Category Archives: Secondhand Saints

Highlighting used cars that offer a lot of bang for your buck.

Secondhand Saint: Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6

Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 Roadster (Front)

The Crossfire was probably one of the more visible results of the DaimlerChrysler conglomerate.  Born as a concept around 2002, it garnered immediate applause among the automotive faithful for being a strikingly beautiful car with the potential to break Chrysler into an entirely new market. Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6

Secondhand Saint: Nissan 350Z

NISMO 350Z (Front).

Back when Nissan stopped selling the original Z-car in 1996 in the USA, enthusiasts were infuriated.  The Z was introduced around 1970, and immediately became the “Japanese Mustang” for its low price, well-matched engine, and balanced handling.  Nissan enlarged it over the years until the 300ZX hit the streets in 1990, when it was a wide, tech-packed sports coupe, with some aspects that were a bit ahead of its time.  When sales faltered, however, Nissan couldn’t afford to keep building them.  But, in 2002, they performed a ritual on the grave, and the ghost came back to life. Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Nissan 350Z

Secondhand Saint: BMW 335d

BMW 335d

It would likely seem “too good to be true” if someone told you about a car that can get a hybrid-rivaling 40MPG, while still being able to go 0-60 in about 5 seconds flat. It isn’t though, because the BMW 335d will do just that while giving you everything you would expect from a normal Bimmer.    Continue reading Secondhand Saint: BMW 335d

Secondhand Saint: Lexus IS300

IS300 (Front)

Back in 2001, Lexus got a lot more serious about competing with the likes of BMW and Audi, by increasing its model range.  The new IS, on sale in Japan for a period of time as the Toyota Altezza, ended up in the United States as the Japanese answer to the BMW 3-Series.  On the surface, it is structurally very similar to the German, with an inline-six at the front, rear-wheel-drive, and sporty personality.  However, these cars are fast becoming something far greater than Lexus imagined a decade ago. Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Lexus IS300

Secondhand Saint: 1996-2002 BMW Z3, M

The Z3 from Goldeneye. Very cool car, despite not being the quickest thing in the world at the time.

Back in 1994, James Bond’s Goldeneye introduced the entire world to a brand-new way to drive a roadster.  The BMW Z3 had landed, and thanks to the movie placement, it was a hit right from the start.  BMW’s replacement for the offbeat little Z1 roadster hit the market in 1996, and enjoyed various improvements throughout its seven-year lifespan. Continue reading Secondhand Saint: 1996-2002 BMW Z3, M

Secondhand Saint: Dodge Ram SRT-10

The American Hero Itself, The Dodge Ram SRT-10

Pickup trucks are things that aren’t really supposed to outrun cars like the Porsche 911 or the Corvette in a straight line.  But, for a short period of time after the dawn of the 21st century, Dodge apparently thought otherwise, and set out to prove their theory. Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Dodge Ram SRT-10

Secondhand Saint: Volvo S60/V70R (2003-2007)

Volvo S60R (Euro model)

The first car I drove with my license was a Volvo S60 sedan, so I’ve always had a huge soft spot for it.  The R was the ultimate version of the previous-gen S60.  While it was supposed to be an M3 competitor, it was more of a fast luxury sedan than anything else.  However, it is by no means a bad car to have. Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Volvo S60/V70R (2003-2007)

Secondhand Saint: Audi RS6

Modified RS6 at an event

This thing is a bruiser, 450hp from a twin turbocharged 4.2L V8 in a standard German luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles. I’ve seen tested 0-60 as low as about 4.3seconds. When the RS6 came out it raised the bar of what a European performance sedan could be with 50 more ponies than the BMW M5 and around 100 more than the Mercedes E55 at the time, and it put that power down tremendously because of its Quattro all wheel drive system. Audi shook things up with the RS6 to be sure.    Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Audi RS6

Secondhand Saint: S13 Nissan 240SX

When most people hear "Nissan 240SX" they think of this

The Nissan 240SX is famous for its appeal to the drifting crowd, just figured I would acknowledge the elephant in the room from the get go. It holds this fame because it is pretty much the ideal entry-level drift machine for many reasons which will be addressed later, but what makes the 240 great for the drifters also makes it great for other enthusiasts as well.    Continue reading Secondhand Saint: S13 Nissan 240SX

Secondhand Saint: Mercedes-Benz R129 (SL-Class, 1990-2002)

Mercedes SL500 (Front). Not as swoopy as the newer ones but still very nice in its own right.

For years, Mercedes-Benz has been one of the most highly respected brands in the luxury car market.  The SL, their flagship, has consistently been ahead of its time, no matter which generation, in the amount of technology offered.  Expensive when new, these cars have always taken a seat at the top of the automotive table.  But, thanks to depreciation (the used car buyer’s friend), all this technology can sit in your driveway for less than the cost of a new Kia Forte. Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Mercedes-Benz R129 (SL-Class, 1990-2002)