The second generation Subaru Forester was released for the US market in 2003, but in 2004 they released a turbocharged model called the XT that produced 210 horsepower from a 2.5 liter flat-4 that was based on the STi powerplant. This next example has a few miles and isn’t showroom perfect, but it’ll be good for taking the dogs to the park or kids to school AND hitting some dirt on the way home. Find this 2004 Subaru Forester XT offered for $6,600 near Charleston, SC via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
This next car comes as a tip from FuelTruck who writes: The seller doesn’t include much info on his engine, but these 7.3 liter Powerstrokes are legendary for their reliability. Typically this truck would be selling for another 10k (at least) on a dealer’s lot. Buy and drive, or flip for a healthy profit. Find this 2001 Ford Excursion XLT offered for $8,500 in Concord, CA via craigslist.
The Ford Excursion was only sold for a single generation from 2000 through 2006. It was a full sized heavy duty Class 2 SUV built on Ford’s F250 Super Duty platform and a direct competitor to GM’s Suburban SUV. The Suburban survived the early 2000s gas price crisis and the 2008 carpocalypse, but the Excursion went into the history books and the used car lots around the planet. Today we’ve got an Excursion that isn’t just the mean (and not at all green) Triton V10 powered version, but it is also 4X4 and converted into a limousine setup. Find this 2003 Ford Excursion XLT V10 Limo bidding for $5,100 in Binghampton, NY via carsandbids.com.
The Diamond Star Motors (DSM) Eagle Talon is one of those cars that you either get…or your don’t get. Which is totally fine. Some cars are like that, they don’t have universal appeal, but they do have a cult of followers. I don’t count myself in the inner circle, but I’m enough of a lover of turbochargers, all-wheel-drive, and manual-gearboxes that I appreciate this next thing. Find this 1992 Eagle Talon TSI offered for $8000 in Johnston, RI via craigslist. Tip from ME.
The G35 was a model sold at Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti in the USA starting in the 2003 model year. The G35 is powered by a 260 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque version of Nissan’s VQ35DE that is located far back in the chassis (Nissan calls it FM -front midships) mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox that is connected to a viscous limited slip differential out back. Today’s example is offered for a decent price for the number of miles and condition. Find this 2004 Infiniti G35 offered for $8990 in Canton, MA via cars.com. Tip from Art C.
When the Cadillac XLR was released for the 2004 model year, everyone thought that the Bowling Green, KY assembled 2-seat convertible would be a Corvette with some Cadillac badging and a walnut trim interior. But it wasn’t. The XLR might have been built in the same production facility and shared a hydroformed frame as the Vette, but the XLR had a unique Cadillac NorthStar V8, magneto-rheological shock absorbers (for enhanced ride control), a 5 or 6 speed automatic transmission and a power-retractable aluminum hardtop. It also had walnut trim. Find this 2004 Cadillac XLR offered for $19,500 in Plainville, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Today’s third Syncro de Mayo entry is not a vintage Vanagon or a sweet Mk 2 Golf Country, but it does have VW’s syncro all-wheel drive system which was later known as 4Motion. Those earlier syncro Golfs and Vanagons have become expensive due to the uniqueness of their drive systems, so we’ll have to dig into the early 2000s to find something appropriately cheap and ready for your 4×4 adventures. This B5.5 Passat is the unicorn of Passats — it has all of the right pieces — 6-speed, 4Motion, and 1.8T 4-banger. You might wonder why anyone would want the smallest engine in the family (versus the 2.8V6, or 4.0W8) but it is the lightest of all engines and easily more powerful than the V6 with the addition of a simple ECU chip and with some intake/exhaust and a small turbo upgrade it’ll blow the doors off the W8 as well. Trust me, get the 1.8T and feed it premium fuel and synthetic oil, you won’t regret it. Find this 2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 4Motion offered for $2800 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist. Tip from Michael.
Welcome to Daily Turismo’s Syncro de Mayo, our May 5th celebration of Volkswagen’s four wheel drive system known as Syncro. Today’s next entry into the cabal of synchronicity did not use the Syncro name in its advertising literature, but the R32 Golf MkV puts power from its 250 horsepower VR6 engine into a Haldex controlled center diff that’ll put power to the rear wheels when needed. It still maintains a certain degree front front-wheel-drive understeer, but you can get the back end to step out with trail braking or a heavy right foot. For whatever reason, VW decided to only build the MkV R32 with some kind of flappy paddle double clutch DSG thing, but all reports indicate that the DSG in the R32 is relatively fun to drive. Find this 2008 Volkswagen R32 offered for $12,500 in Sunnyvale, CA via craigslist.
“The Chevrolet Malibu Maxx is going to save GM from bankruptcy and disaster” — said nobody in 2007. But the Maxx was an interesting take on the 5-door hatchback-ish wagon that is reminiscent of the Olds Cutlass Aeroback or the Corolla Liftback — both of which came out decades earlier. However, the Malibu Maxx SS added a 3.9 liter LZ9 pushrod V6 to the Malibu chassis for an earth shattering 240 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs of torque mated to a 4-speed slushbox. Do you suppose anyone at GM in 2007 even thought that was a sporty or super sporty? Find this 2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx SS offered for $6,500 in Groton, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I’ve always wondered if the Volvo C30 was as fun to drive as it is to look at…and here is your chance to find out and report back. Seller submission from Frank who writes: I need to get this out of the way, and there must be some DT reader who can use it. It’s conveniently located right in the middle of the county, which should be about the same distance from either coast, where anyone who would want such a thing will be located. Find this 2009 Volvo C30 offered for $5,495 in McPherson, KS via craigslist.