: What is your favorite $10,000 car?



ga_etc
07-14-11, 06:29 PM
If you were in the market for a "new" car and had a budget of roughly $10,000 what would make your list of top contenders?

orconn
07-14-11, 06:31 PM
You must be kidding! Unless you are talking about a down payment of $10,000.

Playdrv4me
07-14-11, 06:33 PM
Bar-none, without a doubt a mint Lexus LS400.

BMW E46 or E46 Convertible

Mint 2003 STS

2003-04 Lincoln Navigator Ultimate

Tremendous amount of car you can get for that price range right now.

OffThaHorseCEO
07-14-11, 06:42 PM
You must be kidding! Unless you are talking about a down payment of $10,000.

:rolleyes:

Jesda
07-14-11, 06:46 PM
New as in literally new?

A couple years ago I'd have said Hyundai Accent hatchback, but that's 14 grand now.

brandondeleo
07-14-11, 06:50 PM
Hyundai Accent hatchback:ack:

ryannel2003
07-14-11, 06:56 PM
'03 Seville STS in White Diamond or Blue Onyx

gary88
07-14-11, 06:58 PM
Definitely an E46, they're proving to be very reliable as they age.

Jesda
07-14-11, 07:01 PM
:ack:

I only have 10 grand to spend on a new car!

ga_etc
07-14-11, 07:04 PM
Not brand new off the lot. I'm talking used market. The "new to you" stuff.

Jesda
07-14-11, 07:16 PM
OH.


In that case, a Boxster.

Stingroo
07-14-11, 07:35 PM
The most loaded wagon I could possibly find. $10k buys you a LOW mileage RMW.

But other than that, an early C5 is 10k-ish. I'd go for that.

thebigjimsho
07-14-11, 07:39 PM
Bar-none, without a doubt a mint Lexus LS400.

BMW E46 or E46 Convertible

Mint 2003 STS

2003-04 Lincoln Navigator Ultimate

Tremendous amount of car you can get for that price range right now.I agree the #1 choice for me would be an E36 or E46 vert, but it has to be an M...

JimmyH
07-14-11, 08:23 PM
I don't think I would buy a $10k used car. I would either go $1000 beater, or finance a 1-2 year old low mileage car.

$10000 is too much for a car that may very well require another $5000 tomorrow.

brandondeleo
07-14-11, 08:27 PM
http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/2479057986.html

ben.gators
07-14-11, 08:36 PM
A low mileage, flawless Cadillac Seville STS 2003

maeng9981
07-14-11, 11:23 PM
Collector's 2002 Eldorado. OR a F55 STS

nguyennhatquang
07-14-11, 11:56 PM
if i buy 10.000$ car that mean i need to care about maintenance alot..
so i prefer Honda Accord, Civic and Toyota Camry....
realliable..every shop can fix them. Part is cheap..

Rodya234
07-15-11, 12:14 AM
$10,000 on a car? I would rather buy this highly unsafe helicopter and spend the rest on my funeral.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/LoneStar-Sport-Experimental-Helicopter-Ultralight-NR-/260817764375?pt=Motors_Aircraft&hash=item3cb9f34017

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-15-11, 12:39 AM
Low mileage, clean E38 740iL ***
Low mileage, clean E46 330Ci ***
Low mileage, clean XJ8 Vanden Plas (XJR)
Low mileage, clean 98-00 LS400
MINT, extremely low mileage 1995-96 Fleetwood Brougham. ***
Low mileage, clean 00-02 Eldorado Touring Coupe or Seville STS
The worlds nicest 1998-99 Riviera or Mark VIII LSC

hueterm
07-15-11, 12:48 AM
http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/2479057986.html

The thread was not titled "What is your favorite car to spend $10,000 on in repairs?"...

Playdrv4me
07-15-11, 12:51 AM
Low mileage, clean E38 740iL
Low mileage, clean E46 330Ci
Low mileage, clean XJ8 Vanden Plas (XJR)
Low mileage, clean 98-00 LS400
MINT, extremely low mileage 1995-96 Fleetwood Brougham.
Low mileage, clean 00-02 Eldorado Touring Coupe or Seville STS
The worlds nicest 1998-99 Riviera

Hmm, yes. 7 Series should have been in my list too... Although it would be a 2001 740i Sport.

hueterm
07-15-11, 01:44 AM
I would like the 2001 E38 740i Sport better, but the '98-00 'Michi'd LS400 would be a better car...

And I guess I'll give honorable mention to an '03 Seville STS...

All of these mint, of course, with obscenely low mileage. Otherwise, :umno:

Aron9000
07-15-11, 02:45 AM
94-96 Fleetwood Brougham

Lexus SC300 with manual trans or an SC400, or an IS300 with manual trans

BMW E24 M6 or 635csi if the M6 blows the 10k budget

BMW E39 530i or 540i, manual tranny

98-02 Pontiac Firebird Formula(owned two LS1 Camaros, and I like the less gaudy Formula over the Trans Am)

87-92 Trans Am GTA
87-90 IROC Camaro

1965-70 Coupe Deville or Sedan Deville

80-85 Fleetwood Brougham coupe with some sort of badass motor swap

98-04 NB Miata, nice ones can be found for WAY less than 10k

Just off the top of my head.

93DevilleUSMC
07-15-11, 03:25 AM
1991-93 Coupe Deville or Fleetwood Coupe, preferrably Carmine Red
1990-92 Fleetwood Sixty Special
1993 Sixty Special, Dark Cherry or Midnight Blue
1991-93 Sedan Deville, Cotillion White, Black, Bronze(or whatever Rick's Coupe Deville was), midnight blue, Carmine Red, Garnet Red, or my favorite, Dark Cherry Metallic. White, red, tan, or gray leather preferred.
1990-92 Fleetwood Brougham w/ tow package, Diplomat Blue preferred, will consider others
`92-97 Seville STS, preferrably Polo Green, DCM, black, or Carmine Red
`98-02 Eldorado Touring Coupe, Crimson Pearl, Cotillion white, Aztec Red, dark blue, or DCM
`94-96 Fleetwood Brougham d`Elegance, any color except gold, tow package wanted
`97-99 Deville d`Elegance, dark blue, polo green, black, or any red. tan leather preferred. I scpecify the d`Elegance package here
because of the ultra-soft leather and the soooo light steering.
2000-05 Deville DHS or DTS with Night Vision. Any color except gold
2000-05 (I think?) GMC Sierra single-cab step-side bed with 5.3L V-8. BLACK.
^^Chevrolet version of the above.
-95-01 Dodge Ram extended cab with 5.9 Magnum, 4x4, black, red, or blue
-98-02 Firebird TransAm, BLACK ON BLACK, WS6 package and Ram Air, MANUAL
^^Camaro built to above specs, willing to consider red, dark blue, etc.
2000-04 Mustang GT, black on black, manual.
There are probably a few more, but at 4 AM, my brain isn't recalling them.

Any of these that I found for less than $10k would have the remaining money spent on minor restorations or repairs. Any over $10k, I'd offer $10k cash on the spot, or, failing that, use the $10k as a big down payment, and finance the rest.

brandondeleo
07-15-11, 04:55 AM
The thread was not titled "What is your favorite car to spend $10,000 on in repairs?"...Point taken. I still love it. Lol... It's funny because it's true...

Destroyer
07-15-11, 09:01 PM
I am seriously considering this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320727388326&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Jesda
07-15-11, 09:27 PM
The seat folding latches in my Saab are identical to the ones in that Porsche 928. Must be the same German supplier.

gary88
07-15-11, 10:17 PM
I am seriously considering this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320727388326&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

http://2-photos2.ebizautos.com/4820/7338952/7338952_54.jpg

This does not belong in a Porsche :nono: :nono:

Destroyer
07-15-11, 10:50 PM
http://2-photos2.ebizautos.com/4820/7338952/7338952_54.jpg

This does not belong in a Porsche :nono: :nono:I agree but it's hard finding a 25 year old car exactly the way you want it. This isn't the color combo I want either but I have to admit that I haven't seen another with this combo and it looks great (at least in the pictures)! I had a blk/blk '85 with an automatic. Sluggish off the line but moves out real well beyond that (0-60 in 6.6 and 1/4mi in 14.2). I'm not gonna beat on it anyway, I'm past that. I make exceptions for good condition and low mileage and this is a good example (hopefully). Gonna take a trip to Ft. Lauderdale and look at in person on Monday. Just look at that ass! My favorite part about the car.:cool2:

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/928rear.jpg

hueterm
07-15-11, 11:03 PM
I am seriously considering this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320727388326&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

You, and your crazy, rock.

There's no talking you into holding out for an S4? (And no, you biotches...not the Audi...)

hueterm
07-15-11, 11:04 PM
Point taken. I still love it. Lol... It's funny because it's true...

I did spend almost $10000 on mine...in repairs. I know from experience...

They are beautiful, though...

Jesda
07-15-11, 11:08 PM
One of my neighbors has a black one. It never moves (not sure it can anymore), but its nice to look at and peep inside the windows. Would be nice if he sold it to someone who could get it going again.

orconn
07-15-11, 11:17 PM
I agree but it's hard finding a 25 year old car exactly the way you want it. This isn't the color combo I want either but I have to admit that I haven't seen another with this combo and it looks great (at least in the pictures)! I had a blk/blk '85 with an automatic. Sluggish off the line but moves out real well beyond that (0-60 in 6.6 and 1/4mi in 14.2). I'm not gonna beat on it anyway, I'm past that. I make exceptions for good condition and low mileage and this is a good example (hopefully). Gonna take a trip to Ft. Lauderdale and look at in person on Monday. Just look at that ass! My favorite part about the car.:cool2:

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/928rear.jpg

The body color and wheels clash, but that can be remedied. The 928 is the only Porsche that rings my chimes (at all). I know you had a special thing for the 928 you had before so in that price range why not? But also mind Hueterm's doctrine, hold another $10,000. in reserve for repair and upkeep ( that should about cover a change of fluids and sparkplugs!).

Stingroo
07-15-11, 11:45 PM
If you pick it up, swing by my place on the way back! Exit 101 off I-95.

:lol:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-16-11, 12:14 AM
The rear center console on that is crazy. Is it just filled with A/C ductwork or is there any storage?


I don't ever wanna change spark plugs on that thing, ever.

brandondeleo
07-16-11, 02:34 AM
When it comes to Porsche, I have a weak spot for the 914. Yes, I said it.

ga_etc
07-16-11, 02:39 AM
That 928 is a daytime only car. With the headlights up it looks like one of the Autobots from Transformers.

brandondeleo
07-16-11, 02:42 AM
The rear center console on that is crazy. Is it just filled with A/C ductwork or is there any storage?


I don't ever wanna change spark plugs on that thing, ever.Amen to that... That looks worse to work on than a Northstar... That rear console looks so awesome!

Destroyer
07-16-11, 07:45 AM
The rear center console on that is crazy. Is it just filled with A/C ductwork or is there any storage?


I don't ever wanna change spark plugs on that thing, ever.The A/C was optional in the rear. My '85 didn't have it, it was storage. Spark plugs are not hard. Plugs are in the heads (like a N*) and it's RWD.

Destroyer
07-16-11, 07:50 AM
You, and your crazy, rock.

There's no talking you into holding out for an S4? (And no, you biotches...not the Audi...)I never wanted an S4. I prefer the looks of the '78-'86 models. The '85 and '86 are the best of the bunch because they have the 32v motor and the '86 also has ABS. The S4 had 17hp more (288 vs 305) due to some intake modifications but it's not like I'm gonna be racing it.

orconn
07-16-11, 12:57 PM
When it comes to Porsche, I have a weak spot for the 914. Yes, I said it.

Porsche 914, the Volkswagen that Porsche made and sold!

orconn
07-16-11, 01:00 PM
For $10,000. I'd try and find a really nice Alfa Romeo Spider (from the Southwest) for around $5000. and spend the rest restoring it as a fun recreational driver.

vincentm
07-16-11, 03:29 PM
http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/2479057986.html

:yeah:

Jesda
07-16-11, 07:11 PM
http://image.motortrend.com/f/33468837+w786+ar1/1979-Fiat-124-Spider-rear-three-quarter.jpg
Saw one of these Fiats at the junkyard but sadly all that remained was the sheet metal and windshield.

I agree, an old Italian car would be great.

Stingroo
07-16-11, 07:19 PM
Was that burnt sheet metal, by chance? :lol:

orconn
07-16-11, 07:28 PM
http://image.motortrend.com/f/33468837+w786+ar1/1979-Fiat-124-Spider-rear-three-quarter.jpg
Saw one of these Fiats at the junkyard but sadly all that remained was the sheet metal and windshield.

I agree, an old Italian car would be great.

Actually the Fiat 124 Spiders were a lot of fun. Got a bad reputation for reliability due to ignorant mechanics screwing them up. They were the best thing in a two seat sports roadster that you could get back in the eighties, unless you wanted to shell out the extra cash for an Alfa (Alfa wasn't part of Fiat in those days).

Rodya234
07-16-11, 07:59 PM
^ My dad had a red 124 Sport Spider like that one. He says it was the worst car he ever had, and regretted buying it. Of course, I would have regretted it too, considering he traded a '69 Z/28 for it.

orconn
07-16-11, 08:20 PM
^^^ Yeah, a lot of people had that experience with them, especially poorly maintained third or fourth hand ones. I also have known several friends that bought them new, had knowledgeable repair and maintenance who really loved these cars. Guess it would depend on the one you got. The vast majority of Fiats were bought by young folks on limited means who skimped on maintenance and thus let the cars run down. Many Alfa Spiders fell into the same state of neglect, but some also belonged to knowledgeable owners who really maintained them and to this day are in really very good shape.

Stingroo
07-16-11, 08:32 PM
All the rest were claimed by electrical fire.

Destroyer
07-16-11, 09:26 PM
If you pick it up, swing by my place on the way back! Exit 101 off I-95.

:lol:
Be careful, I just might! :thumbsup:

Jesda
07-16-11, 09:26 PM
Was that burnt sheet metal, by chance? :lol:

All the paint and metal was in tact. It was like some kind of Italian Christmas miracle.

Stingroo
07-16-11, 09:53 PM
Be careful, I just might! :thumbsup:

Do it. PM me if you do. :thumbsup:

Stingroo
07-16-11, 09:55 PM
All the paint and metal was in tact. It was like some kind of Italian Christmas miracle.

Ching-a-di-ching HEE HAWW, HEE HAWW, it's Dominic the Donkey!
Ching-a-di-ching - the Italian Christmas donkey!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F03b3-2Y_qY

thestig8
07-21-11, 08:09 PM
97-99 DeVille Concours
2004 Monte Carlo SS (without s'charger)
Old Chevy K1500
98-03 STS
Oh, and any Panther Ford.

orconn
07-21-11, 08:41 PM
Ching-a-di-ching HEE HAWW, HEE HAWW, it's Dominic the Donkey!
Ching-a-di-ching - the Italian Christmas donkey!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F03b3-2Y_qY

Never heard of "Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey" before.

But have your ever heard of "Ambrose the Amber Assed Antelope?"

The Ambrose ditty was a favorite among inteliigence anlysts stationed in East Africa during the Cold War. It is sung to the tune of "Rudolf the Red Nose Raindeer" It helps to have a few Chivas Regal before commencing.

It goes like this:

Ambrose the amber assed antelope had a very shiny ass

And if you ever saw him, you would it was made of glass

All the other gazelles and dick dicks laughed and called him names

And wouldn't let poor Ambrose play in any antellope games.

Then one foggy Christmas eve Santa got lost as hell

Looking for a place to land he heard an old church bell

Ambrose stood by the creche that night and let ol' Santa see a landing site

So Santa ask Ambrose to be his back up light!

Then the kudoo, impala and gazellians loved him, singing Ambrose you'll go down in African history!


Yeah, it gets lonelly at Christams time on top a seven thousand foot plateau in East Africa!

Destroyer
07-22-11, 11:17 PM
Do it. PM me if you do. :thumbsup:I had high bid till the last few hours and wasn't paying attention. I got outbid but it still didn't meet reserve. I will try again as it is reposted. I didn't get to go to see it. I'll try like hell to get out there this time.

gdwriter
07-23-11, 12:40 AM
My mechanic paid $10,000 cash for a Mercedes-Benz SL500 (R129) for his wife. Not sure the year or the mileage, but he drove it to the shop today, and it is in beautiful condition.

Stingroo
07-23-11, 02:41 AM
I had high bid till the last few hours and wasn't paying attention. I got outbid but it still didn't meet reserve. I will try again as it is reposted. I didn't get to go to see it. I'll try like hell to get out there this time.


Bummer. Looked quite nice.

Destroyer
07-24-11, 11:37 PM
Bummer. Looked quite nice.It's not over yet. I have high bid as of now. :) I'm trying to find one in a more favorable color combo but it ain't easy, at least locally.

ga_etc
07-26-11, 07:45 PM
I think we need an update on the Cutlass...

Destroyer
07-26-11, 09:23 PM
I think we need an update on the Cutlass...I haven't done a thing to it since last pics. Barely put 400 miles on it since then. It's either too damn hot or I'm getting too damn old. Took it for a 5 mile ride on Sunday and turned back cause it wasn't pleasurable in this heat :)

Stingroo
07-26-11, 09:25 PM
I'll take care of it!

LMK. :lol:

ga_etc
07-26-11, 09:46 PM
I haven't done a thing to it since last pics. Barely put 400 miles on it since then. It's either too damn hot or I'm getting too damn old. Took it for a 5 mile ride on Sunday and turned back cause it wasn't pleasurable in this heat :)

You're not too old, it's just too damn hot. I can't wait till it starts cooling off.

Destroyer
07-27-11, 12:27 AM
I had high bid on that 928 2 times and now it's relisted. Damnit!

The-Dullahan
07-27-11, 12:42 AM
Can I buy metal to weld a frame, an engine, mechanical parts and a late twenties or early thirties sedan body? That's under Ten grand and it will BE a car after a week.

If not, I would have to search local classifieds as I am really not a fan of "new" cars and would probably get another one from the sixties-seventies. Ooh, For $10,000 I can buy one of those special '76 Centennial Edition S&S Funeral Coaches. No lie, I am thinking about doing it anyway, because I have a free parking space left, but it has to wait as another Tampa car has caught my interest...

gdwriter
07-27-11, 12:52 AM
I haven't done a thing to it since last pics. Barely put 400 miles on it since then. It's either too damn hot or I'm getting too damn old. Took it for a 5 mile ride on Sunday and turned back cause it wasn't pleasurable in this heat :)That's why when I was looking for a '64 Impala, one of my requirements was that it had factory air. Didn't have to work (and Betty's didn't), it just had to be there.

The guy I bought it from lived on the California coast, and when I asked if it had air conditioning, he had no idea because he never needed it. So I asked him if there were little chrome balls at each end of the dash:

http://gdwriter.com/graphics/tach_tissue/images/DSC08929.jpg

When he said yes, I knew it had factory air (there were no dash vents at all on cars without A/C). I've spent a pretty penny getting it working (more than once after a couple of snafus), but I wouldn't want to drive 500 miles to Eastern Washington and Idaho next month without it.

Destroyer
07-27-11, 11:56 PM
That's why when I was looking for a '64 Impala, one of my requirements was that it had factory air. Didn't have to work (and Betty's didn't), it just had to be there.

The guy I bought it from lived on the California coast, and when I asked if it had air conditioning, he had no idea because he never needed it. So I asked him if there were little chrome balls at each end of the dash:

http://gdwriter.com/graphics/tach_tissue/images/DSC08929.jpg

When he said yes, I knew it had factory air (there were no dash vents at all on cars without A/C). I've spent a pretty penny getting it working (more than once after a couple of snafus), but I wouldn't want to drive 500 miles to Eastern Washington and Idaho next month without it.Mine DID have factory air (non working) and like an idiot I removed it.........it is a convertible after all. That is one of my regrets, the other is the seats.......too damn high and of course I sold the stock ones. Anyway when it gets a bit cooler and hopefully I'll have some time I'll get to the tricked out suspension and brakes. :)

2005CTS-V
07-29-11, 09:00 AM
2003 540iT http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=121250&d=1190032418

JimmyH
07-29-11, 09:23 AM
that's not a bad wagon.


I mean, er, hatch. (sorry roo)

brandondeleo
07-29-11, 09:28 AM
http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/cto/2510900123.html

ryannel2003
07-29-11, 06:21 PM
That's way too much money for an Allante with that kind of mileage. I'd offer him $6k.

brandondeleo
07-30-11, 02:23 AM
With some haggling, it could be a decent buy.

ryannel2003
07-30-11, 02:28 PM
Absolutely. First knock would be the wheels. Second would be the fact alot of people bought these cars thinking they were going to be collectable and worth alot of money in the current market which just isn't true. However they are beautiful cars. Those first Northstar's were screamers for sure.