A Friendly Neighborhood Highlander...
Taylor Martin last edited by Taylor Martin
I can rest easy now that my car has managed at least 20 miles without leaking/smoking since I changed my oil, which means I can focus on other things... like this first-gen Toyota Highlander that's been in my neighborhood a while...
I mentioned it a couple of posts back, but I figured I'd make a designated post for it since everyone was too busy giving me excellent advice about my car... thank you by the way...
I don't know why, but I'm allured by this. Assuming there's no mechanical gremlins, it only looks to have a couple issues, mostly cosmetic:
Dent on the rear bumper.
Scrapes on the side.
Dent on the front bumper with one very foggy headlamp.
And a flat tire on the driver's side rear. Assuming it still has the spare (which it still has all the mountings for one), that's an easy fix.
It was a smoker's car too, just need to bomb it with good smells.
Zero info on mileage/asking price, would have to call for that/schedule a time to pretend I know what I'm looking for (probably just see if it runs, check fluids, and see if there's a spare).
I know there are a few things I could do with it... one of which is giving it an "Italian tuneup" and selling it, likely to my other neighbors (and good pals) who are in dire need of a second car. Or, if it's been a Florida car, sell it up north for millions!.. or just a couple grand, who knows...
It also is wider than it is tall... so technically it's a racecar...
What would you do with this Oppo? From what I can gather it's the I4, as there wasn't and V6 badging. No AWD badging either. But it's a car in need of some TLC, and I drive past it whenever I go anywhere so it's kind of hard to not see/think about.
MUSASHI66 last edited by
@taylor-martin I can't read the text on the cardboard. How much are they asking for it?
Something with all the bumps and flat tire and smoked inside = vehicle has not been cared for. I would not invest too much time on it.
flatisflat last edited by
@taylor-martin Do it -- whatever it ends up being. Nothing better than getting a near POS to tinker on to learn a buttload about cars because you're not relying on it as your sole transportation and thus anxiety levels go way down. I support all the things.
MisterButtercup last edited by
@musashi66 Cardboard has a phone number, I've yet to call and ask what they want.
Mark Tucker last edited by
@taylor-martin The big trouble with these is that every time you pass another one, they feel compelled to fight each other to the death...
Seriously, though, if it's cheap enough, you have a place to put it, and you want to learn how to wrench, then fixing this up could be a great experience. I love tinkering around with old beaters, I think it's one of my favorite car-related activities. A gray Toyota SUV doesn't really push my buttons, but if it does yours, then there's no harm in making a phone call.
Mark Tucker last edited by
@taylor-martin I can't judge. I used to have a brand-new Mazda Protege, and I went out and bought a $300 K-car just to have something that needed wrenching on.
Chariotoflove last edited by
@taylor-martin My thoughts are death by a thousand cuts. I wouldn’t want it. However, if it’s mechanically sound, I don’t see why you wouldn’t want it for daily transportation.
i86hotdogs last edited by
My mom has that generation Highlander. I love the simplicity of it. It had almost 300,000 miles and it still runs like a top. There are a handful of electrical gremlins in it, but nothing that deters her commute to work and the occasional trip to the store. I will bet if you fix the flat, that thing can run as is for a long time.