The third generation of Audi’s S6 platform is known for having a V10 engine that shares some similarities with Lamborghini’s V10 that lived in the Gallardo. The V10 is simultaneously the best thing about the C6 generation Audi A6 and the worst. The best because everybody needs a V10 and the worst because you might spend more to maintain it than Caltrans spends to maintain the 405 freeway. Today’s S6 is offered for a price that is somehow lower than the slammed suspension. Find this 2008 Audi S6 V10 offered for $8999 in New York, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Ford Excursion was only sold for a single generation from 2000 through 2006. It was a full sized heavy duty Class 2 SUV built on Ford’s F250 Super Duty platform and a direct competitor to GM’s Suburban SUV. The Suburban survived the early 2000s gas price crisis and the 2008 carpocalypse, but the Excursion went into the history books and the used car lots around the planet. Today we’ve got an Excursion that isn’t just the mean (and not at all green) Triton V10 powered version, but it is also 4X4 and converted into a limousine setup. Find this 2003 Ford Excursion XLT V10 Limo bidding for $5,100 in Binghampton, NY via carsandbids.com.
The E60 generation M5 introduced the world to BMW’s first (and only) production V10 powerplant, inspired by the V10 engine used in the BMW Sauber Formula 1 car. The production engine shared nothing in common with the racing machine, (other than cylinder count) but that didn’t stop BMW from selling it as a racing inspired beast complete with quick shifting fancy-pants SMG 7-speed gearbox that was shifted via an electro-hydraulic system. They were expensive when new, but the magic depreciation fairy shook her wand at this thing and now they are cheap. Find this 2006 BMW M5 offered for $17,990 CAD ($13,998 USD) via kijiji.net. Tip from Erik202.
There are few things that depreciate faster than a high powered Audi S-car…they are (in no particular order) lettuce, Seaborgium (radioactive element 106 on the periodic table with a half life of 14 minutes), and a tweet on the twitter. That’s about it. Everything else on this hunk of rock we call the earth maintains is original value longer. This might be a problem if you like heading to the Audi dealer to get your V10 powered super sleds, but it is NOT a problem if you enjoy haggling for used on cars on craigslist or reading German wiring diagrams. What is the German phrase for “your momma is as reliable as a VW/Audi coil pack?” Find this 2007 Audi S8 offered for $13,750 in Milbrae, CA via craigslist.
I gotta be honest with you guys…I don’t know what I’m looking at with this next car. It is advertised as being a ’78 Mustang with a V10 that was a multi-time show winning SEMA vehicle, and a Optima Ultimate Street Challenge Car and the photos show several different configurations, one with a finished car like this 2014 MustangsandFords article, but then the pictures change to what can only be described as a hulk of dissasembled parts waiting for a barn to be stored for the inevitable 20 years of rust and chicken poop it needs to be a barn find. I love the idea of a Mustang II with custom styling, a full Chebby Corbette C5 Z06 suspension, custom everything, and Triton V10…but I don’t know if that’s what you’ll get as the winner of this next auction. Find this 1978 Ford Mustang V10 custom bidding for $12,100 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go, located in Beaverton, OR via ebay.
This next car comes a tip from Jeff who writes: I know this is over the DT price threshold and don’t expect you to post, but just thought I’d share a great example of depreciation. Sure, a V10 Viper putting out 400+ horsepower doesn’t sound like much by today’s standards, but just look at this […]
I know what you’ll say. Another BMW…sheesh, you DT guys must have some kind of sponsorship from Bavaria. Not quite (although we’d love to get some kick back from BMW if you guys are reading this…send unmarked cash in brown paper envelopes care of the crazy cat lady down the street)..but if you can find […]
Someone once told me that every Porsche 928 is a $25k car, its just that the $5k examples will cost you $20k in maintenance. That might be true for those fancy-pants cars from Stuttgart, but what about a nice Bavarian family sedan? Will this M5 be the ultimate money eating machine? Or, as tipper Jeff […]
You know you want this. Don’t try and hide behind some kind of self righteous wall of excuses about the environment, your ability get to work on time, or how much you’ll spend on maintenance because it really doesn’t matter AND I’M NOT BUYING IT. YOU WANT A LAMBORGHINI V10 POWERED SUPER SEDAN…EVERYBODY WHO CAN […]
A huge engine in a medium size car is a formula that never seems to get tired. With the advent of modern turbo set ups, the old adage of there is no replacement for displacement is being put to the real test though. Back in the mid 2000s, Audi and BMW both deemed that a […]