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18 Perfectly Fine Used Cars You Can Buy For the Price Of iPhone X ($1000)

Vukasin Herbez July 3, 2019

Apple made history with the introduction of the first iPhone, 12 years ago. After that, every iPhone that was released generated enormous publicity. And that is how we arrived at the point that the latest smartphone from Apple costs more than $1000. Some say that the price spike is insane but people lining up to buy iPhone XS Max for $1,449 for the top-of-the-line spec.

However, let’s concentrate on more common iPhone XS which costs $999 in its base-level configuration. As one of the most popular products, this smartphone is worth as some perfectly usable second-hand cars. In fact, just by a simple search on Autotrader.com, we found dozens of cars which can be bought for $1000 and driven home.

Today, we will present to you 20 used cars which you can own for the price of an iPhone XS. We are sure that some of those vehicles are not in the best shape and have covered a lot of miles, but still, you can own a usable vehicle for your family or work for the price of one phone. In fact, there are even some real gems on the list. So, let`s go.

1. 2002 Toyota MR2

Early 2000s Toyota MR2 could be considered enthusiast’s choice for its roadster body, mid-engine, and lively driving dynamics. We have found a tired but complete and registered example for just $1000. Of course, we are sure that you will need to invest some more cash if you want to be sure that this MR2 will perform like the day it left the factory.

2. 1992 Mercedes E400 (W124)

V8-powered Mercedes sedan for $1000? Yes, you can get W124-series four-door for that price if you opt for E400 from the early ’90s. Those luxury sedans were known for their quality and durability and we are sure that there is plenty of life left in this elegant cruiser.

3. 1999 BMW 323 Convertible E36

If you are a fan of open-air driving and you want to enjoy straight six engines along with the wind in your hair then the 1999 323i Convertible is the car for you. This Bavarian convertible looks decent and it is registered but we are sure that it will need some investment if you want to show it on car shows. However, it is a good starting point.


4. 1995 Jeep Cherokee Laredo

Although this is not capable 4×4 version but regular 4×2 model, Cherokee Laredo is still a very usable and capable family SUV. The maintenance shouldn’t be a problem since this was a very popular car. If you are looking for safe transportation device for your family on a budget, this is it.

5. 1990 Lexus LS 400

The early `90s LS400 was the first Lexus model and car which made the company. Although it looked like Mercedes S-Class, it had distinctive features, V8 engine, good equipment and it was made to last. For $1000 this could be perfect daily cruiser with leather interior and automatic gearbox.

6. 1999 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

20 years ago, this Cadillac was one of the best luxury models made in Detroit. Today, it is just a cheap used car. However, with Northstar V8, loads of features, a comfortable ride and a/c it can be a perfect cruiser for just a $1000.

7. 2007 Chevrolet HHR

After the big success of Chrysler PT Cruiser, all other companies tried to jump on “retro” bandwagon although with mixed success. Chevrolet offered HHR, strange-looking crossover with front-wheel drive and even though the car was practical and cheap to run, it wasn’t very popular. That is why you can get it today for just $1000.

8. 2001 Lincoln Continental

Elegant Continental is possibly the most upscale car for $1000 you can get. Since it is the most common Ford part underneath, it shouldn’t be very expensive to maintain this comfy cruiser. Maybe it is underpowered or outdated by today`s standard but it is still a fine piece of American machinery.

9. 2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

Simple, early `2000s SUV with decent equipment, easy maintenance, and reliability for $1000? Sounds like a good deal. Of course, you will get a 4×2 version which will limit your off-road actions a bit but still, Montero Sport is a good SUV even though it is a little cramped by today`s standard.

10. 2000 Ford E250 Van

Say you starting your new business and you need a van? The new one is out of the question since you simply cannot afford it. For just $1000 you can get early 2000s Ford E250 panel van. A little bit rough but still perfectly usable, cheap and easy to maintain. Good choice for small business owners on a budget.

11. 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5

Back in early `2000s, Jetta with 2.5-liter four-cylinder was a good proposition as a compact family sedan. Today, 15 years later it is still dependable transport with all important features. Sure, you will not get satellite navigation or autonomous driving system but you will get decent power, comfort, and good safety. All for $1000.

12. 2002 Acura TL

Acura is well-known for its quality and dependability. In the case of 2002 Acura TL, this could be the reason for buying, even if the car in question has over 200.000 miles. With proper maintenance, good spare parts and a reasonable person behind the wheel, it can go for 200.000 more.

13. 2008 Dodge Avenger

This 2008 Dodge Avenger sedan is the newest car on our list. The reason why you can pick up a relatively modern model for such low price is the fact that Avenger wasn’t a particularly successful model, not very well made with ordinary design. If you are ok with that, then this is the perfect car for you.

14. 1999 Audi A6 2.8 Quattro

Audi is one of the most sought-after luxury brands in the world. However, for $1000 you can get 2.8-liter, V6-powered and Quattro all-wheel-drive A6 sedan from 1999. Although a bit outdated, this capable sedan can still hold its own, especially on icy and slippery roads.

15. 2004 Dodge Caravan

Big family and only $1000? No problem, 2004 Dodge Caravan. With the V6 engine, sliding doors and seating for 8 people, you can drive your family with ease for just a grand. Dodge Caravan is not the latest in terms of technology or design, but it can be a dependable family member.

16. 1988 Dodge Ramcharger Truck

Classic trucks are getting more and more expensive but if you want to snap a piece of automotive Americana than the 1988 Dodge Ramcharger is the one for you. We are not exactly sure about the condition or if it is roadworthy but for $1000 it could be a good start for a restoration.

17. 1999 Ford F150 XL

In the late `90s, Ford presented the tenth generation of its venerable F-Series trucks. With new design, engines, and technology, those were ultimate trucks of the day. Today, you can pick one up for $1000 and it can still be a dependable work vehicle or tow truck.

18. 2004 Buick Park Avenue Ultra

Totally forgotten but those early 2000s Buicks were very good machines. The V6 engine had decent power, interiors were filled with creature comforts, the quality was acceptable and maintenance was cheap. Of course, the design wasn’t interesting and performance wasn’t impressive unless you opt for the supercharged model. However, for $1000 bucks today, this is still a decent cruiser.

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