2k: VW Bus 2.0: 1989 Toyota Van 4X4

When you look at the state of the Volkswagen Bus market today, you’ve got to ask  yourself is this the same hippie van from back in the day?  Today a typical Bus owner is not a stoned war protester, but a mid-level manager at a Fortune 500 company — what happened?  The truth is that today, if you want to find what hippies (or the modern day equivalent) drive, you’ve got to find another form of cheap transportation that offers frugal motoring, room for bong fabrication art supplies, and a place to sleep — all for a minimal buy-in.  Specifically, you’ll need to look for a late model minivan.  Find this 1989 Toyota Van 4X4 currently bidding for $2,950 on ebay, located in Falls City, NE with less than 1 day to go.

The Toyota Van was called the MasterAce in Japan, the Space
Cruiser in Europe, the Tarango in
Australia, but here in North America we got something called simply the “Van.”  What a total crock of crap, but the perfect name for a depreciated and unloved vehicle for 21st century hippies to drive…sort of like Bus.

This Van is powered by a 2.2-liter 4Y-E engine rated at 102 hp and mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox.  This is a 4X4 model so it means the car has skid plates, but being an auto it does not have the manual only low range transfer case.

See a better car for the 21st century Berkeley citizen on walkabout?  tips@dailyturismo.com  Get one now before the nice examples are worth more than a 911.