1981 VW PICK UP, 61XXX MILES, 1.6 TURBO DIESEL, 45 TO 50 MILES PER GALLON, 5 SPEED.
THIS LITTLE TRUCK IS RUST FREE, SOUTHWEST CAR ALL ITS LIFE, AND IT WENT THROUGH A LENGTHILY RECONDITION TO BRING IT TO THIS CONDITION.
IT STARTED AS A TOW BEHIND RV LITTLE TRUCK, AND WITH A GAS ENGINE 4 SPEED WHEN WE GOT IT, NOW IT HAS A REBUILT 1.6 TURBO DIESEL WITH A 5 SPEED MANUAL.
NEW STRUT BEARINGS,
NEW GEAR LINKS,
NEW FUEL PUMP,
NEW FILTERS ALL AROUND,
NEW REMOVABLE JVC AUDIO SYSTEM WITH HIDDEN CD PLAYER,
NEW RUBBER MATS,
HEATER WORKS, AC IS INSTALLED JUST NOT CONNECTED (COMPRESSOR, DRYER, LINES, ALL PRESENT),
FRESH OIL CHANGE SINCE 7/19.
DASHBOARD HAS SOME CRACKS IN IT, WAS PLANNING IN GETTING A DASHBOARD COVER,
THIS TRUCK HAS A MECHANICAL FUEL INJECTION PUMP, MAKING IT AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR A BIO-DIESEL CONVERSION.
SUPER CLEAN, CLEAN TITLE NOTARIZED AND READY TO GO.
STILL ADDING A FEW MORE MINOR DETAILS LIKE A COUPLE MORE MOLDINGS, I HAVE THE ORIGINAL CHROME HUBCAPS FOR THE WHEELS.
AFTER WE FINISHED THE ENGINE SWAP, AND REGISTERED THE CAR HERE IN ARIZONA, MOTOR VEHICLE DIVISION ISSUED A NOT ACTUAL MILES TITLE. IN THE CARCHECK, WHICH I CAN PROVIDE WITH THE SALE, IT SHOWS ALL THE HISTORY OF THE CAR UP UNTIL WE GOT IT, ALONG WITH THE DOCUMENTED MILES TO PROVE THAT THE ODOMETER IS CORRECT.
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J.D. Power has just revealed the results of its 2013 APEAL Study, which looks at which brands have the most appealing cars based on sales figures, dealer inventory, brand loyalty, transaction and trade-in prices. The study was revamped for 2013, and places a larger focus on the new tech and infotainment options available to customers. All told, study participants gauged their vehicles on 77 different attributes, delivering a score out of a 1,000 points.
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The Volkswagen Group had the greatest success of any corporation, topping the APEAL rankings with the Audi Allroad, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayenne, VW GTI and Passat. Chevrolet had the highest number of awards for a single brand, though, with the Avalanche, Sonic and Volt all taking home a prize.
The best brand overall was Porsche, which scored 884 out of a possible 1,000 points. The top Japanese brand was Lexus with a score of 847, while the top American brand was Cadillac, at 841. The best mainstream brand was Ram, which received a very respectable 817. The industry average for this year's study was 795, with 16 brands, all of which were mainstream, falling below the average.
As I scoured auction sites and classified ads for the perfect vehicle to take into battle with Autoblog Associate Editor Brandon Turkus, I knew I needed to find something unique. You see, I'm currently 0-2 at winning a round of This or That, in which two of our editors agree on a category, choose a side, and argue it out over a (mostly) friendly chain of emails.
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The first time we did this, my chosen Fiat 500 Abarth took about a third of the popular vote in our reader poll. The second time, my lovely 1980 Oldsmobile 442 did just a little bit better against a 1989 BMW 635 CSi. Despite holding the opinion that my automotive choices, though perhaps a little bit more... obscure than my fellow editors, are still better, an outright win would go a long way toward boosting my vehicular self worth a few notches upward.
With all of that out of the way, even if three isn't my lucky number after all, I go into battle against Brandon knowing full well that I've made the perfect choice: A 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro. My rough-and-tumble van/'ute has a formidable opponent in the form of a 1987 Land Rover Defender, which, truth be told, is exactly what I was expecting from Turkus, a self-proclaimed Rover aficionado.
Volkswagen owns or has controlling interests in three commercial truck operations: besides its own, VW began buying shares in Sweden's Scania in 2000 and now controls 89.2 percent of its shares and 62.6 percent of its capital, then bought into Germany's Man in 2006 - in order to prevent Man from trying to take over Scania - and now owns 75 percent of it. The car company has managed to work out 200 million euros in savings, but believes it can unlock a total of 650 million euros in savings if it takes outright control of Scania and can spread more common parts among the three divisions.
It has proposed a 6.7-billion-euro ($9.2 billion) buyout, but according to a Bloomberg report, Scania's minority investors don't appear inclined to the deal. Although effectively controlled by VW, Scania is an independently-listed Swedish company, and a profitable one at that: in the January-September 2013 period its operating profit was 9.4 percent compared to Man's 0.4 percent. Some of the other shareholders believe that Scania is better off on its own and will not approve the deal, some have asked an auditor to look into the potential conflict of interest between VW and Man, while some are willing to examine the deal and "make an evaluation based on what a long-term owner finds is good," which might not be just "the stock market price plus a few percent." The buyout will only be official assuming VW can reach the 90-percent share threshold that Swedish law mandates for a squeeze-out.
Many of the arguments against boil down to investors believing that Scania's Swedishness and unique offerings are what keep it profitable, and ownership by the German car company will kill that. (Have we heard that somewhere before?) If Volkswagen can buy that additional 0.8-percent share in Scania, perhaps its buyout wrangling with Man will give it an idea of what it's in for: "dozens" of minority investors in the German truckmaker have filed cases against VW, seeking higher prices for their shares. It is likely only to delay the inevitable, though. If VW is really going to compete with Daimler and Volvo in the truck market, it has to get the size, clout and savings to do so.