Question for the car nuts:There are DOZENS of cars that fit into this range. First off, there's little runabouts like the Mazda Miata/Honda S2000 (although, honestly, the S2000 you'll find for $10K is going to be a little beat around the edges...). Small, light, RWD so they'll handle great in the corners, plus they're ragtops for summer fun. The Mazda RX8 is also RWD with oomph, but no ragtop. Ditto the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ.
Say a man wants to get a used funmobile strictly for tooling around when he doesn't need all the space in the big box on wheels. Assume a man wants to maybe shell out something like ten to fifteen large for a not too old but not brand new small car with a high fun factor, ideally with stick shift and maybe AWD. What sort of car should a man look at?
Secondly, there's the FWD autocross gang: Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, VW Golf GTI,Hyundai Veloster, Honda Civic, Kia Forte, etc. Problem with this group is you're going to run into cars that have been bought by teens/early 20-somethings, beaten into an unrecognizable pulp, and then sold before the illegally modified chip blows up. I had a used GTI. I got rid of it within 6 months because I was tired of fixing broken stuff.
Third, there's the Detroit trinity: Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, and Chevy Camaro. Not quite as much fun to throw through the curves, but hell-on-wheels in a straight line. $15K might push you back to 5-7 years old with the V8, but there's a better chance it will have been adult-owned and not thrashed to within an inch of its life. Another option in this class, although it's probably more pricey than he's looking to spend, is the Nissan 350Z. Might have to push out to 7 - 10 years old on that, but it's a Nissan...
Of course, the fourth option is where you can really go off the rails. Pick something old, put money into it, etc. Mid '90s C5 Corvette. Early 2000s Camaro/Trans Am with the 350 V8. Late 1990s Toyota Supra. Nissan 300ZX from the '90s with the T-roof. Porsche 944 Turbo. Heck, you might be able to snoop around and find a late '70s 911 for $15K. But it sounds like Marko's looking for something turnkey, and something that will be a daily driver, so these are more or less out.
Later in the thread, he alludes that AWD would be good to have, which really limits the search. Basically, for a sporty AWD car there's a very limited pool to begin with. Subaru WRX, some of the BMW 3- and 4- series, Audi RS, and the Lancer again. In a few years there will be more Golf R's hitting the used market to hit his price range.
How else can we help Marko spend his writin' money?
That is all.