Re: Beater Cars
I am pretty sure I've only driven beaters, but my favorite is a Ranger pickup. The only drawback is the winter handling, but I always tossed bags of sand in the bed of mine. Once the back end was weighted down, it was fine.
Kelley Blue Book prices them out at under $2K for a '97 (private party). I had a '94 that I traded in because I needed something with back seats for the kids. At fourteen years old, it ran like the day I bought it. Those 2.3L engines are really beaters, and combined with the Mazda tranny, they will run forever.
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