If the economy would have been great and everyone’s a millionaire, no one would look at a used car twice. Pulling down the covers on a brand-new car that you have to break in before using for your long road trips is an experience many would kill for. Especially if that marque has a beefy V8 tucked under the bodywork. But that’s just what it is for most of us. A dream. That’s why the used car market will forever flourish.
The tricky thing about used cars is that they come with a barrage of hidden issues. You can get a marque that has been subject to massive recalls that the owner just found it wise to dump. Or a gas guzzler that could reincarnate the ‘70s oil crisis in a day. For these 8 V8 cars, such is the case. They were only good when they were new. Once used, they become a pile of metal that only a junkyard can make use of.
2017 Jaguar XE
The Jaguar XE is not a bad car entirely. Matter of fact, it is a very competent sports sedan and one of the best you can buy from Jaguar. The exterior is very stylish, the ride is very smooth, and the interior has adequate amounts of luxury lying around.
A used 2017 Jaguar XE is also not a horrible purchase, though it comes with its perks that not so many people can stand. The problems are worse if you purchase one that was not well maintained. The most common problems surround its V8 engine. Buyers have complained of the engine not starting or stalling, a problem which is very expensive to fix.
2015 Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is arguably one of the best and most successful nameplates from Ford. The 2015 Ford Mustang in particular brags exceptional-handling for a muscle car, a range of powerful engine choices, and a very beautiful interior. Even more surprising is the ride comfort which is smooth even on rough pavements.
The aggressive looks of this sixth-generation Mustang help attract enthusiasts to it. But only spend your money on it in the used car market if you know what you’re signing up for. That peppy V8 engine that can produce up to 435 hp and 400lb-ft of torque has a habit of spontaneously stalling or failing to start after a while.
2018 Jaguar F-Type
Jaguar is renowned for its wild sports cars. The huge amounts of praise poured on most Jaguars come from the company’s reputation of excellent quality and uncompromising luxury. But that can’t be said of the 2018 Jaguar F-Type.
Yes, the interior is fantastic and the car’s performance is mind-blowing. The 550-hp 5.0-liter V8 tucked under the hood is a beast in a straight line. However, try to negotiate a bend and this coupe sports car will spit you off the road. You’ll also be lucky to get to your destination with a working differential since it tends to leak and fail.
2014 Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Challenger is the proper definition of an American muscle car. It has intimidating looks and a massive engine that revs to hell and back. Despite getting a major facelift in 2014, Dodge still maintained the signature Challenger highlights that distinguish this marque from the rest in the pack.
But that’s as far as everything good about this car goes. Compared to its rivals in the segment, the 2014 Dodge Challenger is eons behind. The 2014 Camaro, for instance, handles better than this oversized mammoth. Second-hand buyers have also frequently complained about the gear selector failing and other electrical problems.
2007 Audi R8 V8 Coupe
Audi has managed to win two of the toughest automotive segments in the market. They’re known for making wild high-performance vehicles and top-of-the-line luxury vehicles. The Audi R8 is their best-known creation in the high-performance world. But that doesn’t mean that all R8 models should be on your wish list.
When the R8 was launched in 2007, it was Audi’s first mid-engine supercar. The 2007 Audi R8 V8 Coupe could hit a top speed of 185 mph. Today, you can get one for $29,000, which is just a fraction the $100,000 price tag it was launched with. That’s because this marque is laden with transmission and suspension problems.
2018 Maserati GranTurismo
The 2018 Maserati GranTurismo is a fantastically styled car. It dons an attractive Italian design on the exterior, comfortable seating for the driver and passenger on the interior, and an up-to-date multimedia system, something automakers in 2018 were not very good at installing.
Under the hood, the V8 is loud, sporty, and quite reliable compared to the power units you’ll find in most Maserati. But that doesn’t mean the GranTurismo is faultless. Compared to the competition, there are areas it lacks considerably. The most pressing issue for second-hand buyers is the engine that is thirstier than a camel with a dry hump. The maintenance is also costly.
2006 Dodge Charger R/T
The LX Platform Dodge Charger was released in 2006 to continue the company’s muscle car heritage. This four-door full-size sedan boasted wild performance from a massive V8 and an aggressive styling that commanded attention on the streets. That’s why its sales went through the roof.
But on the second-hand market, avoiding this marque might be the best option. That powerful V8 engine has proven to hold itself well with repeated abuse over the years. However, less beaten-up components such as the power windows develop problems in the long run. The brakes and suspension are also prone to consistent damage.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro turned this historical pony car into a fully-fledged sports car you can easily daily drive. It was fitted with a very powerful engine, the sides were slimmed, and the car was lighter. The result was a wild American machine that could hit 205 mph.
For the first time, a Camaro had enough headroom and a contemporary dashboard design. But those are the only good things you get when driving your 2017 Camaro, new. A used 2017 Chevrolet Camaro is not worth your money. The excessive plastic used on the interior looks worse. The mechanical issues also get compounded over time making it a headache to own.
The V8 is still the same symbol of power and competence as it always was, but some manufacturers put together better eight-pots than others.
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