For the price of a brand-new Dacia, you can have all manner of great cars - here's our choice of the best
15 June 2017

We’ve all done it.

We’ve all searched those online classifieds to see what we could spend our cash on, whether that cash is real or imaginary. It’s the 21st century equivalent of window shopping and it can prove dangerous, because sometimes when you realise just what mouthwatering machinery is available at keen prices, the next phase then begins: working out how to buy and run one of these dream machines.

You could take £8,000 and plonk it down in exchange for a brand new Dacia Sandero Ambiance TCe 90. Instead, we suggest getting something a bit tastier used, and as we prove here, you can buy something entertaining for even less. Admittedly not everything here is a sports car as such – think of some of them as sporting cars instead. What matters is that they’ll all put a grin across your chops in exchange for the same sort of money that a new humdrum repmobile costs in depreciation within its first year. 

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15 June 2017
Yes you can have a knackered old shed that several other owners have ragged to within an inch of it's life, but most people will choose something more sensible. Probably not the Dacia though.

16 June 2017
comically old-fashioned.

15 June 2017
...or you could spend a few thousand and buy an MG TF Mid engined sportscar. Given there are thousands of them I'm a bit surprised it's not shown here but a Clio is....

15 June 2017
There's only the 944 I'd want out of that lot and it would have to be full on yuppie spec in Guards Red.

15 June 2017
What? No they haven't. The history of Nissan's Z-cars goes from sports car to increasingly a GT with a focus on comfort and performance. The 350Z was a reset closer to the ethos of the original.

15 June 2017
Full screen? Is that a deliberate wind up for folks using Chrome?
Click on the picture... SAME SIZE!
Your sister publication What Car does it better, and rival CAR does it much better again. This is 2017. Jaysus.

15 June 2017
Some are sensible, some an £8,000 ticket to maintenance cost hell. The best thing to do financially with an £8,000 Boxster is to take it apart and sell the bits on Ebay. You'll make a fortune.

15 June 2017
Do not spend 6k on a Smart Roadster unless it is a very clean example of a Brabus model. You can pick one up from between 2 and 3 grand and it will be just fine.

15 June 2017
A Digitech upgraded gear change actuator is a massive transformation for a Smart roadster, makes the gear shift speed, whilst never a PDK, perfectly acceptable. Superstevie is bang on in his price assessment .

16 June 2017
Got to be one of the coolest car designs ever, it was only reservations regarding the gearbox put me off taking a "flyer" on one about 10 years ago.

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