Are you trying to decide if you next car should have 2 cylinders or 4 cylinders? Perhaps you want the frugal fuel economy that only 2 cylinders can provide, but the smooth and refined sounds of a 4-cylinder. Or maybe you want some of the 4-cylinder horsepower, but mixed with the 2-cylinder maintenance costs (2 spark plugs, 2 intake valves…everything costs 1/2 as much)…but you can’t decide. Then you get a 3-cylinder engine, because now you get all of the thrashy noises associated with a un-even number of cylinders combined with a hamster-pulling-a-boulder-up-a-hill acceleration. Find this 1992 Daihatsu Charade offered for $3,500 in Groveland, FL via headcrash wreckingbook. Tip from David.
Read out loud and really fast for best effect: Hello car fans and welcome to another edition of Unlikely Manuals — the game show where even if you lose, you go home with a sore left leg and copy of our home game. Today’s next contestant is a late model Korean economy car with a plastic engine cover emblazoned with a meaningless acronym related to its particularly fuel injection strategy (nobody ever said; I wasn’t gonna buy this car because I wasn’t sure about the method of fuel injection, until I popped the hood and saw the chromed GTDiMqVPDQ badge and then I was sold) and you’d expect to open the door and be greeted with some steering wheel mounted buttons that were connected to a CVT that has all the positive engagement and auditory appeal of an immersion blender in a can of marbles. Lo and behold, if you look past the low rent cloth seats and black plastic interior trim that was inspired by the Harbor Freight free coupon lineup, you’ll find a manual gearbox shifter. Granted, that shifter might have the feel of an immersion blender in a jar of kimchi, but if I’m gonna drive an economy car and save on fuel, it better be manual gearbox…and I don’t care about the injection. Find this 2012 Kia Soul with 6-speed offered for $4,500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
I know what you are thinking. The guys at DT have found the Christmas rum cake storage and eaten at entire box. Ok…that might be true…but you’ve got to hang on and take a second look at this tippy low budget small SUV crossover thing from a South Korean automaker. I never thought those words […]
The Chrysler Crossfire is infamous for utilising the earlier SLK platform from Mercedes, but in a distinctly low-rent sort of way. As it turns out, the Crossfire wasn’t the only mid-00s ‘new’ car born from an old Mercedes platform; this was based on an old E-Class. How old you ask? W124-vintage. This is the Korean […]
The average Hyundai Genesis fan may not know (unless he’s Canadian and has already been scarred) that there was were two rear-wheel-drive North American market Hyundai’s prior to Seoul getting all fancy in the 2000’s, the Pony and the Stellar. Find this 1988 Hyundai Pony for sale in Havelock, Ontario, Canada for $CA1,500 ($1,120 US monies […]
In 2011 Hyundai launched their most ambitious offering in North America, a long wheelbase luxury barge aimed squarely at the BMW 7-series, Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Oddly enough, the big executive limousine wears the Hyundai badge, but Hyundai just announced this week the launch of the Genesis brand (a la Lexus, Infiniti, Acura) where […]