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(Kinja)   Five exotic cars you can buy right now for the price of a new Nissan Maxima   (myfacebookfriendsaretiredofhearingaboutcars.kinja.com) divider line 28
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4852 clicks; posted to Geek » on 11 Apr 2014 at 8:28 AM (23 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-04-11 07:12:13 AM
You can buy them, but you can't afford to repair or maintain them.
 
2014-04-11 08:30:43 AM
For $35,000 or so, I'll take style over raw horsepower and keep the $5000 left over for a cross-country road trip. I wouldn't mind driving the others, but owning one is a different ball of wax entirely.
 
2014-04-11 08:57:50 AM
TFA accuses Julia Roberts of "murdering the clutch" of the Lotus Esprit in Pretty Woman. As I recall, it was Richard Gere who can't drive a stick. Vivian (Julia Roberts) makes him move over and handles the clutch just fine, telling Edward (Gere) "It's just a four on the floor" (or something like that).
 
2014-04-11 09:14:27 AM
If I thought I could afford the total cost of owning one, I'd be all over one of those Maseratis. The sound alone would make it worth the price.

But I don't have one for the same reason I don't buy a 10 year old S-class Merc for 6 grand.

Cheap to buy, not cheap to keep. And I have a Chevelle in the garage I need to finish first.
 
2014-04-11 09:19:42 AM
I've seen Testarossa's for cheaper than $30,000. Deloreans too, if you consider that an exotic. But like Wambu said, they can be expensive to maintain.
 
2014-04-11 09:20:54 AM
I seriously looked at buying a 380 GTS a while back.

Based on driving it about 3000 miles/year, I estimated running costs to be around $1.50/ mile, which isn't really all that bad.

I know plenty of guys who spend more than that on their Golf/Fishing/Hookers and Blow hobbies.
 
2014-04-11 09:24:08 AM
Car and Driver once said the Quattroporte  had "the heart of a hummingbird and twice the lifespan"
 
2014-04-11 09:29:22 AM

wambu: You can buy them, but you can't afford to repair or maintain them.


Exactly.
 
2014-04-11 09:30:16 AM
i'd take that 911 in a heartbeat.
 
2014-04-11 09:35:25 AM
A 308 or 328 GTS would be sweet, definitely one of the most beautiful designs ever.
But man, the price for the timing belt changes...
 
2014-04-11 09:40:14 AM
One of my favorite Top Gear segments from the last few seasons has been 'buy an amazing old car for a ridiculously small amount of money, and then make a bet on whose breaks first'.  In both cases, one of the cars was in the shop within 2 weeks.
 
2014-04-11 10:00:13 AM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Based on driving it about 3000 miles/year, I estimated running costs to be around $1.50/ mile, which isn't really all that bad.


Unless something catastrophic happens, which is highly likely with older exotics.
 
2014-04-11 11:07:38 AM
Guy I work with drives a Maserati that he got really cheap like that after it was 5-6 years old. He jokes that he bought a Maserati for 80% off sticker. But he said right after he bought it he had to get new tires or wheels or something, and they cost about as much as buying a new "regular" car. So yeah, I can see how it would impress the hell out of the neighbors, but probably not the best idea unless you could have otherwise afforded to run a new one anyway.
 
2014-04-11 11:25:44 AM
My fiancé used to buy cars like that. He eventually gave in and bought a Prius, which has been 100% trouble-free. But I'm pretty sure if a Jaguar E-Type came along at a price we could manage, we'd both lose our minds completely and buy it.
 
2014-04-11 11:59:49 AM

cgraves67: I've seen Testarossa's for cheaper than $30,000. Deloreans too, if you consider that an exotic. But like Wambu said, they can be expensive to maintain.


General rule-of-thumb is that unless you have a combination of luck & skill at auto repair, you're going to pay $25,000 for a solid, roadworthy DeLorean either up front or for the car + repairs & parts. Once you get them to good condition though they're not that bad to maintain and ironically parts are probably easier to find for them than for almost any other other car of its era, exotic or not.
 
2014-04-11 12:51:21 PM

La Maudite: My fiancé used to buy cars like that. He eventually gave in and bought a Prius, which has been 100% trouble-free. But I'm pretty sure if a Jaguar E-Type came along at a price we could manage, we'd both lose our minds completely and buy it.


Had a E type in the early 70s and it was big money to maintain at the  time. It had bias plys and that car would do the best controllable power slides ever. Great power but the trans had to be shifted so slow and carefully or you would totally miss the gear. Put hydraulics on it that came off a ford convertible. The bonnet opened so gracefully and hinged in the front it was awesome Sold it about 1975 and swore off British motor cars until a Jamesons moment last summer and bought a TR 6 off ebay.

Top never goes up and it gets poished all the time and driven all year.
You need to go buy some good liquor and start hanging out on ebay
Don't buy a v8 conversion that heavy slug of Detroit iron destroyed the cars handling.
 
2014-04-11 12:58:34 PM

Ashyukun: cgraves67: I've seen Testarossa's for cheaper than $30,000. Deloreans too, if you consider that an exotic. But like Wambu said, they can be expensive to maintain.

General rule-of-thumb is that unless you have a combination of luck & skill at auto repair, you're going to pay $25,000 for a solid, roadworthy DeLorean either up front or for the car + repairs & parts. Once you get them to good condition though they're not that bad to maintain and ironically parts are probably easier to find for them than for almost any other other car of its era, exotic or not.


That's because Delorean is still (back?) in business with warehouses full of NOS parts.

/Try maintaining a Bricklin
 
2014-04-11 01:17:25 PM

scanman61: Ashyukun: cgraves67: I've seen Testarossa's for cheaper than $30,000. Deloreans too, if you consider that an exotic. But like Wambu said, they can be expensive to maintain.

General rule-of-thumb is that unless you have a combination of luck & skill at auto repair, you're going to pay $25,000 for a solid, roadworthy DeLorean either up front or for the car + repairs & parts. Once you get them to good condition though they're not that bad to maintain and ironically parts are probably easier to find for them than for almost any other other car of its era, exotic or not.

That's because Delorean is still (back?) in business with warehouses full of NOS parts.

/Try maintaining a Bricklin


Eyup. DMC-H's warehouses are quite as sight to see. Kind of amusing that one of the seemingly few good business decisions DMC made was once the writing was on the wall to make as many spares as they possibly could.

Technically it's 'back' in business, though even that isn't quite right- 'back' would kind of imply that the same company while instead it's just that someone else bought everything that had been sold in the bankruptcy including the rights to use the name & logos and effectively re-started the company. I'm sure as hell not complaining when it means I can call them (or DMC-Midwest whose owners I like more than their bosses at DMC-H) and have 90% of the parts on the car at my door the following day.

I can only imagine how hard maintaining a Bricklin would be, especially given there were far less of them made than D's. Though at least more people are familiar with and can work on the powerplants the Bricklins used than the K-Jet-fueled PRV that the DeLorean uses. Had fun times with the Bricklins around when DCS was here in Lexington four years ago. :)
 
2014-04-11 01:32:14 PM
None of which I can fit in...

The disadvantages of being a tall man with a long torso.
 
2014-04-11 02:05:52 PM

rogue49: None of which I can fit in...

The disadvantages of being a tall man with a long torso.


cdnl.complex.com
 
2014-04-11 02:49:00 PM

Langston: For $35,000 or so, I'll take style over raw horsepower and keep the $5000 left over for a cross-country road trip. I wouldn't mind driving the others, but owning one is a different ball of wax entirely.


Never mind the floor when it drops out from the rust.

Austin's are like boats...first and last days are the best.

Go get yourself an old e-class and drive some real style.
 
2014-04-11 03:34:53 PM
Lots of people say that about boats. Even running up on sand and destroying a prop on upper Lake Havasu Getting ready to navigate up river was still a blast. Love the boat.
 
2014-04-11 04:26:07 PM
You can get a lot of nice older cars for around $36,000. Here are some that are +/- a few grand from that:
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A kit car, but high quality.
 
2014-04-11 05:51:49 PM
That Cobra is just perfect.
 
2014-04-11 06:24:43 PM
 
2014-04-11 11:58:31 PM

Chevello: If I thought I could afford the total cost of owning one, I'd be all over one of those Maseratis. The sound alone would make it worth the price.

But I don't have one for the same reason I don't buy a 10 year old S-class Merc for 6 grand.

Cheap to buy, not cheap to keep. And I have a Chevelle in the garage I need to finish first.


Mercedes really aren't that expensive to maintain, as long as you don't get your repairs done at a Mercedes dealership.
 
2014-04-12 12:24:56 AM
Didn't realize it was THAT common to ditch a Viper. Had the misfortune of doing so myself with the old man's '94 Venom 500 (although I'm neither underprivileged, nor have any sort of trust fund). Thankfully I walked away from it unscathed - at least physically, anyway - but I was as much lucky as I was stupid. They're a special breed with a lot of unrestrained horsepower and a sensitive throttle. If you let yourself believe that you know the car and have complete control, it'll prove you wrong eventually.
 
2014-04-12 12:42:48 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Chevello: If I thought I could afford the total cost of owning one, I'd be all over one of those Maseratis. The sound alone would make it worth the price.

But I don't have one for the same reason I don't buy a 10 year old S-class Merc for 6 grand.

Cheap to buy, not cheap to keep. And I have a Chevelle in the garage I need to finish first.

Mercedes really aren't that expensive to maintain, as long as you don't get your repairs done at a Mercedes dealership.


Stop, I already can't stop liking at them on CL and thinking "how bad could it be?"

I really should have picked up that S600 coupe a while back. A guy got tired of fixing the wiring (the famous biodegradable insulation problem) and just wanted it out of his driveway. I read up and got worried about the V12 oil coolers and didn't even think about swapping an LS into it. $1500 would have been a cheap entry point and I don't mind making wiring harnesses. Could be making sweet turbocharged 6 liter chevy music about now instead of stripping paint and fixing rust.

See? Now I'm thinking about it again. Dammit.
 
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