sports cars under 5000

sports cars under 5000

Sports Cars Under 5000

The answer to the age-old question, ”What’s the best year of any given sports car to buy used?” has always been “The newest one you can afford.” If you’re looking for one of the most reliable used cars under $5000 and you’re specifically talking sports cars, you have but two choices if you’re looking for rock solid reliability in a convertible two-seater. Mazda’s universally admired Miata MX-5 is one of them. With its delightful handling, and peppy engine, as well as the easiest to use convertible top ever fitted to any car, the Mazda MX-5 is God’s gift to sports car intenders. Power for the 2003 model came from a 182-horsepower 1.8-liter double overhead cam inline four-cylinder engine good for 125 ft-lbs of torque. Now before you dismiss this as anemic, keep in mind the 2003 Miata’s curb weight was a mere 2,387 pounds.
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Sports Cars Under 5000

2003 Mazda Miata Page 1 of 12 2003 Mazda Miata The answer to the age-old question, ”What’s the best year of any given sports car to buy used?” has always been “The newest one you can afford.” If you’re looking for one of the most reliable used cars under $5000 and you’re specifically talking sports cars, you have but two choices if you’re looking for rock solid reliability in a convertible two-seater. Mazda’s universally admired Miata MX-5 is one of them. With its delightful handling, and peppy engine, as well as the easiest to use convertible top ever fitted to any car, the Mazda MX-5 is God’s gift to sports car intenders. Power for the 2003 model came from a 182-horsepower 1.8-liter double overhead cam inline four-cylinder engine good for 125 ft-lbs of torque. Now before you dismiss this as anemic, keep in mind the 2003 Miata’s curb weight was a mere 2,387 pounds.
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Sports Cars Under 5000

2003 Mazda Miata The answer to the age-old question, ”What’s the best year of any given sports car to buy used?” has always been “The newest one you can afford.” If you’re looking for one of the most reliable used cars under $5000 and you’re specifically talking sports cars, you have but two choices if you’re looking for rock solid reliability in a convertible two-seater. Mazda’s universally admired Miata MX-5 is one of them. With its delightful handling, and peppy engine, as well as the easiest to use convertible top ever fitted to any car, the Mazda MX-5 is God’s gift to sports car intenders. Power for the 2003 model came from a 182-horsepower 1.8-liter double overhead cam inline four-cylinder engine good for 125 ft-lbs of torque. Now before you dismiss this as anemic, keep in mind the 2003 Miata’s curb weight was a mere 2,387 pounds.
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Sports Cars Under 5000

Another model serving as the standard by which others in its category are measured, the Honda Civic can trace its history in the United States all the way back to 1973. Routinely numbered among the most fuel-efficient and ecologically friendly cars on the market, of course the Honda Civic can be found on our list of the most reliable used cars under $5000. For the 2005 model year, a 115-horsepower 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine powered base models. Standard features on the 2007 Honda Civic LX included keyless entry, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, and power-adjustable exterior mirrors. The 2007 Honda Civic performed admirably in crash testing, racking up the highest possible ratings. While the driving experience for the base models was somewhat less than enthralling, the car was quiet, rode smoothly, and was built to a high standard.
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Sports Cars Under 5000

2005 Honda Civic Page 1 of 12 2005 Honda Civic Another model serving as the standard by which others in its category are measured, the Honda Civic can trace its history in the United States all the way back to 1973. Routinely numbered among the most fuel-efficient and ecologically friendly cars on the market, of course the Honda Civic can be found on our list of the most reliable used cars under $5000. For the 2005 model year, a 115-horsepower 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine powered base models. Standard features on the 2007 Honda Civic LX included keyless entry, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, and power-adjustable exterior mirrors. The 2007 Honda Civic performed admirably in crash testing, racking up the highest possible ratings. While the driving experience for the base models was somewhat less than enthralling, the car was quiet, rode smoothly, and was built to a high standard.
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Sports Cars Under 5000

2005 Honda Civic Another model serving as the standard by which others in its category are measured, the Honda Civic can trace its history in the United States all the way back to 1973. Routinely numbered among the most fuel-efficient and ecologically friendly cars on the market, of course the Honda Civic can be found on our list of the most reliable used cars under $5000. For the 2005 model year, a 115-horsepower 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine powered base models. Standard features on the 2007 Honda Civic LX included keyless entry, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, and power-adjustable exterior mirrors. The 2007 Honda Civic performed admirably in crash testing, racking up the highest possible ratings. While the driving experience for the base models was somewhat less than enthralling, the car was quiet, rode smoothly, and was built to a high standard.
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Sports Cars Under 5000

‹ Photo: Mazda North American Operations › ‹ 3 of 12 › Mazda Miata The answer, the saying goes, is always Miata. Inexpensive, reliable fun is what the Miata is all about, and Mazda sold so many of them over the years that finding a decent example of a mid-2000s model for under $5,000 won’t be a problem at all. The Miata is a two-seat roadster and its cute styling is not for everyone, but with rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission, and the top down, it is some of the most pure motoring fun you can have without dealing with finnicky old British cars or pricey Germans. Be careful when shopping, however, as the Miata is a popular platform for autocross racing. The lowest-priced Miatas will commonly be worn out project cars. Read the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Full Review See 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Photos See Sports Cars Rankings
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Sports Cars Under 5000

Mazda Miata The answer, the saying goes, is always Miata. Inexpensive, reliable fun is what the Miata is all about, and Mazda sold so many of them over the years that finding a decent example of a mid-2000s model for under $5,000 won’t be a problem at all. The Miata is a two-seat roadster and its cute styling is not for everyone, but with rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission, and the top down, it is some of the most pure motoring fun you can have without dealing with finnicky old British cars or pricey Germans. Be careful when shopping, however, as the Miata is a popular platform for autocross racing. The lowest-priced Miatas will commonly be worn out project cars. Read the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Full Review See 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Photos See Sports Cars Rankings
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Dodge Stealth R/T Years: 1991-1996 OK, OK, technically the Dodge Stealth is a rebadged Mitsubishi 3000GT that was built in Japan, and it was a confusing player in the import vs. domestic drag-racing scene 20 years ago. That said, it was sold in America under the Dodge brand, so I’m counting it. Why? Because it was a fairly advanced and decently quick car even in the slower of the two offerings, which is what you’ll find under $5,000. Plus, it’s hard to find a car that screams early ’90s as perfectly as the Stealth/3000GT. Want more of the world’s best Cars delivered straight to your inbox? Click here to sign up for our daily email. Aaron Miller is the Cars editor for Thrillist, and can be found on Twitter. Several of these cars are severely tempting for him right now.
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Finding a good clean used car these days is pretty easy. However, finding the most reliable used cars under $5000 takes a bit more research. Luckily for you, researching these things is what we do. Our valuations here are based on Kelley Blue Book’s private party estimates for models in excellent condition. As always, we strongly advise commissioning a very thorough pre-purchase inspection by a trusted professional mechanic; one familiar with the object of your intentions.
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Acura’s follow-up to the highly regarded Integra was particularly noted for its sharp handling, free winding engine, and strong build quality. Of course, given the model’s Honda bloodlines, utter reliability and superior engineering are simply inherent to its genetic makeup. For these reasons, it makes our list of the most reliable used cars under $5000. Changing the name of the sporty coupe from Integra to RSX invoked the aura of Acura’s mid-engine exotic NSX model, and the RSX certainly lived up to the reputation for sportiness inspired by its more accomplished sibling. Power for the 2003 Acura RSX came from a 2.0-liter 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine good for 160 horsepower and 141 ft-lbs of torque. The Acura’s front-wheel drive powertrain used a five-speed manual transmission as standard equipment, a five-speed automatic was optional.
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There’s a reason taxi companies and police departments hold the Ford Crown Victoria in such high regard. These things are as near indestructable as any automobile in the history of automobiledom has ever been, or ever will be. Crown Vics don’t die, you have to kill them. And, you’ll go well in excess of 300,000 miles trying to do so. Tried and true, the regal Crown Victoria’s mechanicals remained largely unchanged for the vast majority of the full-sized Ford’s lifespan. Ultimately, the last of the large rear-wheel drive full-size sedans (to date) from Ford, the Crown Victoria will serve you well as one of the most reliable used cars under $5000, as long as you don’t mind other drivers instinctively getting out of your way on the highway—a by-product of the model’s law enforcement associations. Power came from a 224-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 with 272 ft-lbs of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission came standard.

Published on Apr 25, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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