Used Coupes for $30,000
May 1, 2012
By Scott Lewis
A friend asked me what I would get if I had $30,000 to spend on a used
car. He was
thinking about getting a new Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec with the
348-hp 3.8L V6 engine. This car has a base price of $29,625 with
destination. My friend wanted to know if there was a used car I would
1) Had performance similar to the Genesis Coupe
2) Had a manual transmission
I gave it some thought. My first instinct was a previous generation
(2001-2006) BMW M3. Or maybe even a 2011 Mustang GT with the 412 hp, 5.0
I guess it's time to take a look at Autotrader to see what's out there.
2005 - 2006 BMW M3
A quick search through Autotrader found 4 M3s in this year range with less
than 60K miles in the state of Texas. 3 convertibles and 1 coupe. Not
bad. But not plentiful. If you are willing to live with a car of this
vintage as a daily drive I would seriously consider it. Keep in mind that
repairs will be pricey.
2011 - 2012 Mustang GT
For starters... a new Mustang GT has a base price of $30,595. So this is
slightly over a $30K budget. And that is the base price. With a few
option... it would be higher. So we are looking for a low mileage
2011-2012. Since the Mustang is not a premium vehicle like the BMW, I
would want one still under warranty. Back to Autotrader and I found 23
2011-2012 Mustang GTs with manual transmissions with mileage under 30K
and priced under $30K.
NOTE: By accident... I saw a 2007 Mustang
Shelby GT500 with 41K miles for $32K as a Certified Used Ford... with
Camaro & Challenger
- Repeating the Mustang search for
a Camaro revealed 2, and 0 Challengers. Removing the manual trans
restriction (out of curiosity) brought in 5 Challengers, and raised the
Camaro count to 6. This shows two things... the Mustang is more
affordable than its Pony Car brethren and they are more common.
2008 - 2012 BMW 335i
The M cars are pricey. Yet the 335i has a lot
of performance for quite a
savings over the M. Let's expand our search for a 335i coupe with under
30K miles for under $30K with manual transmission. Bingo.... 2 found.
Neither had the Sport package, but still... very nice cars.
Cadillac CTS Coupe
I would love to add the CTS Coupe to this list, but it is too
. The Coupe came out in 2010 as a 2011 model, and used they
are in the mid $30K range. I could only find V editions with manual
transmissions... in the mid $60K range. Yikes!
Wow... this list was a lot shorter than I had hoped
friend definitely wants a coupe... definitely wants a manual
transmission... and definitely wants rear wheel drive.
There is not a big market for cars that fit this mold. Of all the cars I
looked at for this article I would seriously consider an E46 version of
M3. (Note: the E46 version is from 2001-2006. The current version is the
E92, in coupe, and goes from 2007 to present. Expect a new F30 version
shortly.) I like BMW's silky smooth 6 cylinder engines, and would prefer
this model to the E92's V-8. Trust me... I can get in more trouble with
a 333hp 6 than the law will allow. I don't need
a 414hp V-8. Unless we
are talking the Mustang. That is some serious horsepower for the money.