Monthly Archives: February 2012

1987 Porsche 944: Disposable Sports Car #8

It was 1986, and she had just moved to my buddy Dave’s neighborhood. I was 15, she was 16, and despite my awkward teenageness, she agreed to a date with me. That night I experienced two first times, unfortunately neither was that one I was hoping for. You see, she fell ill (or did she?) and had to go home early. Since she drove and I didn’t she took me back to her house for her dad to drive me home. First #1 was that she had an early pop-up headlight Accord which I thought was cool (and still have a soft spot for – was also the first car I coached my wife through buying) and got to ride in; and First #2 was the ride in her dad’s new Porsche 944. I’d been in Porsches before (two, I think), but never a 944. Bear in mind “Sixteen Candles” was still all over HBO, and really, who among us wasn’t jealous of Jake Ryan and his 944? Find this example here on Craigslist in Boston, Massachusetts for just $3,495.

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1983 Mercedes-Benz 300CD-T: Pillarless Turbodiesel Coupe Bargain!

Sometimes I find that if I post cars that are interesting (to me…) here, it keeps me from doing something stupid like buying them. This car is an excellent example of me trying to do that. I want this car. I’ve been a fan of the Mercedes 123-series cars since I was a kid, and have owned more than a few of them, including 240s, 280s, and 300s, diesel and gas. My favorites, though, are the 3.0 turbodiesel variants. That motor and the distinctive sounds and smells it makes are among my favorite automotive sensory experiences. I also like the way they look and drive. Find this steal of a coupe here on the PeachParts Mercedes Forum for $4,100.
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1980 Ferrari Pinin Sedan: The Ultimate Classic Supersedan

This car was the cover story in the August, 1980 issue of Road and Track magazine. I know it was this car because they only made one of them. It was the time when Enzo still at least figuratively held the reins at the little Modena carmaker, and had a lot of say in design direction, despite his Fiat overlords. As a dedicated sports and touring car manufacturer, Ferrari was not known for building sedans, yet this one somehow escaped from the Pininfarina design studios. Here’s the deal: I know that we don’t tend to write about hyper-expensive cars that we can only dream of owning, but I LOVE this car. I have always loved this car. I want this car. Sadly, at $825,000, I can’t afford 1/10th of this car. But maybe you can. Or you can dream along with me. Find it for sale here at AutoSpeak in Modena, Italy.

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Rare and Go Anywhere

BMWs 1992-1995 E34 5-Series station wagon, known as the Touring, is common enough. If you want one, they’re out there. Prices will depend on condition and modifications, since most of the cars were heavily optioned. Stock 525iT with a slushbox or supercharged M3-powered 5-speed track monster? Sure. What do you want to pay?

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Car Shopping

Car shopping is either a joy or a chore, depending on your automotive disposition. Regardless, it’s always better to shop when you don’t actually need to spend the money. Casually browsing, whether surfing eBay or wandering around Burt’s Used BMW Emporium and Sushi Bodega, is less stressful if you know you can just keep driving your current heap.

My friend Dale Olson has a long commute, travelling daily from his home in River Falls, WI to Eagan, MN, something near 100 miles roundtrip. His 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5 TS wagon, purchased new, has recently sailed passed 152,000 miles. Having the body thoroughly rust-proofed when new, Dale says, has helped it immensely.
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Garage Corner: New Shoes for the 1993 MX-5 Miata

When I was writing the ad to sell the Miata, the one negative that gnawed at me was the old, flat-spotted Dunlop tires. I knew they were old, because 1) I had the receipt, and 2) they were the same Dunlop D60 A2s that I bought for our 1994 Miata in early 1997. I don’t think they’ve made these tires for over 10 years. Regardless, they were old, hard, flat-spotted and in dire need of replacement. It was not a story I wanted to explain to potential buyers, and was a definite knock-down to a really terrific car. Now that I have decided to keep it, I decided it was high time to address the issue.

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