3000 dollar car

3000 dollar car

3000 Dollar Car

Previous2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca: Picture Gallery view gallery 09 Photos Being DIY types with our hands tight on our wallets, we’ve always been enthusiastic cheap-car purveyors. And as a result, we’ve gotten far more fun than we paid for from inexpensive used cars. So we thought we’d pass along our favorite budget used cars. If you don’t pay much for the car, you’re less inclined to worry about it, and consequently, you’ll have more fun. We picked $3000 because that is about the floor for a fun-to-drive car that will probably have high mileage but not be three feet from lunching the gearbox. As with any used-car purchase, do your due diligence. More view gallery
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3000 Dollar Car

Being DIY types with our hands tight on our wallets, we’ve always been enthusiastic cheap-car purveyors. And as a result, we’ve gotten far more fun than we paid for from inexpensive used cars. So we thought we’d pass along our favorite budget used cars. If you don’t pay much for the car, you’re less inclined to worry about it, and consequently, you’ll have more fun. We picked $3000 because that is about the floor for a fun-to-drive car that will probably have high mileage but not be three feet from lunching the gearbox. As with any used-car purchase, do your due diligence. More view gallery
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3000 Dollar Car

Automakers spend billions of dollars in the hopes that you, the consumer, will spend tens of thousands of dollars on a new car. There’s only one problem with this strategy. Many folks can’t afford that level of spending on a new car or even a used car, and the few who can might want to spend it on a thousand other less expensive things such as food, travel, electronics and movies. Even a top-of-the-line cellphone costs little more than 2 percent of a brand-new car.The gearheads and car nuts may look at cars as freedom incarnate, but a lot of folks look at a car and only think about A-to-B transportation — that’s all they want and need. The low end of the car market, with cars costing $3,000 or less, is loaded with cars that offer more bang for your buck. At the same time, there are also plenty of cars in this cellar-dwelling price segment of the market that are rolling money pits.
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3000 Dollar Car

The Volks-Porsche was propelled by a clanky air-cooled 1700-cc, 78-hp four-banger borrowed from the VW 411 sedan, but the front suspension and transmission were stolen directly from the 911. Later models got engines upgraded to 1800 cc and then 2 liters. Lightweight (under 2000 lbs), the 914 had handling and road-holding that is unparalleled for affordable cars. A well-set-up 914 is unbeatable in its autocrossing class, but still is plenty practical as a daily driver, with two huge trunks (the engine hides in the middle somewhere) and the largest sunroof in the industry. An increasingly rare variant is the 914-6, which sported a 2.0-liter carbureted six-cylinder 911 engine. You won’t find any of them for $3000, though. Engine and brake upgrades are reasonable, but don’t break the very expensive gearbox, which could cost more than the rest of the car to replace. The first modification after an exhaust system upgrade is generally to switch the fuel injection out for a pair of Weber or Solex downdraft carbs.
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3000 Dollar Car

7 Of 9 Porsche 914The Volks-Porsche was propelled by a clanky air-cooled 1700-cc, 78-hp four-banger borrowed from the VW 411 sedan, but the front suspension and transmission were stolen directly from the 911. Later models got engines upgraded to 1800 cc and then 2 liters. Lightweight (under 2000 lbs), the 914 had handling and road-holding that is unparalleled for affordable cars. A well-set-up 914 is unbeatable in its autocrossing class, but still is plenty practical as a daily driver, with two huge trunks (the engine hides in the middle somewhere) and the largest sunroof in the industry. An increasingly rare variant is the 914-6, which sported a 2.0-liter carbureted six-cylinder 911 engine. You won’t find any of them for $3000, though. Engine and brake upgrades are reasonable, but don’t break the very expensive gearbox, which could cost more than the rest of the car to replace. The first modification after an exhaust system upgrade is generally to switch the fuel injection out for a pair of Weber or Solex downdraft carbs. clemson/Flickr
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3000 Dollar Car

The Pontiac Fiero was a two-passenger, rear-wheel-drive, mid-engine coupe GM built from 1984 to 1988—and the first mid-engine car produced by an American car manufacturer. Initially, the Fiero was powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that achieved up to 40 mpg, which is comparable to some of the best modern drivetrains. In 1985, an optional 2.8-liter V6 debuted, and in 1986, that engine was paired to a five-speed Muncie Getrag transmission. But it wasn’t until 1988 that the Fiero finally received a proper sports-car suspension and four-wheel vented disc brakes. Unfortunately, 1988 was also the last year GM built the little sports car, just as it perfected the recipe. On the bright side, frames of earlier model-year Fieros will accept the improved 1988 suspension, which is good news for driving enthusiasts on a budget.
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3000 Dollar Car

6 Of 9 Pontiac FieroThe Pontiac Fiero was a two-passenger, rear-wheel-drive, mid-engine coupe GM built from 1984 to 1988—and the first mid-engine car produced by an American car manufacturer. Initially, the Fiero was powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that achieved up to 40 mpg, which is comparable to some of the best modern drivetrains. In 1985, an optional 2.8-liter V6 debuted, and in 1986, that engine was paired to a five-speed Muncie Getrag transmission. But it wasn’t until 1988 that the Fiero finally received a proper sports-car suspension and four-wheel vented disc brakes. Unfortunately, 1988 was also the last year GM built the little sports car, just as it perfected the recipe. On the bright side, frames of earlier model-year Fieros will accept the improved 1988 suspension, which is good news for driving enthusiasts on a budget. dave_7/Flickr
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3000 Dollar Car

Automakers spend billions of dollars in the hopes that you, the consumer, will spend tens of thousands of dollars on a new car. There’s only one problem with this strategy. Many folks can’t afford that level of spending on a new car or even a used car, and the few who can might want to spend it on a thousand other less expensive things such as food, travel, electronics and movies. Even a top-of-the-line cellphone costs little more than 2 percent of a brand-new car.
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There are more used Honda Accords being driven than any other used car. Sure, 2.3 percent – the percent of Accords comprising the used car market – may not sound like a lot. But when you consider all the makes, models and sub-models of cars, trucks and SUVs, it quickly becomes more impressive. Additionally, the Accord is the No. 1 longest lasting car in an iseecars.com poll, with more than 1.6 of the vehicles staying on the road for more than 200K miles. The challenge is finding a used Honda Accord in your back yard. In spring of 2015, there were just more than 100 used Accords in the aftermarket in the United States, according to KBB.com. Of course, there are other sites and sources to scout, too. In other words, they don’t last long once they’re listed.
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It’s boring, it’s plain, it’s completely unremarkable in nearly every way – but it’s oh-so-cheap, and oh-so-reliable. We’re talking, of course, about the 90’s-era Toyota Corolla, a vehicle that defines basic transportation while also managing to offer frugal fuel consumption and a virtual guarantee that no one will ever steal your car. This Toyota might take some heat for its ordinary driving dynamics, but it’s truly a great starter car for any young driver, and it makes an excellent second vehicle to have parked in your driveway for guests or for when your newer, more comfortable, and more stylish car is in the shop. The enduring popularity of the Corolla means that a lot of comparison shopping is in order – there are usually plenty of suitable examples, from a few different generations, in the three grand range.
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Sharing a platform and a factory with the Mazda MX-6, the Probe was originally intended by Ford to carry the Mustang badge. Classic Mustang owners and fans were horrified to see the prancing pony badge on a Japanese-derived FWD car, so the RWD Mustang stayed in production, and the new joint-venture car (built in Flat Rock, Mich., only a stone’s throw from Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn) became the Probe. The car to search for is not the anemic four-speed four-banger, but the second-generation (1993–1997) Probe GT, which boasts a very lusty-sounding 2.5-liter 164-hp V6, and a five-speed manual tranny. Other upgrades for the GT included significantly stiffer suspension—on the downside, these cars rode on harsh side—and four-wheel disc brakes.
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7) Toyota Corolla It’s boring, it’s plain, it’s completely unremarkable in nearly every way – but it’s oh-so-cheap, and oh-so-reliable. We’re talking, of course, about the 90’s-era Toyota Corolla, a vehicle that defines basic transportation while also managing to offer frugal fuel consumption and a virtual guarantee that no one will ever steal your car. This Toyota might take some heat for its ordinary driving dynamics, but it’s truly a great starter car for any young driver, and it makes an excellent second vehicle to have parked in your driveway for guests or for when your newer, more comfortable, and more stylish car is in the shop. The enduring popularity of the Corolla means that a lot of comparison shopping is in order – there are usually plenty of suitable examples, from a few different generations, in the three grand range.

Published on Jun 22, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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