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What iconic car would you buy today for under £3000 ?

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I think the £3k budget is a challenge.  For a convertible you would probably be looking at a ropey one and end up spending money on it after you had bought it such that you might wish you had spent more in the first place.  

 

The same applies to many other interesting cars.  It would be much easier with a £6k budget.

 

One car that comes to mind that you might be able to get a good and reliable one for £3k is the Mazda MX5 if you like that sort of thing.

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So many people say get a Mk1 MX5. I had one for six months in 2001 as I was involved in bringing them in from Japan. Lovely little car in as new condition despite being 11 years old. I'd be very tempted again but bodywork can be so iffy unless you spend £3k and I don't want one that much. 

My thinking has always been buy needing no bodywork, which is costly to get a good match, but be prepared, for reliability, to renew brakes, suspension, tyres, exhaust and give it a full service before using it as an everyday car. With my e39 I've spent about £1200 on all the upgrades and servicing so far. To me, buying it and spending that amount on it is still far cheaper and more reliable than buying one of the cars described on For Sale ads as in excellent condition for £2-3k and then six months later, having done 3k miles, had to spend on unexpected items. 

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Those coupes are a very under rated car.

Great fun to drive and not many people know what they are B)

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I love Alfas and Lancias but I've never really been a Fiat fan. An Alfa Spider is possible for my money but not a Lancia now. 

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I liked my Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo. The sound was brilliant, turbo kick great and build quality was surprisingly good. The only thing that let it down for me was the steering. I’d have another one.

 

Mk3 MR2’s, I’ve had 5 including 2x2zz engines ones and a supercharged 2zz. I really wanted to love them and they are great cars but there must be something a don’t like about them as I sold them on.

 

For £3k there’s loads of good stuff still available, not all performance oriented either. Subaru Impreza, Clio 182, Citroen 2cv, Lexus LS400, BMW e36 328i, Primera Gt’s are entertaining.

 

Jag Xjr, Morris Minor, Land Rover discovery 1’s. There’s so so many, could go on for days!

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5 hours ago, MadeinWigan said:

 My current under £3k classics are Citroen Dyane, Ford Puma and e34 540i/6t. All fantastic cars on their own ways.

 

Yeah I call b.s on the E34. No way your gonna get an E34 540i/6t for under 3k. If you did, you're a very lucky man and that ain't going to happen EVER again :lol:

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I thought the Puma was fiesta underpinnings. Not really keen. A classic ford would only ever be something like Mk 3 cortina 2000E, Mk 2 escort mexico RS2000 etc and never going to be in the £3k category. I am continually drawn to landovers, either series 2A/3 or early defenders. Lots to like about them and just about everything replaceable on them.

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20 hours ago, boiliebasher said:

 

Yeah I call b.s on the E34. No way your gonna get an E34 540i/6t for under 3k. If you did, you're a very lucky man and that ain't going to happen EVER again :lol:


It does need a bit of work, I tried not to buy it but nobody else went for it.

 

I agree that the Puma is just a dressed up Fiesta but they are really good to drive down b-roads. Little revvy 1.7L engine, so much fun. 

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I've heard this about the puma, the Sport Ka is supposed to be a bit of a hoot too.

 

My main issue with the Puma is it looks like its on tip toes somehow.

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18 hours ago, duncan-uk said:

I've heard this about the puma, the Sport Ka is supposed to be a bit of a hoot too.

 

My main issue with the Puma is it looks like its on tip toes somehow.


The Sport Ka was fun but even more cheaply built than the Puma. I’ve heard good reports about the Panda and Swift as well but haven’t sampled them.

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14 hours ago, Ray112 said:

Some are interesting, I agree. But not sure about puma and similar ones. Can't see anything special about them.


It’s the driving that’s special about the Puma. As something to have sat in the garage and tinker with I can see why they wouldn’t appeal a much.

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