• My father taught me how to drive on a stick shift 1981 Datsun 210 that made 50 hp when new, and I'm not sure how many of those ponies were present and accounted for by the time I drove it. He did so on the theory that if I could drive that, I could drive anything. This Peugeot Diesel swapped Suzuki Sidekick would be the same idea in SUV form.

    OK, this probably isn't the best approach unless you also want to be able to teach the misses to be able to fix anything. But I'm of the opinion that a teach a new driver car needs to be a stick shift. So how about this Toyota 4Runner? Manual transmission and still very competent at rock crawling and other SUV applications. You'd need to talk him just a little bit down on price.

  • Life is far too nasty, brutish and short to drive a new, cheap, automa… zzZZZ… wha?! Oh, dozed right off there.

    The first car that came up on LBCL was this dy-no-mite custom Eldo! $14K, but it's only money, YOLO, FOMO and so forth.

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  • Will be hard-pressed to be the CRV for simplicity, reliability, and price. But if you wanted to move a touch up market, here's a 116k mile Highlander for $4200: losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/ctd/d/van-nuys-2003-toyota-highlander-116k/6949374408.html

  • Low insurance rates, lots of room, try this 2004 Buick Century Custom right in their own backyard for a cool $3,000.00.
    losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/cto/d/whittier-04-buick-century-custom-low/6966923942.html

  • Well hard to go wrong with a Toyota Rav4 or the Honda Crv But under the radar a Suzuki SX-4 wagon is worth a look newer then the other 2 price is 4k or less also.

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