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What would you buy for $30k?

Posted in Acura, Best of, Car Deals, Import Rides, Rants & Raves, Rides by MrAngry | December 13th, 2011 | 10 Responses |

Acura NSX

So there you are, sitting around the house with that $30k in your pocket that you’ve allotted for the purchase of your next car. You’ve looked at some domestic new cars like V6 powered Mustang’s, Challenger’s and Camaro’s, as well as some imports like Subaru WRX’s, Nissan Altima coupes and the Volkswagen GTI, however nothing seems to fit your fancy. What about a good used car though? I mean $30K will give you the ability to purchase some pretty serious hardware. You can go the modern muscle route by way of a used BMW M5, Chrysler SRT and or Mercedes-Benz AMG. Get sporty with any number of used STI’s, a Porsche Boxster or BMW M3, or if you’re crafty enough, you can even delve into the world of exotics. I found this out first hand this weekend when my buddy Alan stopped buy to show me his new ride.

Acura NSX

This is a 1995 Acura NSX, and mother-of-God was it CLEAN! The car has 80+k on the clock, full leather interior, was a 6-speed and aside from some springs, it had never been modified. It also came with a full booklet of dealer receipts and in short, was brilliant. It got even better when I was tossed the keys and took it for a test drive. The transmission shifted clean and was very tight, the engine ran like it was new and there was also not a squeak or rattle to be found. Price paid… under 30K. So, before you go out and spend $30k on that new ride of yours, you may want to look around a bit because deals can still be had on some really trick hardware.

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10 Responses

  1. JamesM says:

    A truly brilliant car. Have you seen the new concept that’s going to be in the next Iron Man movie?


  2. ds440 says:

    I’ve always had an affinity for the NSX. I think it’s very underrated…..it was after all, developed, in part, by one Mr Ayrton Senna. And he was pretty good at that whole racecar driving thing.

  3. Adam says:

    If I had to go used I’d probably go for an RS model Audi from the late 90’s.

    Even if I could go for an exotic or a coupe/2-seater I’m in a stage of life where I want a fun practical car.

    Theoretically though, if 30K fell into my pocket I’d trade in my Civic for a Carbon Steel Gray Golf R 4-door, like, tomorrow.

  4. Alex says:

    I’d use 30k for an ’04 STi and E36 M3, maybe use the remainder for a Miata

    Wow, what a dream :)

  5. 68SportFury says:

    As it happens, my ’11 Charger (V6, Rallye package, sunroof) was a tad over $30k with tax and tags. I wouldn’t have spent $30k on a used car for a daily driver–with the higher interest on a used-car loan, I wouldn’t have been able to get the payment where I wanted it.
    That NSX seems really nice, but when I was shopping for something to drive to work every other day, 16-year-old cars with 80,000 miles weren’t really high on my list–no matter how nice.
    The 50,000-mile ’07 Charger R/T for $16k was fairly tempting, though.

    • Oz says:

      Right on, I had the same experience. I just purchased a 94′ NSX, 19″ wheels Rear, 18″ front, supercharged, Comptech exhaust/headers, TEIN coil overs, Racing Hart wheels, 6spd transmission upgrade, racing clutch, big brake kit for: $22,600 on eBay !!!

  6. I can’t believe that used NSX Acura’s are frugal now, weren’t they like almost $100k back in the 90’s? They were like the Ferrari’s of the import scene, no? I remember back in the day everyone drove an Integra or Civic but no one could afford a NSX. I saw one a few times in person btw on the road here in CA many, many years ago.

  7. PFULMTL says:

    I’ve considered them, but they aren’t really my style. The hard part about exotics like this is finding one that hasn’t been modified.

  8. autohol says:

    you are lucky