The E46 generation of BMW’s M3 stands a top the podium of M3 goodness — the earlier generations have de-tuned US spec motors that are an embarrassment compared to the Euro good stuff and the later cars are over digitized things with roaring V8s and turbomulators — nobody needs that. An M3 should have an […]
You know what they say — the only thing more expensive than an expensive Land Rover, is a cheap Land Rover. This is a fact of life that is well known and often ignored, but when you consider the ridiculous high asking prices for late model blob-SUVs, a cheap Ranger Rover is so tempting…you shouldn’t […]
The Toyota line-up around 2006 was pretty awful. Well…not if you were the typical consumer who loved driving affordable cars for miles without unnecessary breakdowns or huge fuel bills…but you ARE NOT that typical consumer because you are reading this website. It was awful for the performance enthusiast who loves the rush of accelerating and beating that half asleep old guy in the So-Cal freeway on-ramp drag races (listen up Caltrans on-ramp light designers — you’ve got TWO lanes and TWO lights…why do they go green at the exact same time if not to promote street racing)…but if you accidentally ordered a Rav4 with the V6 and AWD you got into a car that was unexpectedly quicker than any other new Toyota and surprisingly fun to drive on-road or off. Find this 2008 Toyota Rav4 V6 AWD offered for $8000 in New York via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
u won’t have automatic lane departure warning buzzards (I’m not sure why you’d want a buzzard to peck at your neck when you change lanes without a blinker, but I hear they are friendly birds if treated properly and only molt twice a year) and self aspirating seats (“You can’t never take wound care too seriously” — said the spokeswoman from Toyota at the last year’s Detroit Auto Show) but imagine driving a 30 year old car in 1970. That would have been a 1940 car. Or even driving a 30 year old car in the year 2000 — a 1970 Torino would have been nuts to daily drive in 1999…but you could easily drive this next car every day and not have people calling the cops on you. Find this 1990 BMW 535i offered for $6,000 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
If this next car looks simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar, you are not alone. This car is a result of some international disputes that made Brazil ban (or make them really expensive) the importing of foreign cars for a number of years. The folks at Volkswagen got around the furrin car hate by building a factory (or two) in Brasil and eventually letting the locals design and develop their own cars. Nossa Senhora! This car is a Volkswagon of Brasil built type 3 that was designed by Marcio Piancastelli and it was given the nickname of Zé do Caixão (“Coffin Joe”) because of its boxy shape. This 1969 Volkswagen 1600L failed to meet reserve at a bid of $9800 (but will probably be back up for sale soon) located in Daytona Beach, FL.
hen, what happened? Oh. Sorry. I didn’t know you were transferred to the Cadillac naming department and now spend your days trying to figure out new and complicated alpha numeric designations for the next g-neration of sedan, but I’m excited to see the new C’NSYNC5 Blackbeard Edition when it launches. Is that a fixed roof convertible crossover sedan coupe motorcycle batwing? Cool. Find this 2006 Chevrolet Malibu SS offered for $7,950 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
a tip from Art C who writes: What could go wrong buying a Toyota from New Hampshire?? Let’s see where they rust (or what plastic parts they rust under) with this not too shabby sub 3k example! Shoot, if I were in the market I’d drive up. I’ll BE in the market when someone buys my G35 sedan 6M. Hey, send in your listing for the G35 to DT and buy this Celica. Find this 2001 Toyota Celica GT-S offered for $2999 in Intervale, NH via craigslist.
r comes as a tip from ME who writes: I doubt it has a manual transmission, still a cool wagon for a few bucks. Yes, this car certainly does not have a manual, or an LS V8, but what it does have is room for lots of kids, cheap Ford Taurus replacement parts and zero mass market appeal, so you can get a nice one for about the cost of a pack of chewing gum. Find this 2001 Mercury Sable Wagon LS offered for $2995 in New Haven, CT via craigslist.
The Honda S2000 is known for its legendary F20C inline-4 that pushes the limit of what a product engine should be able to do. The VTEC equipped 2.0 liter (later increased to 2.2 liters in the F22C1) pushes 237 horsepower out of its small engine by revving to 8900 rpm. The mean piston speed of about 5000 ft/min was something that only race cars could achieve and people wondered how long the Honda built engine could last with this much internal stress and piston ring wear and con-rod forces. This next seller doesn’t mention if he has ever rolled in a new set of bearings, but the engine has 422k miles and appears to have never been rebuilt. Maybe the next owner can take this car to 1 million miles. Find this 2001 Honda S2000 offered for $9250 in Treasure Coast, FL via craigslist. Tip from Ali.
Tipper Art sent in a sweet Mazda 5 wagon with a 5-speed manual the other day and I thought it was a bummer that it wasn’t the third generation Mazda 5 that was available with a 6-speed and the more torquey 2.5 liter MZR 4-banger…and then I found this smiling face on my local craigslist. Still needs the upgrade to the JDM Karakuri 7-seat setup. Find this 2014 Mazda 5 Sport with 6-speed offered for $10,500 in Santa Monica, CA via craigslist.