TFL Top 10: Best used cars under $5,000 [Video]

What’s a great vehicle a person can buy for under $5,000?

TFL’s Roman Mica and Nathan Adlen scoured Craigslist ads in Denver recently to find out what type of vehicles are available to the average person looking for something under $5,000.

The TFL guys have experience with all the vehicles that made the list so they were able to give an honest assessment of what’s out there for the average buyer. They also picked cars that aren’t safe choices like a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. These are cars that are interesting along with being affordable.

Coming in at number 10 is the Jeep Cherokee XJ, which they found a 2001 for $2,000. They like the vehicle because it was one of the first small crossovers made, and parts are easy to find. Although the vehicle they found has about 200,000 miles, Roman and Nathan said those vehicles are still good with high mileage.

The Audi A4 and Land Rover Discovery also made the list as vehicles they were able to find on Craigslist. For the Audi, Roman and Nathan found a 2001 for $3,000. They both liked the vehicle because it has the iconic Audi styling and Quattro all wheel drive system. The downside of that vehicle is it does tend to fall apart, which means owners may have to maintain the vehicle often.

For the Disco, they found a 2002 model for $3,750. Both said the vehicle is excellent off road, but there are maintenance issues with the engine and electronics.

Also making the list is the now extinct Nissan Xterra, which they found a 2001 for $3,199. The vehicle is excellent off road, but with it not being made anymore, chances are the ones that are available may have been used extensively off road.

Two other vehicles to make the list are the Volkswagen Jetta VR6 and the Subaru Outback. Roman and Nathan found a 2002 VR6 for $3,450. That type of vehicle can be a special find for those not looking for a typical Jetta. The VR6 offers more of a performance drive than the average Jetta.

The Subaru they found was a 2000 for $2,000 and has 140,000 miles on it. With Subarus typically being reliable up to about 100,000 miles, both Roman and Nathan said to make sure the vehicle has been well maintained.

Find out what other vehicles made the list, which one was their top pick and which one was the bonus pick by watching the complete TFL video.