Ah…. the world of used cars. A lovely place to be, when you consider you can buy for less than half the price of a new Versa. In truth, I love any used car as much as anyone. However, people have been going up to me and saying that you need power to have fun. Me, being a rather open with a statement, think it’s much better to own a small, fun to drive and slow car over a brash, rapid and completely fast supercar.
1. Volkswagen Golf GTi (the MK5)
It’s among the crop of hot hatchbacks that I think still work. It’s got 197hp – while not as much as the 241 you get from the new GTi, it’s still quick enough to drive.
You can find one cheap, but be mindful of a few things. Check to see if the DSG gearbox has been regularly serviced. Any bill with the DSG gearbox is expensive – so you are better off with the manual.
Also, if you realise that the car has a rather awkward stance, it could mean the rear springs have shattered. It’s not expensive to fix, so there is no need to worry.
Tempted? Here’s the ad for the one we found. (I admit, a rubbish interior)
2. Ford Fiesta SE (a fun car, not an ST)
Ah yes, the humble Fiesta. For years, one of the many used cars that is so much fun to drive. I would have went for the ST, but as always, I’ve been sensible for a car that gives you 90% of the thrills, for less power.
I mean, if you were to buy a fast car, you’d be estimating how much power you need. But in something like this, you just need to glue your foot right down.
A Fiesta is still too new to develop problems, but, the DAB system in the Fiesta often loves to drain the battery when it’s left to sit there for long periods. Also, mind out for the exhaust coming loose.
3. Mini Cooper (not the S – it’s good enough)
Mind you, I do like the S. But then again, with the rule of this, I think it’s still much better to have a underpowered and relatively inexpensive car to have fun with.
While I would say that it is sad that BMW now own Mini, this new old Mini is probably among all the cars – the one that seems worthwhile.
Want to buy it? Well, this example we found might be the one on your drive.
4. Mazda 6 – with, the 2.3.
Believe me, I am a fan of the V6s, especially with this generation, but with this rule, I wouldn’t mind driving the non-turboed 2.3 in this 6 generation.
Okay, you can’t fit some people in the back unlike some used cars. Yes, some of the trim pieces are likely to come apart.
But I don’t care. I just want it to drive. With a manual.
You can experience this too 😉 Here’s the ad.
5. Hyundai Tiburon(/Coupe/Tuscani) – in a 2.0 form.
Yes, among all the used cars, I chose a Korean car. But there’s nothing wrong with this one. Okay, it’s not as pin-sharp as the Toyota Celica, but it’s not that bad.
The one thing to look out for when buying a Hyundai Coupe is relatively simple – check everything works, in particular, that air-con condenser. It’s a rather easy place for it to go wrong because it’s mounted low.
Tempted? Well, if you could live without the badge yobbos who asked you to get a Celica, here’s an ad for the one we found.
It’s your turn for this used cars article.
What other cars would you suggest that are down on power but are fun to drive?