You might think that the luxury of owning an exotic car is reserved only for the rich and famous… In most cases, you’re probably right, but for those of you who want to enjoy the thrill of cruising in a stylish whip and know how to save a pretty penny or two, you can still get to driving that dream-mobile.
Just like any other preowned vehicle, many exotics are built to last and remain viable candidates for future resale.
Here are some reasonably priced high-end cars that once had an original list price near the $80-100 K mark but have less than 100 K miles on their engines.
2001 Porsche 911
Engine: 6-cyl, 3.4 L, 6-speed manual
Gas Mileage: 15 city / 23 highway
2013 Realistic Resale Price (75,000 mi): $18,000
The great thing about a Porsche is that no matter what year you own, most everyone will recognize its iconic exterior, as it hasn’t changed all that much in the past, uh, 50 or so years. Besides the 2001 911 model offers a distinctive retro feel without being too old to buy.
2005 Maserati GT Coupe
Engine: 8-cyl, 4.2 L, 6-speed manual
Gas Mileage: 11 city / 16 highway
2013 Realistic Resale Price (75,000 mi): $25,000
Although the gas mileage on the 2005 Maserati GT Coupe is astonishingly low – even lower than the 2013 Raptor – it sure is one slick looking car. So let me ask you a question, “who doesn’t want to get behind the wheel of a vehicle with a Ferrari/Maserati 4244 cc engine?” Where do I sign?
2005 Mercedes SL500
Engine: 8-cyl, 5.0 L, 7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas Mileage: 14 city / 21 highway
2013 Realistic Resale Price (75,000 mi): $20,000
German engineering doesn’t get much better than this. Compared to the lifespan of other vehicles, Mercedes automobiles age like fine wine and are always a exude class. The SL500 is no exception with its sleek, muscular build and elegant interior – a dream car for many, no doubt.
2007 Audi S4
Engine: 6-cyl, 4.0 L, 6-speed manual
Gas Mileage: 13 city / 20 highway
2013 Realistic Resale Price (75,000 mi): $19,000
Is it just me or has Audi really stepped up their game in the past decade? Competing with automobile manufacturers like Mercedes and BMW is no small task, but Audi’s “S” series adds definition to the myriad of luxury sport car models on the market. The 2007 Audi S4 looks delightfully simple on the outside, yet packs a mean punch on the inside.
2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Engine: 8-cyl, 4.2 L, supercharged, 6-speed manual
Gas Mileage: 12 city / 18 highway
2013 Realistic Resale Price (75,000 mi): $24,000
With their unique detailing, Range Rover’s offer a sporty look for vehicles that can hold their own on rough terrain. Plus, you can purchase a relatively young Range Rover model for about the same price as a new Toyota Camry, take it off-roading and not feel terribly bad about it.
2009 BMW M3 Coupe
Engine: 8-cyl, 4.0 L, 7-speed automatic double clutch w/DriveLogic
Gas Mileage: 14 city / 20 highway
2013 Realistic Resale Price (75,000 mi): $29,000
On the whole, BMW “M” models can make just about anyone say “mmmmmm!”. The car was developed by BMW’s motorsport division and it exudes power with it’s fiercely intimidating everything. Of the cars on this list, sitting in the cockpit of the 2009 BMW M3 is as close as you can get to sitting in the seat of a race car – without sacrificing the amenity of comfort, of course.
What other cars would you add to this list?