: Top 10 300HP Cars Under $10k



ted tcb
12-03-08, 10:24 AM
Some surprises here.
The criteria was, what can you get with 300hp, used condition.

For affordability, they missed the boat by not including the STS.
Still, some obvious choices, and some cool cars. like the Jag XJR, BMW 850i,
and Merc 600SEC ... gotta love V12 power for under $10k.

Here's the list and pictures.

http://www.nextautos.com/the-top-ten-300-horsepower-cars-under-10000?gid=12112&nid=30913#gallery-12112

Coma
12-03-08, 10:43 AM
The XJR would be a steal. I love that car.

Awesome list you've found here.

CadillacSTS42005
12-03-08, 10:50 AM
i call bull
you show me where you can get a clean 02 SS 35th anniversary for under 10K

its not happening....

gothicaleigh
12-03-08, 11:08 AM
i call bull
you show me where you can get a clean 02 SS 35th anniversary for under 10K

its not happening....

...or a BMW 8-series for that matter. You would have to have lottery-winning levels of luck, come across fairly beat examples of those cars, or a combination of both to pay less than $10k for a few on that list.

MauiV
12-03-08, 11:35 AM
Wants.....

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?ct=p&car_id=239218033&dealer_id=62065935&car_year=1992&rdm=1228321972737&model=600SEL&num_records=25&systime=&make2=&highlightFirstMakeModel=&start_year=1981&keywordsfyc=&keywordsfyc=&keywordsrep=&keywordsrep=&engine=&certified=&body_code=8&fuel=&awsp=false&search_type=used&distance=0&marketZipError=false&search_lang=en&showZipError=n&make=MB&keywords_display=&color=&page_location=findacar%3A%3Aispsearchform&min_price=&body_style=SEDAN&drive=&default_sort=priceDESC&seller_type=b&max_mileage=&style_flag=2&sort_type=priceDESC&address=40013&advanced=&end_year=2009&doors=&transmission=&max_price=&cardist=642&rdpage=thumb

MauiV
12-03-08, 11:42 AM
...or a BMW 8-series for that matter. You would have to have lottery-winning levels of luck, come across fairly beat examples of those cars, or a combination of both to pay less than $10k for a few on that list.

34 8-series under $11k...

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/searchresults.jsp?num_records=25&search_lang=en&page_location=findacar%3A%3Aispsearchform&search_type=both&distance=0&address=40013&marketZipError=false&style_flag=1&make=BMW&model=8_SERIESCLASS_SERIES&make2=&start_year=1981&end_year=2009&min_price=0&max_price=11000&seller_type=b&transmission=&engine=&drive=&doors=&fuel=&max_mileage=&color=&keywordsrep=&keywordsfyc=&keywords_display=&sort_type=priceDESC&body_code=0&certified=&advanced=&highlightFirstMakeModel=&showZipError=n&default_sort=priceDESC&awsp=false&keywordsrep=&keywordsfyc=&systime=&rdm=1228322411994

I REALLY like the 93 white 850ci

Blackout
12-03-08, 12:01 PM
300ZX TT and Lightning FTW

ted tcb
12-03-08, 12:14 PM
i call bull
you show me where you can get a clean 02 SS 35th anniversary for under 10K

its not happening....

I agree with you on the Camaro ... they still pull mid-teens to low twenties up our way, even in the winter.
Still, most of the other cars on that list are possible for $10k or less.

Point of the article is that V8-V12 supercars can be had for chump change in tough economic times ... the possibilities are fun to consider.

Still say their should be an STS or Eldorado in that list.

LS1Mike
12-03-08, 12:21 PM
You can however get a Z28 or Trans Am for 10,000 or under with good miles that has been taken care of, but you are looking at 98-00.
chances are you are not touching an SS or WS6 for 10,000.

karies
12-03-08, 12:39 PM
91-92 supra 1jz, i still want a 93 850i in black =D

EcSTSatic
12-03-08, 12:57 PM
I like the comment about the cars "made of unobtainium". The $10K entry fee is only a "downpayment" on the maintenance of these cars.

There's an '01 STS on the board here at work for $7500.

CIWS
12-03-08, 01:08 PM
The Mercedes, Jag and BMW all out of warranty and waiting to put you in the poor house when something breaks, and something will break.

LS1Mike
12-03-08, 01:18 PM
Never thought about it that way. The Lighthing and Camaro will most likely be the cheapest and easiest to maintain.
Not to mention both drivetrains have proven very reliable. I would think the 300Z would be pretty good too if you don't have to mess with the turbos.

ryannel2003
12-03-08, 02:09 PM
i call bull
you show me where you can get a clean 02 SS 35th anniversary for under 10K

its not happening....

Yeah I was thinking the same thing. I've never seen one for under $15k that was even remotely clean.

Still think the '98-'03 Seville STS should have been on the list. I've seen a few '03 STS's for under $10k. 1998 isn't going for much more than $6k with low miles.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-03-08, 03:19 PM
The Mercedes, Jag and BMW all out of warranty and waiting to put you in the poor house when something breaks, and something will break.

"Welcome to the world of the $290 oil change fellas"

I'll take the 600SEC & XJR please.. :D

Blackout
12-03-08, 04:10 PM
Still think the '98-'03 Seville STS should have been on the list. I've seen a few '03 STS's for under $10k. 1998 isn't going for much more than $6k with low miles.Two reasons:
1. It's FWD
2. Head gaskets on the N*

ryannel2003
12-03-08, 05:17 PM
That doesn't mean anything. FWD I'll agree, but all of those cars have expensive problems. Especially the Germans...

LS1Mike
12-03-08, 05:29 PM
I don't think Lightnings and F-bodies have very exspensive problems, like the high dollar cars on the list.
I have had 3 LS1 F-bodies and maintaining them has been simple with lots of hard miles.

I have yet to see a STOCK Lightning or F-bodies blow a headgasket. I would bet my left nut in saying that those are just overall cheap cars to maintain. Ford and Chevy parts.

The Lexus would probablly fine as well, shouldn't be to hard to maintain that.
The rest are going to get pricey.

Blackout
12-03-08, 05:51 PM
That doesn't mean anything. FWD I'll agree, but all of those cars have expensive problems. Especially the Germans...

You also have to realize that this is a list of the top 10 300 hp cars under $10k. While the STS is a decent car it doesn't have the performance of the performance cars on that list and it doesn't have as much when it comes to luxury of the other luxury cars on that list. One other thing you have to realize is that it's a list from some website so who really cares

ryannel2003
12-03-08, 06:08 PM
I mainly meant the Germans... I forgot about the F-bodies being listed.

You'll be shocked to know that the Lexus GS's have some expensive problems. I was shocked to read all the issues on the Lexus forums. It's also very, very hard to find a nice GS400 for under $10k. Trust me, I tried. As for the Seville, I guess so but at $5k or $6k for a 300HP luxury car, it's a bargain.

ryannel2003
12-03-08, 06:59 PM
I'd so buy this: This (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___98-JAGUAR-XJR-SUPERCHARGED-ONLY-58K-MILES-RUNS-GREAT_W0QQitemZ200283064910QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20Truc ksQQddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash =item200283064910&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=72%3A1187%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A130 8#ht_22802wt_0)

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-04-08, 12:13 AM
I'm thinking about making the jump from W140 to X300 (95-02(?) XJ) next....

ted tcb
12-04-08, 10:35 AM
I love Jags, and 1998-2000 XJ8's go for next to nothing up my way.
Problem is, the internet is littered with people who bought $10k Jags, and have massive engine failures
at low mileage.
Two issues show up over and over ... T-belt tensioners are a chronic problem, around $5k to fix due to labour.
Engine bores had Nikasil lining, and the lining would erode from sulphur in gasoline. Once again, 1998-00 models were affected.

Beginning with the 2000 model year XJ8's, Jaguar switched to steel lined cylinder walls.

EcSTSatic
12-04-08, 10:42 AM
I love Jags, and 1998-2000 XJ8's go for next to nothing up my way.
Problem is, the internet is littered with people who bought $10k Jags, and have massive engine failures
at low mileage.
Two issues show up over and over ... T-belt tensioners are a chronic problem, around $5k to fix due to labour.
Engine bores had Nikasil lining, and the lining would erode from sulphur in gasoline. Once again, 1998-00 models were affected.

Beginning with the 2000 model year XJ8's, Jaguar switched to steel lined cylinder walls.

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. You'd think automakers would have learned from the Chevy Vega. The aftermarket industry made a killing on replacement blocks with steel sleeves.

ejguillot
12-04-08, 11:20 PM
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. You'd think automakers would have learned from the Chevy Vega. The aftermarket industry made a killing on replacement blocks with steel sleeves.

And even more recent history than that! Jaguar were idiots from failing to learn from BMW's mistake with the 1993-1994 3.0L and 4.0L V8's with Nikasil blocks. Same problems that Jaguar had 5 years later.

Aron9000
12-05-08, 12:43 AM
That 300ZX is pretty damn sweet, but it'll also put you in the poor house when something breaks. Also, you aren't going to find a 1996 Corvette with a manual trans for under 10k, they all had the 330hp LT4, which commands more $$$.

Can't believe they left off the 97ish-2001 Mustang Cobra.

Night Wolf
12-05-08, 06:13 PM
As my fondness for BMW continues to grow daily, especially the "older" ones. The 8-series is starting to appeal to me more and more... maybe some day.... when I won't mind an automagic and hardtop.

Blackout
12-05-08, 06:40 PM
I found a 1998 XJR in black with only 52k miles on it and it's fully loaded for only $7500. For that price something sounds fishy but it is from one of the bigger used car dealers around here. I'm kinda digging them but from what you guys are saying though it sounds like the engines are weaksauce

gary88
12-05-08, 07:29 PM
It's easy to find an LS1 Camaro SS under 10k. Except no kewl racing stripes.

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?ct=p&car_id=251780684&dealer_id=63305779&car_year=2000&rdm=1228523096356&num_records=25&model=CAM&systime=&make2=&highlightFirstMakeModel=&start_year=1998&engine=8+Cylinder&keywordsrep=083083&keywordsrep=&keywordsfyc=__U1M,__&keywordsfyc=&certified=&fuel=&body_code=0&only_price=1&awsp=false&search_type=both&distance=0&marketZipError=false&search_lang=en&showZipError=n&sownerid=70527&first_record=26&make=CHEV&color=&keywords_display=SS&page_location=findacar%3A%3Aispsearchform&min_price=&drive=&default_sort=priceASC&seller_type=b&max_mileage=&style_flag=1&sort_type=priceASC&address=60439&only_photo=1&advanced=y&end_year=2002&pager.offset=25&transmission=&doors=&max_price=&cardist=198

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?ct=u&car_id=255303245&dealer_id=621330&car_year=2001&rdm=1228523096356&model=CAM&num_records=25&systime=&make2=&highlightFirstMakeModel=&start_year=1998&keywordsfyc=__U1M,__&keywordsfyc=&keywordsrep=083083&keywordsrep=&engine=8+Cylinder&certified=&body_code=0&fuel=&only_price=1&awsp=false&search_type=both&distance=0&marketZipError=false&search_lang=en&sownerid=70527&showZipError=n&first_record=51&make=CHEV&keywords_display=SS&color=&page_location=findacar%3A%3Aispsearchform&min_price=&drive=&default_sort=priceASC&seller_type=b&max_mileage=&style_flag=1&sort_type=priceASC&address=60439&advanced=y&only_photo=1&end_year=2002&pager.offset=50&doors=&transmission=&max_price=&cardist=254

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?ct=p&car_id=249668715&dealer_id=63125965&car_year=2002&rdm=1228523096356&model=CAM&num_records=25&systime=&make2=&highlightFirstMakeModel=&start_year=1998&keywordsfyc=__U1M,__&keywordsfyc=&keywordsrep=083083&keywordsrep=&engine=8+Cylinder&certified=&body_code=0&fuel=&only_price=1&awsp=false&search_type=both&distance=0&marketZipError=false&search_lang=en&sownerid=70527&showZipError=n&first_record=51&make=CHEV&keywords_display=SS&color=&page_location=findacar%3A%3Aispsearchform&min_price=&drive=&default_sort=priceASC&seller_type=b&max_mileage=&style_flag=1&sort_type=priceASC&address=60439&advanced=y&only_photo=1&end_year=2002&pager.offset=50&doors=&transmission=&max_price=&cardist=977

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-05-08, 08:30 PM
As my fondness for BMW continues to grow daily, especially the "older" ones. The 8-series is starting to appeal to me more and more... maybe some day.... when I won't mind an automagic and hardtop.


You can find an 8 series with the manual....if you don't mind having 12 cylinders....

Aron9000
12-05-08, 10:46 PM
^ I drove a nice black 8 series at work with the manual trans. Damn nice car, its kind of like a German Eldorado(the 90's ones, not the boat ones), more of a nice cruiser than all out sports car.