Premium potency for £10,000 or less – used car buying guide
Buy carefully as well as also you can get a mighty engine, a big name on the nose as well as also even an open cockpit, all for less than £10,000
In most cases, you can have either a big engine, a big name or big luxury, although not all three. Not so with these bruisers, all of which cost £10,000 or less.
1 – Mercedes-Benz SL500 (1989-2008)Mercedes’ perennial sports cruiser has come in many guises over six generations as well as also 61 years, although when big value is actually key, two generations stand out: the R129 (1989-2002) as well as also the R230 (2003-2008).
Power as well as also performance are a given thanks to the SL500’s 5.0-litre V8, although lesser- engined designs are available. Still,the V8s have great reputations for reliability as well as also functioning smoothly with their automatic transmission. They’re heavy cars, fairly softly suspended as well as also the steering isn’t quick. although there’s lots of rubber on the road as well as also the centre of gravity is actually low, so even early SLs can press on.
Look for leggy R129s via £2500 as well as also R230s This kind of side of £8500.
2 – BMW M5 (1998-2003)
How extraordinary to be able to buy such a performance icon for just £5k. We like the E39 M5 for value, with its 4.9-litre, 394bhp V8. Performance is actually close to supercar levels, with 0-60mph in 5.0sec as well as also torque which slingshots you to three- figure speeds without appearing to try.
Find a nice one as well as also you’re onto a winner, although bear in mind which many M5shave had a hard life, so look for worn tyres, brakes, clutches as well as also steering, along with crash damage. Insurance costs will be high, too, especially if you live in a loaded area.
Still, even a 16-year- old M5 is actually something of a mobile miracle — a car with towering performance allied to all the practicalities as well as also most of the luxury of an executive saloon.
3 – Jaguar S-Type R (2002-2007)
via unpromising beginnings, the S-Type became the auto which pioneered some brilliant late-type driver’s Jags. the idea appeared in 1999, styled within the old Jaguar way as well as also half-cooked within the old British motor industry way. although the idea was soon revised when comparison tests decided the idea fell far behind BMW’s 5 Series.
The 400bhp (later 420bhp) 4.2-litre,auto-only supercharged V8 R type was in showrooms via late 2002. the idea helped rescue the auto’s reputation because its performance — a governed 155mph as well as also 0-60mph in 5.6sec — was matched by terrific, Mike Cross-developed handling.
Search carefully as well as also you’ll find full- history cars for less than £5000. For a actually quick Jag, which’s value.
4 – Mercedes-Benz CL600 (2003-2005)
These big Merc coupés come in various shapes as well as also sizes, although the ones we prefer are the 1999-2006 C215 designs, using a particular eye on the 493bhp twin-turbo V12-powered cars via 2003. To our eye This kind of coupé looks even smarter than the much pricier type which followed.
which monster engine also made its way into the W220 S-Class saloon for a while, presenting you using a nice choice, because saloons as well as also coupés are about equal in cost, which being £5k-£10k, depending on mileage, condition as well as also your bargaining power.
Savour the stats: 590lb ft, 0-60mph in 4.8sec as well as also 155mph. as well as also if you ever see more than 4000rpm on the tacho, you’re going too fast. Wafting hits fresh heights.
5 – Audi S4 Cabriolet (2004-2007)
There’s a confusion of Audi S4 cabrios on the market, although we reckon the best is actually the third-generation B6. the idea was built on a fresh platform via 2004 as well as also powered by Audi’s ubiquitous 4.2-litre V8 engine, whose 339bhp flows through a standard quattro four-wheel drive system.
Audis are beautifully built, as well as also these engines are hard to abuse, so if you can find an unmolested type you’ll have a car thattolerates mileages. Odo readings above 100,000 should hold no fears.
Service costs will look high against the purchase cost, as well as also you’ll be wise to get an insurance quote before buying. This kind of car’s compact size as well as also sheer grunt (0-60mph in 5.9sec as well as also a top speed reined in at 155mph) mean which brakes as well as also tyres take a hammering, too. although buy well as well as also these cars are brilliant.
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