I read an article the other day mentioning that Carvana was going to lay off something like 2500 people (or 12% of their workforce), and I thought “ooof, that’s brutal” but then I thought “it’s probably a good thing.” Now before the pitchforks get too sharp, I want to clarify that I feel bad for […]
People are always stopping me on the street and asking “What kind of car would Ignatius Reilly drive?” I’m never quite sure how to answer this question, but if I recall in the Confederacy of Dunces, it was his mother that crashed an old Plymouth into a building and that launches Ignatius need to find […]
The Subaru SVX (known as the Alcyone in its home market of Japan) was designed by noted Italian Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign and was the most expensive Subaru built when it was introduced in 1991. Internet rumor claims that Subaru lost money on each SVX sold (which we find hard to believe) but the Japanese […]
We continue our countdown of 12 econoboxes from this vintage Car and Driver comparison article. The twelve sub $10k (when new) cars were ranked by an assortment of college kids, and this next one is number 11. Today’s Justy has the desired 4-wheel-drive option, but it still has a 1.2 liter 3-pot engine that puts […]
The second version of Subaru Impreza WRX to wear the STI badge in the USA was produced starting 2008 as a hatchback only rally machine, but in 2011 Subaru introduced a 4-door sedan version of the STI and sport sedan enthusiasts everywhere rejoiced. I’m not saying that I don’t appreciate the hauling capability and style […]
Billionaire investor/car guy/Yugo enthusiast Malcom Bricklin started importing the Subaru 360 in 1968, where he sold them for a basic starting price of $1,297. The little 360/Ladybug was only slightly faster than the typical lawnmower engine powered home-made go-kart, but had license plates and was legal to drive on the road. Unfortunately, US importation of the 360 ended by 1971, shortly after the muckrakers at Consumer Reports labeled the lightweight as “Not Acceptable” due to safety concerns. Imagine what those pearl clutchers would have said if they’d see a 360 that had been modified like this next one?! Find this 1971 Subaru 360 offered for $7,900 in Seattle, WA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: This is a great DD sleeper… lots of high quality parts.. for some reason the spec-b’s don’t get the big $$ the STi’s do, but they are 90% the drivers car, just a little softer and easier to live with every day. I have a feeling you could buy this, drive it 10k mi/yr, keep it in good shape, and sell it in a couple years for what you paid for it. Find this 2009 Subaru Legacy Spec B offered for $10,500 in Newburyport, MA via craigslist.
The second generation Subaru Forester was released for the US market in 2003, but in 2004 they released a turbocharged model called the XT that produced 210 horsepower from a 2.5 liter flat-4 that was based on the STi powerplant. This next example has a few miles and isn’t showroom perfect, but it’ll be good for taking the dogs to the park or kids to school AND hitting some dirt on the way home. Find this 2004 Subaru Forester XT offered for $6,600 near Charleston, SC via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
If you build your own Volkswagen Dune buggy you’ll have a feeling of accomplishment that is hard to beat. You’ll also learn a ton of stuff about building dune buggies and chassis wiring and all-around useful man skills. However, you might miss out on the birth of your second child and you will also likely have many scars to show for your hard work. Buying a used Dune Buggy, on the other hand, you get all of the Dune Buggy driving experiences without the hard work for pennies on the dollar. Seems like win win. Find this 1970 Volkswagen Dune Buggy offered for $14000 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.
This next car is a Legacy GT, which combined all of the turbocharged flat-4 with manual gearbox goodness of an Impreza WRX, but with refinement and grown-up looks of the Legacy sedan. It won’t be as fast as an STI, but it’ll be way easier to live with on a day-to-day basis and you don’t need to take up vaping to own one. Find this 2010 Subaru Legacy GT offered for $6,900 in Royal Palm Beach, FL via craigslist. Tip from KM.