The average price of new cars creeps up every year, and the herd of affordable secondhand stuff seems to get thinner at the same the time. But there are still plenty of sweet vehicles on the market that can be had for pretty short money. I fantasize about a few in particular all the time. What about you? BMW E30s are a lot more expensive than they once were, but they still offer a lot of driving excitement and style for what they fetch and there are plenty to be had for less than $10,000. Acura Integras are solid, too. Even non-VTEC cars are fun, if not exactly fast. I think you’d also do well to pick up a Toyota MR2, and of course there are always zillions of Mazda Miatas on the market. If off-roading’s more your thing, you’d be hard-pressed to pick up a decent Jeep Wrangler for four figures but XJ Cherokees and third-generation Toyota 4Runners are gettable at that price point. You might also be able to nab a rough Land Cruiser, but to be honest I think the best … [Read more...] about What’s Your Four Figure Dream Car?
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We all know the mantra that ‘Miata is always the answer,’ but could today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe NA MX5’s price prove that answer to be questionable? When positioned as potential dating material, people of unconventional facades are stereotypically described by their advocates as ‘having a good personality.’ That is supposed to somehow make up for their lack of visual appeal. With that being said, I’d like to point out that last Friday’s 2008 BMW M6 convertible most likely has a very nice personality. At least I hope it does. sThe fact is, the E64 Six-series looks like the before picture in just about any comparison. Woof! Making up for that was a 500-pony V10 engine, a rare (one of only 378 built, it seems) six-speed manual transmission, and, apparently, a decent price. That modest $26,900 asking was a mere sliver of what the car went for new and even a Carfax report showing some shunts in its past couldn’t stop the mighty but … [Read more...] about At $16,900, Is This 1990 Mazda Miata The Answer To A Question Nobody Asked?
Phil Berg Published 12:02 a.m. ET April 19, 2018 In a display of automotive ingenuity, 28-year-old Eileah Ohning spent one year living inside a silver 2004 Acura TL sedan in New York City, saving up enough money from her waitress job to pay off her $42,000 OSU college debt in full, she told a TEDx audience last August. “I’m a millennial, the largest, most-educated and underpaid and in-debt generation. Debt is like a prison sentence and suddenly it was just gone.” Moving up last year, she bought a van. “I can park wherever I like as long as you don’t know there’s a tiny house inside of it.” Sleeping in cars is not new. Henry Ford and friends Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison and John Burroughs used converted Model Ts to camp during their 1916-18 span of road-tripping, when the only motel chains in the nation served mostly railroad depots. Ford and friends called themselves the “Vagabonds,” and used the publicity to successfully … [Read more...] about Asleep near the wheel: Another reason for car ownership
Long before Porsche built their first production four-door, they helped with the 500E for Mercedes. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe edition is claimed to be the best of that joint parentage, but will its price have you considering its adoption? Have you seen that TV show about tiny houses? People profess to living in like, 200 square feet of space in these diminutive and oftentimes twee abodes. I don’t think I could store my beloved collection of old car magazines in that small of space, but these folks seem to revel in their minimalist existence. That is I suspect until they get tiny cabin fever. Last Friday we looked at a car that would easily fit into that little house lifestyle. The 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder that was the object of our interest wasn’t just small, it also came with a seemingly diminutive price tag. That $5,750 asking was seen as a big deal by 77-percent of you who gave the car a Nice Price win, despite there not being anyplace to carry home its … [Read more...] about At $30,995, Could This 1992 Mercedes Benz 500E Really Be The Best?
Garage Baby is how the seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe MR2 Spyder affectionately describes his car. We’ll just have to see if its price means that this baby’s got backing. Only the good die young, or so we’ve been told in musical manner by Billy Joel. I don’t really know which song as I’m not all that much a fan of the Piano Man. Still, I’d like to appropriate and tweak those lyrics for our purposes and note that only the good sell fast. Yesterday’s 1987 BMW 325is seemed pretty good, as did its $6,000 price. At least it took home a solid 58-percent Nice Price win, which was pretty good. It also apparently sold, as the ad was removed by the seller just as we were getting underway. Perhaps we’ll have more time to appreciate today’s 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder, a model that I think seems to go under-appreciated. Toyota’s MR2 line encompassed three distinct editions. They got progressively more capable and aggressive … [Read more...] about At $5,750, Could This 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder Be Your Baby?
Last month, we reported on a VIN filing dug up by Road & Track that showed that the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata's 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine would get a power bump, from 155 to 181 net horsepower. As for how the 2019 Miata would make that extra power, we heard rumors it'd utilize a new cylinder head allowing higher revs, accounting for that extra power. Now we have what appears to be a leaked document from Mazda Canada showing exactly where that extra power comes from. According to the document posted at Miata.net (registration required to see the image), Mazda will alter camshaft lift and valve size on both the intake and exhaust side, fit freer-flowing exhaust, and smooth and enlarge the piping on the air intake side. There are also internal engine modifications: lighter pistons with lower crowns for better swirl in the combustion chamber, lighter connecting rods, and a crankshaft balanced for higher-RPM operation. All those extra revs mean extra vibration and noise, so Mazda will … [Read more...] about What a 181-horsepower 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata means for us, and you
Once upon a time, couples used to go off for dirty weekends with no more luggage than a few items of clean underwear and a couple of toothbrushes. It could be that the designer of this week's Shed, a W30 Toyota MR2 Roadster, or Spyder as it was more excitingly called in the US, was into this type of outing himself, because he didn't bother including any cargo space in the dinky little convertible's layout. Well, that's not strictly true: you could ram some underpants into the gaps around the under-bonnet spare wheel, and there are two lockers behind the seats that were big enough to house a few real spiders. But if you Google 'the least practical car ever made', chances are the W30 MR2 will be right up there with the top hits. To create more luggage capacity you could simply bin the spare wheel. The 15-inch-wheeled MR2 wears 185 tyres on the front and 205s on the rear, so you've only got a 50 per cent chance of puncturing the right tyre anyway. This is an early example, effectively … [Read more...] about Shed of the Week: Toyota MR2 Roadster