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5 under $5K: The best cheap cars for sale in Reno

5 under $5K: The best cheap cars for sale in Reno

Last week we flipped through the ads of Las Vegas, Nevada. This time we take a look at what its smaller sibling in the far north has to offer: Reno.

Reno is a neat little town nestled in the High Eastern Sierra Foothills, not far from such beautiful outdoor splendor as Lake Tahoe and seemingly endless breathtaking, mountaintop geography. Much of this is accessible via U.S. Route 395, which stretches all the way to the Mojave Desert in Southern California.

Reno is a hub for gaming enthusiasts and outdoor enthusiasts alike, attracting people from all over the United States, and despite its small metropolitan area, there are currently some cool vehicles for sale on Craigslist. Due to the elevation and elevation of the surrounding towns, there are numerous four-wheel drive and four-wheel drive vehicles for sale, many of which are in near-pristine condition. Here are a few that we thought were worth mentioning.

And as always, a word of caution: The Garage’s “five under five” highlights five cars worth less than $5,000 within a specific geographic region. The idea is to keep a finger on the pulse of the low-end auto market and provide some context on the current state of what’s on Craigslist. We do not know these sellers and have not personally seen any of these cars. We’re only sharing them based on what’s clear in the ad, so break your wallet at your own risk!

Deeply discounted luxury: 2002 Audi A8L

Craigslist
  • Miles: 208,000
  • Price: $3,450
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I love a D2 Audi A8/S8, and this seems to be a really nice example, especially for under $5,000. The mileage is a bit high, but the owner seems to have taken good care of it with pride. They describe it as the last of the generation before the A8 badge got more complex and more electronic, and it has been a daily driver for 10 years now.

The D2 is truly a German car of yesteryear in its styling. I bet it’s an excellent highway cruiser too – especially with a lively 4.2-litre V8 under the hood – and it’s probably fun in the snow too thanks to its Quattro all-wheel drive.

Maintaining these can be tricky and expensive, so being DIY minded is probably the step, and finding replacement exterior and interior parts can be a bit difficult. Although, given it’s lovingly owned, that’s probably much less of a concern than picking one up in the mechanic’s special condition.

The economical family truck: Toyota Camry LE 2001

Craigslist
  • Miles: 184,000
  • Price: $3,900
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While this early 00s Camry only has front-wheel drive, it’s still a solid pick for getting around because it’s generally indestructible, has a fuel-efficient 2.2-liter four-cylinder under the hood, and is a roomy sedan. . This would make a great commuter and/or family hauler, and mounting a set of winter wheels and tires would probably be a cheap proposition due to having a presumably common wheel and tire size – just look at those sparkly sidewalls.

The mileage is a bit concerning, but again, Toyotas of this vintage are pretty solid and probably very cheap to maintain. Parts availability would never be an issue as you can’t throw a rock in any US metropolitan area without breaking your windshield. The owner appears to have recently serviced and both the exterior and interior look very clean for its age and mileage.

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

Craigslist
  • Miles: 166,370
  • Price: $3,999
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Like the Toyota, this Jeep is a common piece of equipment in the United States and therefore probably not very expensive to maintain. Especially in the case of this example, which appears to be clean and well cared for. The interior is a bit worn, but otherwise it looks great.

This can serve as a family dumper, a potential work vehicle, or really any other daily driver. Plus, it’s ready to take on all types of terrain with true four-wheel drive, so it could be a great off-road/overland project.

Project Potential: 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup

Craigslist
  • Miles: 222,222
  • Price: $2,500
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This is cool: a 1982 VW Rabbit pickup. Well, the listing is a little unclear, but it looks like the seller is in on it two from them so you can get a head start in amassing your dreams and aspirations of old-school water-cooled VW ownership. Be sure to bring an extra long trailer.

It takes some imagination, but imagine lovingly restoring one of these to a fine example of fresh, German tuner car glory. The seller includes an engine, but personally I would trade something more lively, like a 1.8T from a Mk4 GTI/GLI.

A solid Subie: 2002 Subaru Outback

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

This Outback looks in very good condition for its mileage and age. In fact, it looks like it had a recent service to boot. Like the other four-wheel drive fare, this would be great for traversing snowy mountain roads on your way to trails, ski slopes, wherever, and it even has a roof rack ready for a bunch of stuff.

The price seems a bit low, or maybe my amount of used Subaru prices should be adjusted. Either way, it’s definitely worth investigating.

Previous regions featured on ‘5 Under 5’

You probably won’t be able to buy the exact cars in these previous window displays, but they should give you an idea of ​​what kind of hardware is available in different corners of the United States.