10 cheap sports cars that will break you with maintenance and repair bills

Owning a sports car is one of those things on every gearhead’s bucket list. after all, sports car Usually offers the best design and the best driving experience. Sadly, most gearheads can’t take this key item off their list, as sports cars are often expensive and out of reach for them.

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That’s where the used car market comes in. With a little research, you can find plenty of used sports cars that won’t break the bank. However, before you try to find one, be aware that the reason some of these sports cars are so cheap is that they are so unreliable that it may force you to spend more money on repairs than you would actually buy them. With that said, here are ten affordable but unreliable sports cars to avoid.

10 Porsche 924 – $7,500

Porsche is one of the most iconic German automakers, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make bad cars. The 924 demonstrates this perfectly. Introduced in 1976, the 924 was a front-engine sports car, an entry-level model for those who couldn’t afford a 911.

While its low price attracted a lot of buyers, not many liked it because it wasn’t like a Porsche. Powered by a puny front-mounted VW engine, it was slow and tedious to drive. Engines are also prone to overheating and electrical problems. Not surprisingly, the 924 is one of the cheapest Porsches you can find today.

9 1996-2001 Honda Prelude – $16,000

When naming Japan’s top sports cars of the ’90s, most gearheads mention the Mazda RX-7, Toyota Supra Mk4, and Nissan Skyline GT-R. Not many people even remember the Honda Prelude, although we think it’s better than most well-known models.

The Prelude has impressed many with its sleek design, VTEC power and advanced technology such as rear-wheel steering. However, if you’re in the market for a Prelude, it’s best to avoid the fifth-generation model. It was uglier than its predecessor and was known for having problems with transmissions and engine valves.

8 Maserati Biturbo – $12,000

The BiTurbo is considered one of the most important Maserati cars of all time. The BiTurbo was the first production car to feature two turbochargers, setting the stage for other automakers to try the technology.

Beyond that, however, BiTurbo doesn’t have many advantages. On the one hand, many consider it one of the ugliest Maseratis. It’s also prone to problems because the twin-turbo technology was still new when it was developed.

7 2002 Ford Thunderbird – $18,500

In 2002, Ford decided to revive the Thunderbird nameplate, but instead of giving it the four-door sedan body it was geared to get used to, it made it a two-seater sports car—in the same style as the original Thunderbird in 1955.

While gearheads were excited to see what a modern version of the 1955 Thunderbird would look like, when it finally debuted, many were disappointed. The main reason most gearheads don’t like it is its ugly design, which looks nothing like the gorgeous 1955 model. Its Jaguar-derived V8 engine is also difficult to maintain.

6 1992 BMW 850 CSi – $20,000

In the early 1990s, BMW launched one of the most impressive sports cars ever built – the first-generation 8 Series. Everyone loves the revolutionary designs of vehicles created with CAD. Aside from its beauty, the 8 Series is designed to be one of the most aerodynamically efficient vehicles available today.

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The 8 Series isn’t just about looks – it packs a 309-horsepower V12 with the power to match. Unfortunately, this engine is the reason a first-gen 8-series was a bad idea, because it’s hard to keep in good shape.

5 Aston Martin DB7 – $18,000

The words “Aston Martin” and “entry level” should not be used in the same sentence. If you’re wondering why you should buy a DB7. The DB7 was developed in the 90’s when Ford owned an Aston Martin.

It should be an entry-level model that can compete with the growing number of cheap sports cars of the 90s. The DB7 was great for its time because of its beautiful design and powerful V12 engine. However, buying a DB7 today is not a good option, as its 30-year-old V12 engine is sure to fail.

4 Saturn Sky – $11,000

Saturn and other GM brands had a bad time in the early 2000s. A bad economic environment combined with bad sales has nearly bankrupted Saturn, which is why it developed the sky to try and boost sales.

The sky almost saved Saturn. It has an attractive design, decent performance figures, and an incredibly low price tag. Sadly, the Sky doesn’t offer the level of refinement buyers want in a sports car, and it’s pretty unreliable.

3 2008 Maserati GranTurismo – $27,000

$27,000 isn’t usually classified as “cheap,” but it’s certainly spent on a 12-year-old Maserati sports car. GranTurismo has depreciated considerably since its introduction in the late 2000s, and most reducers are now available.

However, the GranTurismo isn’t a good sports car to buy, especially if you plan to drive it a lot. Despite its great design and Ferrari-derived engine, the GranTurismo will drive you crazy once the inevitable breakdowns start because it’s so expensive to repair.

2 Pontiac Filo – $5,000

When “Pontiac” is mentioned, the first thing most people think of is the fabled GTO, considered by many to be one of the best muscle cars ever made. However, Pontiac made many other awesome models before its demise, and the Fiero was pretty much one of them.

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Introduced in the early ’80s, the Fiero wowed gearheads with its striking wedge-shaped design and the fact that it was the first mid-engined American sports car in decades. Sadly, the Fiero has many build quality issues and often breaks down. It is also prone to engine fires.

1 MG Midget – $6,500

Back then, British automakers dominated the affordable sports car market, with the likes of Triumph, Austin Healey, AC Cars and MG all vying for glory. One of the most memorable British sports cars of the 60s was the MG Midget.

The Midget has a terrible model name, but it makes up for it with its stunning design. This two-seater sports car is sure to grab attention wherever it goes. However, since it has a small 65-horsepower engine, it doesn’t drive very well. Its 50-year-old engine is also unreliable.

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