Five Under $5,000: The Best Cheap Cars We Found For Sale (Albuquerque Edition)

This week’s quest to find five decent used cars under $5,000 brings us to Albuquerque, New Mexico. An underrated state, IMHO, and as with all desert climates, it’s a good place to hunt for old cars. In fact, I managed to find a crop of intriguing automobiles for little money on the local Craigslist, too.

I’m going to resist recommending the Total Cool Oddities I found. I was intrigued by a ’78 civic and 1986 Toyota vanbut for this list, I’m going to do my best to recommend cars that would actually… some kind of meaning to acquire.

Beware: The Garage’s “five under five” highlights five cars listed under $5,000 in a specific geographic region. The idea is to keep a finger on the pulse of the low-end car market and provide context on the current state of what’s on Craigslist. Be advised: we don’t know these sellers and haven’t seen any of these cars in person. We’re just sharing them based on what appears in the ad, so get your wallet out at your own risk!

Italian German English Work: 2004 Mini Cooper S

  • Miles: 105,400
  • Price: $4,000
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Good color, good trim, manual shifting, low mileage – what’s not to like?

I’ve only heard good things about driving these cars, although I have to admit I’ve only heard bad things about the pain they have to deal with. Looks like this one suffered some street parking issues, but otherwise it’s pretty tidy. Even if you spend a few thousand dollars to keep this car alive for the next two years, you could have a really fun hot little sedan here.

The “S” is of course the correct one (you can spot it by the hood scoop if the badge is missing) with a supercharger.

Truck Yeah: 2004 Nissan Frontier

  • Miles: 200,000
  • Price: $4,450
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The last-generation Frontier was sometimes the butt of jokes in the automotive industry for going so long without a refresh. Well it’s the body style that came before this one (although this is the very last year of this design). I always thought these Frontiers looked great and the orange/red paint on this one only confirms my feelings there. The four-spoke wheels are a little odd (a mid-2000s Nissan staple), but this thing looks pretty sane for having 15 years and 200,000 miles on it.

Importantly, the ad states that the water pump and timing belt were recently replaced. If that’s true, I bet you could keep this thing running for a few more years without putting next to no work into it.

RWD+5MT=FUN: 2001 Ford Mustang

  • Miles: 103,900
  • Price: $3,500
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I already know this is going to trigger moans. “This era of Ford sucks,” “it’s not even a V8.” Listen, guys, we’ve got ourselves a decent rear-drive manual transmission car for $3,500 here. Forget the niceties of switchgear and interior build quality and just have a good time burning gas and rubber in this thing.

The mileage is incredibly low, even oddly low, for a car of this age, but it looks good in the photos. If it runs and drives decently, I think it would be a nice little pitch and squeeze machine. Parts are going to be cheap, and if you decide to get into something serious like an engine swap, the aftermarket is tough enough to handle all sorts of wild dreams.

Adventure Time: 2006 Honda Element

  • Miles: 198,000
  • Price: $4,000
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I don’t know if it would be more accurate to describe the Honda Element as a fan favorite or a cult classic. But every Element owner I’ve met raved about the quality of their boxy car/SUV. These things were truly before their time. I mean come on. A high-performance, versatile adventure crossover with a flushed floor? I’m shocked that Honda hasn’t restarted yet and I’m sure such a thing is on the horizon.

Either way, here in the present, you can still pick one up for less than $5,000 if you’re okay with owning something in the 200,000 mile territory. For what it’s worth, I’ve had a lot of cars with that many laps on the clock and I don’t regret it. Just research what is likely to break and keep an eye out for those parts.

The Wheeler: 1988 Jeep Cherokee Sport

  • Miles: 198,000
  • Price: $4,800
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A four-wheel-drive Jeep with the legendary 4.0-liter inline-six and a manual transmission is a cool thing to find at all costs. The ad only has one photo and the resolution is quite low (classic Craigslist situation), so it’s hard to really get a sense of the presentation of the vehicle, but if the transmission is solid, you might lots of fun riding off-road in this thing.

As with the Mustang, the sky is the limit for what you could do to this vehicle since the aftermarket is huge. And as the value of classic SUVs continues to skyrocket, you might even be able to make this car appreciate if you restore it really well.

Previous regions featured on ‘5 Under 5’

You probably won’t be able to buy the exact cars in these previous window-shopping previews, but they should still give you an idea of ​​the kind of gear available in different corners of the United States.

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