@fintail I’ve met a few people who had Rampages and they all regret giving them up. I’ve had a few offers on mine even with the shit body on it. I really want to SRT 4 swap mine and get the body repaired properly.
@carsoffortlangley I've been trying to test drive one at a dealer close to me, but the dumbasses can't seem to make it happen. I've actually tried to test drive one like 3 times at 3 separate Nissan dealers and it's been like pulling teeth to even find a salesperson to talk to, which has kinda put me off them.
Still, I should try one, despite the deeply sad interior, they seem like a capable thing and decent value.
@manwich When I bought my '04 Mach 1 about 10 years ago, it had a DVD screen in the headliner. I wasn't a fan, so I went to remove it, and found out the RCA cables that were the inputs were cut and twist spliced under the carpet. As in, only the outer insulation was removed and the shielding wire and insulated core wire were all twisted together.
@misterbuttercup Can’t go wrong with one. They are cheap, not too bad to insure, surprisingly reliable, and just so much fun. I am on my second one and I just can’t see anything I’d like as much that is under $40k used (M2, M4, or some Porsche, those are about the only things I’d consider).
This was surprisingly tough to decide... but I had to go with the C3.
At first I was thinking the C3 was an easy win. But damn you... you picked one with a slushbox... and you picked a meticulously restored manual Volvo where they even restored that damn green felt! RESTORED GREEN FELT!!!
The Odyssey of this generation makes the Chrysler vans look like pillars of reliability.
They are plagued with oil consumption issues, transmission issues, electronic issues, and are generally best described as cold/wet noodle to drive.
They have terrible road/wind noise and the interior looks straight out of the 90s.
The Grand Caravan would have been an easy win under 2 conditions.
It was powered by the 3.8L or 4.0L.
It had maintenance records. This is key to driving any Mopar for a very long time. It is also the most neglected thing on Mopars.
Being a 3.3L, it's going to be an underpowered lump to drive, but the 3.3/4-speed combo is dead reliable, easily making the Odyssey and even Sienna's look like unreliable garbage.
They ride smooth with minimal wind noise, but again lack any semblance of connected handling, although better driving dynamics than the Odyssey or Sienna of the era.
Otherwise these early 3.3/4-speed 5th gen vans are bulletproof reliable, at 142k miles, this one is just getting started.
But it looks all for naught, obviously the market agreed the GC was the better buy, it is no longer listed.
@facw@MisterButtercup My mom had a FWD I5T for a long time. One of the least pleasant to drive cars I've ever driven. None of the predictability of a more boring driving experience with wildly fluctuating torque steer and a shocking lack of traction at any speed but also none of the fun of a much lighter car with a super bon linear torque curve. Only having 5 gears hurt it on the highway but it's better than the 4 speed ones.
I like the 3.2 I6 in my sister's XC70 though. Torquey and linear so the exact opposite of the 5 cylinder.
They also had a Yamaha V8 which is amazing but a maintenance nightmare.
The first gen XC70s were really quirky and not boring but I would never recommend one. One if the single least reliable cars I've ever experienced and that was the theoretically most reliable one. That engine wasn't reliable, cheap, economical, powerful, or fun to drive.