Most of these diesels were selected for their super-duper fuel economy (typically 40+ mpg), but some are simply classics of the tasteless styling of the 80's.
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The classic assless car. Throw in a smoky, underpowered 5.7L diesel engine, and you have one of the best (worst) cars ever made.
It's tiny, it's efficient, it's diesel... and it's a Chevette! Perhaps one of the rarest diesels in existence.
Another rare diesel, but not quite as "lucrative" a find as a diesel Chevette.
Great fuel efficiency, great reliability, and a deliciously-disgusting 80's body.
They're boxy, they're underpowered, but nostalgia + a diesel engine makes me want one of these.
Out of all the vehicles described in this post, the 240D is probably the only one that could actually be described as "classy and tasteful."
Incredibly fuel-efficient and amazingly fun to drive.
What can I say? Toyota makes simple, reliable cars.
This car has the classic Comic Book Guy car design. It is a well-known fact that only huge dudes drive cars this small.
If you squint you almost might trick yourself into thinking you're driving a Mercedes.