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cghstang
cghstang Dork
11/30/17 10:41 a.m.

As stated in the title, I'm interested in knowing what my options are that meet all of the following requirements:

4 doors (Sedan or Wagon), Automatic, Limited Slip Differential (standard or optional from the factory), MY 1996 or newer, 2000 or newer preferred, & under $5k-ish.

I was originally thinking FWD only but will consider RWD also. RX-8 doesn't count because who want an automatic rotary ;)

AWD is not being considered.

Cars I know of that meet the criteria:

P71  and certain Crown Vics, etc.

Infiniti i30 /i35

Probably some BMWs or Mercedes?

What am I missing? 

 

 

rslifkin
rslifkin SuperDork
11/30/17 10:43 a.m.

I'm gathering that tall wagons (SUVs) are out?  That would probably be an easy starting point for auto trans + LSD.  

cghstang
cghstang Dork
11/30/17 10:45 a.m.

Yes, SUV's are out. Needs to have a car-like center of gravity. 

Robbie
Robbie PowerDork
11/30/17 10:46 a.m.

jaaaaaag! though LSD will be a rare option, and probably only on the closer to 1996 end of the spectrum. I think many jags run a standard dana diff though, so a bolt it LSD carrier from a junkyard is not hard to find. Lexus maybe, LSD also rare. BMW and Merc for sure.

Plenty of pickemup trucks meet your criteria, though the crew cabs do cost a lot more than standard cabs.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
11/30/17 10:59 a.m.

Impala SS. There, I said it.

Sonic
Sonic UltraDork
11/30/17 11:06 a.m.

Lexus IS300.  Did any Infiniti G35s come with a limited slip? One from a Z can probably be swapped in.  

Automatic E36 M3s can be found at your price range, most non M BMWs lost the LSD after 1995.  Same goes for Mercedes, only some AMG models get it. 

Aspen
Aspen Reader
11/30/17 11:08 a.m.

Lexus IS300 - 2001 to 2005.  LSD was a fairly common option even with auto trans.  Was standard on the Sportcross up here in Canada.

John Welsh
John Welsh MegaDork
11/30/17 11:13 a.m.

Gen 1 Infiniti Q45 has that all.  Best years are '94 & '95 for upgraded timing chain guides over the earlier years.  I realize this missed the '96 cut off and they made this Gen 1 Q45 until '96 but it lost some hp to be OBD2 compliant.  

4.5L V8 putting out 300hp and an $100 ECU flash will get you 30hp more.   Factory limited slip.  

The Gen2 versions lost engine size and HP and I think went w/o lsd.  

Gen 1s are easy to find and you will never spend $5k on one. 

'95 in Louisville with 135k asking $2,450    

 

 

Donebrokeit
Donebrokeit SuperDork
11/30/17 11:20 a.m.

I seem to recall some Nissan Maximums has LSD. Yes?

Robbie
Robbie PowerDork
11/30/17 11:23 a.m.
Donebrokeit said:

I seem to recall some Nissan Maximums has LSD. Yes?

Maybe, but I think they are all fwd by 96.

cghstang
cghstang Dork
11/30/17 11:30 a.m.

FWD options are of particular interest to me.

edizzle89
edizzle89 Dork
11/30/17 11:37 a.m.

I think you mean the infiniti J30 which a decent number of them having LSD's, the i30 and i35 were both fwd and based on the Maxima

DjGreggieP
DjGreggieP Reader
11/30/17 11:52 a.m.

Depending on location, I can honestly suggest the LH platform (Intrepid, Concorde, LHS, 300M) are a decent contender. 

Roomy 4 door sedan, front wheel drive, should be priced within the target price range.

They would not meet the limited slip criteria tho.

cghstang
cghstang Dork
11/30/17 11:57 a.m.

OEM Limited Slip  with Auto trans is kind of the main point of this exercise.

Trackmouse
Trackmouse SuperDork
11/30/17 12:21 p.m.

Is the mid year thing for obd2?

cghstang
cghstang Dork
11/30/17 12:38 p.m.

MY = Model Year. Yes; OBDII, air bags, normal seatbelts for sure, etc.

Vigo
Vigo UltimaDork
12/1/17 1:28 a.m.

If 2003 i35s still had the lsd i would vote that way. 

Stampie
Stampie UltraDork
12/1/17 7:30 a.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

Gen II had LSD. Gen III dropped LSD but the 350/G35 LSD is a pretty easy swap into them. 

yupididit
yupididit SuperDork
12/1/17 7:55 a.m.

LSD in a Mercedes is not very  common. I think  the 190e 2.3-16v and the w116 450sel 6.9 came with LSD standard. And modern-ish AMG's with the P030 package. They had some models with ASD but I don't know if they fully locked.

codrus
codrus UltraDork
12/1/17 12:08 p.m.
cghstang said:

FWD options are of particular interest to me.

Sentra?

Tom_Spangler
Tom_Spangler UberDork
12/1/17 12:14 p.m.

Lincoln LS?

G_Body_Man
G_Body_Man UltraDork
12/1/17 12:57 p.m.
Sonic said:

Lexus IS300.  Did any Infiniti G35s come with a limited slip? One from a Z can probably be swapped in.  

Automatic E36 M3s can be found at your price range, most non M BMWs lost the LSD after 1995.  Same goes for Mercedes, only some AMG models get it. 

Sport-Tuned Suspension Package RWD 05-06 G35 5AT sedans got a vLSD.

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
12/2/17 8:13 a.m.

Acura?  Did the TL or the RL get a dif?  

markwemple
markwemple UberDork
12/2/17 8:22 a.m.

A 4dr e36 M3 should be able to fit the bill. A 4dr auto M3 would be the least desirable model.

oldopelguy
oldopelguy UltraDork
12/2/17 8:32 a.m.

Are the MINI clubmans down to $5k yet?

Did the police FWD Impala get limited slip, or the Taurus?

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