Used cars are often a petrolhead’s dream. Some of course, like the Nissan Versa, which is very spacious, but was simply rubbish at pretty much everything else apart from being cheap. Like my Nissank.
But do you really have to? Because what does $6,420 look like for used cars?
Want that Accord Coupe but not wanting to be summed up with boredom? The Acura CL.
The idea for this was to make a coupe that meant for the Acura side of Honda’s luxury company. Hey presto, you have the 2nd generation Acura CL. As a car, the CL isn’t what first comes to mind as a coupe. But it’s really not a bad one.
Just one thing to look out for while Hondas are generally reliable, the automatic gearbox. Putting 260 bhp through the front wheels is like putting a piano hanging on one string and asking the pianist to use it.
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Exquisite styling, complete rarity, and an unsung story? The Subaru SVX.
Okay, I know, Subaru’s most ridiculous model is on this list. Yes, it’s more expensive than it’s rivals. Okay, parts aren’t exactly easy to come by. Of course, the automatic gearbox was a disaster. Or that it was a complete sales flop. But, look at it this way.
Don’t think of it as a Subaru. Think of it as Test Drive Unlimited 2. It’s a game that gets hate all the time, but when it does work, it actually is a lot of fun. That’s what the SVX simply is. It’s an unsung hero.
While Subarus are generally reliable, parts are now hard to find. There isn’t that much support, and that’s why you can find one so cheaply.
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One of the many used cars to share a name with the MX-5 but isn’t the MX-5. The MX-6.
Well, I wouldn’t include the MX-6 just for the sake of it. It technically a Ford Probe, but really. I don’t see why not. It’s one underrated car.
While people will bash at this for the car’s quality, it’s inexpensive, it’s light, and it’s cheap. The thing to look out for when buying this or the similar car, the Ford Probe, the main one to look out for is the air-con and exhaust. To check for the former – make sure it blows icy cold. The latter isn’t cheap to replace – but you can just repair it slightly.
A compact super saloon that isn’t German. The Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V.
Why did I choose this car over a Mazda 6 MPS? Simple. You never hear this one being mentioned at all.
Sure, it didn’t have as much power as the 6 MPS, but I think it’s a lot more sleeper like. Especially in black.
Sentra’s of this period are often rather hard to live with. If you could live with the firm suspension and some trim pieces prone to falling off, it’s not really a bad car. Like this one here.
A luxury barge that is an unsung hero. The Lexus GS400.
While Lexus is technically a upmarket image of what is a vanilla company, the GS400 is the one that strikes the heart. While you could go for the endlessly tuneable GS300, I think the GS400 makes more sense for this car. It’s not the most brilliant thing when it comes to styling, I think it’s quite nice.
The main thing to look out for this period of Lexus is purely simple – condensation in the headlights, and the battery running out of charge.
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