If you read, listen, or watch the news, you might be concerned that the world is going to end soon. Or at least that civilization might end soon…but don’t start chewing that cyanide pill just yet, but you might consider becoming a prepper. Or buying a sweet prepper vehicle and just driving it around like […]
Mercedes-Benz diesel engines from the 70s/80s/90s are noteworthy for their ability to outlast all of the other parts of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, even though those vehicles were built to a high standard. The legendary Daimler quality reputation took a hit during the Daimler-Chrysler era but the diesel engines still seem to last longer than their […]
Sometimes wheels ruin the look of a car…and sometimes they take it to the next level. The Ronal R10 Turbo wheels on this next car are a considerable improvement over the typical stock steelies you’ll find on a diesel Rabbit, and you might forget how stupifiyingly slow the car is when you look at those […]
The North American Ford Escort was a pile of miserable steaming…oh…hi. I didn’t expect Ford Escort Owners Club of North America board members to read this website…errr…let me try again. The North American Ford Escort wasn’t as scrumptious as the European Escort, but you don’t really see them on the road anymore. However, I think […]
I never thought that these words would leave my fingertips, but this New Beetle looks cool. I guess I could have written those words about the turbine powered New Beetle that was featured last year, but that car was more terrifying than cool. But a lifted New Beetle with a TDI and 6-speed manual…that is […]
et it. A diesel powered Audi 5000S is going to be slow…really slow. But it has to be faster than a Rabbit diesel and that was one of the most memorable cars I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning/driving. And before you get the idea of LS1 swapping it or putting in a new 600 horsepower Audi inline-5 from an RS-somethingorother, note that this car has rust. So this is the car that you need to just fix the described piston ring issue (maybe new rings, maybe some Marvel Mystery Oil and a case of Seafoam…I dunno, we’ll see where the weekend takes us) and drive it till your wife starts complaining about all of the cars you own. All I can say is — that is the cleanest engine bay in a $1000 car I’ve seen in decades. Find this 1981 Audi 5000S Diesel offered for $1000 in Colorado Springs, CO via facedasher marketbeans. Tip from Mark.
What has….a diesel engine, manual gearbox, UNIMOG off-road chassis, and seating for 22 people? If you said “my dream vehicle,” then this next feature might just make your day. But for the rest of us who don’t have storage for a giant vehicle that leaks as much oil as it burns, this is mostly a curiosity. Find this 1972 Mercedes-Benz O309D Omnibus offered for $12,000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.
When you see a car and think to yourself “wow, I’m glad this comes with a spare car” you should probably stop and think carefully about your purchase. Because, as a rule, cars that come with a spare car are ones where the parts availability is limited to what you can find in the homebrew junkyard in your front yard. However, according to a guy I know who grew up in Africa, the 505 was the last reliable Pug to leave the factories in wherever they were built. I think Jeremy Clarkson might have said the same thing, but he doesn’t have the same street cred as a guy who grew up in Addis Ababa. He probably told me some other things about the diesel powered Peugeot, but I should probably should pay more attention when people tell me things. Find this 1985 Peugeot 505 D Turbo Station Wagon offered for $3900 in Fortuna, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I’ve bought some rough cars over the years — many of them that needed help getting home, but I’ve always been keen on getting a good title and a set of matching keys. This next car comes with neither of those things…or if it does have keys, you need a new ignition switch. It is not likely that this car is stolen, but I don’t believe that “out of the DMV system” is really a thing in California (although it might be a thing in the wild state of Nevada)…but the sketchiness factor to asking price is…ummm…not bad. Just watch your back when heading to a remote desert meet-up spot with $1400 in cash. Find this 1976 Mercedes-Benz 300D offered for $1400 in Pahrump, NV via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from FuelTruck who writes: F-350 retro car carrier. For the person who wants an unbreakable workhorse to move his racecar(s), or just make a couple of extra bucks on the side hauling other people’s projects out of garages, barns, cow pastures, etc. And you’ll be able to haul plenty of stuff with the 7.3 liter International turbo diesel with a manual gearbox. Find this 1993 Ford F-350 offered for $12,500 in Bluffton, SC via craigslist.