Tag: Used Cars

Rare Rides: The Saab 9-4x – One Last Gasp From 2011

<img data-attachment-id="1665204" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900.jpg" data-orig-size="1200,675" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2011 Saab 9-4x" data-image-description=" https://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/cto/d/holiday-2011-saab-9-4x-aero-68k-miles/6828514304.html ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1665204 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-610×343.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-120×68.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Would you like a luxury CUV that’s based on a Cadillac, but contains many unique and unobtainium parts? […]

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QOTD: Most Overpriced Non-luxury Vehicle of the 2000s?

<img data-attachment-id="1419441" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/95.jpg" data-orig-size="800,600" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"Picasa","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="SAAB 9-5 Aero Wagon" data-image-description=" Image: Saab ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/95-450×338.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/95-610×458.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1419441 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/95-610×458.jpg” alt=”SAAB 9-5 Aero Wagon, Image: Saab” width=”610″ height=”458″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/95-610×458.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/95-75×56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/95-450×338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/95-768×576.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/95-120×90.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/95.jpg 800w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> I hinted at today’s QOTD last week, when the original […]

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Rare Rides: The 1993 Toyota Caldina Wagon, Featuring Four-wheel Drive and Five Sunroofs

It may look like someone blended together the wagon versions of the Toyota Corolla and the Subaru Legacy, but today’s Rare Ride is something rarely (or never) seen on North American shores. Presenting the 1993 Toyota Caldina, with Sky Canopy. The Toyota Caldina was born of a need to simplify product offerings. Prior to 1992, […]

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Parents Are Buying Loads of Cars for Their Adult Children

It looks as though more parents are increasingly paying for the transportation needs of their (sometimes very old) children. Thanks largely to abandoning the important job of parenthood, a Bank of America survey a discovered small portion of adults between age 23 and 37 are now able to put away legitimate savings. However, the prevalence […]

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Rare Rides: The 1989 Nissan S-Cargo – It’s Van Time

Today Rare Rides takes a look at another one of Nissan’s special Pike cars from the turn of the Nineties. This tiny van is definitely the oddball of the Pike family. It’s an S-Cargo, from 1989. The first Pike car we featured was the Pao, a clamshell hatchback that borrowed styling cues from European cars […]

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Rare Rides: A Hudson Commodore Brougham From 1950, Complete With Celebrity Ownership

Today’s Rare Ride hails from a time when American cars were glamorous — and often painted pink and bright green. It was a time when Brougham meant real luxury, and not just a vinyl roof accompanied by the faint glow of an opera lamp. Even with a tame white and brown color scheme, today’s convertible […]

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Rare Rides: A 2003 Mazda Roadster Coupe That’s Not for Americans

Mazda has always been fond of making special edition trims of the MX-5 Miata. In 2003, the engineers in Hiroshima decided to put together something a bit more unique than the usual colored trim/new wheel design combo. Presenting the 2003 Roadster Coupe. Mazda’s original Miata (NA) debuted to critical and customer acclaim for the 1990 […]

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Rare Rides: A Very Brown Talbot Tagora From 1982

Today’s Rare Ride is the European luxury sedan you’ve never heard of. Plush, brown, and boxy, it’s the Talbot Tagora from 1982. The Tagora was born at a difficult time for its owner, Chrysler Europe. Chrysler’s European branch was formed in 1967 from a combination of three brands, all hailing from different countries in Europe. […]

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Where Your Author Eliminates a Couple of Coupes

In an introductory post last week, I detailed a couple of cars I was considering as a replacement to my decade-old Infiniti M. The comments (some filled with unusual anger) prodded me to add another car to the list. A week later, I can tell you that two of those former options are absolutely out […]

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QOTD: Found Yourself Surprisingly Disappointed?

In last week’s QOTD, we asked you to share the vehicles that pleasantly surprised you after spending some time behind the wheel. Whether your expectations were high or low to start, it’s always nice to recall transportation that impressed. Today we turn in the opposite direction, and talk about cars that left you feeling disappointed. […]

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Rare Rides: A Mustang-y Aston Martin V8 Volante From 1988

The Rare Rides series is fond of Aston Martin, and has previously featured a Lagonda, Virage, and a bespoke V8 shooting brake. Today we have a look at the closest the brand ever got to making a British Mustang. It’s a V8 Volante from 1988.Aston Martin’s V8 was one of the longest-lived offerings for the […]

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Where Your Author Steps Away From Infiniti

Some heavy thoughts are weighing on my mind lately; some might even call them urges. And those urges are telling me to sell a blue Datsun sedan and get something else. Should I give in? The M35x pictured above has occupied the lone space in the garage since early November of 2013. I bought it […]

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QOTD: Found Yourself Pleasantly Surprised?

It’s easy for a car to disappoint — it’s seen all the time in the reviews featured on these pages. A squeaky seat here, loose trim there, or a ride quality as smooth as falling down a flight of stairs. But what about those times when the opposite happens?Today we want to talk about instances […]

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Rare Rides: A Georgia-made Coupe From 2001 – the Panoz Esperante

What luxury sports car combines a multitude of components from other manufacturers with a custom-fabricated body all its own? It’s the Panoz Esperante, naturally.Your author has always put the Esperante in a class with the Qvale Mangusta, which was featured on a previous edition of Rare Rides. In the early 2000s, start-up manufacturers made custom, […]

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Rare Rides: A Pristine 1997 Toyota Paseo of the Cabriolet Variety

Today’s Rare Ride is the rarest version of an already rare economy car. It’s a sporty and simple Toyota Paseo cabriolet, hailing from 1997. Toyota first offered the Paseo in 1991 as a sporty replacement for the deceased two-door Corolla. The Paseo and its more economically-minded and serious Tercel sibling rode atop the Toyota Starlet […]

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Rare Rides: The 1991 Lotus Elan, With Power by Isuzu

The Rare Rides series has featured a couple Lotus-related items before. The first was this Isuzu I-Mark RS, which was an Isuzu with some Lotus badges on it. Then came the Elite, which was a real Lotus. Today we take a look at the Elan, which mixes it up with Lotus badges and an Isuzu […]

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Rare Rides: The Mercedes-Benz SEC AMG of 1986

What happens when a tuning company takes an already luxurious coupe and adds more of everything? The answer is this Mercedes-Benz SEC AMG from 1986. The now-legendary W126 sedan debuted in late 1979, a successor to the company’s flagship W116 platform. A year later, the S-Class range expanded to include a hardtop coupe. Unlike its sedan […]

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Rare Rides: A 1965 Brasinca Uirapuru – Say What?

Today’s Rare Ride is a very limited production coupe from Brazil that appears to be very derivative in its styling. But what if that’s not the case at all? Brasinca was a Brazilian truck manufacturer in the 1960s, building heavy duty trucks for the hauling of lumber or delivery of gasoline. It also made parts […]

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Rare Rides: A Very Malaise Datsun 200SX From 1977

A fourth-generation Nissan 200SX surfaced previously in an edition of Buy/Drive/Burn, where its squared-off good looks went up against two other Japanese coupes from 1986. Today, we step back two generations and have a look at an 200SX from the Seventies. Maybe you can figure out if Datsun achieved what it was aiming for with […]

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