The W203 generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class wasn’t the sportiest thing on the planet when it was launched for the 2001 model year, and comparisons to the E46 BMW 3-series always ranked the C-Class as more of a luxury boat versus the speedy and zippy 3-series. However, you could get the C32 AMG version, which added a supercharged V6 that pushed out 354 horsepower (21 hp more than the M3) and some handling upgrades, but you still couldn’t get it with a manual transmission, nor in the SLK32 AMG. But, a few years later Daimler-Chrysler produced the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 on SLK32 chassis and gave it the same M112-E32ML V6 but mated to a 6-speed manual…so magic happens when someone swaps the 06-08 Chrysler gearbox into the 01-03 Mercedes chassis with a set of wrenches and an almost factory-fit. Find this 2002 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG offered for $6,000 in Hudson Valley, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I was talking a friend the other day who is a truck guy, and he asked me my advice on a diesel pickup truck. I’m not one to go around spouting off random opinions…oh wait…that is exactly what DT is, so I AM someone to go around spouting random opinions, so here goes; don’t buy a newish diesel pickup with one of them fancy twin-turbo common rail diesel V8s mated to a 8-speed auto and instead always insist on a classic diesel inline-6 single turbo and a manual gearbox like this next Cummins ISB 5.9 powered beasty. Find this 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel offered for $18,400 in Yuma, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
It was only this week that we discovered that taking a photo of your car through a window screen is the only safe way to document your car during the time of COVID19…but it appears to be a thing that is taking off. At least the seller was daring enough to step through the mesh long enough to take a few pics of this manual gearbox equipped Saturn Ion that has been “converted” to a rally car. Look at all those lights! I am dazzled! Find this 2007 Saturn Ion offered for $5500 in Fremont, CA via craigslist.
There are a few things I don’t like about this next car. First, it is white…which is a great color for a commercial delivery van or a lawn company truck, but not so good on a sports-coupe. Next, this thing has an aftermarket set of aero-ish parts that might look okay when new, but a few curb dings and they look like crap…so I’m wary of that. And, lastly, I don’t like the wheels. But other than those few complaints, I love the interior, the manual gearbox, and even the de-badged look. Find this 1998 Lexus SC300 offered for $4,950 in New York City via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
When I tell people that I publish a website called Daily Turismo, they cock their head sideways — like a puzzled golden retriever — and ask follow up questions. To describe DT, I use words like “curated collection” and “used car listing aggregator” to describe these hallowed pages. But the truth is, I should just send them this next car, because it describes DT in a way that is unequivocally precise; a mostly modern and supremely comfortable BMW 7-series with a salvage title and 144k miles on a 4.5 liter DOHC V8 that is offered for less than four large. Yes, it will have strange random issues that you’ll need to search on forums and videos for solutions…but you’ll end up smarter and better by the time you can afford a better car. Find this 2002 BMW 745i offered for $3,950 in Menifee, CA via craigslist.
Here is a challenge for you folks on the interweb — find me a car that’ll go around a proper American road course (let’s say Laguna Seca) faster than this next thing for a similar amount of money. Some basic stats for the base C5; 350 horsepower LS1 V8, 6-speed manual, 3200 lbs curb weight, 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and on to 13.3 at 108mph in the 1/4 mile…and you get all that (plus some peeling paint!) for $7k. Find this 2000 Chevrolet Corvette offered for $7000 in Duncanville, TX via craigslist.
The Mercedes-Benz OM606 inline-6 was the ultimate version of the indirect-injection diesel passenger car engines that pushed oil burning Mercedes-Benz diesel sedans, coupes, and wagons around the world for decades. It isn’t as complicated as later Benz common-rail diesel engines, but the 3.0 liter 175 horsepower turbodiesel came into the world before the ill-fated Daimler-Chrysler alliance and it featured a reliable Bosch electronically controlled diesel injection pump that should last for a million miles. Today we find it installed into a Chevrolet Silverado…which is a strange place to find an OM606. Personally I’d be tempted to run a semi truck style exhaust with a rain flap on top…but I’m probably not the person you should follow when it comes to automotive things. Find this 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offered for $13,000 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
It feels strange to recommend a model year 2000 Honda Accord with a slushbox auto to anyone who enjoys driving…but what if you don’t enjoy driving that much and you really just need something to get you from point A to point B and back to point A and then maybe a point C and do all of that without needing to press out differential bushings in your own garage..then…wow that is a run-on sentence. Yes, a used Honda Accord with 58k miles is still just a Honda Accord…but it is offered at one fifth the price of a new Accord and has at least half the value left in it. Find this 2000 Honda Accord offered for $5000 in Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from Kendall.
The original BMW M5 was released in 1986 an autobahn cruiser that was only available in black like a Ford Model T, but unlike a Model T, it was monstrously fast. The next generation also featured an upgraded version of the BMW inline-6, but it wasn’t until the 1999 release of the E39 generation M5 that it got an appropriately menacing V8 to tear up the streets. This next car has been modified and the seller claims to have removed 400lbs of worthless weight. Find this 2001 BMW M5 E39 offered for $13,900 in Encino, CA via craigslist.
Legendary motorcycle racer Jorge Orwell said it best; “Four wheels good, two wheels better! All machines are equal. But some machines are more equal than others.” Nobody will argue that bikes are fast(er?)…but tipper Erik202 sent in this next two wheeled speed machine and asked the question; this one goes 186mph and does a 10.4sec 1/4 mile and only costs $2063USD. Is it possible to go faster for less money? Find this 2004 Suzuki GSX-R offered for $2700 CAD ($2063 USD) via the facefarm marketbarn.