The E46 generation BMW 3-series was not that much different from the previous generation (E36) but it did take the same basic formula and just up the goodness factor. More power, more refined ride, and a better interior are only some of the benefits of the E46 generation, but one of the biggest changes was […]
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How many miles does it take to destroy an E30 3-series reminds me of the ad campaign about how many licks to get to the middle of a Tootsie pop. This next car has been through 370,000 miles and it seems ready for another 100k. Sounds like fun. Find this 1991 BMW 318i offered for […]
This next car comes as a tip from David S who writes: Hear me out: this one is priced lower than the last one on DT, has fewer miles and isn’t an eye searing yellow. It’s basically a 21 year old stunningly well preserved example of a car that tragically nobody seems to give a […]
The Hyundai Elantra isn’t a cool car by any measurement. It is miserably Korean built penalty box that offers little in excitement for anyone but perhaps a teenager who is excited to drive around a car his/her parents donated to him/her. So it is odd that I find myself posting an Elantra on DT -home […]
I love the inherent dichotomy of the late model Honda sedan with a stick-shift. Everybody knows that Honda makes the best shifting manual transmissions in the business, but they also make some seriously lame looking stuff from the outside. The 7th generation Accord is so lame that it was assembled in Marysville, Ohio because the […]
When you think of Pony cars from the 80’s and 90’s the Dodge Daytona probably doesn’t come to mind. Camaro Iroc Z’s duked it out with Mustang 5.0’s for king of the street during this time period, but Dodge took over as primary sponsor of the IROC race series in 1991. The Daytona IROC R/T […]
The take rate on the manual gearbox for a Toyota Cressida in 1983 was probably higher than you would expect given the fact that most survivors seem to be slushbox equipped. But the cars that haven’t been wrapped around a telephone pole or eaten by salt from winter drifting competitions are going to be the […]
Sometimes you need a car that is just a car. It doesn’t need to be a statement about how rich you are (ahem Mercedes-Benz owners), or how eccentric you are (ahem Saab Owners) or how
sporty old you are (ahem, Corvette owners). Sometimes a car just needs to get you from point A to point B in reasonable comfort…but it better well darn have a manual gearbox and a hint of fun from the driver’s seat. For less than $4k I don’t think you can get a newer car than a Mazda 3. Prove me wrong. Find this 2011 Mazda 3 offered for $3,950 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
I’ve spent the better part of the past six months complaining about how expensive used late model (5 year old-ish) cars are these days and for good reason, they are stupidly priced and total garbage. But this next car is only one of those things. I’ll give you a hint — it isn’t overpriced. But it is one of GM’s bargain basement parts-bin specials that are sold to unsuspecting buyers who could have gotten a Toyota or Honda. But the lowest optioned Cruze was available with a 138 horsepower 1.4 liter Ecotec turbo-4 that was attached to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Find this 2014 Chevrolet Cruze offered for $5900 in Space Coast, FL via craigslist.
BMW’s E39 generation 540i is a legend. They are not M5 fast, but they are not M5 expensive. They are also more comfortable in everyday driving than an M5 and cheaper to maintain. I’ve always said that if you buy a 330ZHP or a 335i you’ll just hit yourself for not going to full send and getting the M3, but with the 540i, it might be a more sensible car for the guy looking for some executive class ride for cheap. This next one has a few needs, but it’s got a 6-speed manual. Find this 1998 BMW 540i offered for $5000 in Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego, CA via craigslist.