Bangernomics best buys: Jeep Grand Cherokee

Posted in CAR NEWS on January 25, 2022

2009 Cadillac Escalade 6.2 V8 Sport Luxury, 129,000 miles, £14,995: Who wouldn’t want a great big Yank SUV with a Caddy badge? This one is being sold by a film services company so we’d need to know a bit more history. A jolly good price, though.

Idol fancy: BMW Z3

Just about now is the right time to reconsider what was a slightly ugly dumpling when it arrived in 1996. Okay, so it had 507-inspired retro touches, but after the genuinely innovative Z1, it was just another roadster with a posh badge. 

Underneath that divisive exterior was some old 3 Series tech, with an E30-generation 3 Series front and E36-gen rear, which makes it easy to live with and fix. It had a basic 1.9 petrol engine from the off, followed by the more lively six-cylinder. The M Roadster was the serious one, taking on board the M3’s 316bhp unit. That’s slightly out of our bargain buy remit here, but it proves the car’s ability to handle extra power and be slightly sexy.

Actually, the six-cylinder 2.0 was later raised to 2.2 and 2.8 and delivers the full BMW experience. The Z3 was mildly facelifted in 1999 to look a bit more like the full-on M Coupé.

You’ll pay £1995-ish for a decent 1.9 from around 1999. A 2.2 from late 2002 with full history is £4000, but the pick of the bunch is a 2.8, which are £5995 to £6495, for tidy warranted ones. Worth buying. Read more at: Best Sport Cars