Twenty-five hundred bones doesn't get you much in a used car these days, particularly if you want something with an automatic transmission that offers more than the experience you get from a 15 year old Toyota Camry. However, if you play your cards right, you might end up in something interesting & fast. Find this 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R offered for $2400 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
Volvo built their 850 T-5R in collaboration with Porsche, taking the B5234 inline-5 and boosting it up to 243 horsepower and 250 ft-lbs of torque. The only transmission available in North America was a 4-speed auto (5-speed manual was available in Europe), but with a bunch of low end torque, sticky stock tires, and a surprisingly light weight chassis, the 4-door Volvo sedan is a modern sleeper you can drive every day.
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