I love motorcycles and cars, Oppo. And something it seems like I have always done going back to my college days was have a beater car to enjoy. I’m older now, and my last beater (an AE86 SR5) was sold so I could buy a baby-friendly Infiniti G35X. But that was years ago, and the desire to own something new for the experience is back. And while the wife might eventually put a stop to this, it hasn’t stopped me from at least planning it out. So here are the low cash options my local craigslist has to offer:

1998 Ford Mustang Convertible, 102k miles, V6, Automatic, $1500
Pros:

Holy crap is that cheap
Huge bonus points for being a convertible as that gives me a unique reason to drive that over my 996 or G35X
I’ve never owned a Pony car before and would love the experience
Reliable for the most part and cheap to fix should something go wrong

Cons:
When a car is that cheap...
Rental car special anemic V6 engine + automatic transmission
Have to constantly explain to everyone why I own a Porsche and am driving around in a base model fox body

2001 Pontiac Firebird, 89k miles, V6, $3200
Pros:
Solid, reliable Buick 3800 putting out reasonable power with a 5 speed manual transmission
Huge bonus points for having T-Tops as that gives me a unique reason to drive that over my 996 or G35X
I’ve never owned a Pony car before and would love the experience
Reliable for the most part and cheap to fix should something go wrong
Most baby friendly option - back seats, hatch, etc. Practical.

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Cons:
Well past my ideal $2500 budget
Not a Trans-Am
Have to constantly explain to everyone why I own a Porsche and am driving around in a base model F-Body

Porsche 924, [?]68k miles, I4, Manual, $2100
Pros:
Quite possibly the last chance to buy a decent 924 for around $2k
Porsche handling
Retro car quirks
Parts are still available
Don’t have to explain to people nearly as much why a Porsche guy bought an old Porsche, even if I have to deal with 924 jokes
Highest chance of appreciation - Magnus Carlsen bought a 931. While the 924 will never bubble in value, I can see decent ones fetching $5k in a few years, which I can’t see base model 1990s/2000s Pony Cars doing

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When I get sick of it, my parents might hold onto it for me.

Cons:
A rear-wheel drive coupe makes zero sense. I already own one
German engineering nuances
German engineering prices
German engineering reliability
Least baby friendly option due to a complete lack of safety
If the V6 Mustang is anemic, try a car that was slow by late 1970s standards today. Can I even take this on the freeway without a baby?

There’s also a high mileage NA Miata that needs some mechanical work to pass emissions that the owner seems to be asking too much for. But it’s too cold to be wrenching, and I already owned a NB Miata, so I’d like something more different - although I can’t argue against giving an NA a try if I can get it for the right price.

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Final option is to be responsible with my money. Invest it or put it into my daughter’s 529 plan. I don’t need 4 cars. I don’t have room to park them, I don’t have time to wrench. If I really want a new car but won’t sell one of my current vehicles, then at least save for a while and buy something nice.

So... oppo-pinions? Thanks!