Mid Week Match-Up: $10k Driver For Dukie

It is Wednesday so that means another time for another episode of DT’s Mid Week Match-Up , the game where even the winners don’t get a copy of our home game.  This week’s MWMU request comes from Oppositelock contributor Dukie, who writes: 

So, Aces (1981 Toyota Celica) isn’t really cutting it as a daily. The transmission issues are getting bothersome (I have one to swap in, but trying to find the time with a newborn just isn’t happening), and the lack of good HVAC in it has sucked during the last few weeks here in Seattle.

Anyway, I’m seriously looking at getting something different. I’ve always wanted a Wrangler, but I just can’t justify a best MPG of 19 hwy (yes I’ve driven a TJ & JK). I like the 1st Gen 4Runners like this one, but I’m not sure if it will work well for our family.

Dukie continues:

Ideally I’d like something that will baby, has decent cargo room, and it would be nice if it can tow a small trailer/haul junk with on the rare occasion I need to make a dump run, but that’s not an absolute need. I also want it to be fun and not “beige”. The wife said a Wrangler wouldn’t be out of the question MPG-wise since I carpool and we use my co-worker’s car (I give him gas money every week), but I like to occasionally get out and go for a drive.

Budget is around $10k, but I’m cheap. Seattle area but not afraid to hit Spokompton or Portlandia for something that catches the eye.

DT: A quick search of the Spokane craigslist netted this beauty, a 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, offered for $8,000.  It looks like the perfect unusual driver for a decent price. What can you find? Comments below.