Thursday, July 20, 2017

DT 5.0 Best Mercedes 500 Series Mercedes

The Mercedes 500 series has been around in some sort of way since the 1970's.  These were premium cars with big boy V8 engines.  Today's piece covers car from as old as 1991 to as new as 2003 in the E, SL, CL, and SEC class of cars.  Generally speaking, these Benzes suffer from pretty severe and quick depreciation when a newer model with more power and power gizmos replaces it (with a few exceptions).  This post is part of DT's 5th Birthday Celebration.

DT 5.0 Shhportee: 2001 Porsche Boxter S

The 4th car posted to Daily Turismo was a shhhhporteee 2001 Porsche Boxster S.  If you missed your chance to pick one up 5 years ago, here's another chance for you now.  Find this 2001 Porsche Boxster S for sale in Sandpoint, ID for $12,900 via craigslist.  This post is part of DT's 5th Birthday Celebration.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DT 5.0: $50k Cars For Sale

Fifty thousand greenbacks buys you a seriously mean piece of steel on wheels, but only if you avoid the garbage like Porsche 912s (seriously...why do these cost more than a similar condition Beetle?) and brand new Jeep Wranglers (newsflash...the car will be worth $5k in 10 years...sorry new Jeep buyers...I didn't make the rules, I just arbitrarily shout at people from my soapbox).  A few more comments on my $50k search -- I didn't just find $50k cars that looked nice or were new, I picked cars that got you in a group where you couldn't afford for $30k, but looked like they could be parked next to something that cost $100k.  So, awesome cars like the new Focus RS, or Civic Type R just won't make the cut -- same for a $50k restored muscle car from the late 60s...because you can get something that looks 99% the part for half the price. /end rant...on to the cars. The more I cruised through a selection of manual transmission equipped $50k cars on fleabay, the more I realized that this was indeed a difficult assignment.  But here goes...

DT 5.0 Old Number Number 3: 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Car #3 posted to DT back in the day was a 2001 Corvette Z06.  That was then, this is now.  Find this 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 for sale in Bothell, WA for $19,500 via craigslist.  This post is part of DT's 5th Birthday Celebration.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

DT 5.0 Best High Five: Lifted Junk

There are places around the world where having a lifted 4X4 is functional, useful, and downright essential for daily driving during monsoon season, winter, or Black Friday.  Los Angeles, California is not one of those, naturally, I'm going to focus my search for lifted junk in the city of Angels.

DT 5.0 Best 500cc Bike: 1971 Kawasaki H1 500

For the best 500cc bike I suppose I could have searched for some sort of race bike that had won numerous championships or something from the land of excitable people that gesture a lot with their hands, but I decided to go with "the triple with the ripple" from the two stoke nuts at Kawasaki.  Find this 1971 Kawasaki H1 500 for sale in Oceanside, CA currently bid to $5,100 on eBay with 3 days to go.  This post is part of DT's 5th Birthday Celebration.

DT 5.0 Best 5K Cars

Cars costing five grand are the life blood of DT.  It is a dicey price point that can lead to any number of potential outcomes: a slightly better than beater, money pit, the nickel and dimer, or the diamond in the rough .  Craigslist searching skills, hard negotiating, and knowledge of a marque all go a long way to deciding your fate on a car for five stacks.  Here is a pretty diverse list of gems in this arena.  This post is part of DT's 5th Birthday Celebration.

DT 5.0 Twice as nice: 2000 Honda S2000

The second car posted to good old DT was a 2000 Honda S2000.  That car was a silver S2000 for sale in Denver, CO with 80K miles and needing a new top for a $11,200 ask.  Fast forward 5 years and here is a 28K mile cream puff for your compare and contrast pleasure.  Find this 2000 Honda S2000 for sale in San Diego, CA for $21,500 via craigslist.  This post is part of DT's 5th Birthday Celebration.

Monday, July 17, 2017

DT 5.0: Best 5-Door: 1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

With all the Volvos posted around these pages you'd expect that the best 5-door would have been some kinda Swedish machine (maybe even a Saab??) but you'd be completely wrong.  I don't write this because I don't appreciate the sublime feeling of a vintage Volvo...but I can tell you that if you drive a wagon and it isn't a Roadmaster, you're doing it wrong.  Just examine the name. Road.  Master.  It owns the road.  No other car devours asphalt like a Roadmaster...and I can say this because I daily drive one.  Find this 1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon offered for $8,700 here on eBay starting bid located in Jupiter, FL.  This post is part of DT's 5th Birthday Celebration.

DT 5.0 Best $500 Cars

Five hundred smackeroos doesn't buy you much in a car.  You are lucky to get something that isn't labeled "mechanic's special" or the seller is only listing the price of a door instead of the entire car (like this Aztek...seriously, the seller thinks the entire car is somehow worth more than $250?).  Anyway, as part of DT's 5th birthday celebration, we are going to find you the best $500 cars for sale around the web. This post is part of DT's 5th Birthday Celebration.

DT 5.0 Still a deal?: 1999 BMW M3

The first car posted to DT back in 2012 was a silver on black 1999 E36 BMW M3 on Craigslist in Glendale, CA listed for $7,400.  In it, our intrepid E-i-C talked about how since the E30 values have increased, the old magic of depreciation has made the following generation E36 of M3 a deal.  Question for the readership:  still the case 5 years on?  Find this 1999 BMW M3 for sale in San Jose, CA for $10,995 via craigslist.  This post is part of DT's 5th Birthday Celebration.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

DT 5th Birthday

Good things come in sets of five.  Take fingers, for example. Don't actually take my fingers, but take a look at yours and you'll see that you've got 5.  Remove one and you'll have a hard time doing the things you do with your fingers, from holding a pencil to picking your nose.   It is with great pleasure that I announce that this week, DT will offer a theme of 5 because we've just turned 5 years old.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Honey Who Shrunk My Truck: 2007 Vantage Mini-Truck

When you think of available truck brands sold in the USA, Vantage is probably not the first one that comes to mind. Vantage, Mag, and Tiger are the big-three of Chinese mini-truck brands and have actually been sold here for years.  These trucks typically cost a little over $10,000 new and are most commonly bought by universities, resorts, and govt. agencies.  Mini-trucks are often compared golf carts, but have a relatively normal cabins and quite good hauling capabilities.  Find this 2007 Vantage mini-truck for sale in Redding, CT for $6,000 via craigslist.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fiero In Yellow: 1980 Pontiac Fiero...ummm...Ferrari 308 GTBi Replica

Most of the Fierrari out in the wild are obviously kit cars and painted red...but this next example is a shade of LOOK AT ME yellow and shockingly Ferrariesque.  Find this 1980 Ferrari 308 GTBi Replica offered for $11,000 in Alhambra, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

DT's 5th Birthday

Can you believe that Daily Turismo has been around for 5 years?  I can't!  It seems like only yesterday that DT was a little bald baby sitting in my lap and throwing up on me, but not it talks back, swears, and spends most of the afternoon in time-out.  Anyway, DT is turning 5 years old on Monday July 17th, so we are going to do 5 days of awesome 5s.  Yup.  All things 5.  Expect lots of BMWs 5ers, maybe some 5 year old for 5 year olds, 5ths of bourbon...etc.  Let's kick it off with a retro DT badge and some 5-spoke alloys with a 5-lug wheel.

Low Mile Survivor: 1996 Lexus LS400

The 2nd generation XF20 (1994-1997) Lexus LS was everything you'd want in a German executive cruiser, but with Japanese sensibility and reliability.  There was no option for a 5-speed manual gearbox, but it wouldn't ravage your savings in expensive parts repairs or lull you into thinking your car was sporty.  Find this 1996 Lexus LS400 offered for $7,200 near Raleigh, NC via craigslist. Tip from August.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Turbo Trio: 1998 Eclipse GST, 1992 MR2, 1985 Dodge K-Car 600 Ragtop

Who doesn't want a turbocharged car that is a few decades old and dirt cheap?  Modern cars might get better fuel economy and last longer between rebuilds...but nothing beats a simple boosted 4-banger for cheap fun and today, tipper Matt C sent in the following trio of turbocharged terrors.  

Thursday Twister: Sasquatch

It is Thursday the Thirteenth, so let's keep the scary stuff going with this next Thursday Twister feature.  The  Thursday Twister (TM) is a quiz with a twist, and today the twist is you need to pick your favorite car from this list of wrecks.

Twisted Thursday: 1974 MG MGB V6

Friday the 13th fell on a Thursday this month, so I am going to call its Twisted Thursday, and we are going to dedicate the day to scary stuff.  Does it get any scarier than shoving a boat anchor cast iron V6 in the front of an MGB and then outfitting the interior in deer antlers?  Good luck getting that shifter past the meanies at the NHTSA.  Find this 1974 MG MGB V6 offered for $3,400 in Tucson, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Sean S.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gulf Livery: 1973 Ford GT40 Replica

There is nothing quite like the Gulf Livery blue & orange paint scheme to make a car look cool and what looks cooler than a GT40?  This next car isn't a real GT40, but it looks wicked and bidding is favorable for a buyer at this time.  Find this 1973 Ford GT40 Replica here on eBay bidding for $5,050 with 4 days to go, located in Colorado Springs, CO.

Why Is The Ad Still Live? 1970 Volvo 1800S and 1972 Triumph GT6

Reader Erik writes to us: Do you guys ever come across ads for awesome cars only to click on them and then find out in the text that the car just sold? Do you have a feature for that? It happened to me twice this week (links below).  Yeah, I don't get that.  The car is sold, but instead of deleting the advertisement, folks leave it up and amend the title with sold.  Are they gloating?  And it is always the best deals...sometimes makes me wonder if it is some 3rd party trying to change the market.

Mario Kart: 2002 BMW M3 E46

The BMW M3 was a good car in the 1990s, but the US version had a detuned inline-6 with almost 100 less horsepower as compared to its European counterpart.  Thankfully that was fixed around Y2K with the release of the E46 generation BMW M3 with the full monster inline-6.  Not only did the world not end, but all of that saved up bottled water could be used to refill the leaking plastic coolant expansion tanks in BMWs across the planet! Find this 2002 BMW M3 E46 offered for $9,000 in North Redondo Beach, CA via craigslist.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Truxury: 2002 Lincoln Blackwood

I try to avoid craigslist postings without pictures, because it doesn't make a good story to write about a car without photos...but some of the best deals are from terrible advertisements. Find this 2002 Lincoln Blackwood pickup offered for $5,300 in Cape Coral, FL via craigslist.  Tip from Dascpcu.