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So since there is not much auto news going on lets do something fun besides arguing why brand X is better than brand Y ;)

Since the economy is tanking and hard times are coming for everyone, lets do the dream car garage on the budget.

Here are the rules:

Choose five cars/trucks you will spend up to $20k.  Which means each car/truck should not cost over $20k.  

Give up to 5 choices and say which one, out of the five you would choose now with your own money.

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The list is off the top of my head and could change in 30 seconds:


1988  Fiero Formula

1998 S-10 Blazer ZR2

1987 Monte Carlo SS

1979 Century Turbo Coupe

1992 Jeep Comanche

At this juncture, I would buy the Buick if it were in perfect condition.


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Only thing I can come up with is a super clean variant of the '92-96 F-150, like I used to have. A Lightning would be pretty cool- saw an immaculate one online sold a few months ago for $14,250.

I like the hell out of this, but the asking price is $42K.

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2013 Mustang GT Premium


2017 MX-5 Miata Club (preferably RF if I could find for $20k)


2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland


2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 


2015 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X


If I could choose only one for my money, it probably would be between Miata and Z06.  Z06 is more desirable but for $20k it is bottom of the barrel and the maintenance on it would be very expensive.  Considering the hard times I probably would go with the Miata, very fun car, cheap to insure and maintain.

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list price 19 900. 115 000 miles.  

Bored 350 to 355.  I wouldnt touch a thing about it.    Love those Cragars.  And T-tops!  😍    If  anything, if the underneath has hidden problems, Id sell one or two of the other dream cars in my list to proper restore this beauty! 


1980 Chevrolet Camaro Z28


1990 Corvette ZR1 for 19 995?  Shyte, Ill buy it and have it my affordable dream garage.  And if its a legit ZR1, this one might be appreciating in value...


1990 Chevrolet Corvette (CC-1351882) for sale in Elkhart, Indiana

I went on several used car sites for the entire US and I found that a Pontiac G8 GT had a wide range of prices from 9 000 to 23 000. I could find a nice one for close to but under 20 000 easily.    A GXP or Chevy SS are all over 25 000. They seem to be closer to and above 30 000.  So a Pontiac G8 GT will happily do!

2009 Pontiac G8: The G is for glitchy - The Globe and Mail


11 900 for a 1972 Cultass 2 door hard top.  I think that is a cool buy. It does have a 455 in it. Rebuilt it says! 




I was looking at Fiat 124s for sale.  I found out that for 2017, I could get a  nice used Abarth for close to and under 20 000.

Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth: Delší jméno a slabší motor ...


And Id be keeping the Pontiac G8 GT if I were only to have just one. If I had to sell one car so I could restore that 1980 Camaro, Id sell the Fiat. 



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