Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist
Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 
Kill it with fire, nuke it from orbit, give it to Mikey, he hates everything. There’s lots of ways to put an end to something, but sometimes it’s harder than others. That’s what we wen’t looking for last week: cars and trucks that are likely impossible to kill. We’ll delve into immortality in a sec, but first this week’s quest.
Wo likes turbocharged cars? Show of hands. Pretty much everybody, right? Well, if one turbo is good, then multiple turbos must be even better, just ask Maserati. What we want to find this week are the best deals on cars equipped with multiple turbos. We’ll allow twin-charged cars and trucks too.
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Got that? Good, Now, let’s see what’s a non-killer deal.


I was listening to a show on NPR last weekend about research into longevity centered on gene manipulation. The started, as scientists are wont to do, with a worm that has a normal life span of about 18 days. By manipulating a single gene in the worm’s DNA they were able to increase its life ten-fold. It wasn’t just a wrinkly old worm sitting around the senior center either, what they accomplished as  slowing of the aging process. The same gene engineering was done in other species, including mice, with similar results.
Of course we all know that they just had to look to the types of cars and trucks you all found last week to study the source of seeming immortality. That’s because many of the ads you found were for cars that have a rep for longevity and a couple exhibit that.
Let’s start with the Toyota pickups found by both smalleyxb122 and Keifmo. If you’re familiar with the one-true Top Gear then you’ll know that the ’70s and ’80s editions possess Terminator levels of unstoppability. The Dodge Dart would be a nice garage mate for either of those trucks according to mdharrell owing to its reputation for sturdiness. If only the new Fiat/Alfa-based Dart had the same rep.
As you might expect, Volvo made the list, with a tidy 145 ad offered up by Sjalabais who lamented the changes made to the model just prior to the introduction of the 200 series. Uglified or not, they’re still around in droves.
Of course if you’re looking for a companion car for Methuselah then you needn’t go far from the old Mercedes section of the classifieds, as pointed out by Tomsk, Keifmo again, and our winner, Krautwursten. That winning ad showed a car—a 1988 Mercedes 190D 2.5 that not only comes with a reputation for longevity but the odometer to back that up. There’s 750,000 kilometers on the car’s clock, and it’s seemingly still going strong. There were cars that even MB admitted they over engineered and its one that I would dearly like to own myself. All that means it’s our winner.
Congrats to Krautwyrsten, and thank you all for keeping the dream alive. Now, let’s go get blown multiple times!
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  1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    First i saw a Mitsu 3000 VR-4 which was where I was heading but then this popped up and it kind of points out the best of Craigslist Crapshoot. Well other than the price. So what we have here is a twin turbo CTS-V because why wouldn’t you do that. DUH…..
    Oh and I am just going to do a lazy copy/paste of the ad because of the wonderful job that autocorrect did when this person posted the ad.
    http://cnj.craigslist.org/cto/5669902335.html
    2014 Ctsv coupe
    lsa 416ci compstar crank h beam rods wiseco piston with upgraded wrist pins clevite bearings
    TCI flex plate factory converter has been restalled
    LPE timing retard box
    lsa ported heads with btr hardware morel link bar lifters
    ls3 cnc throttle body
    DSS drive shaft
    Super Victor to wilson 90 elbow
    custom Ljms cam
    fore triple fuel pump set up for 1500whp on e85 -10 feed -8 return
    Id1700 injectors
    6l90e just rebuilt and had sonomax done billet input shaft and added clutches to 35r
    custom twin turbo kit gtx3582r .83ar custom Bell core Tial hardware
    Boost leash boost controller Aem fail safe wideband
    15 inch brake conversion on the rear
    17×5 front 15×10 rear welds s77 beadlock
    The car has made over 1100 consistently on a mustang dyno at 22lbs
    Currently has FX1 pro in the car. I can replace with factory seats again
    All the seals thru out the motor including head gaskets where just done
    Ive been mid 9s at 149.9 at my only track session this year on 18lbs
    2000 miles on the build total
    sunroof nav wood interior carbon fiber hood/ mirror covers /spoiler
    the car is set up for flex fuel currently runs on e85
    Im sure im forgetting some things, feel free to ask

  2. Andrew_theS2kBore Avatar
    Andrew_theS2kBore

    How about an imported 1990 Cressida with minor issues, like a bad gearbox and and a driveshaft that doesn’t fit (plus interior mods to make grown men and small children cry) for the bargain price of $9K? JDM life, yo.
    http://images.craigslist.org/00h0h_aljOqT7iazG_600x450.jpg
    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/cto/5702674959.html

    1. William Robinson Avatar
      William Robinson

      I don’t think he would get 5 grand for it limping under its own power. Lots of good here but seems beat and rice almost to it death.. maybe 1500.

      1. Andrew_theS2kBore Avatar
        Andrew_theS2kBore

        Yeah, sorry if the sarcasm didn’t translate well, I tend to focus on the “crap” part of “crapshoot”…

        1. William Robinson Avatar
          William Robinson

          Oh I totally got your sarcasm… I was more focused on the sellers sarcasm.. he’s must be a funny guy..

      2. Kyle Allen Avatar

        But what about the Jesus Fish, gotta be worth a buck, so $1501??

        1. William Robinson Avatar
          William Robinson

          I’d give it back to him… when I did I would say somthing g like..light because drift car you.. that’d work wouldn’t it.

  3. Muthalovin Avatar
    Muthalovin

    Twin Turbo Charger SRT8 – $16000
    Price per HP, I bet this is pretty good.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar
      0A5599

      CL link?

  4. Muthalovin Avatar
    Muthalovin

    Twin Turbo 2013 Mustang GT – $28000
    “Going to need front brakes pretty soon”

  5. oldcarjunkie Avatar
    oldcarjunkie

    https://b-pro.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/022.jpg
    https://b-pro.ca/product/2001-mitsubishi-legnum-vr-4-s-twin-turbo-88850-km/
    How about a twin turbo, manual transmission, AWD, right hand drive wagon? Mitsushi Legnum VR4

  6. ptschett Avatar
    ptschett

    Here’s a rather un-stealthy Stealth. I would have never thought about doing a Challenger-esque hood stripe like that.
    http://images.craigslist.org/00Z0Z_7InLRNefnuZ_600x450.jpg
    http://fargo.craigslist.org/cto/5702225092.html

  7. ptschett Avatar
    ptschett

    Like the Stealth this also has a small, twin-turbo V6 engine sending over 300 HP to all 4 wheels. Needs bodywork though…
    http://images.craigslist.org/00F0F_6ss5BuCHZrB_600x450.jpg
    http://fargo.craigslist.org/ctd/5703062684.html

  8. ptschett Avatar
    ptschett

    Only has one turbo but I’m posting it anyway because more people must see the glorious yellow exterior/brown interior color combination.
    http://images.craigslist.org/00F0F_ehD2o2yJ8Dn_600x450.jpg
    http://fargo.craigslist.org/cto/5680266787.html
    (I think we all can agree we need a Make Cars Have Great Colors Again PAC…)

  9. mrh1965 Avatar
    mrh1965

    Twin turbo McClaren! They can get me approved today!!
    2012 *McLaren* *MP4-12C* We can get you approved! Call Today!
    https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/ctd/5695911169.html

  10. Citric Avatar
    Citric

    It’s only a single turbo I think, so it can’t win, but I feel everyone needs to see this Mitsubishi-engined Sunbeam Alpine anyway.
    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjAwWDgwMA==/z/L~0AAOSwtnpXmNav/$_27.JPG
    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/regina/turbo-sunbeam-alpine/1185452120?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

    1. mrh1965 Avatar
      mrh1965

      Let’s see how much power I can put to these front wheels..

  11. 0A5599 Avatar
    0A5599

    Factory supercharged wagon. One of the two blowers is for the other car in the ad, but let me remind you: factory supercharged wagon.
    https://neworleans.craigslist.org/cto/5666965183.html

  12. Batshitbox Avatar
    Batshitbox

    It’s a stretch. Both the chassis and my interpretation of this week’s quest parameters.
    “2002 NRC 45′ custom garage hauler built on a Freightliner century class chassis.”
    Caterpillar C15 Twin Turbo
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/rvs/5695772001.html

    1. Kyle Allen Avatar

      You get my vote. Awesome looking rig

  13. Inliner Avatar
    Inliner

    “the best deals on cars equipped with multiple turbos”
    I’m pretty sure there’s no good deal on a Maserati BiTurbo, but here goes …
    Here’s a “ran when parked” automatic BiTurbo from 1985 for $2,500 CAD (~$1,900 USD)
    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDQ5WDgwMA==/z/9cEAAOSwqfNXl~8f/$_27.JPG
    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/hamilton/twin-turbo-maserati/1185321569?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

    1. William Robinson Avatar
      William Robinson

      I know these are un reliable and crazy expensive to work on but what I’m wondering is this… has anyone figured out how to make these reliable yet? Seems over time even the worst cars have been made into daily runners but I never see anything about these. Buy this one at 1000 buxx and gut the electrical and replace it with a new can bus isis system or even a painless wiring hot rod kit rebuild mechanics and drive… just look at those seats….

      1. Lokki Avatar
        Lokki

        The reliability problem is nothing that an SBC and a new wiring harness can’t fix.

  14. CruisinTime Avatar
    CruisinTime

    Double Turbo Encapsulater.

  15. Alff Avatar
    Alff

    Possibly the most boring twin-turbo car in all of Craigland…
    http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/5694237916.html

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