Mid Week Match-Up: A Christmas Miracle

It is Wednesday, so that means time for the mid week match-up, a feature so awesome that it has its own cheer squad and band.   Today is Canadian Christmas, so what better than to help out someone in the wild north find a new car.  From reader Christian S:

I have just discovered that I am in need of a new-to-me
ride. My current beast is a 1990 Nissan Pathfinder wagon with a rusted out frame
that won’t make it through another winter here in Montreal, Canada (salut
les amis!) Seeing as it is days before Christmas and I am broke like every
other bicycle mechanic I need help finding an un-killable motor and
transmission combo with no electrical issues mounted in a Euro/Nippon-aise
package for C-H-E-A-P. I have a budget of $3000. Requirements: Fits 4 people,
must be 4×4  (no AWD isn’t the same thing). With enough ground
clearance to fit my 6’2”, 190lbs body lying down under the lowest
part. Reason for that last one is that the “path” to the family “cottage”
tears the bottom off of every vehicle because of the granite boulders that the
road is made of.  That’ll be the reason for the 4×4 along with the
fact that in the spring the road floods with more than 20” of standing
water. Can ya help a guy out when he’s down on his luck? Ideally it’ll
be somewhere close because I have exactly 14 calendar days before the
plates are no good and I get pulled over again.

DT E-i-C Vince: I know that the request was for a Euro-Nippon package, but I think that for once the answer to this question is something ‘Murican.  Specifically, this TJ generation 2002 Jeep Wrangler Sport offered for $3,995 CAD from a dealer in Montréal via Kijiji.ca.  It is a few bones above the budget, but with the right attitude and a set of grungy clothes (I always look like a bum when buying cars, CFlo can confirm I’ve taken off a pressed button down shirt and worn an undershirt when looking at cars in the middle of the work day) you might be able to take this 4X4 5-vitesse equipped beauty home.

What do you recommend for Christian? Comments below.