Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mid Week Match-Up: Find A Cheap Driver For Nathan

If you listened to the latest DT Radio Show, you might have heard our guest (who skyped in from Japan) Nathan talk about his experience living and driving on the wrong side of the road.  It has been an interesting extended vacation for Nathan, but it is time to return to the land of freedom fries and unlimited soft drink refills. Nathan will dump the kei-car he has been driving in Japan and need something new for driving around SoCal with his family.


A few things about Nathan, first he is a serious gearhead, capable of fixing anything on wheels (the guy makes MacGyver look like Mary-Kate Olsen) but not a speed junkie, so you can forget the M5/AMG or similar cars, but he isn't scared of a depreciated luxury sedan that might need a few wrenches turned and prefers his cars cheap, less than $5k (IIRC Nathan was driving an Audi 4000 with 300k miles on the odo that someone gave him before he moved East).  I'd recommend this 1991 Lexus LS400 offered for $3,100 in Spring Valley, CA via craigslist, but I'm sure the DT regulars will find something better.  Search away!

23 comments:

  1. I was thinking something like a 1985 4runner. Last year of the solid front axle and first year of fuel injection. They aren't fast, however they're fairly reliable aside from an occasional head gasket and easy to maintain. They do very well offroad, with similar performance to an older Jeep (though with less torque to push big tires or go mudding) thanks to the solid axles and leaf springs. There is a large aftermarket both for chassis and powertrain upgrades, and many online communities like Pirate 4x4 that provide guidance and inspiration for everything in between rock crawler builds and basic tune-up tech. Best thing about these trucks is unlike a jeep, you can simply remove the roof and back seat when not driving around with the family, and use them like a pick-up; i.e. to move motorcycles or even an ATV or two. They drive like an oversized Suzuki Samurai, because they basically are one. You can even tow, as long as it's not something that's too heavy. Jet skis, a smaller boat, or maybe even an auto transporter with a small or medium sized car on it. Here are a few I've seen kicking around Craigslist:
    1985 toyota 4runner - $4800
    1985 Toyota 4-Runner, GREAT TRUCK!! - $4000

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  2. Ford Contour SVT, especially if it already has the 3L swap.

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    1. Cramped back seat and a bitch to work on.

      Nice to drive, but not much of a family hauler.

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  3. <a href="http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/5224756322.html>Resto-mod Benz 280S</a>? Needs the paddles applied to the blue interior bits, stat, but otherwise could be fun.
    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00m0m_f4i99VL5taI_600x450.jpg[/img]
    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00p0p_f6prlaCaRnJ_600x450.jpg[/img]

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  4. 2008 Crown Vic for $3,300 in Bellevue, WA

    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00101_lTLBDdSC1F1_600x450.jpg[/img]

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  5. Wait wait wait, he has no family, right?

    http://anchorage.craigslist.org/mcy/5246389501.html
    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00202_cWXQ1HcBfxr_600x450.jpg[/img]

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    1. And the grand prize for "Confederate Flag at northernmost latitude" goes to...

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    2. A fair number of southern transplants throughout AK...

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    3. #ConfederateLivesMatter?

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  6. I'm currently driving a V6 2007 Sonata I bought a year ago with 30k one owner miles on it. In did replace the tires due to age but other than that, no problems.

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  7. Low mileage Audi 4000 CS Quattro $4500
    Can offer less due to some rust. Taking it to So Cal makes it worth fixing up.
    He is already familiar with the quirks and you can't get old school Quattro's out of your system.
    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00o0o_9QslEf3jzZD_50x50c.jpg[/img]

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    1. It should read buy an Audi 4K for $4K. I'm sure that it can be had for less than the listed $4K. . That pays for shipping.
      It gets great mileage and is fun to drive at speed while rowing your own gears.
      The exhaust note is sweet and the Quattro selector is just waiting to be clicked on that future ski trip.

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    2. Much lower mileage than my previous one, although the previous CS Lewis edition was free. It would be hard to justify spending $4k for a car that should be free.

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  8. There's only one answer for the guy who can fix anything... DRAKEN!

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    1. The DRAKEN...hahah, that is a terrib....wait...I take it back, that is a brilliant idea. Hmm....

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  9. BMW 540i

    Cheap. Really good. Done.

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  10. Let's, if speed isn't on the table, nor is reliability, then what factors are left as important for a family ride? I can think of one:

    Safety.

    Therefore, Volvo is your answer. Maybe a wagon--V70, or XC70 (2001-2007)? Or maybe an early 5-cylinder XC90?

    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/01414_Rw1rWzlvnD_600x450.jpg[/img]

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/cto/5244623821.html

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