Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mid Week Match-Up: Best Turbocharged Car

It's Wednesday, so that means it's time for another edition of Daily Turismo's better than playing naked twister with a randy octopus game also known as Mid Week Match-Up! Today's search is for the best turbocharged car for $5k-$10k.  Go forth and search!!



My choice is this 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo (aka the 951) found here on eBay currently bidding for $7,100 reserve-not-met with one day to go, located in Schertz, TX.  The 951 might only be worth 1/2 as much as a contemporary 911, but it was about as fast and arguably handled better.  If you can deal with all the haters who think you've got an Audi/VW engine under the hood, you can have a fun time for low bucks.

What would you pick? Comments below.  


28 comments:

  1. I used to own a 2004 Audi TT Quattro Roadster (in 2004) and loved the car. It ran like a top, handled amazingly well and with the AWD/6-speed, it was really a hoot to drive... and would regularly hand other sports cars their ass in the wet weather. Here's a 2000 Audi TT 1.8T Quattro with good miles for $8,995

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  2. Gotta turn the way back machine for the one you all saw coming..
    The best buy we've featured on a turbo powered, vintage, economical, quickly APPRECIATING car to date!!

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  3. I'm going ugly and bad on this one. And I have always wanted one.
    GrandNat
    http://bakersfield.craigslist.org/cto/4994235046.html

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    1. Love love love these cars. Had an '87 GN and an '86 T-Type. Why didn't I choose this car myself? I didn't find one I liked under $10k. :-)

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    2. That's some classic ad copy. "I just told you literally everything you need to know in order to buy, so don't call me with questions just buy it!"

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  4. 'Best' turbocharged car?

    Can't link to specific listings but go to the saabnet classifieds and look for '91-9? 9000 Aeros.

    You bring one home for a fraction of the $10K number, drop the transaxle and stuff in a Quaife (the key to FWD happiness, really) and you're there.

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    1. Okay, '91-92 not "aeros" but arguably the best, anything with the B234T motor and a 5-speed.

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    2. I was going to say any Saab turbo. They weren't that fast on paper, but what the turbo did was make it feel faster with that 50-80mph window covered faster than most competition at the time. Really that is the sweet spot for passing cars on a two lane road which is usually the most speed a typical drivers sees on the road.

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    3. It's not just that.

      The 9000 was a tremendously useful vehicle, as much seating room as an E38 7-series BMW and this thing that lifts up in back to put the Christmas tree inside.

      The B234T makes 200-220HP stock, can go to 350HP on a stock longblock if you're prepared to $ the turbo and external plumbing.

      It's FWD so you need to choose wheels, tires, etc carefully. Didn't like Bilsteins in mine, but there's other options. Needs bigger tires than stock but '91-92 have smaller fender openings and it's tough, '93-98 much easier.

      The big issue is this: it's FWD, so the only way you're going to put down real HP is to split the transaxle open and get a Quaife LSD in there. Otherwise, it's one-wheel peel and that's just bad.

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    4. Oh, and as for the 'not fast on paper' - the '91-92 9000T was low-to-mid 6s 0-60, and a redline-limited 140-something top end. They put a taller final drive in the '93-up Aeros which slowed the 0-60 a tick.

      The '91-92 cars were quicker off the line than just about anything short of an E34 M5 or the quicker Pooches. Most of the 5.0 Mustangs of that era went out the door with 2.73 gears and so weren't to be feared unless they'd been swapped for 3.55s.

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    5. Happy with mine thus far. Had to sort a failing temp sensor leading to intermittent, unexpected 4k revving at hot idle, but otherwise a barrel of fun for well less than 10k.

      What tires did you prefer mrkwong?

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  5. MR2 2nd gen. FWD sucks, Turbo MR2's blow. http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/cto/4991912393.html

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  6. A couple of my picks.

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/OuuHxzk.jpg?1[/img]

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/6MZmuI9.jpg?1[/img]

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/JpCBSTQ.jpg?1[/img]

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  7. This 91 Spirit R/T:

    http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/5000817964.html

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  8. Ford Mustang SVO (if you can find one)

    [img]http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwOFgxNjAw/z/-NoAAOSwBvNTpwT2/$_35.JPG[/img]

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    1. When these came out back when i was in high school I thought they were so cool. Too bad that the typical mustang buyer wanted to go fast in a straight line and Ford abandoned them.

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    2. Back during the fast and furious days of the late 90's early 2000's, in a north Central Indiana industrial park Friday nights I may or may not have been party to a few drag races. There was a guy with a heavily worked SVO Mustang who was king of the hill for a while... until someone showed up in a WS6 Trans Am with a blower, skinnies up front and DOT slicks out back.

      I just remember the glorious noise of that uncorked turbo 4. I've wanted one ever since, but like you said... typical Mustang buyers didn't pay attention to them, and the typical Mustang buyers who did ended up hacking them to death and throwing them away after a few years.

      There's one of these in my dream garage... sharing a tandem spot with the XR4Ti from yesterday.

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    3. And the cherry on top is the biplane wing on the back!

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    4. And there are these....though they're even more rare. Somehow, they aren't impossible to find.

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  9. Audi 200 TQ Avant, urS6 Avant...love the long roofs. (the sedans are OK too.) Might as well throw in the original Quattro too.

    Doug

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  10. something I definitely lusted after when first introduced, a GMC Typhoon

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    1. Love love love these as well. Never found one I actually liked under $10k to post. Great price and miles on this one, but with the A/C deleted + the go fast stuff it's probably been run hard.

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  11. You don't often see Celica All-Tracs in this condition.
    [img]http://images.autotrader.com/scaler/544/408/images/2015/3/24/396/271/41757806423.396271910.IM1.18.565x421_A.562x421.jpg[/img]

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    1. +1 on this, and they're pretty bullet to boot. The late 90's Mitsu GSX AWD turbo cars were similar and solid as well. Couldn't find one I like though.

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