$10,000 Cars That Make You Look RICH

2012 maserati quattroporte sport
Atlanta Autos

I got a question for y’all? What kind of person doesn’t want to be rich? To have all the money to do what you want, when you want. The definition of freedom! Seems pretty fun right? But not all of us are multi-millionaire status yet, unlike me. No, no, that’s a joke.

So here are some cars will look and feel like a million bucks for $10,000. I’m about to let you in on some Ideal deals!

2007 – 2013 Mercedes S550 – Mad Mellow Money Merc

2013 mercedes benz s550 4matic
The Exclusive Automotive Group

The first car that came to mind when we thought of rich was the Mercedes W221 S550. Released in the USA from 2007 to 2013, this 4-door luxury land yacht is top-of-the-line when it comes to inexpensive opulence. Think: plush leather, sophisticated technology, and an air suspension system that feels like your riding on a cloud. You will never feel a bump in the road again! Unless you run someone over.  

Now, there are two engines you can choose depending on the year you get. You can get your S-Class with a 383-horsepower 5.4-liter naturally-aspirated V8. Not bad. Or if you want a little boost, which we know you do, starting in 2011, this Merc came with a twin-turbo 4.6-liter V8 with 429 horsepower. Yee haw!

And you know how people will know you’re rich ripping this thing around? Because you have to be to afford all the expensive repairs! And when you put your pedal to the metal, it feels like you’re flying. The sound dampening from outside hushes the world around you. It’s bliss. And I promise if you pull up in this boat-like Benz, you’re sure to turn some heads, because this baddie has neck-breaking good looks! 

Want one? I got you, dawg. We found a 2012 twin-turbo S550 with rear-wheel drive for just under $10,000. This VIP German luxury is crazy inexpensive for what it is. But you know what? A luxury Mercedes is meant to be silent. But what if you want something loud, then you need the Maserati Quattroporte!

2003 – 2012 Maserati Quattroporte – Ferrari-Powered Musical

2012 maserati quattroporte
Mecum Auctions

Oh man, that sound. Unreal! Coming from that Ferrari 4.2-liter V8 that sounds like a million bucks! I think I need to calm down. Apart from the supercar sounding exhaust that’ll make you look rich as you rip down the roadway, you also get luscious leather interior, 4 doors, all in that expensive Maserati package.

And with that stable chassis and rear-wheel drive, the performance on the Quattroporte is some serious business. The craziest thing about this car was the new price of it when it came out. Over $100,000! So, you know when you drive this, people are going to think you’re a millionaire!

And if you want to hop into this masterful musical Maserati, I found a silver Quattroporte for $10,000 exactly. That means it’s lost over 90% of its value. Just promise me when you get it, you’ll straight pipe it. Please! Now, on to the next whip. We got the Porsche 996 911.

1997 – 2004 Porsche 996 911 – Fried Egg Special

2002 porsche 996 911
Collecting Cars

This two-door toy is a superb handling, rear-wheel drive sports coupe that will have you looking like you just won the lottery with this everyday supercar. And that interior, with the leather trim and the sporty seats, you’re going to get compliments from anyone who steps in your 996, as long as you keep it clean and take care of it of course.

Now, on to the engine. This 911 got that naturally-aspirated inline-6 power plant in the back, pushing this coupe to 60 in under 5 seconds. And it sounds really expensive!

Just look out for issues with the IMS bearing, which is known to fail, and a new one will cost you around $2,500. So, just look out. Also, be forewarned that when you get this car, you might be ridiculed for the egg-shaped headlights.

But if that doesn’t bother you, you can pick one up for just $7,000! For a rear-engine, leather-filled, posh-looking Porsche! It’s a dream come true! But let’s switch it up fast, and take it back OG box status symbol, the Hummer H2!

2002 – 2009 Hummer H2 – Get Me Some H20!

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South Florida’s Luxury Vehicles

This cute and stylish little box was super popular in the 2000’s and was known for one thing. If you had one, you had money. I’m talking big bucks. Rappers had them in videos, models drove them after a shoot, it was the embodiment of success.

And it makes sense, with that 6.0-liter notoriously gas-guzzling Vortec V8, not only did you have to pay the $60,000 MSRP to get the H2 into the garage, you had to pay for gas all the time, with a reported 9 miles per gallon while daily driving. Yikes. But, this was an icon of American freedom and high life when it came out, so a little gas doesn’t shed a tear for me.

The silver lining is the Hummer H2‘s off-road capabilities coming from the legendary H1, with a new updated look to reflect modern luxury. While the interior isn’t as leather-filled or wood-trimmed as other luxury SUVs, the H2 easily makes up for it in looks and culture. And it’s so big and over-the-top that people will know that you’re rich when you pull up in a car that’s bigger than a parking spot.

The best part about it is that they come cheap. I found a 2003 H2 for only $7,000! Now what’s better than a boxy luxury SUV? Another boxy luxury SUV! The L320 Range Rover Sport!

2005 – 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport – Box? Box!

white 2013 range rover sport
Metro West Motorcars, LLC

Produced from 2005 to 2013, the first generation Range Rover Sport could be looked at as a foreign competitor to the Hummer, but more refined than rugged, with leather and luxury splashed about. Because its a Range Rover, it makes you look super baller too, as celebrities and rappers alike love this thing for its style and size.

And miles in this thing will be easy peasy thanks to its 4-wheel drive, low-range gearbox, and height adjustable air suspension, you can do some off-roading too. Now, there are a plethora of options for the type of engine to get. Just make sure to steer clear of the V6 turbodiesel, as they’re notoriously unreliable for worn crankshaft bearings.

When finding an engine, go for the V8, either diesel or gasoline. Our ideal engine of choice would be the 4.2-liter supercharged or the 5.0 supercharged V8 Jaguar engines. Not only are they the most reliable, with the timing belt being the only major main issue, they also give the car plenty of torque and power to make for a solid uninhibited driving experience.

The Range Rover Sport is overall a great SUV. And here you go, I found a supercharged Range for just $9,000. Just take it from Squidd, he has a Rover, owning a luxury SUV is pretty strong for utility, and for looking baller as hell! But, our next car doesn’t just look baller, it looks executive! The BMW 750Li!

2008 – 2015 BMW 750Li – Right This Way, Mr. President

2015 bmw 750li
Platinum Auto Haus

The BMW 750Li, specifically the F01 and F02 variants, is one of the baddest boats out there, with a twin-turbo V8 made to compete with the S-Class. It has tons of luxury and technology, all BMW quality. Think of this as an executive big body limousine with 4 doors. Imagine picking up some of your friends in this! It looks so baller! And they’ll think you are rich for sure!

Now, on to the super confusing BMW nomenclature. The Li model of this Bimmer is the long-wheelbase version, which looks especially huge on the roadway, and is totally fitting for this boss car! This driving machine is the complete opposite of the stiff-suspensioned M cars. Instead of the harsh cornering and aggressive sound, you get silence and a silky smooth and relaxing drive that feels like a cloud when you’re rocketing down the roadway. Sounds pretty peaceful, right?

Well, lucky for you, my friend, they’re nice and inexpensive, just for us. I found a 2011 750Li for just $9,000. A pretty great deal if you ask me! But if you’re saying no, that isn’t big enough, well, I got you. If you want the pinnacle of American luxury, then the Cadillac Escalade has got back!

2007 – 2014 Cadillac Escalade – Big Daddy

2014 cadillac escalade

I mean, come on. Everyone from rappers to the president knows the Escalade is the luxury SUV of choice! And if you don’t know the culture around this thing, that’s a damn shame, because this thing with its big speakers, leather interior, and fat wheels is bigger and badder than anything on the road.

The Caddy screams gaudy and will make you look stupid rich if you keep it squeaky clean. It’s so cool that it even has a truck variant, the Escalade EXT, which looks even more badass! But it’s up to what you want to do with it.

However, I can assure you, if you get some big aftermarket rims and keep this baby clean, chicks will be chasing after you. I’m sure once you get this thing, you’re going to get Esca-laid. I mean, that’s what the extra space is for, right?

All jokes aside, you get great value for your money, I found an Escalade EXT for $6,000. Let me say that again for the people in the back. $6,000! That is so stupid cheap for a full-size luxury SUV, well, actually truck that’s the pinnacle of American baller status.

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