MkII Cortina Owner
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Sober in the Lucky (Newcastle)
Re: What would you buy with 5 grand?
1) Go a EsCortina (a natural, given Im playing with a MkII Cortina 440). Any model, they've all got plusses and minusses, mainly plusses. If you cant find a good EsCortina for $5k you should give up on cars and spend them money on a stamp collection.
2) Buy a Mini. $5k gets a good 1275 (Cooper S) Mini Clubman. It'll go really well, hook through corners, and the birds love them. Stupidly cheap to run and fix too!
3) Get a Sigma/Corona/etc. An 80s Japanese RWD 4 cylinder, 2L and bigger. Again the cheap, go hard route. But you may get laughed at. Then again, the Japanese did make tough cars in the 80s.
4) An XE-XF or EA-EB Falcon. Watch for Ex-Taxis, and go for the latest model in each shape (ie, XF or ED). Says he with an EDV8. Bonus: Spares are really easy to get.
Just to annoy you guys, about a week ago I got offered a 1977 Fairlane. V8, One eldery owner, bugger all rust, 200,000-odd kays - $1200. Have too many cars, not enough dollars so I passed on it. And its already sold. :(
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