What's The Most Technologically Complex Cheap Used Car You Can Buy Today?

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I love cars that that serve as rolling science projects. It’s just something about the ways that auto manufacturer find solutions to problems that didn’t need fixing. So here’s a question: what’s the most technologically advanced used car you can buy that wouldn’t break the budget?

I have a feeling that it may be the C5 generation Audi Allroad, with its four-level air suspension, twin-turbocharged 30-valve engine that’s ridiculously cramped to work on and prone to carbon buildup and oil leaks, all-wheel drive system, LCD readouts in the interior, an entire CAN-BUS network for its various computers and dual-zone climate control. You can buy a decent example for around $4000 and it has the complexity of a Bugatti Veyron. Yeah, what could go wrong?

I won’t put a budget cap on it, but feel free to use your own discretion. What cheap cars are Saturn-V complex? And why do I want them all?


Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes and makes videos about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world’s cheapest Mercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he’s the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn’t feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.

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Easy. 04 Phaeton for 4900 from a private seller. Definition of Overly engineered.