Find Reviews by Make: By Murilee Martin on December 17, 2014 second-gen Chevrolet Tracker, a badge-engineered version of the Suzuki Vitara and the descendent of the Geo Tracker Suzuki Sidekick sibling, was sold all over the world with many nameplates. It was never much of a big seller in the United States, so this ZR-2 is an unusual Junkyard Find. It will tow a semi! It’s like a (Suzuki) rock! Remember when the Culture Wars were all about flag-burning? Here’s an early-to-mid-2000s artifact of those days for you. The ZR-2 option package was all about off-roady stuff. I wonder if any base-model Tracker owner will grab all the skid plates and stuff off this one. The engine is gone. There’s probably not so much demand for worn-out Florida State tire covers. Related Posted in Down On The Junkyard Tagged as 2000s, 2001, 2001 Chevrolet Tracker, 2001 Suzuki Vitara, 4wd, AWD, Badge Engineering, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Tracker, cuv, Down On The Junkyard, four wheel … [Read more...] about Junkyard Find: 2001 Chevrolet Tracker ZR-2
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Find Reviews by Make: By Murilee Martin on March 14, 2011 other 80s hot-rod Mitsubishi in the wild?started out in obscurity, as Mitsubishi got off to a very slow start as it tried to branch out from its captive-import relationship with Chrysler. Related Posted in Down On The Junkyard, Nissan, Toyota Tagged as 1980s, 1987, 1987 Mitsubishi Cordia, Cordia, Denver, Down On The Junkyard, junkyard, Junkyard Find, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Cordia, Turbo, Turbocharging Recommended 24 Comments on “Junkyard Find: What The Hell Is a Cordia Turbo?...” StaffContributorsTimothy Cain, Canada Matthew Guy, Canada Ronnie Schreiber, United States Bozi Tatarevic, United States Chris Tonn, United States Corey Lewis, United States Mark Baruth, United StatesModeratorsAdam Tonge, United States Corey Lewis, United States … [Read more...] about Junkyard Find: What The Hell Is a Cordia Turbo?
Alexander Brangman finds comfort in remembering how long his daughter lived — 26 years, 11 months, 9 hours and 15 minutes — rather than the horrible and needless way she died.Jewel Brangman, an academic all-American in high school, about to pursue a doctorate at Stanford, had no need to know much about the rental car she drove north toward Los Angeles on a sunny September Sunday almost four years ago.Then came a relatively minor crash — she rear-ended a minivan — and her air bag exploded with a spray of razor-sharp metal shards that severed her carotid artery.Ten years after the biggest safety recall in U.S. history began, Honda says there are more than 60,000 vehicles on the nation's roads equipped with what experts have called a "ticking time bomb" — defective air bags like the one that killed Brangman. The air bags, which sit about a foot from a driver's chest, have a 50-50 chance of exploding in a fender bender.They are the most deadly air bags … [Read more...] about Ten years later, thousands of risky air bags are still on the road
I can feel the reverberations getting stronger, pulling my hands closer to the keys. Corolla. Model year 1974 to 1985. Sort by: newest. In a flash I am here, 2,800 miles and $2,800 dollars away from this rusty Toyota Corolla SR-5 hardtop. I know must not buy it. Simultaneously: I want nothing more than to buy it. This is the generation of Corolla right before the famous AE86. That was the last rear-drive Corolla, which ran through the mid-1980s. This one was around from the tail end of the ‘70s into the early ‘80s. Some of the stuff from the later cars fits on the earlier cars, which is neat, because nobody thinks much of these earlier ‘Rollas since they weren’t in Initial D. That’s fine. I didn’t grow up on Initial D. I am not wildly nostalgic about it. You all can have your more expensive later cars, and I can live with these earlier ones. The only problem with this is that Corollas like this TE72 are older and usually more worn out. Look at the … [Read more...] about Strike Me Down Now Before The Madness Makes Me Buy This Terrible Toyota Corolla
The all-new 2017 Jeep Wrangler has got to be the most hotly-anticipated SUV debut of the current era. The Wrangler is already one of Fiat-Chrysler's most wildly successful vehicles, and with a pickup truck version finally happening in 2017, Jeep is finally offering the variant fans have been clamoring for. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below We still haven't seen what the next-generation Wrangler looks like. But a JL Wrangler Forum member might have just given us a look at the 2017 Wrangler's hood, after a perplexing transaction with a parts recycler. Forum user RedRockJK explains that it started with a search for a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon "Hard Rock" hood from a Detroit-area scrap yard. The hood looked fine in photos, but upon installation showed itself to be something unusual. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below "[T]he hood I bought is almost 2 inches longer than my stock hood," RedRockJK writes. "There are no VIN stickers or Mopar stamped part numbers on this hood … [Read more...] about It Seems Like a Junkyard Accidentally Re-Sold a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Hood
Subaru of America is fresh off its best U.S. sales year.Its lineup is anchored by three all-wheel-drive crossovers that remain in strong demand, and the brand has achieved 74 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases.This year, with a flowing pipeline of fresh products headed to retailers, including its largest model ever, the three-row Ascent, Subaru anticipates it will chalk up still another record sales year in the United States.That hasn't always been the narrative for Subaru, a car brand created by the Japanese industrial conglomerate formerly known as Fuji Heavy Industries.This month, as the automaker marks its 50th anniversary of selling vehicles in the U.S., Subaru of America officials and people who shaped today's business over the last few decades remark that success has been a long, and occasionally bumpy, road.Since its start here in 1968 as an importer of a quirky microcar called the 360, Subaru has fought — and usually won — a slew of uphill battles … [Read more...] about Underdog Subaru celebrates 50 years in the U.S.
The Cadillac Division hit a big home run in 1949 with its new 331-cubic-inch overhead-valve V8, a technological masterpiece that left the flathead-equipped competition grinding their teeth down to bloody stumps in frustration. The final member of this engine family was supposed to be a huge technological leap forward: a 368-cubic-inch version with a futuristic cylinder-deactivation system that would keep those troublesome Middle Eastern oil producers at bay with its ability to run on four or six cylinders when appropriate. Sadly, computers of the era weren't good enough to make the L62 V8-6-4 engine run right, and the whole thing turned out to be a costly disaster for GM. The V8-6-4 debuted in the 1981 model year, and examples of these cars are incredibly rare today; this Colorado car is the first junkyard V8-6-4 Cadillac that I have seen in the last 20 years.1981 was the only model year for the V8-6-4 in regular passenger Cadillacs, although buyers of limousines and commercial chassis … [Read more...] about Junkyard Treasure: 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Coupe with V8-6-4 engine
It seems that everywhere you look, from TV, to social media and print, old cars are continuously being discovered that have been stored in barns, basements, garages, sheds, or from any number of other forgotten resting places. No matter where they’ve been extracted from, the common term for all these finds has been deemed the “barn find.” The question is, when was the last time you saw a really good junkyard find? Well, we have one for you and it involves one of Chrysler’s finest examples from the muscle car era, a 1969 Dodge Daytona, and its rescue from the grim reaper at the junkyard—the dreaded crusher. While we’re going to focus on this particular Charger Red Daytona, we’ll also tell you about some of the other cars in the yard at the time. How does another ’69 Daytona sound? How about an original ’69 Hemi Dodge Charger 500?This Daytona’s saga began in 1973 when it ended up, along with about 50 other cars, at Avenue Auto … [Read more...] about Saved From The Crusher: A ’69 Daytona’s Amazing Story!
GM imported the Opel Kadett B, built at the recently-closed plant in Bochum, Germany, into North America starting in 1966. American and Canadian car buyers weren't especially enthusiastic about these cheap little cars, but sufficient quantities were sold that they were fairly easy to find in American wrecking yards through the 1980s. Here's a '67 in a Denver-area self-service yard that managed to outlive most of its contemporaries.Kadetts were sold through Buick dealerships under the Opel name; later on, the Kadett C became the "Buick Opel" and shared a platform with the Chevrolet Chevette. My mother traded her majestic 1949 Cadillac coupe for a miserable Kadett B wagon when I was in kindergarten, so perhaps I am biased against these cars.This one has the look of a car that stopped running 20 or 30 years ago and then sat outside, ravaged by the elements, since that time. Once the US market became saturated by used Vegas and Civics (not to mention Corollas and Civics and B210s), the … [Read more...] about Junkyard Treasure: 1967 Opel Kadett L
Civic was king of its domain in the late 1980s, with every single new one flying out of American Honda showrooms so quickly (and generally priced well above MSRP) that certain corporate managers got rich by shaking down inventory-starved dealerships. The fourth-generation Civic wagon wasn't sold in quite the numbers of its hatchback or sedan brethren (or even the two-seater CRX version), but owners loved them and most stayed on the streets for a good couple of decades. Here's one that made it to age 28 before being scrapped in Northern California.This one made it tantalizingly close to the magical 200k mark. Did it fail to pass California's stringent emissions test? Did it get too many parking tickets? Or did the Achilles' heel of 1980s Hondas engines (the head gasket) finally give out?Most of the Japanese 1980s "wagovans" that I see in junkyards these days have four-wheel-drive, because those are the wagons most worth fixing and/or paying parking tickets for. A decade ago, though, … [Read more...] about Junkyard Gem: 1989 Honda Civic Wagon