QOTD: Can You Build an Ideal Crapwagon Garage? (Part VII: Vans)

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis

In last week’s Crapwagon Garage QOTD, we combined truck and station wagon to create an SUV, picking five winners. In part VII of the series, we’ll combine truck and station wagon a bit differently and end up with a van.

That’s right, it’s time for some (ugh). Car-based minivans also apply, so we’re not limited to things like the sweet Safari GT above.

This week, the Forgettable Favorite Award goes to:

Ajla (again) and JohnTaurus’ suggestion, the Isuzu VehiCROSS. Concept styling meets capable SUV in a vehicle which is already commanding more money than other similar vintage used vehicles. Special recognition goes to the rarer Ironman Edition versions with their different paint colors. Delightful, and you probably won’t lose money if you keep it a while.

On to the vans! Let’s review the 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.

And here’s my first selection; I’ve harped on it a few times here previously. It’s most fitting with my Nineties sensibilities, two-tone desires, and love of special editions. It’s the Mercury Villager Nautica, which was the fanciest Nissan Quest money could buy. Downsides include rust resistance, and a VG30 rather than VQ30 (it has a timing belt to change). They’re rare and worthless.

It was tough to pick just one more favorite to feature, but it has to be one of these. Another Nineties luxury wagon, Chrysler’s Town & Country. Lace alloys, gold scripts, and ruched leather abound in this fully-loaded van. Special love goes to the purple and gold combination shown here. They were also available in all-wheel drive, but that might be asking for too much these two decades later.

What are your van selections for the Crapwagon Garage?

[Images: GM, Isuzu, Ford, FCA]

Corey Lewis
Corey Lewis

Interested in lots of cars and their various historical contexts. Started writing articles for TTAC in late 2016, when my first posts were QOTDs. From there I started a few new series like Rare Rides, Buy/Drive/Burn, Abandoned History, and most recently Rare Rides Icons. Operating from a home base in Cincinnati, Ohio, a relative auto journalist dead zone. Many of my articles are prompted by something I'll see on social media that sparks my interest and causes me to research. Finding articles and information from the early days of the internet and beyond that covers the little details lost to time: trim packages, color and wheel choices, interior fabrics. Beyond those, I'm fascinated by automotive industry experiments, both failures and successes. Lately I've taken an interest in AI, and generating "what if" type images for car models long dead. Reincarnating a modern Toyota Paseo, Lincoln Mark IX, or Isuzu Trooper through a text prompt is fun. Fun to post them on Twitter too, and watch people overreact. To that end, the social media I use most is Twitter, @CoreyLewis86. I also contribute pieces for Forbes Wheels and Forbes Home.

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  • Mikeg216 Mikeg216 on Jun 28, 2018

    Eagle summit awd Isuzu oasis

  • Turf3 Turf3 on Jun 28, 2018

    1961-65 Corvair Greenbrier or Corvan. Indestructible, easy to repair, good space efficiency, brakes superior to many of today's vehicles. You would not believe the stuff I have overloaded one of these with.

    • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Jun 28, 2018

      The Rampside looked incredibly useful, and an excellent solution for loading cargo, given the rear engine design. Very neat vehicles, for sure. You could get an unrestored one (i suggest looking in Oregon or Washington, or the southwest like Arizona, etc) for $2k or so, and spend $5k getting it fixed up and ready for the road, so I do buy the $7k budget on this one.

  • Probert No, they're not the future. BEV sales are growing every year, and, along with sound energy policy, result in cleaner air, lower CO2, foreign policy not based on oil, and will continue to drive like a smooth powerful nearly silent turbine. Some 19% of new car sales in 2023 were BEVs - this will continue.
  • Mishab Agree with you. Thanks for sharing this insightful update about the upcoming Mini Cooper models! It's fascinating to see Mini's shift towards electrification and the unique design elements they're incorporating into the new John Cooper Works edition.Speaking of Minis, if you're a Mini Cooper owner in Sharjah looking for spare parts or considering common repairs, you might find this article on 7 common Mini Cooper repairs quite useful. ( for reading it). It covers some of the typical issues Mini owners might encounter and offers valuable insights into maintaining these iconic cars.Looking forward to more updates on Mini's electrified lineup and the exciting changes they're bringing to the automotive industry
  • Redapple2 Love/lust a 110 diesel defender. Should buy one since the INEOS is gas only (and double the price). Had a lightweight in Greece. Wonder how this rides.
  • Ajla There is inventory on the ground but as pointed out it is generally high dollar trims of high-dollar models and at least around here dealers still aren't budging off their mandatory nitrogen tires and Summer weather protection packages.You aren't paying '21-'22 prices anymore but it's still a long way to go.
  • Slavuta Every electric car must come with a film about lithium mining
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