The E36 generation 318ti was an odd little hatchback from BMW that combined the E30 generation rear semi-trailing arm suspension with a 1.8 liter non-turbo 4-banger. It was fun to drive and economical — like a sport compact car should be, but today’s version has taken an interesting turn. It has a twin turbo N55 inline-6 from an E90 BMW 335i, which is unfortunately mated to an automatic transmission, but otherwise this looks like the correct way to double (or triple with a chip and some tuning) the horsepower of the original vehicle. Find this 1995 BMW 318ti offered for $6,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
The E90 generation BMW 3-series (E90 sedan, E91 touring, E92 coupe, & E93 vert) was first launched for the 2005 model year and continued production through 2013. It was the first 3-series to have a turbocharged gasoline engine and it was quick in 335i trim — fast enough to challenge previous generation M3s when mildly tuned and even faster when covered in stickers and big fart can exhausts. They were preferred by the tuning community and it is almost impossible to find a stock version with low miles and a 6-speed, but here we are: Find this 2007 BMW 335i Coupe E92 offered for $16,500 in Mill Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
How many more years will the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 languish at the bottom of the cool car list? These things were absolutely righteous when new and many of their contemporary peers (the Supra, NSX, 911, Jeep Grand Cherokee, et cetera) have become rapidly appreciating classics with high prices and fancy parties…but the 3000GT VR4 just sits forlornly at used car lots like the cheese log at your last party. Everybody knows what it is, but nobody wants it. Find this 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 offered for $6000 in Sheridan, CA via eBay.
To call this next car a ticking time bomb would severely underestimate the risk of owning/driving an S4 with 140k miles (and straight pipe exhaust) that you paid less than $4k to own. Owning this car could be better described as trying to take a sip from a lit Molotov cocktail or wearing a pet scorpion as a wristwatch. There is a lesson here: Live life to its fullest, I guess. Find this 2005 Audi S4 offered for $3900 in Clifton, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Mitsubishi’s entry into the 90s Japanese supercar wars was a technologically advanced heavyweight brute. It was the automotive equivalent of a German Tiger II tank when compared to Mazda’s RX-7 M4 Sherman and Toyota’s Supra MkIV Matilda. If the terrain involved turns and obstacles the 3000GT was outgunned, but head to head on a long stretch of tarmac, the twin-turbocharged V6 was a menace even before owners started turning up the boost. Today, prices for the Supra are insane, prices for the RX-7 with an original engine (hah, good luck!) are getting insane, but the 3000GT (and its Dodge Stealth RT cousin) are still not bad. Find this 1993 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 offered for $17,700 in Mesa, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The original iteration (1989-1991 & 1992-1995) Ford Taurus SHO (Super High Output) was a love letter from the engineers at Ford’s Special Vehicle Team to everyone who wanted to have fun in a sedan. It had a screaming Yamaha V6, a 5-speed manual gearbox, and Conan O’Brien’s seal of approval. In 1996 Ford introduced a V8 SHO that had more O in the SHO, but it lacked the S…because it was only available with a slushbox auto and buyers went elsewhere after 1999. A few years later (in 2010) Ford introduced a new version of the SHO that had a whopping 365 horsepower from a twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine and all-wheel-drive…but a 6-speed slushbox auto. Find this 2011 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $9995 or best offer in Cherry Hill, NJ via eBay.
Racer and driving instructor Reeves Callaway bolted a hodgepodge turbo system on a BMW 320i and loaned the car to Car and Driver journalist Don Sherman who wrote a one page article on the beast. At the time, the number of folks who had the capability to turbocharge a car without ventilating the engine block […]
The 300ZX was a 2 door sports car from Nissan during the great Japanese sports car boom of the 1990s and featured a host of technology in a Isao Sono & Toshio Yamashita designed body. In recent years the 300ZX’s competitors (Supra, NSX, 993 etc) have gone through their depreciation curves and the good original […]
Okay, let’s say your name is Jeff and you are a huge fan of 5-speed cars from the late 80s/early 90s…oh yeah and they need to be red. Your budget is something less than four grand. What do you buy? Do you get a 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo, or a 1986 Jeep CJ7 258ci? […]
The 300ZX was a 2 door sports car from Nissan during the great Japanese sports car boom of the 1990s and featured a host of technology in a Isao Sono & Toshio Yamashita designed body. In recent years the 300ZX’s competitors (Supra, NSX, 993) have gone through their depreciation curves and the good original ones […]