Every time that weekly cheap car roundup comes back into the daily meetings, someone in the back yells, “Do Philly.” Not for the right reasons either. Pennsylvania is not a great place to be a car enthusiast. Between harsh environmental conditions, bored teenagers beating up mom’s car, and dishonest salespeople, you’re in for a tough spot if you don’t know what to look for in the used car market.
To make the car buying process even worse, times are tough, and they’re only getting worse. Fewer people can afford to buy anything half-decent to get around, let alone a vehicle to play around with. That’s what this recurring segment is all about. Since I’m The readerit is native PA resident, living just two hours north of Philadelphia, I thought what better person to handle the touchy subject than yours truly.
And as always, a disclaimer: 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. 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!
Ford Ranger 2000: Reliable
- Miles: 112,000
- Price: $4,500
A 90s Ford Ranger Splash was almost my first vehicle. He was riding a four-cylinder and a stick, but my teenage brain decided to pass. Since then, this memory haunts me every time a Ford Ranger appears in front of me. Especially this one.
It has two extra cylinders, resulting in a huge 3.0-liter displacement mated to a manual transmission. There may not be a bed next to it, but it’s a bed nonetheless, and it’s not rotten like many others you’ll find here in PA. There’s not even a lot of miles on the little rig, with an odometer reading of just 112,000. The only thing that might take it down a notch for some is the fact that it only powers two wheels, but you have to take a hit somewhere when you find a good truck on the cheap.
2004 Subaru Outback Wagon 35th Anniversary Edition: An Unstoppable Treasure
- Miles: 129,278
- Price: $4,000
If you’re looking for a four-wheeler with plenty of cargo space, this Subaru Outback has your name all over it. I say. It’s not the big fire-breathing machine you were thinking of, but it will get the job done. Plus, I’ve seen the owner of one of the worst classic car collections you could ever dream of driving around town in one for years. I bet the thing still works somewhere.
Yeah. It’s a station wagon, and if that doesn’t excite you, you better rethink your taste in cars. Not only does this mean you have more cargo space, but it’s room to party when your friends’ coupes can’t handle the weather. This thing also packs heated seats, a bike rack, and a 3.0-liter V6 to keep that AWD system working through everything.
2011 Ford Fiesta: Because everyone likes to party
- Miles: 113,075
- Price: $4,300
OK, so what if you can somehow take the best of the first two options, mix them together, and somehow get better fuel economy? No problem. I may not be the first to jump on a Ford Fiesta, but I certainly appreciate what it has to offer in today’s economic climate.
This little machine had a black eye at one point, but that doesn’t take away from all it can do at your side. It’s a relatively well-maintained small car with just over 100,000 miles, advertised to achieve up to 38 mpg on the highway. And yes, it has a stick that you will have a lot of fun with. You’ll need to fix the front end damage to get a safety inspection (you really need it to drive the awful roads of Pennsylvania), but a little elbow grease is worth everything this car has to offer.
2007 Pontiac G5: Clean is Good
- Miles: 107,327
- Price: $3,995
If any car on this list has the potential to find a home today, this is it. I’m not saying this because I’m a die-hard Pontiac fan, nor do I think it’s an absurdly rare and very attractive model. It is however very clean for something of its price here in PA.
The paint, interior, engine compartment, trunk and all other parts of this car are in almost suspect condition. It even has reasonably low mileage, which makes me wonder how long the display will actually last. It’s just a great little car to grab if you want something practical with decent gas mileage without breaking the bank, and there was no way not to include it on this list.
1989 Buick Reatta: Get Really Weird With It
- Mileage: 75,000
- Price: $3,999
Looking for something weird? Good. Because I found it. I didn’t even know the Buick Reatta was a car until today, and part of me wishes I still didn’t. I’m not saying I don’t like it, but I could have gone a lifetime not knowing what would happen if a Pontiac Fiero and a Corvette had a baby.
Kidding aside, this can be a cool car for someone, especially when flagship cars are overplayed and people appreciate classics that you don’t see every day. The Buick Reatta is a rare car, with only a few thousand made over its three-year run. Aside from some minor damage on the driver’s side, this looks like a pretty clean example and could be just what you’re looking for to start some interesting conversations at your next car-and-cafe encounter.
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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