5 Cheap Cars That Are Perfect Tuners

Dan Smith

As car enthusiasts, we know exactly where we want to spend our weekends. Working on cars in the garage. The only problem is that car projects are very expensive. This is not your way of thinking, but there are some cars that could be useful for great projects. Not only are these five cars cheap, they have incredible aftermarket support and availability, cheap parts, and are fairly easy to work with. All you need to do is educate yourself on the types of projects you want and the level of performance you want to achieve. You can practically make the decisions yourself. Whether you're building a show car, track car, drift car, or just want to keep yourself busy with your car project, these are affordable. sports car A perfect tuner.

5/5 Mazda Miata NB (1999-2005)

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I love my 1st generation NA Miata (if it fits) from 1989. After all, this is a classic and original. Unfortunately, enthusiasts are recognizing its cool factor, and it's becoming more and more valuable. There are quite a few other generations, and the NB Miata is just that. This generation is a little rounder than the NA, with a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine. Halfway through this generation, in 2001, Mazda added 15 horsepower to his NB thanks to variable valve timing technology. NB he developed 140 hp. It lacks power, but the NB shone in the weight department with a curb weight of around 2,300 pounds. This continued to build on Miata's reputation for being a momentum car. Thanks to its light weight, this car is fun to drive around the track without major problems of losing traction. However, the NC is a bit heavy and may sacrifice some of the Miata's good points. There is no shortage of aftermarket support from Miata that you decide to buy, including coilovers, exhausts, intakes, manifolds, and event turbocharger kits when building engine internals. If you want a good example, expect to pay around $10,000. However, cheaper options are readily available.

4/5 Honda Civic (1999-2000)

2000 Honda Civic Sedan Side
via car scoop
The Honda Civic doesn't sound like a sports car, but it had the best tuner engine in history. One of which is his B-series of Honda sported 1999-to-his 2000 Civics. The B-series comes in a range of displacements, all of which have aftermarket potential. Equipped with variable valve timing and lift electronic control technology (VTEC), this engine can scream. In addition to excellent low-end response, this technology also improves efficiency as he features two different camshaft his profiles. The best thing about the B-series is the aftermarket support. In fact, thanks to its wide availability, you can always replace the entire engine without breaking the bank. The second best part about it is how its parts are interchangeable with other platforms so you don't have to machine your current head, just replace the head. can be a vehicle. Light weight, suspension upgrades, brakes, wheels and tires make it a great front wheel drive to enjoy on the track. Whether you get a clean car or a battered one you plan to clean, this car should be somewhere between $6,000 and $12,000.

3/5 Eagle's Claw (DSM)

1995 Eagle Talon TSI AWD Front
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DSM is the result of an early 90's collaboration between Chrysler and Mitsubishi, also known as Diamond Star Motors. Much like the Mitsubishi Eclipse and even the Plymouth Laser of the time, the Eagle Talon is a tuner car's dream. In Ohio, the DSM scene thrives at the annual 'The Shootout' drag racing event. I can see why these cars are successful tuner cars. The DSM is an all-wheel drive configuration with a little surprise under the hood: the 4G63 engine. This is the same engine as his highly successful Lancer Evolution. So DSM is his EVO before it existed. These cars have good aftermarket support and many parts are available from his Evo and Eclipse. The example reached 1,000 horsepower and went 1/4 mile very quickly. The standard DSM has a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 210 horsepower. DSM's are getting a little harder to come by, especially AWD, but the price tag is real if you can find one, and the result is a lot of fun at a relatively affordable price.A great DSM for $10,000 You can choose. just look for it. RELATED: This is how the 1990 Eagle Talon TSI costs today

2/5 Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86/Scion FR-S

White 2014 Scion FR-S
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Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86 and Scion FR-S are the best tuner cars in the JDM world especially. All three are nearly identical and have boxer engines. These cars are equipped with Subaru's 2.0-liter naturally aspirated flat four-cylinder engine. The aftermarket has done wonders for these cars and now turbocharger kits for these cars are readily available. If you plan on higher horsepower you will need a sleeve on the block. A reliable example of his 550 horsepower on wheels is easy to come by. Like the Supra and Z we recently reviewed, before the new Type R came along, the BRZ was the widebody seen at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The car probably has the best aftermarket support. For $15,000 you can get a great example, and the result is a fun, lightweight car with great potential for enthusiasts of all levels. Related: Key Differences Between Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S

1/5 BMW E46

White BMW E46 Drift
Nikola Tacic
If you are a fan of European cars, you probably want the E30. If you don't want to spend too much, the E36 might be the one for you. However, when it comes to price, the E46 sits in the sweet spot that offers a lot of potential while still being very cheap. The E46's inline 6-cylinder 3.0 liter engine develops 235 horsepower. Many people use this platform as a drift vehicle, especially when learning. It's underpowered enough to be easy to control. Many enthusiasts end up swapping engines, often with M3 engines, and some go his LS engine route. The E46 has been around for a while, and as a result, it's easy to assemble. The car looks great and could be even better with wider fenders, wheels and better suspension.The only trick is finding one with a manual transmission. Then you can get a great tuner his car for less than $20,000.