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Our Picks For The Best $10,000 Used Cars
Fun And Interesting Used Cars For Under $5,000
Looking for a great used car but have a limited budget? We recently scoured the market for used car bargains in the $5,000-range, and were surprised by what we found.
But what if you want something just a little bit nicer, newer or dependable? Well, we have good news. If you can manage to stretch your budget to $10,000, there are lots of great cars and trucks to choose from in the used marketplace.
We challenged the Autoblog editors to find a great, versatile used car, truck or SUV for $10,000 or less. As you might expect from a group of auto journalists, there are some oddballs thrown in for fun, too.
Head on through to see what we found. But if your budget is a little bit smaller, check out our top picks for used cars under $5,000 .
2005 BMW 325i – Greg Migliore
A decade-old 3 Series hits on a number of levels. It still looks reasonably cool. Friends will notice and nod approvingly at your choice of a Bimmer, while enthusiasts will appreciate your good taste in suspensions and steering. It s like drinking a Heineken. It s seldom out of place and conjures class and appeal with a lot of different crowds.
There s plenty to like in the 325i: rear-wheel drive, an inline six hooked up to a five-speed manual and an interior that s simple and clean. The outside has a similar vibe. Yes, this is obviously not the latest 3 Series, but it still looks smart and stylish. The car is just old enough that it hearkens back to a time before seemingly every luxury car was dripping in LEDs, fantastic curves and eye-popping nav screens. If you look hard, it s not difficult to get one well under $10,000.
Honda Fit – Sebastian Blanco
My current car is the eminently practical 2007 Honda Fit. I bought it maybe three years ago and paid a few grand over $10,000 for it. Despite my luck in being able to drive a lot of cool new cars, I haven t regretted my purchase for a minute. The car is roomy, relatively fuel-efficient and fun to drive.
1999 Mercedes C43 AMG – Dan Roth
It s a lot easier to find something interesting at $5,000 than it is for $10,000. It s probably because $10K is pretty serious used car money. You can get a respectably boring vehicle all day long for 10 grand. Or a box truck.
Because we re talking about real money, I felt obligated to be marginally responsible. I puzzled for a while, trying to come up with something that seems responsible, even conservative, but really isn t.
How about a Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG. When Mercedes had the chutzpah to introduce this car in the late 1990s, I was impressed. Take the C-Class sedan, stuff in a V8 from the S-Class; it s a Krautrock take on good old rock n roll.
These are pretty rare, so you ll need to work hard to find one, and it s not like anyone won t know that it s something special, so be prepared to spend all the money. Also be prepared for expensive upkeep. Who cares, though? Toe into that V8 and hilarity will have the propensity to ensue.
2006 Mini Cooper S – Brandon Turkus
For just $10K, you can find a wide array of vehicles from the new Mini s first (and best) generation. Thanks largely to its 1.6-liter, supercharged four-cylinder, there s a terrier-like feistiness to the old R53, as this generation was known. While fine on its own, the Mini enjoys a robust aftermarket that can easily increase the standard 170 horsepower to something even more potent. Seriously, a modded Mini is a surprising straight-line performer. Also, a few simple tweaks will unleash the absolutely intoxicating whine from the Roots-type supercharger .
But by far, the best thing about the old Cooper S is the way it drives. The R53, was built before Mini worried about silly things like ride comfort. It s rough and uncouth on bumpy roads, but is absolutely dynamite on the right piece of pavement. Aside from maybe the Mazda MX-5. there is simply no car on the market that boasts such entertaining behavior at such a low price.
As for why you should go for a 2006, specifically, there are a few reasons. Mini offered to paint the roof in Pure Silver, the only year such an option was available on the standard car, meaning there are a number of rare, standout color schemes (like my personal car s Chili Red and Pure Silver color scheme). More importantly, though, 2006 was the final year of this generation, meaning the wrench-turners in Oxford should (and I say should) have turned out their best, most reliable work. That s not to say the R53 is perfect it s English after all but it s a wildly entertaining, very handsome take on the small performance car.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV – Jeremy Korzeniewski
Let’s be honest. There are lots of very good choices when shopping for a used car in the $10,000-range. You could be supremely practical and buy a low-mileage Toyota or Honda. Splurge a bit and get an Acura. Want to buy American? Buick models have proven practically bulletproof when equipped with GM’s tried-and-true 3.8-liter v6 engine.
Or, you could look for fun. An AMG-fettled Mercedes. like the one Dan Roth picked would be great fun. Buy a Subaru WRX and bask in the glory of a turbocharged engine, manual transmission and all-wheel drive. (No, really. Buy one before all the good ones are gone.)
But there’s only one electric car in your price range. And it’s not the best example of the breed, either. It’s the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. seen looking oddly like a hard-boiled egg in solid white just above. It was the least-expensive EV when it was new, and so it is logically the least-expensive EV on the used market. And if that sounds good to you, you’re sure to enjoy about 60 miles of emissions-free motoring per charge, with a top speed high enough to crest any legal speed limit in America.
You think different, i-MiEV owner, and for that, I salute you.
Porsche 944 – Chris Bruce
Porsche Boxster – Seyth Miersma
Buying any Porsche for less than $10,000 is a fleeting proposition. The brand is one of the most loved in the world, and all of its products eventually gain collector car status.
Saab 9-2X – Steven J. Ewing