Sometimes, the sports car of your dreams is out of your budget, so you have to settle for more affordable cars. When selecting an affordable sports car, most buyers focus on the initial car price. However, it’s important to get a car with a massive selection of aftermarket parts. Such cars are easier to maintain and modify. Today, almost every car can be modified, but having access to a range of aftermarket parts from different companies can make a huge difference.
With massive aftermarket support, sourcing car parts is easier and less expensive. Naturally, brands like Toyota come to mind when you think of easily accessible aftermarket parts. However, the American auto industry also has its share of cars with great aftermarket support. If you’re into American cars, you’re in for a treat. Read on as we look at some affordable American cars with a massive selection of aftermarket parts.
10 1999-2004 Ford Mustang
Ever since the Mustang’s release in 1964, the sports car has gained a cult following. The Mustang’s fourth generation (1999-2004) featured Ford’s new design language— the “New Edge.” Instead of the soft lines in older models, the Mustang’s fourth generation featured creased body work, sharp contours, and edgy taillights.
The fourth generation Mustang has lots of engine options including a 4.6-liter Modular V8 in the GT and a 5.4-liter DOHC V8 in the 2000 Cobra R. However, you can easily change the Mustang’s engine with options from different performance companies.
9 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler
What’s more American than a Jeep? In 2006, the third generation Jeep Wrangler (2007-2018) was produced under the code JK. Presently, the Jeep Wrangler JK is popularly sought after in the used car market because of its unique features. Apart from an iconic rugged design, the Jeep Wrangler JK uses a solid axle suspension.
The classic suspension system sets the Wrangler JK apart from most off-road vehicles. Also, Jeep Wrangler JK models built after 2010 are equipped with a standard 4WD system. Many companies like Qudratec and Extreme Terrain have great selections of aftermarket parts for the Jeep Wrangler.
8 2010-2015 Ford Taurus
In 2019, Ford discontinued the full-size Taurus, but it appears like the model is making a comeback. With Ford’s decision to stop selling some SUVs in the United States, it’s unlikely that the new Taurus will be available in the US. In addition to the decent design features, the Ford Taurus is fun to drive.
Of course, you’d need the SHO trim if you want more performance. Despite being discontinued, you can still find abundant replacement aftermarket parts for the Ford Taurus.
7 1984-1988 Pontiac Fiero GT
If you’re interested in classic American cars, you might want to check out the Pontiac Fiero GT. The car has history and it’s a great collectible. The Pontiac Fiero GT is a mid-engined coupé built on General Motors’ P-body platform. Between 1984 and 1988, the marque produced 370,168 units of the Fiero GT.
However, Pontiac had to discontinue the model due to declining annual sales. The Fiero’s sales decline can be attributed to safety issues, reliability, and overperformance. Imagine that. Today, the Fiero GT has a huge following with customizers and dedicated collectors.
6 2005-2013 Chevrolet Corvette
The Corvette isn’t usually affordable, but you can get used C6 (2005-2013) models at good bargain prices. While maintaining the signature Corvette styling, the C6 generation comes in coupé, convertible, and Targa top body styles. However, the 2-door coupé style is only available on the Z06 and ZR1 variants.
The C6 Corvette is equipped with refined power train options. Some of these options include a 7.0-liter V8 and a 6.0-liter supercharged V8. Additionally, there are a few vendors dedicated to providing OEM replacement and aftermarket parts for just Corvette models.
5 2008-2018 Dodge Challenger
With the Dodge Challenger being a popular race car choice, it’s no surprise that it has a variety of aftermarket parts. The third generation Challenger takes lots of styling hints from the 1970 model.
Amongst the muscle car’s numerous engine options, there’s a 6.2-liter OHV V8. There’s also a 6.4-liter Demon Hemi OHV supercharged V8 from the 2018 model. Dodge Challenger mods are popular in the tuner community, so replacement parts are easily accessible.
4 2003-2005 Dodge Neon SRT 4
Dodge’s Neon SRT-4 is one of the brand’s best race cars. The Neon SRT-4 is a sporty compact car with a racing history. With its sole engine option, the 2003 Neon SRT-4 can produce 230 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque. Of course, you can customize the sedan to get more power.
Between 2003 and 2005, the Dodge Neon SRT-4 won awards from different automobile magazines in the US. In 2005, car racer– Jeff Lepper won the NASA US Touring Car Championship in a Neon SRT-4.
3 1998-2002 Pontiac Firebird
Firebirds are rarely seen, but the car inspires nostalgia for many car enthusiasts. The fourth generation Pontiac Firebird is fitted with a 5.7-liter V8 that yields 350 horsepower. Like a true muscle car, the Firebird has a live rear axle.
The Pontiac Firebird is known for its unique design and the fourth generation Firebird echoes styling cues from previous generations. In 2000, Pontiac had an available WS6 performance package for their 2001 Firebird Trans Am variant. With $20,000 – $25,000, you can get a 2000 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.
2 2005-2007 Ford Focus
The Ford Focus might be the only hatchback on the list, but it’s just as good as other cars we’ve mentioned. For starters, the Ford Focus handles like a dream. Unfortunately, Ford has communicated their plans to kill off the Focus model in 2025.
Even with this development, Ford Focus aftermarket parts will still be readily available. As a hatchback, the Ford Focus model has more cargo area than coupes and convertibles. The model is also fuel efficient and comfortable. You can opt for the ST trim for more punch and power.
1 1993-2002 Chevrolet Camaro
Another car that dominates the race tracks and drag strips is the Chevrolet Camaro. As Chevrolet’s answer to the Ford Mustang, the Camaro is an Icon. The Camaro’s fourth generation (1993-2002) features a timeless design and loads of power.
Talking about power, the 1993 Camaro has 275 horsepower and an acceleration time of 5.2 seconds in 0-60mph. Camaro fanboys are always trying to build custom Camaros, so you can be assured that the muscle car has lots of aftermarket parts.