Here at Jalopnik, we don't judge. We won't care if you're on the wrong side of the law because some nefarious crime boss needs you for one last job, but one thing's certain - you'll need a set of wheels. I challenged you law-bending citizens to find the best getaway car on eBay for under $5k. Here's what you found:
Sometimes the best getaway car is a bike. It also helps when the bike is an Italian Super Moto, with some serious "anti-hero" looks.
90+ hp. Good for streets. Great for off-beaten path (esp with appropriate tires).
No cop car/SUV/Harley/bike/foot patrolman can follow where you go as fast as you go there.
Manueverability. Hidability. Hoonability.
(Suggested by Ragnarok1983)
Here's the car made famous by The Transporter - this BMW 7-series keeps your precious cargo surrounded in opulence and luxury while the dependable and powerful V8 will do its best to convert the rear tires into smoke. Put on your favorite driving gloves and tell your passengers not to ask questions.
2001 BMW 740i. The Transporters weapon of choice (but you need to upgrade the shocks to transport that 3rd bank robber). Buy it now for $4200. Nuff said!
(Suggested by Alex Teusch)
3.9 V8 with 280 horsepower, faster and lighter than a crown vic
Auto transmission so you can focus on traffic/avoiding police
Right Wheel Drive
Suspension that handles decently well at high speed
Ride that's a good mix between sporty and cushy
Total sleeper and mixes in with traffic
10/10 would drive
$5000 Buy It Now on Ebay
(Suggested by 4x4AZ)
It's the perfect moonshiner's car - it's great off road and blends into a mall parking lot.
First of all, it got ALL WHEEL DRIVE, just like its rally heritage brother Impreza and forester, or its biggest rival Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. It should easily handle all the terrain i might drive into, from city highway to rally road. Also its a legacy, not a impreza, so it wont automatically become a cop magnet or easy to get pull over. it also got room and leather interior as well, perfect choice , especially with reliabilty of Subaru, bring it on lol
(Suggested by Yin L)
This is perhaps the only time when being the most beige is a good thing. It also gets a decent MPG figure, when you want to get away from those pesky gas station cameras.
(Suggested by DerrickD)
It's like a cargo van that has a button that makes everyone get out of your way immediately. You can also run red lights without people reporting you.
Just act like J.J. McLure and you got nothing to worry about. Decorate it to match the current paint scheme used by local ambulances and pave the way forward.
Nothing says precision driving like a German limousine with a V8 and a manual gearbox. Try to find one stateside here.
Audi S8, 1996 model, 170k miles on the clock, 340hp, 6-speed manual, full service history, €3490 / ~$4700 BIN.
It's fast, it's comfy, it handles comparatively well, there's a huge trunk and it blends in nicely.
Edit: Also because Ronin!
(Suggested by JayHova)
Cheap enduro bike, in this case 1998 Yamaha xt 350 (1600$) for all your quick getaway needs.
Panel van. When the police are looking for a nut on a bike, you simply drive to a previous agreed-upon location put the bike in the back and slip through their net as a man with a van. Nothing strange about that.
(Suggested by Bamb0)
You can get a cop car that looks exactly like one that's currently being used. By the time the fuzz figures out what's going on, you'll be across the border. Perfect.
4 doors is a must so the guys can get in after the heist, it blends in anywhere, it's got all the Blues Brothers-approved cop engine, cop suspension, etc., and it's cheap.
This one actually has a real track record as being the most famous getaway car on this list. I'm not saying that I did commit an egregious crime, but if I did, this is probably the car I'd choose to evade the authorities.
1992 White Ford Bronco (You can get away with pretty much anything.)
(Suggested by Zhesty)
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