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Top 10 pleasure cars for 20.000 €.

After some time of saving, you have enough left over to buy a pleasure car within a budget of about 20,000 €. In this top section, we'll look at the nuggets you can find in France or elsewhere. You will also see that the prices displayed on the classic ad sites are often different from the real exchange prices, as you can see on Benzin! par Benzin

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Lotus Elise S1

"Light is Right": this is what Lotus founder Colin Chapman said, and it sums up the spirit of his cars perfectly. The Lotus S1 not only saved Lotus from bankruptcy, but also called to order many of the gentrified sports cars of its time, which were unable to keep up with this small car on the more winding roads. Nowadays, you can find left-hand drive examples (the right side) in the €20,000 range.

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BMW M3 3.0 e36

BMW M3 e36

The M3 has become a real legend and it is possible to buy the 2nd version for about 20.000 €. Developed to compete with the C36 and C43 AMG, the M3 is a concentrate of what the Bavarian manufacturer does best: a raging in-line 6, an aggressive look and a very playful road behaviour! With a budget of €20,000, you'll have to make do with the 1st phase with its 3-liter 286 hp, or with a 3.2 (Phase 2) with a few expenses.

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Renault Clio Williams

Renault Clio Williams

As a tribute to the success of the Williams team and in order to homologate the Clio in Rallye, Renault has once again demonstrated its talents when it comes to building a small bomb. Initially planned for 3,800 units, Renault has revised its plans in view of the success of the Williams. You will therefore find on the second hand market numbered models (the first 3800 examples) and "the rest" of the production. Of course, the numbered models are more prized in collections. And yet, there is almost no difference!
Today it is possible to acquire a numbered copy in very good condition for 20.000 €. Otherwise, "unnumbered" copies can be found in very good condition for about 15.000 €.

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Porsche 996 Carrera 3.4

Porsche 996

The 996 is a true Porsche at a bargain price. Initiator of the water-cooled engines in the 911 lineage, it is sometimes shunned by the "purists". And yet, it has nothing to envy to its small and big sisters! Offering more than adequate performance, the 996 shines above all in its versatility.
On the reliability side, the black spot of the 996 3.4 is the famous intermediate shaft bearing (IMS). Even if this problem is much talked about, many 996s have been made more reliable. Moreover, when the IMS has never been changed and the vehicle has reached a high mileage, there is little reason to worry.

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Mitsubishi 3000 GT Twin Turbo

Mitsubishi 3000 GT Twin-Turbo

Nissan had the GT-R, Toyota had the Supra and Honda the NS-X. Mitsubishi's answer? This 3000 GT Twin-Turbo with its avant-garde technology: 2 turbos, 4 wheel drive and steering, double auto blocking, piloted spoiler... In short the Mitsubishi 3000 GT is the original choice of this top. On the other hand, the announcements of this Mitsubishi are rather rare. Do not hesitate to look for the rare pearl abroad!

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Ford Mustang GT

Ford Mustang GT

A gurgling V8, an automatic transmission for one-handed driving, comfortable seats, and cup holders: that's America! The Ford Mustang is a good way to get a taste of sports cars from across the Atlantic in a budget of 20,000 €.

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BMW M5 e39

BMW M5 e39

You need for "X" reason to connect Amsterdam from Paris in less than 2 hours? It's possible with the M5. This car is ideal to transport your small family, or whatever... But we don't want to know. More seriously, the M5 e39 is a hell of a sedan. Judge for yourself: 400 hp, a manual transmission and 4 real seats. Enough to twist the asphalt in the comfort of a luxury sedan.

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BMW 8 series

BMW serie 8

The 8 series is a monument of the Bavarian brand. So much so that BMW recently decided to revive it. A real technological showcase, we must admit that this huge coupe with a timeless look is quite impressive. For a budget of 20.000 €, we recommend the more sensible 840ci (V8, 286hp) with manual gearbox. It is possible to buy a V12 850i for a little more than 20.000 €, but expect to deal with some V12 quirks and other electronic problems...

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Renault Mégane RS Trophy

Renault Megane RS Trophy

The Megane RS Trophy is the culmination of the third generation of the Megane RS, which has single-handedly redefined the performance standard of the segment. Queen of the Nurburgring on several occasions (2008, 2011, 2014 and 2019), the Megane RS has blown away the competition thanks to an excellent chassis and sharpened running gear. On the used car market, Megane RS cars are not scarce. Take the time to shop the competition and especially to bring down the posted prices!

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Peugeot 208 GTI

Peugeot 208 GTI

It's been a long time since Peugeot had put the letters "GTI" on a model worth having. Here is Sochaux's answer to the German compacts. And with 200 horsepower in a 208, we assure you that it's a lot of fun. For a budget of €20,000, you can also opt for the "By Peugeot Sport" series with reworked running gear.

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You are therefore spoilt for choice within a budget of around €20,000. But above all, remember to distinguish between the posted prices and the real selling prices. The best indicator? The Benzin sales results! So remember to negotiate the prices well, and not to be influenced by all the ads to determine the price of your vehicle.

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