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

Last week we were browsing through the classifieds of Las Vegas, Nevada. This time, we’re exploring what its far northern little brother has to offer: Reno.

Reno is a neat little city nestled in the foothills of the Eastern Sierra, not far from outdoor splendor as magnificent as Lake Tahoe and breathtaking, seemingly endless mountaintop geography. Much of this is accessible via US Route 395, which extends to the Mojave Desert in Southern California.

Reno is a hub for gamers and outdoors enthusiasts, attracts people from all over the United States, and despite its small metropolitan area, has some cool vehicles currently for sale on Craigslist. Due to its elevation and the elevation of surrounding towns, there are plenty of AWD and 4WD vehicles for sale, many in what appears to be good condition. Here are a few that we found interesting to highlight.

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!

Discounted Luxury: 2002 Audi A8L

  • Miles: 208,000
  • Price: $3,450
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I love an Audi A8/S8 D2, and this seems like a really nice example, especially for under $5,000. The mileage is a little high, but the owner seems to have proudly taken care of it. They say it’s the last of the generation before the A8 badge became more complex and laden with electronics, and has been a daily driver for 10 years.

The D2 is truly an old-time German car in style. I bet it’s a great highway cruiser too, especially with a snappy 4.2-liter V8 under its hood, and it’s probably great fun in the snow too thanks to its Quattro all-wheel drive.

Maintaining these can be tricky and expensive, so being a DIYer is probably the way to go, and finding exterior and interior replacement parts might be a little tricky. However, given that it was lovingly owned, that’s probably much less of a concern than if one were to pick one up in the mechanic’s special state.

The economical family hauler: 2001 Toyota Camry LE

  • Mileage: 184,000
  • Price: $3,900
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Although this early 2000s Camry is only front-wheel-drive, it’s still a solid choice for getting around because it’s generally indestructible, has an economical 2.2-liter four-cylinder under its hood, and is a roomy sedan. It would make a great commuter and/or family hauler, and fitting a set of winter wheels and tires would probably be a cheap proposition due to a presumably common wheel and tire size – it just look at those sparkling flanks.

The mileage is a bit worrying, but again, Toyotas of this vintage are pretty solid and probably very inexpensive to maintain. Parts availability would never be an issue, because you can’t throw a rock in a US metro area without breaking your windshield. The owner appears to have had recent maintenance, and the exterior and interior appear very clean for its age and mileage.

The off-road-ready all-rounder: 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

  • Mileage: 166,370
  • Price: $3,999
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Like the Toyota, this Jeep is a common device across the United States and therefore likely inexpensive to maintain. Especially in the case of this example, which appears to be clean and well maintained. The interior is a bit worn, but otherwise looks great.

It could serve as a family hauler, a potential work vehicle, or any variety of daily driver. Plus, it’s ready to tackle all kinds of terra firma with true all-wheel drive, which could make for a great off-road/land project.

Project Potential: 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup

  • Miles: 222,222
  • Price: $2,500
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Now that’s cool: a 1982 VW Rabbit pickup. Well, the list is a little fuzzy, but it looks like the seller includes of them of them so you can get a head start on DIYing your dreams and aspirations of old-school water-cooled VW ownership. Be sure to bring an extra long trailer.

It takes a bit of imagination, but imagine lovingly restoring one of these to a fine example of fresh, Glory of the German tuner. The seller includes an engine, but personally I’d swap something a bit livelier, like a 1.8T from a Mk4 GTI/GLI.

A Rugged Subie: 2002 Subaru Outback

  • Miles: 202,000
  • Price: $2,700
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You couldn’t talk about a Quattro-powered Audi and a 4×4 Jeep without mentioning an all-wheel-drive Subaru.

This Outback appears to be in very clean condition for its mileage and age. It even looks like it had a recent service to boot. Like other four-wheel-drive fare, this would be ideal for traversing snowy mountain roads en route to the trails, ski slopes, anywhere, and it even has a roof rack ready for a pile of gear.

The price seems a bit low, or maybe my used Subaru price gauge needs adjusting. Either way, it’s worth investigating for sure.

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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