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Best used coupes for less than Β£5000 (and the one to avoid)

Style doesn't have to cost a fortune and, to prove it, we've set ourselves a price limit of Β£5000 and picked 10 of our favourite coupΓ©s

Words By Mark Pearson

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1. BMW 3 Series CoupΓ©

It might not come as a huge surprise to see a 3 Series at the top of any list, but this one really deserves its place. What you’re getting for your Β£5000 outlay is a truly classy coupΓ©. It takes the tried and tested formula of the excellent 3 Series saloon and gives it a sportier twist. The result is a car that's relatively spacious and available with a wide range of engines, as well as being stunning to drive, with sharp steering, strong grip and great balance while cornering. The ride is on the firm side, but that’s a small price to pay for such dependability and solidity.

We found 320i SE, 2008 (08), 81,000 miles, service history, Β£5000

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And the coupΓ© to avoid…

Mazda RX-8

Make no mistake, this is a fine car. It's good to drive, great to look at and even, by virtue of having four doors, quite practical. Alas, its wonderful rotary engine needs very careful maintenance if it's to last a reasonable time and, for most, the risk is too big to take.