Friday, May 1, 2015

All the Cars, Part 10: 1979 Volvo 244DL

Car/Body/Engine: 1979 Volvo 244DL / brown sedan, 4-door / 2.1L inline-4-cylinder gasoline engine, 106 HP
Features: 4-speed manual with overdrive, RWD, seats 5
Owned?: yes
Purchased for/from: $450, from an old man who no longer drove
Summary: brown, beautiful, beater.
What I Liked: Good gas mileage, comfortable ride, plenty of power.
What I Didn't Like: Belt for power steering pump and A/C was gone, making it a heavy vehicle to steer.
What Happened to It: Sold for $500.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cheap Craigslist Car: 1987 Mercury Grand Marquis

Looks like a pretty nice mid-level 4-door sedan. The asking of $500 is also about right for a car like this (the 5.0L V8 engine will only give 19-22 miles per gallon). Hopefully someone will give this car a good home (won't be me, I'm out of the car-buying game for a little while).

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cheap Craigslist Car: 1988 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon

This was one of the last of the true, full-sized American "station wagons". These days, a "station wagon" is little more than a 4-door hatchback, and the next step up is the small SUV (like the Honda CR-V). This is actually a pretty good deal, if it's in the condition the seller says it is. In fact, these final full-size station wagons are some of the best ones, as they didn't suffer from the horrific fuel economy of their 70's-early 80's predecessors. That's not to say that they what one would call "fuel efficient", but their 15-25 miles per gallon are certainly better than the 8-17 miles per gallon of the older full-size wagons.

The important kicker question about this particular station wagon is: "Does it have jump seats?"  If not, then it's cool but not awesome. If it DOES, then it's a winner in my book.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cheap Craigslist Car: 1977 Chevy El Camino

I've never liked the styling of El Caminos, but the idea of them has grown on me somewhat over the years. The utility of a pickup bed with the stylings of a car is actually a pretty neat concept.

Its downfall is, that like most oversized American cars of the late 70's, a V8 350 may be FUN to drive, but it's not very fuel-efficient.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cheap Craigslist Car: 1990 GMC Suburban

This is an example of a "deceptive" listing, where the asking price he listed in the header is NOT actually what he is asking. When I first saw this, I thought "$900, not a bad price for a working 4x4 suburban," but then I read the description and it turns out that he's actually asking for $900 cash PLUS $900 in trade OR $1,800 cash.

So his REAL price is $1,800. Which is far too much to ask for such a gas guzzler when gas is $4/gallon.

On large trucks and gas guzzlers, "I put SO MUCH MONEY in the tires!" is extremely common. Unfortunately, the instant you buy tires you lose at least 50% of their value. You cannot ask too much for a vehicle just because YOU spent too much on tires.

Asking price: $1,800
Realistic selling price: $1,000-$1,400
What the owner should do: re-list at $1,500, take the best offer he gets. Gas guzzlers are a dime a dozen these days. OR put cheap tires on it and relist the truck at $1,200 and the tires separately for whatever he thinks he can get.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cheap Craigslist Car: 1987 Mazda B2600a

"Transmission blown up, cracked windshield, rest of truck is sound."
I laughed out loud when I read that line.
Send it to the crusher.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cheap Craigslist Car: 1969 Ford F100

I've never been a fan of big trucks, but I do have a soft spot for older pickup trucks. This 1969 F100 is exactly the type of truck I would love to own, and in fact this specific specimen would be perfect EXCEPT: it's not a 4x4 pickup.

Really, $1,200 for a running/driving pickup in this shape of this vintage is a good deal.

But, to me, a pickup without 4-wheel drive adds nothing to my "collection", so I'll pass.