Ford’s final foray into the fullsize body-on-frame segment was a curious mix of old and new – from 2003 – 2011 the Crown Victoria used an all new chassis and suspension, but kept the same old body it had since 1998, which really was just an evolution of the aero design model that debuted way […]
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A refrigerator white, automatic, non-turbo Mk IV Supra on the front page of Daily Turismo — sacrilege!! Needs a 2-stroke swap stat!! Listen folks, drop the pitch forks and hear me out on this one…after all, it is All Toyota, All Day. Remember how for years the Porsche 912 was this derelict model only driven […]
by CFlo As I’m sure many of our readers are aware, the goal and scope of a vehicle project can change drastically after you’ve already dived in. Either money runs out, time gets short, priorities are rearranged or tastes change (thankfully someone told you to reconsider those chrome 24″ wheels that were slated for your […]
At first glance this next car might seem out of place on these pages dedicated to automotive ebullience. But believe me, when I assure you it does belong between a Fiberfab Aztec and a Double-Double-Ranchero-Ranchero. A vast plurality of the eighth generation E110 (1995-2000) Toyota Corollas were sold with a penalty box autotragic transmission and subsequently ridden hard and put away bloody by their owners…but not this one. This one has a 5 speed shift-it-yourself manual gearbox, decent cloth seats, a not-too-shabby exterior, and roll-it-yourself manual windows. It shockingly meets 8 of the 10 things i need in a car in 2020, and a Canadian spec speedo/odometer in kilometers. I love it. Find this 2000 Toyota Corolla offered for $2800 in Campbell, CA via craigslist.
I’m not featuring this next car for any of the right reasons. You really shouldn’t buy it–there are about a million cars that offer a better value for $6k that aren’t slow and boring Fords from the early 90s with an automatic transmission made from dry straw and pelican guano. Many of you are old enough to remember that this was the car that drove buyers to Japanese OEMs — while you suffered through headgasket failures, oil leaks, rough idle, and tie-rod-end issues your neighbor had a Honda Accord that lasted for 200k miles with mostly oil changes. Now this is a special example of the 2nd generation Taurus, because it has only 10k miles on the odo, which means its only on its third transmission. Find this 1993 Ford Taurus offered for $6000 in Naugatuck, CT via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Sometimes a car just needs to be a car. Nothing fancy, just some wheels and an engine to get you from point a to somewhere else. Maybe it is a first car for your kid. Or maybe it is a cheap car because you are liquidating all of your assets to sink it into a […]
Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve been a closet E30 fanboy for years. It isn’t something I’m proud of, but the only reason I haven’t owned one is because I have such automotive ADD that I’m always moving on to the next car and watching E30 prices drop…it’s always “well, they’ll be cheaper next year”…but that isn’t the case anymore. I think even basic E30s have hit rock bottom and they are now becoming collectable, so something like a grey-market European 316i wagon for less than $10k gets me right in the gut. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my wallet) the 316i engine likely won’t be allowed into the electrified State of California (it would probably cause wildfires or murder baby seals) and I’ll have to let one of you buy this. Find this 1994 BMW 316i Wagon offered for $9,750 in Naples, FL via craigslist. Tip from 4rim.
I made the mistake of reading some article the other day that had a list of 10 new technologies that made new cars great…and it boiled my blood. I’m not a diehard Luddite, but I feel that connected mobile apps, Apple CarPlay, and lane departure warning buzzers are just things that I would disable after they buzzed at me enough times. I don’t need it, and I don’t want it. And, yes I have driven a car with lane departure and auto cruise control etc…and it was interesting, and I played with the controls until I almost crashed into someone else and I turned them off and listened to AM radio. Because I don’t need magnetic ride control or GPS dependent ride height. I couldn’t find the exact article I was reading about the new tech, but here is R&T’s list of fancy-pants tech, and here is KBB’s Best Auto Tech of 2019…and the following is DailyTurismo’s best tech of 2020…also known as the 10 Things I Need In A Car in 2020. The future is now.
The fifth (and final) generation Honda Prelude was available in the US market with a 200 horsepower 2.0 liter VTEC equipped inline-4 from 1996-2000. Most have been turned into “race cars,” grounded to the ground and covered in mismatched body panels, so finding a stock example is indeed a treat…even if that stock example has […]
I must be getting old…because I find myself turned off by heavily modified sports cars. Doesn’t matter if they are stanced or lifted or just Pepboys bolt-on stick-on pimped…I just feel an overwhelming sense of meh when I see something that was sporty from the factory and is now modified. It is one thing to […]