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5 Cars That Are Easy to Fix Yourself for Under $10,000

In an age where computers have become an integral part of vehicles and their bodies are increasingly molded into aerodynamic shapes that minimize working space, home car maintenance and repair has become more and more difficult. Many people have abandoned the idea of working on their cars completely — but there are still those who either wish to do it themselves for entertainment or frugality. If you’re one of those people, these cars can be had for less than $10,000 — and they’re relatively easy to fix in your garage or driveway due to their simplicity, extensive aftermarket and ease of access for parts.

1999-2004 Ford Mustang

1999-2004 Ford Mustang

The SN-95 "New Edge" Mustang is a great car for learning how to wrench. These Mustangs are very simple and straightforward to work on with a very spacious engine bay and rear-wheel-drive layout that allows you to work on a wide variety of components. Additionally, "New Edge" Mustangs are cheap to buy, have an incredibly deep aftermarket for performance and cosmetic upgrades of all sorts, and you could probably find every single component at your local auto part store. Here’s a nice 2004 Mustang GT with 81,000 miles for just $6,000. Find a Ford Mustang for sale

2006-2012 Toyota Camry

2006-2012 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is one of the most popular cars in America year after year, largely due to its reputation for reliability. Part of the reason for that reliability is how mechanically simple it is compared to other cars, especially the 4-cylinder models. Camry models of this generation are built to be serviced quickly, with most components that you’ll need to access within easy reach. Here’s a nice 2011 Camry with 113,000 miles for $7,915Find a Toyota Camry for sale

2005-2011 Honda Civic

2005-2011 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is one of the easier compact cars to work on, even with a small engine bay. Most of the commonly serviced and replaced parts are in easily accessible locations, and the powerplants used by Honda during this period are generally quite simple with natural aspiration. Additionally, parts are easy to find — while its strong aftermarket support makes the Civic a favorite among tuners, if you’re looking for more speed. Here’s a nice 2010 Civic with 77,000 miles for $8,888Find a Honda Civic for sale

1998-2005 Mazda Miata

1998-2005 Mazda Miata

A favorite of amateur weekend racers everywhere, the Mazda Miata is incredibly easy to fix and maintain across all generations. From the incredibly simple design and roomy engine bays to their aftermarket support and ubiquitous use of 10 mm bolts throughout the entire vehicle, you can easily keep a Miata on the road (or track) by yourself. I’ve personally witnessed a team of two change a Miata’s rear differential in about 30 minutes using a skateboard for leverage. While all Miata generations are easy to work on, second-generation NB models are the easiest to find and cheapest to buy with arguably the best aftermarket support. Here’s a nice 2005 Miata with 75,000 miles listed for $8,725Find a Mazda Miata for sale

1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler

1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is often mocked for being essentially unchanged mechanically over the past several decades — but if it isn’t broke, why fix it? The Wrangler is incredibly easy to work on and has few frills like many modern off-road SUVs — yet it’s still the gold standard for post-pavement adventures. The Wrangler is also very common, and parts can be found easily — the Jeep aftermarket is notoriously vast, offering approximately a million performance, off-roading, and even cosmetic options that can be installed in your driveway or garage. The TJ generation, in particular, is a great place to start as it is readily available for under $10,000, and support can be found anywhere. Here’s a 2005 Jeep Wrangler with 121,000 miles for $8,500. Find a Jeep Wrangler for sale

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