QOTD: Can You Build an Ideal Crapwagon Garage? (Part II: Sedans)

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
qotd can you build an ideal crapwagon garage part ii sedans

In the first installment of the Crapwagon Garage QOTD series, we asked all of you to submit value-priced used hatchbacks which were near and dear enough to earn one of the limited spots available.

Moving away from the hatch and liftback body style, today we turn our virtual attention to the sedan section of the Crapwagon Garage.

First, the honorable mention from last week’s post. This is a single vehicle which falls under I Wish I Thought of That. From Part I:

It’s the Toyota Corolla FX16 GT-S, as first selected by paxman356. An American-made hot hatch from the late ’80s that most people forgot long ago. It’s great, and I love it in its monochrome white. Nice job.

Before we turn you loose on sedans, let’s see this week’s rules.

  1. A crapwagon must be a vehicle which is relatively easy to find and purchase using an internet.
  2. All vehicles in the crapwagon garage must have been sold as new, in the North American market.
  3. Said vehicles must be obtainable to the casual crapwagon collector (CCC). This means in clean, running condition each one asks $7,000 or less on a normal day.
  4. Your suggestions must fit into the vehicle category of the week. If you don’t like the category, that’s tough. We’ll get to a category you like eventually.
  5. There are five rules to this garage game, and that’s the maximum number of vehicles you may submit for each section. Only five.

And what do I mean by sedan? A sedan must have a real trunk and not a hatch, and two passenger entry doors on either side of the car, totaling four (4). The deceased “two-door sedan” subcategory of vehicle does not apply here, as those vehicles fit within the coupe entry coming along later. Here are two of my Crapwagon Garage sedans.

The early-00’s Infiniti M45. It’s rear-drive, V8-powered, and has frameless windows. It’s a JDM Nissan Gloria with a nicer interior and the steering wheel on the correct side. The M45 was the last hardtop-style JDM sedan North America received. And because it was off the wall and unpopular, it’s an easily affordable Crapwagon pick.

Another selection is the circa 1997 Jaguar XJR. Timeless elegance and British style shroud one brute of a large, supercharged sedan. Who could ask for more?

Get those memories working, and give us your sedan picks.

[Images: Jaguar / Land Rover, Toyota, Infiniti]

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  • SPPPP SPPPP on May 25, 2018

    Corey, I am not really comfortable with calling a $7,000 car a "crapwagon". I think, in today's car market, a $7,000 car is an AVERAGE car. Not crap. I think the price cutoff for a "crapwagon" should be about $3,000.

  • Richthofen Richthofen on Jun 22, 2018

    1996 Jaguar XJR 1995 Cadillac Seville STS (Yes, I know, Northstar, but I've always loved these) 1993 Audi V8 Quattro (no love for these yet?) 1989 Mitsubishi Sigma (another irrational long-term object of desire) Can you get a decent Mercury Marauder for under $7k these days? I used to own an '03 and kick myself over selling it. Not sure what values are like currently, but I'm guessing one with 150k or so might slide under that cutoff. If not, park a '91 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham with the 350 in slot #5.

  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.
  • Cha65689852 To drive a car, you need human intelligence, not artificial intelligence.Unfortunately, these days even human brains are turning into mush thanks to addiction to smartphones and social media.
  • Mike1041 A nasty uncomfortable little car. Test drove in 2019 in a search for a single car that would appease two drivers. The compromise was not much better but at least it had decent rear vision and cargo capacity. The 2019 Honda HRV simply was too unforgiving and we ditched after 4 years. Enter the 23 HRV and we have a comfy size.
  • SCE to AUX I wonder who really cares about this. "Slave labor" is a useful term for the agendas of both right and left."UAW Wants Auto Industry to Stop Using Slave Labor"... but what will the UAW actually do if nothing changes?With unrelenting downward pressure on costs in every industry - coupled with labor shortages - expect to see more of this.Perhaps it's my fault when I choose the $259 cell phone over the $299 model, or the cheaper parts at RockAuto, or the lower-priced jacket at the store.Do I care about an ethical supply chain? Not really, I just want the product to work - and that's how most consumers are. We'd rather not know.Perhaps the 1990s notion of conflict-free, blood-free, ethically-sourced diamonds will find its way into the auto industry. That would be a good thing.
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