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#1 MattG

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 03:08 PM

Hello everyone, Iíve lurked on here off and on for years and recently just joined. The starquest has been among my favorite cars of all time since I was in high school (mid 90s.) Iíve owned a ton of cars but for some reason never a Conquest/Starion. I recently started looking, I had my eye on an 89 in California that ended up on bring a trailer and brought way more than I expected and way more than the seller had previously been asking so I turned my attention to the black 87 listed on here and unfortunately he already has a buyer lined up.

Iím not necessarily looking to purchase immediately, but sometime in the next couple months when the weather starts to get nice and I have time to prep my 1989 SHO for sale. I live in PA but I will travel for the right car and right deal. The biggest must have is the car must be a manual, I wonít consider an automatic. Color isnít super important, year isnít either although I prefer 87-up, I would consider an 86 as well but nothing earlier as I want a fatty. Stock, lower mileage the better, no rust either. If anyone knows of any or has any leads send me a message. Thank you.





#2 Speedy2222

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 10:10 PM

They're going up in value quickly, not sure if it's a bubble or here to stay but clean low mileage examples are bringing big money. This red one forsale right now on BAT.com seems like a really really good deal considering the silver one ( second line) just sold for the price it did in IMO, way way worse condition. what's your budget like for buying, and what are you planning on doing with the car?

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#3 twoshady

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 10:23 PM

the undercarriage on the red one is insane.  not a fan of red or i would pull out the checkbook

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Posted 07 March 2019 - 11:50 AM

I follow all the enthusiast sites closely, Iím familiar with the two BaT auctions. I fear the silver one artificially inflated the market, now that the red one is much much nicer bidders will feel they have to pay well above what the silver one brought.

Itís unfortunate for those who arenít trying to play a gambling game and just want the car to enjoy it. I remember last year a semi local dealer (Twin Pines) had a red 89 with 40k that looked absolutely mint and they wanted $19,999. Everybody thought they were nuts, including me, and I read on here somebody called and the car was at the owners house. They didnít really want to sell it so it was listed at an insane price. Now that price seems like a reasonable deal given these past two auctions. I love BaT, but itís having an effect on the market of cool and once affordable cars.


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Posted 07 March 2019 - 11:53 AM

If you read my post youíll see Iíve wanted one for many many years. Iím looking for a nice one to use as a summer toy, Iím not a flipper looking to make a buck. I might have to wait it out until the market corrects after these two auctions, I would say itís a bubble as most of us wouldnít pay $20k for one...a lot of deep pockets on BaT.

Edited by MattG, 07 March 2019 - 11:55 AM.


#6 Jay40245

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 05:52 AM

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#7 93 GSX TURBO

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 01:46 PM

I think your wrong about the prices being inflated.  If you look at the older Import market prices have gone up everywhere.  Low quantity of quality-low mileage cars equals highly sought after.  If you look at the last 4 or 5 public sales of under 50k mike conquest/starions they all went for 15k plus.  If your looking for something under $10k in great condition youll probably need to start looking at 90k-100k plus mile examples.   Just my two cents

Edited by 93 GSX TURBO, 08 March 2019 - 02:04 PM.

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#8 MattG

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 02:48 PM

I never said I wanted to spend under $10k. There was a black one that just sold on here with 54k miles in superb condition for $11k, thatís correct market value. Of course an 88 or 89 will bring a premium, but the silver one on bat brought more than it was worth given the condition. For $20k it would have to be one of the best ones remaining, most other ones on bat in really nice but not impeccable shape and with pretty reasonable miles were pulling under $10k.

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 04:24 PM

Check the dates on those old BAT & eBay ads.  Going back to the same point that finding great condition conquest and starions is only getting harder so they are appreciating in value.  If you can find one with 50k miles for around10k jump all over it because now what they are actually worth has finally caught on.

The market has finally spoken and the last two years at least 5 public sales of low mileage ones went for 15k dollar plus sales has dictated that these cars are no longer budget tuner cars.  Those are facts and not an opinion.

Edited by 93 GSX TURBO, 13 March 2019 - 04:35 PM.

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88 CONQUEST TSI - 5 SPEED SWAP, REBUILT 12A, TEP DOWNPIPE, 2.5'' TURBO BACK, PORTED TURBO MANIFOLD & EXHAUST HOUSING, GFB BOOST CONTROLLER

89 CONQUEST TSI SHP -5SPD, STOCK

2010 JETTA 2.5 - DD

2005 SEQUOIA SR5 -Family Mover

88 CONQUEST TSI- 5SPD, LEATHER, SUNROOF, STOCK ---  SOLD

89 CONQUEST TSI - 5SPD, STOCK --- SOLD

89 Conquest TSI SHP -White, 83k Miles, Tan-Black leather --- SOLD

88 CONQUEST TSI SHP - 5SPD, STOCK ---- SOLD

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#10 MattG

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 09:58 PM

I donít need to check dates, I follow BaT very closely, several have been within the past year to year and a half, thatís not a very significant amount of time. The black one on here is still an active post, look at it, 54k miles and it actually sold for $10k if you read the post. The silver car that brought $16500 on BaT was for sale for a while before he took it there and he was ASKING $12k and it didnít sell. This is a result of the BaT effect, a lot of people on there from all over the world with a lot of money. The silver one was a decent car overall,  very good as far as how many of these cars are left, and somebdoiy got excited and overpaid. Then the red one went through and was much nicer so it clearly brought big money. I would have paid $20k max for the red one and $12k max for the silver. These are facts.

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 07:29 PM

And here my red 87 with 56k miles listed for 5k sits. And sits. And sits....

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 09:49 PM

View PostSA22C, on 24 March 2019 - 07:29 PM, said:

And here my red 87 with 56k miles listed for 5k sits. And sits. And sits....

Apparently you  need to list it on BaT.  :D
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Posted 24 March 2019 - 10:34 PM

View Posttechboy, on 24 March 2019 - 09:49 PM, said:



Apparently you  need to list it on BaT.  :D
No kidding... Haha!

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 02:55 AM

View PostMattG, on 22 March 2019 - 09:58 PM, said:

I don't need to check dates, I follow BaT very closely, several have been within the past year to year and a half, that's not a very significant amount of time. The black one on here is still an active post, look at it, 54k miles and it actually sold for $10k if you read the post. The silver car that brought $16500 on BaT was for sale for a while before he took it there and he was ASKING $12k and it didn't sell. This is a result of the BaT effect, a lot of people on there from all over the world with a lot of money. The silver one was a decent car overall,  very good as far as how many of these cars are left, and somebdoiy got excited and overpaid. Then the red one went through and was much nicer so it clearly brought big money. I would have paid $20k max for the red one and $12k max for the silver. These are facts.
I have to agree with Matt G.  BaT represents a completely different world than what most of us live in.  Those guys get a stick up their butt for a car and it doesn't matter the cost.  They have to have it.  When they are used to Ferrari and vintage 911 Turbo prices, $25k seems like a bargain for a car they need to have.  I don't think we judge a whole market on what a few cars sell for on BaT, or 1985 Volvo station wagons would be worth more than what most of us make in a year.
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