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Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/25/16 8:58 a.m.

...but I am on a train to San Francisco. Should be there some time after 4 PM today. And I don't have a return ticket to Chicago. We'll see what happens, but if anyone knows about a Challenge Priced anything up or down the coast, I'm seriously considering driving home again. I'm a MoPar guy, but I also love the weird and the wagons. I was going to try to drive that LeMons Super Snipe back, but it needs just a bit too much for a drive home in the winter. I may just punt and snag another S series Saturn wagon. Stay tuned...

PMRacing
PMRacing SuperDork
12/25/16 9:12 a.m.
Cooter wrote: I may just punt and snag an S class Mercedes. Stay tuned...

FTFY

smokindav
smokindav New Reader
12/25/16 9:18 a.m.

A Christmas adventure! I love it! Do you plan to camp in the city parks in a travel hammock? More infos.....

EastCoastMojo
EastCoastMojo Mod Squad
12/25/16 9:21 a.m.

Cooter's California to Chicago Christmas Adventure!

Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/25/16 10:12 a.m.

In reply to smokindav:

Nah. I'm travelling with my 14 year old daughter. Pretty sure she wouldn't enjoy that.

Staying at the Hyatt in Emeryville tonight and tomorrow.

Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/25/16 10:14 a.m.
PMRacing wrote:
Cooter wrote: I may just punt and snag an S class Mercedes. Stay tuned...

FTFY

Not bloody likely. A sub-$2017 vehicle needs to be simple. Or reliable. Preferably both.

HappyAndy
HappyAndy PowerDork
12/25/16 10:27 a.m.

Happy hunting! Keep us posted so that we can join in vicariously.

I want to do a one way to Atlanta, South Florida or TX some day.

smokindav
smokindav New Reader
12/25/16 10:55 a.m.

E55 AMG $4,500. We have a winner.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/5931485727.html

Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/25/16 10:56 a.m.

Texas is a good trip. Austin, if you can, but there are more deals in D/FW.

Random post: There is a very large contingent of Amish families and Japanese teenagers travelling this trip. The Amish are singing Christmas carols in the observation car. The Japanese teens are not.

smokindav
smokindav New Reader
12/25/16 10:59 a.m.
Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/25/16 11:15 a.m.

In reply to smokindav:

I think you are a bit confused as to the meaning of the term "Challenge Priced"

Or is this your way of saying you will pay for the excess over $2017?

If so, meet me at the Hyatt House in Emeryville with $5k in cash. I'll mail you whatever I have left after I'm done with this trip.

smokindav
smokindav New Reader
12/25/16 11:27 a.m.

Not sure I'd want to try driving any of the northern routes over the Continental Divide in the winter time in a $2,000 car with my 14-year old daughter.

A better plan might be to buy a clean, no rust California car to drive back to Chicago to sell. Use the profits to buy that challenge car.

Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/25/16 1:22 p.m.

Who said anything about a northern route?

Still waiting for that $5k.

Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/26/16 7:14 a.m.

Browsing a few possibilities while I was a on the train. This one was interesting, bit it never mentioned if it even ran.

Regardless, the email bounced back as undeliverable.

If i wanted to take a northern route...

Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/26/16 7:26 a.m.

This is probably a more realistic example of what I will end up driving back.

My first chance in more than a decade to own an SW with intact door sills and crossmember.

Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/26/16 7:40 a.m.

Yet another. From what I thought I knew, S series don't accumulate mileage while towed, so the seller's claims are a bit dubious, at best. I also don't know what is going on with the front wheels? Some sort of bearing buddy for the hubs? It was a towd, as I can see the base plate. Probably will check it out anyway.

The mileage is supposed to be lower because it was a toad behind an RV

Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/26/16 9:34 a.m.

Just got a Facebook tip. Stroked 4.0 swap. About 3 hours from here. A little damage to the right rear, unfortunately. But tempting...

84FSP
84FSP Dork
12/26/16 9:55 a.m.
smokindav wrote: E55 AMG $4,500. We have a winner. http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/5931485727.html

This one even has "New Breaks"!

Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/26/16 10:11 a.m.

Yeah. I would expect even more new breaks on the trip. I hear the breaks are expensive on them.

smokindav
smokindav Reader
12/26/16 10:11 a.m.

A Saturn? There's GTI's out there for Saturn money.

https://modesto.craigslist.org/cto/5931176036.html

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim MegaDork
12/26/16 10:30 a.m.
84FSP
84FSP Dork
12/26/16 10:36 a.m.

Matrix XRS for 2500? It got the swanky Celica GTS rev happy motor and is a clean looking manual?

Boxy but good

84FSP
84FSP Dork
12/26/16 10:42 a.m.

2002 Volvo XC70 with good miles but needs a head gasket? Did we bring our tool kit and torque wrench? Boxier but gooder

Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/26/16 11:00 a.m.

In reply to smokindav:

A GTI won't fit what an SW can. And repairs on the S series are easy and dirt cheap.

Cooter
Cooter HalfDork
12/26/16 11:02 a.m.

In reply to BoxheadTim:

Too many of my friends have Saab stories about that Swedish make. And none of them are good.

Probably not going up to Reno. Haven't even scanned the Reno CL.

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