Here Are Ten Of The Best Sleepers You Can Buy For Less Than $5000Freddy "Tavarish" Hernandez5/23/16 4:32pmFiled to: ebay challengesleeper29321EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Just what in the hell is a sleeper? It’s the unassuming grocery-getter that can blow the doors off your V8 midlife-crisis-on-wheels. It’s also the type of car I asked my readers to find last week, and from the suggestions, I’ve selected the ten best vehicles that can discretely burn rubber without burning a hole in your bank account. Ready yourselves.10. 1980 Chevy Monza If you’ve never heard of the Chevy Monza, don’t fret—it’s one of the most under-represented models on the used car market today, but as any American car made in late ‘70s, it was build with a certain amount of muscle car DNA, even if its exterior now shows quite poorly. I’ll let Kaiser Khan explain: Advertisement Here’s what looks to be a purpose built sleeper- trash on the outside, heavy investment under the hood. So ratty, so roddy. At $4,500, you’d have enough money for better tires.(Suggested by Kaiser Khan)9. 1990 Mercury Cougar XR7 Let’s face it: this Mercury Cougar was the Fox Body car you never wanted because it wasn’t featured in any up-and-coming ‘90s rap videos, and was an option made available to you as a hand-me-down from your politically incorrect grandpa. (Correction: It’s not a Fox body like we originally said.) Advertisement However, hindsight is 20/20, as the model takes to mods extremely well, it’s cheap as dirt to run and repair, and will surprise anyone with a modern anything if they try to overtake you on the highway. It’s a luxury ‘Stang and that is no bad thing.(Suggested by CalBearsFan99)8. 2006 Subaru Legacy GT This Subaru Legacy is what happens when the STi grows up and gets a real job. I’ll let TheUkrainian1 explain: Advertisement Sponsored mid 2000's Subaru Legacy GT. I prefer the wagon flavor (mainly because I have one). They can be found for under 5K, and a good amount of STI parts can be used on them so the aftermarket is quite large. Tons of room, AWD, a turbo, heated leather seats, etc.(Suggested by TheUkrainian1)7. 2003 Lexus GS430 This Lexus GS430 embodies the phrase “highway monster” perfectly. It features a baby-butt-smooth 4.3 V8 that’s designed to do nothing but eat large stretches of highway, interstate and every side road in between. Unlike an American-made V8 of the era, it makes a good chunk of its power in the upper registers of its RPM range, which makes it a perfect candidate for those top speed track pulls. For less than $5000, you’d be hard pressed to find anything that performs like this GS. The fact that it’s a fully loaded luxury car is gravy.(Suggested by -408-)6. 2003 Jaguar XJR This Jaguar XJR, when running, would be the most un-fuck-withable car in the Walmart parking lot. While a few things (electronics, transmission) keep it from being something I’d consider reliable, if you can get her running and keep her drivetrain from grenading, there’s no better example of modern British luxury with old British flair for the price. Advertisement Advertisement (Suggested by Garrett Davis)5. 1994 Buick Roadmaster This Buick Roadmaster might be a sleeper and the most car by net weight you can buy for the money, not to mention it’s an awesome stuff-hauler. I’ll let Sethism explain:1996 Buick Roadmaster LT1 with towing package. The towing package on these cars net a transmission cooler, bigger sway bars, a lower gear ration, and a limited slip diff. At $3,000 BIN, you’ve got 2 grand in mods to throw at the already potent LT1.Plus, you can haul all of your shit and tow 6,000 pounds.(Suggested by Sethism)4. 1992 Volvo 240 This Volvo 240 is a car that no one will assume is anything but glacial in its acceleration. All the more reason to upgrade it with fancy go fast bits, like a Corvette drivetrain. Volvette, anyone?! Advertisement (Suggested by Jdrentarol)3. 2002 Saab 9-3 This Saab 9-3 is a car that isn’t necessarily a sleeper in stock form, but when you crank the boost and add some interesting goodies as far as turbos, injectors, and a good tune, this car can give anything with an AMG or M badge a run for its money in a straight line. Advertisement Just don’t get caught unaware with torque steer, it’s a hell of a thing.(Suggested by SlabSheetrock)2. 1999 BMW 540i This BMW 540i looks just like a base model, two-decade-old 5 series, but it packs a punch more resembling a fire-breathing muscle car than anything else. I’ll let Ricardo Landgrave explain: Advertisement With a short shifter, new diff, M60 manifold and performance tyres, it should give many cars a run for their money.It’s also a BMW, so people will assume it’s broken down. Best sleeper ever.With those non M Tech bumpers, pre LCI look and normal wheels, nobody expects a V8, just remove the badge.Expect high maintenance costs. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.(Suggested by Ricardo Landgrave)1. 2005 Buick Park Avenue This Buick Park Avenue has an engine that’s basically a GM-derived V8 with two cylinders lopped off and the addition of a potent supercharger. No one expects this chassis to perform, and getting one to serious power levels doesn’t require much in the way of modification. It’s the perfect sleeper. Here’s Back in the USSR to explain: Advertisement Advertisement Can’t get any sleepier than this in grandpa’s Buick. Comes with bench seat, column shifter and a supercharged V6 that will smoke modern sports cars with some minor mods.(Suggested by Back in the USSR)Freddy "Tavarish" Hernandez@theRealTavarishTavarish writes and makes videos about fixing and modifying cars on the internet. Sometimes they actually run.