I Just Bought A $600 Diesel Manual Chrysler Minivan But It Has 250,000 Miles And Is Broken In Germany

I Just Bought A $600 Diesel Manual Chrysler Minivan But It Has 250,000 Miles And Is Broken In Germany

I’m flying to Germany today to prepare a $600 Chrysler Voyager (manual, diesel!) to act as a mobile apartment for a month-long, car-themed road trip through Europe. The second-gen Chrysler minivan, which I bought sight unseen, doesn’t run; it’s located over 4,000 miles from my Michigan home, in Nuremberg, Germany; and it has 250,000 miles on what many consider a highly unreliable engine. Oh boy. I have for many years been drooling over manual transmission Chrysler minivans, possibly because my dad brought me home from the hospital in one after my birth (it was a first-gen 1990 Plymouth Voyager). That may have had some sort of effect on my subconscious, because I’ve been writing about rare manual Chrysler minivans for far too long; it was only a matter of time before I finally broke down and bought one of my own. The Search For The Minivan Of My Dreams That happened earlier this summer, though I didn’t just buy one of the gas-powered manual transmission models available in the U.S. No, I wanted the holy grail of Chrysler minivans—something that I find cooler than even the 2.5-liter turbo gas model. I wanted a turbodiesel, and luckily, I knew just the place to find one for dirt cheap: my birthplace, Germany. Fortunately, since I’ve spent so much time there visiting my parents (whom I’m excited to see next week!), I’ve made some great friends in the country who, perhaps because of quarantine-delirium, responded ...
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