Top 10 Budget Coupe under RM30,000

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Here I am again giving out the top 10 lists of vehicles you should consider for purchases should you want to look for a coupe right under RM30,000. I hope my previous write ups has been informative and hope that this would give new direction and inspiration to everyone else.

No. 10 Proton Putra



This is no doubt one of the choices that comes to mind, because this was basically a rebadged Mitsubishi Mirage Asti coupe. The choices that are available in Malaysia is considered to be superior as it packs a Mitsubishi 4G93 DOHC engine, capable of putting out 140hp when new. This is also one a good candidate to put on a turbocharged 4G93 or 4G63 engine, to push the car to its limit. Great pocket rocket, but there's always a threat of being stolen. It is important to have your car secured properly, should you want to buy this car. Examples like this can be found around RM20,000 to RM30,000

No. 9 Ford Laser TX3



The Ford Laser TX3 is a nice looking coupe. Basically it shares common mechanical parts on the Mazda 323 as well. Most people who buys up these cars, would consider dropping in a turbocharged B6 or B8 engine, that will give the car a proper boost in speed. These cars can be had for around RM10,000 to RM20,000 depending on the condition.

No. 8 Hyundai Coupe



The Hyundai Coupe has very beautiful lines as a coupe and was made to mimic the previous generations of the Jaguar XK. However, depreciations were not too kind for Korean cars and parts would be on tough side of finding them. These cars are great candidates for turbo-charged Mitsubishi engines as Hyundai were licensed to use Mitsubishi engines in the past.

No. 7 Toyota Corolla TE/Trueno



The Toyota Corolla coupe, coming from the earlier E20 coupe to the newest AE111 coupe are all very desirable cars. These cars form a great platform for a 4AGE transplant. Some of these cars can be found at around RM30,000 and below. If you are lucky, you might bump into an AE86 Trueno very close around RM30,000. That being said, prices are still appreciating and the Trueno might not be priced the same tomorrow.

No. 6 Nissan Bluebird 910



So yes, you love to drift and you want a rear wheel driven coupe? There's a boxy alternative and it's known as the Nissan Bluebird 910 Coupe. Car's like these are great candidate to put in CA18, SR20 or RB cuts in the car. This car's looks is very subjective. Some might like it because it is boxy and has a VIP feel to it, why others might see boxy being ugly and very 80's. Looks are subjective, but the ultimate decision to choose the car is yours.

No. 5 Honda Civic Coupe



The Honda Civic Coupe, is a nice car to purchase. Although it is rare, some examples can be found below RM30,000 now. Most of them would come with the stock D15 engine and they provide a great platform to transplant the engine into something more powerful, like a B16 or B18 engine, that would give it a very good punch to the power of the car. Something to look at, after all these were the cars, painted in black, were used by Dominic Toretto in the first The Fast and The Furious movie, in the truck highjacking missions.

The Fast and the Furious [trailer] (2001) - YouTube

No. 4 Fiat Coupe



Fiat Coupe's are great choices to play with, if you have the passion for a bella. Despite being front wheel drives, these cars were the Golf GTi's of it's days. The Turbo , the 2.0 litre 20 valve engine is able to displace 220hp, sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. It is rumored that Michael Schumacher owns one of these, so these are great cars to consider, as long as your pockets are deep enough to feed the bella. Jeremy Clarkson has chosen this car in the Budget Police Car Challenge in Top Gear.

Police Car challenge part 1 - Top Gear - BBC Autos - YouTube

Police Car challenge part 2 - Top Gear - BBC Autos - YouTube

No. 3 Toyota Celica



The Toyota Celica, up from the Toyota Celica TA to the 5th generation T180 Toyota Celica are cheap affordable coupes you could buy. The choice is either a rear wheel driven TA Celica or a front wheel driven T180 Toyota Celica, and the choice of engines are endless. The older TA has looks of a muscular Dodge Challenger while the newer ones have rounder very 90's shape. The choice is yours with both choices ranging from RM20,000 to RM30,000. Great candidates for either a SR20DET swap for the TA or a 3S-GTE swap in the T180. However, the newer T180 Celica are much rarer, expensive and exchange hands much lesser.

No. 2 Mazda RX-7



The Mazda RX-7, coming from the FB to the FC, are great cars to consider, should you want a great pocket rocket. The RX-7 FB is very common and can be had for below RM20,000. The aging 12 A engine can be either restored or swapped for the 13 B engine from the newer RX-7. The FC is a good car, where once Jeremy Clarkson has praised it to be as good as the Porsche 924 in it's days and costs a bit lesser. The RX-7 is also a known car from the Initial D series. A great way to own a sporty legend. There is one RX-7 FC as of writing that is close to the RM30,000 budget.

Mazda RX-7 FC3S - Cars for sale Selangor - Mudah.my



Maybe you could approach the guy and knock down a further RM2,000 from the car.

Initial D videos

Initial D FC Battle Part 1 of 4 - YouTube

Initial D FC Battle Part 2 of 4 - YouTube

Initial D FC Battle Part 3 of 4 - YouTube

Initial D FC Battle Part 4 of 4 - YouTube

No. 1 Honda Integra



The Honda Integra, from the DA to the DC series are very good choices to consider for purchases. One of the reasons is that, these cars came with the B engines and could easily be transplanted to other stronger B16 or B18 engines. I always have loved the Integra. Owning one for a year while in Australia made me realise this was the car I could keep for life. It is practical and fun to drive. The high revving nature of Honda engines makes you glued to the car, feeling you are driving an F1 car. A very good car to consider, considering DA's can cost below RM20,000 and some DC's can be had for RM30,000 nowadays. Honda Integra DC2 was also featured in Smiley Sakai's race against the RX-7 in the special stage Initial D videos.

Initial D Battle Stage 2 FD3S vs DC2 - YouTube

I hope this guide serves well as something to ponder at, when you want to buy a budget coupe. A lot of people here might not own an Audi TT or a BMW 3 series coupe, but with these alternatives, you can clearly stand out in the crowd from the rest.

More cars to check around, I suggest the awesome coupe below

Toyota Mark 2 Coupe on Marketplace
 

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yeah i think its possible, non type-r dc2's or dc4's were sold for rm30-35k. but u have to be hardworking enough on mudah and can't vouch for the engine health

as for the ae86, did came across some on sabah, around 30k, but that doesnt include transportation to send it back to west malaysia. nor the health of the car.
 

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show me a dc2 that costs 30k
agree... DC2 be it type r or not... are selling way above 30k right now...most ive seen are in the 50k region. the EG6 is in the 30k region though....

even the DA6 is still going around mid to high 20s.
 

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madman, refer to this pic and mudah link above



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heres a sedan version going for 25k

Honda Integra - Cars for sale Sabah - Mudah.my

 

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Yup, high in demand...reason,want to modified juz like mia's integra in F&F...ae86, the price infuenced by initial D...everybody wants to be takumi fujiwara...cant blame the movies either for the high price
 

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well isnt the black car a coupe? hmmm

anyways , i did had a friend who purchased a dc1, maroon color for 30k

ask this guy, lan evo on zth forums
 

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erm..im pretty sure the black is also sedan. the angle of the photos hides the rear doors. ive been browsing mudah and zth for a good dc2 for ages but cant seem to get any even close to 40k. maybe its just my bad luck
 

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i see, well, thats why i said, DA is a choice to go, unless u have some god damn good luck and bump into a dc2 selling at the price.

lan evo had that luck when he bought the car in a sunway dealership, opposite of jc racing and the tyre shop. now the dealership is closed and making way for some development

it was maroon colored dc1, facelifted to dc2. but yeah, u could bump into 180sx for 30k, but the price has gone up way more than the dc. so who knows what you might bump into right
 

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That Integra is 4 doors, is it Coupe suppose to be 2 doors? But anyway good information :-)
 

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maybe id just find a nice looking DA and swap the photo so it isnt misleading!!
 

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Kevin, sorry but i have to agree with exro on the Integra..It looks like a 4 door Integra. From the middle picture, can actually see the rear door handle.. Still a nice car though..
But good write up of all those options on cars that are affordable and looks great!!!
Keep up writing the articles!!! :burnout::burnout:
 

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i think the e30 coupe should be in the list as well. still looks good, got tons of potential and most importantly, cheap!
Was just about to write this down..You got me to it...
The BMW E30 coupe.Saw a few in my area selling for rm15K-18K..Inline 6 original engine...
 

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A civic coupe? The one in fast and furious for 30k?
Those are USDM/CDM only cars which mean they will be LHD.

I have only EVER seen 1 for sale (converted to RHD).

Do tell about this though "some examples can be found below RM30,000 now"
Would love to start a project car based on this :D
 

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i know a guy who buy this model only rm29k..

that was last year

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A civic coupe? The one in fast and furious for 30k?
Those are USDM/CDM only cars which mean they will be LHD.

I have only EVER seen 1 for sale (converted to RHD).

Do tell about this though "some examples can be found below RM30,000 now"
Would love to start a project car based on this :D
i came across a black ej coupe for sale, rm27,500 on mudah, d15 engine

and some examples few moons back at 25,000

u need to hunt mudah everyday, try doing the following, search : civic, year reg "1992-1996" every day and u will find one!

my cousin has one ej coupe from uk, so its rhd!

bought for 30k many moons ago too

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guys, don't forget Honda Prelude BB1 as well..:proud:
i did include prelude in the first write up in the under 10k retro car

yes the bb1 is beautiful , but i thought my list was so biased honda, least i have many choices for coupes in the list, even a korean! haha
 

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budget hatch? confirm eg6 will be winner la! hehehe
 

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I really don't think you can get a running condition DC2 for anything less than 40k. My friends old DC2 sold in 2005 for RM55k and that was cash only cuz bank couldn't provide loan.

Anyway, out of the whole list, realistically for me I can only afford to play with the Putra. Watched a rebuild with my tuner for a Putra that had dangling body panels and a roughed up interior which turned into a swan of a Putra that was poking at Hondas because of the stroked engine.. only to hear about it getting drenched in a flood.. survived the flood.. then flooded again... survived again.. only to be stolen and chopped all within 6 months. Apparently the block was found in Sunway, the body in Kedah and seats on the internet.

Sigh. Better stick with my cheapass-no-body-wanna-steal-buruk-Wira.
 

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The thing is most these cars are over rated... That's why at times you see the price sky high...
 

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I really don't think you can get a running condition DC2 for anything less than 40k. My friends old DC2 sold in 2005 for RM55k and that was cash only cuz bank couldn't provide loan.

Anyway, out of the whole list, realistically for me I can only afford to play with the Putra. Watched a rebuild with my tuner for a Putra that had dangling body panels and a roughed up interior which turned into a swan of a Putra that was poking at Hondas because of the stroked engine.. only to hear about it getting drenched in a flood.. survived the flood.. then flooded again... survived again.. only to be stolen and chopped all within 6 months. Apparently the block was found in Sunway, the body in Kedah and seats on the internet.

Sigh. Better stick with my cheapass-no-body-wanna-steal-buruk-Wira.
yes like i said, i cant vouch for the said condition of the cars. i only saw all of these on mudah,motortrader and zth. but yeah, well the price still fluctuates around 30k plus, it will be lucky if u can knock off the price at 30k!

but yeah as my experience tells me, forumer lan evo bought that dc1 from the dealership across jc racing. but yeah sorry about that putra! well u can get an 808 and prove something!!! izso
 

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i dont think eg6 is a "budget" hot hatch... hot hatch yes, but definitely not budget.. LOL.

finding a eg/dc at that price would solely depend on your luck and how desperate the seller is.

to my knowledge, eg's are going for 32-45k depending on specs while dc's are pretty much 45-60k onwards.

if its 30k and below, i'd question the price and car.. honestly. but good info no doubt, was wondering where the legendary satria was.. since putra is there.. i think satria is an even cheaper platform..
 

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well its budget now cos vw just upped the game with the vw polo gti and vw golf gti! LOL

so anything that doesnt cost 100k, is still budget and very much affordable. if a person saves up rm1000 a year, times 36 months, he would have afforded an eg coupe or hatch!

that means, many years of suffering public transport, LOL

there are tons of hot hatches, like satria, mazda 323, ford laser, nissan pulsar, vw golf mk2, etc, LOL
 

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maybe i'm bias, but how come hyundai coupe is in the list but mr2 is not?
sw20 mr2 costs like rm30k+? cant find any cheaper

though i know the previous gen costs like 20k+ if ur lucky

but then again, if these cars are super rare, then the chances of meeting one, is almost 0!
 

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sw20 mr2 costs like rm30k+? cant find any cheaper

though i know the previous gen costs like 20k+ if ur lucky

but then again, if these cars are super rare, then the chances of meeting one, is almost 0!
sorry forgot to mention, i meant mr2 mk1 - aw11
talking about rare... i think civic coupe is as rare as a aw11 in malaysia too
just my opinion, cos i did search for that both before i bought my car
 

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ahh alright, well i think the aw11 is nice too, but isnt the 4age a bit underpowered to the car compared to the 3sge or 3sgte found in the sw20

i think both are equally as rare, but i spotted a few coupe for sale on mudah, 25k and 27.5k respectively. i did came across an aw11, mint condition for 25k. so yeah, i must admit, these are lists i thought of myself, u are free to add it this list
 

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Wow.. i had driven d red rx7 fc.. Previously own by my friend. quite a 'race spec'. quite hard to drive in peak time. (except ur muscle is fit enough. LOL). This car can easily go around 240.
 

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@ arrowhead cos he said coupé ... satria is hatchback, no?

@ Kevin nice write-up. i did a search for 2-door coupés for sale around 6 months back and came to similar conclusions... Integra :drool:
 

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how abt MB 230/300ce?...good chassis for 1jz transplantation...;)
 

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Is the car next to they toyota corona mark2 up for sale? Hahaha
u have to call the owner and see if he is willing to let go of the ta28 celica! LOL

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how abt MB 230/300ce?...good chassis for 1jz transplantation...;)
dont ruin a merc classic, i will kill u bro!!!!!

lol, i rather u molest the more common coupes, to be honest
 

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yes it does, he has other cars, beyond that! i think 5 or 6, he just wants to sells it, because he saw a classic bike that catches his eyes
 

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Fiat Coupes - 40k+
RX7 FC3s - 32-45k
AE85 / 86 - RM 40k to 80k
Celica ST202-ST205 - RM 40k-60k

Perhaps RD2, Ford "Sampan", DA6, RX12, etc yes..

Unless it's a scrap car or a rusty chassis with screwed up engine that cant start
 

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fiat coupe goes less than 30k now, thats the latest price update

Cars for sale in Malaysia: fiat coupe - Mudah.my

even the turbo version can be had for 28k, as per list.

the rest, all depends on luck. if you see one, its ur luck. i do not vouch for the condition of the cars as said in many lines
 

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How about Z31? can get below 10k.. LOL JK
anything is possible if you look hard enough diablo. its no suprise when my friend paid rm7k for a complete datsun fairlady 240z.

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How about Z31? can get below 10k.. LOL JK
anything is possible if you look hard enough diablo. its no suprise when my friend paid rm7k for a complete datsun fairlady 240z.

 

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sure... go ahead and buy the <30k ones... chances of repairing the car and making it >40k is very high.. i.e. engine transplant, chassis transplant... bla bla... that excludes the cost of time... oh well, different people different thinking... especially for those who are full time doing it for the passion... ;)
 

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hehe i also not today restore classics bro.. my personal workhorse also collectors car. pay peanuts you get monkeys..
im confused, how does this relate to the 30k coupe posting?

all my lists has been, indicative prices of how much a car can go. its up to you to spot the problems and identify if its alright to proceed. i am not responsible any choices you make. this is an indicative suggestion list, thats it