The aftermarket did give everything it could to make the engine scream, but as most found out the hard way, it was almost necessary to simply swap the engine with a better model if you wanted to have a shot at making more power.
There is something about the quirky styling of the Subaru Outback that attracts a loyal following. On top of its quirky styling, the AWD Outback is the most reliable offering Subaru has to offer. Some may point to the Subaru WRX, but good luck finding a WRX that meets the guidelines for our list of cars under $5000 that hasn’t been wrecked or had the engine tampered with for added performance.
The Toyota 7M-GTE engine was brought out with the 1986 Toyota Supra and carried into the 1992 release. The inline six-cylinder was a later variant of the 5M and 6M series engines, and the ‘T’ in ‘GTE’ stood for Turbo. The 7M showed an increase in displacement up to 3.0 liters and was meant to really put the Supra up against other factory supercars from JDM automakers. The 7M-GTE started to show reliability issues with failed head gaskets and knocking connecting rods when boost was dialed up on the factory engine, which would later be phased out come the introduction of the 1JZ in the 1993 Supra.
On top of improved styling, the ninth generation Honda Civic coupe is equipped with a 1.8L I4 engine that offers up 143 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque. Depending on the model year, the Civic can be equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, a five-speed automatic, or a CVT. The CVT became the standard gearbox after the 2014 model year.