CrapWagen Outtake: 1989 VW T3 DoKa Diesel
What remarkable times these are. A week ago, a Volkswagen diesel was a sensible choice for a reliable, fuel efficient family vehicle. Now, those same cars make their owners pariahs in the green car community.
The devils’ advocate in me tells me to embrace the newfound hatred for VW — and diesels in general. After all, I live in an area without emissions regulations. Sadly, there are plenty of brodozers around here, rolling coal between suburban roundabouts. Let’s combine the two. Here’s a Braudozer!
Of course, a bed-mounted, ash-spewing exhaust stack would look a bit silly in a rear-engined vehicle, but you get the idea.
This privately-imported VW T3 DoKa (double-cab) looks to be in excellent condition and — save the Porsche-aping, too large alloy wheels — looks absolutely perfect. The diamond-plate door panels are a bit too much on the interior, however. Surely replacement door cards wouldn’t be too difficult to source from the Fatherland?
Bidding has cracked $10,000 on this truck, surprisingly. The ones that seem to sell for the most money are either Syncro all-wheel-drive models, have powerful Subaru or Porsche engine swaps, or both. This would be cool for a local Porsche/Audi/VW tuner shop truck.
Once they swap out the oil-burning bits, of course.