Golf…have I been in a coma? Ouch. I pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming, but apparently Volkswagen has been upgrading their models and from 2012 through 2019 they made the Mk 7 Golf and today we’ve got a 230 horsepower GTI model with an APR tune that should be good for 261 horsepower and 317 ft-lbs of torque. Find this 2013 Volkswagen GTI offered for $12000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.
In 2008 Pontiac released a special version that Pontiac called the T2 Championship Edition to commemorate their 2007 podium sweep in the T2 class in SCCA club racing. Total production of the T2 GXP is under 100 cars (some say 88, others 90), but it was only available for 2008, all were yellow with light grey stripping on hood and on trunk, T2 stripe/badge on sides of hood, and had T2 SCCA Champion stitching on the two-tone seats to replace the standard GXP script. If you are one of those straw hat wearing SCCA cone chasers, this is the car for you! Find this 2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP T2 SCCA Edition offered for $12,995 in Dallas, TX via craigslist. Tip from Brad.
I’m not one to go around making blanket statements like some kind of high horse ridin’ pundit…but here goes; the E46 M3 is the M3 you want to buy right now. Before we go any further, I want to state that this isn’t my car, although I have one that is very similar in spec/ color /condition /miles…give or take. Suffice to say, I know what I’m talking about when it comes to M3s and I know a little bit about the M3 market…more later. Find this 2003 BMW M3 E46 offered for $9,500 in Oldsmar, FL via eBay.
This next car isn’t going to win any beauty contests, or any drag races…but it could get you a trophy for fuel economy. The first generation Insight is one of the only hybrid vehicles to get a manual gearbox and today’s example is offered for dirt cheap (and no, it is not the same red Insight we featured a few weeks ago) Grab this 2001 Honda Insight offered for $2000 in San Jose, CA via craigslist.
If you try and compare the driving experience of the all-wheel-drive, manual gearbox, 300 horsepower Volvo V70R to a similar era Subaru STI or Mitsubishi Evo, you will probably find the Volvo lacking in exhilaration. But that’s okay, because Volvo wasn’t aiming to convert buyers of the boy-racer rally machines — and instead of was trying to compete with Audi’s S4 and Mercedes-Benz C32/C55 AMG..and maybe take a stab at BMW’s M3. Perhaps it wasn’t as fast as its competition, but the V70R was the only one available as a 7 passenger wagon with a shift-it-yourself gearbox. Find this 2006 Volvo V70R offered for $8999 buy-it-now or make-offer in Orchard Park, NY vi eBay.
It’s late Sunday night, this COVID19 thing has been going on for far too long, and I’m feeling the need for speed. Speed and danger. Maybe some unnecessary risk needs to be mixed in with the speed and danger…no, keep the mask on Zorro, I’m thinking about a salvage titled AMG Mercedes with a screaming 6.2 liter V8 that pushes 451 horsepower through 8000 rpms into a 7 speed auto box. Zero to 60 takes about 3.9 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph…and it costs less than a new Nissan Versa. Find this 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG W204 offered for $13,999 buy-it-now or make-offer in Palmdale, CA via eBay.
Anyone who reads this site knows that I’m not often left speechless…but here I am…at a loss for words. I’m also not one to just put a turd in someone else’s punch bowl just for the sake of it…but I’m also not one to beat around the bush. This is not a BMW 5-series or BMW 6-series…(which you can get for next to nothing) these days…so why would you drive this? Because this is America and we take our freedom seriously and our cars not so seriously…at least you’d have to, if this was your daily driver. Find this 2002 Toyota Solara with a starting bid of $3900 in Versailles, KY via eBay.
This next car comes as a tip from Matt V who writes; it would be harder to find a worse car in better shape…perfection! Wow. This is indeed a prime example of the prettiest turd in the punch bowl, the nicest way to die, the least venomous scorpion, the best New Kids On The Block album, the least abusive Baldwin brother, the best preserved zit stain on a bathroom mirror. Okay, maybe I’m being unfair to the Sebring — it does sit on a chassis that was derived from the Eagle Talon/Mitsubishi Eclipse platform and the 2.4 liter EDZ DOHC 4-banger isn’t the worst engine you could buy in 2002…but when I could pick my rental car, I’d always avoid these soulless appliances like the plague. Still…this one is in remarkably good condition for the age. Find this 2002 Chrysler Sebring offered for $5500 in Fremont, CA via craigslist.
The SL-Class Mercedes-Benz roadster has been a good looking 2-seater since it was launched in 1954. It was (and is) the go-to car for the rich man/woman who wants a balance between performance and style to lean towards style…but the AMG option (first released in 1995) turns the dial back towards the performance end of the spectrum. The R230 generation of the SL (2001-2011) was available in SL55 AMG trim that pushed 493 horsepower and 516 ft-lbs of torque from a supercharged V8 into a 5-speed automatic gearbox. Find this 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG offered for $13,000 in Evansville, IN via faceplace marketbook. Tip from Jeff.
I fully acknowledge my love of the BMW 3-series for everyday driven late model cars. And typically, I recommend people search for a used and abused M3 in their price range to get the best bang for the buck because BMW puts so much more love into their ///M models…but…BUT…sometimes the most basic barebones BMW 3-series is the best because who needs all those gadgets and turbos and flappy-paddle-gear-changers and things anyway. All you really need to have fun an a 3-series is a magnesium-alloy engine block and a 6-speed manual gearbox. Find this 2007 BMW 328i offered for $9800 in La Verne, CA via craigslist.