You know the one that’s as exciting as playing hamburger without ketchup. In fact, we think that you could get into something like a great entry level, overlander or a luxury car, with an absolutely legendary engine, i’m being serious what’s up guys, i’m brad danger from ideal cars, and we have eight yes, eight cars and suvs that we think Are perfect for students all for less than the price of tuition for one quarter? Are you ready, we’ll buckle up and let’s go Music? Okay, first, i’m gon na make you guys a promise? No civics, no miatas. Even though they’re always the answer, we actually want to get you a car that will actually do what you want it to do and enhance your life rather than just suck money from it. We actually found examples for sale of all eight in the notoriously overpriced area called uh, california, all for under three grand meaning. You can really buy these cars for under three thousand dollars and maybe use them to start leveling up using the ideal car strategies. Hint click the link up here anyway. First, up on our list is a car that is sure to get you a ticket on the top floor of the parking garage, yeah we’re talking about a mustang and not any old mustang, the sn95 mustang gt, and i think you will agree that the ford mustang Is pretty much the cheap performance car to own? I mean it’s rear, wheel drive, it makes plenty of torque and the modular 4.
6 liter v8 will last pretty much forever. I mean they came in cop cars, and those things have to run forever so makes sense that that engine is pretty much bulletproof and it actually is, but more importantly, for those of you on a budget. Unlike other enthusiast cars, like the 240sx, you can actually pick up an older gt for like nothing, because ford made approximately 10 billion of them. Well, not really, but they made a lot of them and it seems like everyone will or has owned at least one mustang in their lives. The hardest part is avoiding trouble with uh johnny law, because, even though, by modern standards, the gt doesn’t make huge amounts of power. It’S still got more than enough get up and go to light up the rear tires, and if you’re, not careful, it might just help. You oversteer right into a light pole right outside the campus security building and then, of course, your buddy with the catfish camaro will ditch you and send you laughing emojis all while you’re stuck there in your mustang. But if you can learn to keep your right foot under control, these old mustangs will treat you well. You can even pick them up as a convertible. If you like, topless motoring and i’m sure you’re thinking you can’t get one of these for under three grand and well you’re right, here’s, one for 3, 200 bucks but i’m sure you could get it for under three grand let’s, say 27.
50. Just by using the negotiation tactics and the ideal car strategies which uh i’ll link down in the description and honestly, your buddy’s catfish camaro would be another great entry on this list. Instead, we have something for all of you who love camping or are just thinking about picking up over landing as a hobby. If i take you back to the early 2000s, nissan could do no wrong. They were still riding the high of the silvias and the r34s. The 350z was making huge waves and they actually had a pretty competent little suv called the xterra. I always liked how they spelled that which was meant to be like an off road, ready, 4runner, competitor or maybe a more approachable, jeep or something like that. It’S kind of this weird vehicle: well, not as weird as the isuzu vehicles. That thing is really weird, but it had good dna because it was based on the pathfinder, which is well not a great vehicle, but it does everything. Okay, just not great see. It comes stock with a lot of mods that outdoor enthusiasts would install like a beefy tube frame, roof rack and steps that could double as rock bars, which makes them perfect entry level overlanders. I do want to temper your expectations just a bit they’re, not as nice as let’s say a toyota 4runner the inside is very boring and they get really bad gas mileage somehow, but because they aren’t four runners, they are cheap as hell there’s one for just over Three grand i know they would take three grand because it still needs tags by the time that you get there and those of you that are a little bit more into wrenching or you like to roll up your sleeves and get your hands a little dirty.
We’Ll, probably prefer the next car on our list. Now, if you’re anything like me, working on cars was one refuge where you could get away from boring homework, and i don’t even really love wrenching on cars. But i hate homework even more and i envy those people probably like you that find some sort of zen with turning a wrench. Now the problem is there’s, no such thing as a cheap project car there are cheap cars and there are project cars, but there are no cheap project cars. So if you’re going to spend your hard earned money running one of these ideal side, hustles, which, if you haven’t, checked out our other channel ideal money, now is a great time too, because it’ll help you pay for your project car and when you have a project Car you should make sure that you’re putting your money into something that actually has a little bit of clout and i hate to break it to you. But your miata is kind of boring. I only need two seats because i don’t have any friends, and so the bmw e36 has entered the chat, which is just about one of the most reliable bmws ever built, and the aftermarket support easily rivals that of 90s jdm having owned a few it’s. Probably my favorite generation of bmw and they’re still easy enough to work on. Yet you know you could put like serious radio in them and kind of make them high tech sort of kind of not really.
And although we would prefer a manual transmission, here’s, an automatic for just three grand, but if you search hard manuals are out there, you might just have to be a little bit patient and expand your budget a little as well, and just to note the next generation. The e46 you can find in this price range as well, but if it were me, i think the e36 is a little bit more classy and has a little bit more prestige. Plus parts are a lot cheaper, but if you just never want to buy parts and simply want a dead, reliable car that will do everything you need, while still being a little fun to drive this next one is right up your alley. This is the toyota matrix and it’s a car that, like everyone’s forgot about you’ll, hear people go on and on about other 2000s hatchbacks, like the civic, si mazda 3, or even the focus zx3 gets more screen time than this. The only fun toyota that people remember is the celica and let’s be honest unless you’re scotty kilmer, you forgot about the celica years ago, and if you are scotty um hi use jack stands: maybe it’s not okay, to work on unsupported cars. I’M just kidding well, i’m. Not kidding about that, but we definitely subscribe to your channel and hit that notification bell. Just like you should, if you’re new here subscribe to our youtube channel and hit that notification bell, because toyota, which scotty thinks is always the answer, made a hatchback version of the corolla and it had a slightly hotter motor making it a sort of warm hatch.
Not hot hatch, which means that they’re fun to drive and they can actually fit all your stuff and perhaps the best part about the matrix is that you can’t kill it yeah you buy. It drive it until you’re ready for a new ride and then give it to your friend that’s down on their luck. It’S the circle of life for these older japanese cars and they just don’t break and they’ll. Just at some point, become the grass that antelope eat. Wait what oh here’s one for 3.4 grand just negotiate it down to 3k by threatening to go, buy a pontiac vibe. Instead, i guess and those are just the same cars but uglier – that and you’re willing to pay more for a manual right, well, yeah, because then you can impress all your friends with your advanced car wizardry. But i know some of you guys need to haul a lot of stuff more stuff than what will fit in a little hatch. So you got ta, get a truck and not a tacoma. Those are way too expensive, get a good old american half ton and with a truck, get used to being someone that everyone needs from time to time. Friends are moving across town, they need you lab partner needs. The giant presentation board, delivered yeah you’re their first call about to party in the parking lot, when your team plays yep you’re on speed dial. There are some tricks to buying old trucks, though, because they are in really high demand.
First don’t expect amazing old trucks they last forever and they run just fine with mismatched paint or ruined interiors you’re, not buying them for beauty contests. Second, if you really want a great deal check with friends and family first chances are someone has a truck just in case? They might need it and they’re, probably thinking about getting rid of it anyway or can be coaxed into getting rid of it and case. In point here’s, one that illustrates exactly what i’m talking about it’s an old faded ram 1500, but as long as you keep oil in it, it’s not gon na. Let you down, it’s a ramp and rams are cool. All the animals well and the trucks are too, but some people just don’t want to deal with the girth or the size of a truck or the sheer volume of gas that they like to guzzle, but they still need more space than a little hatch. A little warm hatch, so can you hear the call of the station wagon or the estate mobile? You see? The ford freestyle is another one of those cars that people don’t really think about, but not because it was a lemon or anything or because it was just kind of ahead of its time. You see nowadays crossovers they’re everywhere, but back in the early 2000s, they were a brand new idea and the freestyle was ford’s first attempt to enter the market. They didn’t really get it, though, and what they built was a weird looking uh outback but that’s perfect.
For you, it’s big enough to carry you, your friends and all the party supplies, plus it doesn’t, have the wallet destroying gas mileage of a suv just be aware that they do have one serious achilles heel. If you rip off all of the paint, the freestyle is a volvo with a cvt and that’s uh, that’s that’s, that’s, bad cvts or constant variable transmissions basically make a car disposable. You don’t uh fix them. If you see the slightest hint of transmission problems when you’re. Looking for one just run away fast, that being said, though, that makes them really cheap, so don’t be afraid to shop around and find one with a good transmission heck here’s one we found for 2500 bucks and it’s by no means the only one that we found Under three grand okay, i can hear you i couldn’t pay you enough to be seen in a station wagon and i get it. You want something instead, that’s gon na turn heads right. Well, i got you and you see for less than three grand you probably aren’t. Gon na get anything to make people just stop and stare, at least in the way that you want it to, but you can be a little bit like youtube girlfriend who is totally willing to be a little extra wild and pick up an old beetle. Now i want to say that i don’t actually really recommend this, because old cars just naturally take a lot of work to maintain and they’re, not well all that reliable or safe and they don’t have airbags or crumple zones.
So if you’re the type of person to consider buying a ratty classic, then you won’t listen to me and that’s a good thing, because well i like classics too, and if you’re dead set on getting into a crazy ride. That will turn heads and start conversations. A beetle is pretty much perfect. They are ridiculously easy to work on and they were produced forever. So parts are plentiful and very cheap and no one is really capable of hating them and bonus points. If it is a baja beetle like youtube girlfriends, because not only will they look like something straight out of mad max they’re modified already, so no one will be upset that you’re ruining a classic car and there’s, always a local one for sale for under three grand. Like this one that yeah it might need a little work, but you’re gon na have to get used to that. If you’re going down this path anyway, and if you don’t want to scream and metal death trap, we might as well uh suggest something that’s, the exact opposite, it’s, vanilla and it’s a car that your parents will be pretty proud that you own it’s, executive and it’s Indestructible that’s: what lexus really represents it’s a car that you absolutely won’t be embarrassed to drive up in the lexus badge alone is enough that people will notice you and there’s no rule. That says, you need to tell them how much you actually paid for the car and the gs series is the sporty little brother of the bigger ls series, and you can tell exactly who lexus was trying to compete against with these cars, because if you squint it’s A mercedes, the great news is that it’s, just a toyota under the gold trim, so you won’t have anywhere near the issues that an old mercedes is gon na have and when they came out, people often praise them as better than the competition plus you aren’t, really Sacrificing anything by getting an up badge toyota.
What we’re essentially saying is that your date will actually want you to take your car on the first date and not insist on borrowing their mom’s, pink prius or something but that’s, not the best part. The best part is that, under the hood of the lexus gs300, is the legendary 2jz motor. So if you really want to a little bit of work and a lot of elbow grease, you can have this thing run rings around everything else on this list. Don’T mention that to your parents, when uh you’re out shopping for one and heck here’s, one for three grand the bushings do look shot so save up the 400 bucks to replace those. But after that, you’ll have a car that drives like a million bucks for just a few hundredths of the price. So that’s our list, and hopefully you like the fact that we changed it up and gave you guys some new options, because we do read your comments. Believe it or not – and some of you are very hurtful with your criticisms just kidding, i can’t be hurt, but do let us know in the comments if you did like this video and tell us which one of the cars you liked the best or if we Missed any also, thank you for your continued support.