Reliability is one of those things that seems downright boring when you think about it. It’s regular to a fault. It doesn’t break. It’s routine. Yet it’s one of the most important things we look for when buying a car. How much normal can you get for less than 10 grand?

Here are the rules:

  • One entry per post.
  • Cars must have a realistic selling price under $10,000.
  • Cars must be operable/easily restored to running condition.
  • Completed and sold listings can be included.
  • You can add modifications, as long as it doesn’t go over the total budget.
  • Write a short reason why your car is the most reliable car for less than $10,000.

Start here and find a car that is overworked, underpaid, and damn proud of it.


Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes and makes videosaboutbuying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world’s cheapestMercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he’s the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata.

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