Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mid Week Match-Up: Rob's Daily

Today we've got a special Mid Week Match-Up request from friend of DT Rob who is relocating to the Carolinas (from sunny SoCal) and is looking for a story manual transmission daily driver for under $25k.

More requirements from Rob -- needs to be manual gearbox.  All wheel or rear wheel. Any make any model.  Sporty. 0-60mph less than 6 sec is good, but handling is more important.  No emissions requirements in his jurisdiction. Prefer factory stock, but small mods. 2 door or 4 door. Small back seat that could fit a kid or two is a must. Any age of vehicle -- but an older car would need to be restored (no rust buckets or projects!). 1991 earlier could be grey market.  

I am going to suggest this 2000 BMW M5 here on eBay offered for $17,500 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Fullerton, CA.  I'll even give it a test drive and clear up any unneeded carbon on the valves if needed!

See a better car for Rob?

Put it in the comments below.


  1. Here are a few in NC
    Audi A5
    Cadillac ATS
    LS swapped LHD RX-7 I have no idea if these have a useable back seat
    370z with a big spoiler
    2010 Camaro SS
    There also seems to be the odd STI available at this price as well as lots of regular WRXs I thought Evo's would be an option too but they seem to be rare in that area.

  2. Wasn't sure where in the Carolinas you were headed, so I went to Greenville Craigslist, where I found an astonishingly well preserved Porsche 951.

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  3. Why not an R32 GT-R? It's in your price range and performance bracket. There are several importers in NC, plus Japanese Classics just across the border in Richmond,VA. Taste some of that forbidden-in-CA fruit!

  4. All good suggestions, guys. Matt - funny you mentioned because Vince and I thought of those too. Prices are going up though and I think by the time I'm ready to pull the trigger the more desirable ones will be out of my price range. I'm partial to Nissans since I've been a life-long Datsun owner and it's my comfort zone. What I end up buying remains to be seen - this R32 GTS-T with an ugly body kit is looking interesting to me right now.

  5. I took nobody's advice or suggestions, including my own, and ended up buying a used 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Big Horn Quad-Cab freedom-rig. Having recently relocated from California to South Carolina, I'm inclined to now refer to all pick-up trucks as "rigs". It was a higher-mileage rig, and as such, the price was right which still leaves a decent amount of cash to spend on a week-end fun ride.


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