with a second round of stimulus checks putting $600 in the hands of people across the u.s., the window shop team decided to take a look at vehicles you could buy for that amount of money. most of us prioritized reliability and ease of repair. we quickly discovered that the vast majority of cars being sold at this price point don't have working engines or have some other immediate need. we also noticed that when the outlay dips this low, the for-sale postings often lack photos—something you need if you're going to try to do a show about cars for sale on the internet. fortunately, we're—ahem—rather good at finding cars online.
senior editor joey capparella's search skills pay off when he finds a very practical 1995 toyota corolla wagon. judging from the condition of the paint, this corolla has probably never seen the inside of a garage, spending its 26 years exposed to the elements. we can only guess at the condition of the interior because there are no photos. but we're willing to look past these problems because of the five-speed manual transmission.
contributor john pearley huffman counters capparella's working toyota with a 2002 dodge durango that may or may not run and that probably needs a new engine. practicality is at the top of deputy testing director k.c. colwell's list, and he lands a 2002 honda odyssey that needs only a water pump. and searching for the definition of "normcore" leads contributor jonathon ramsey to a 2000 saturn l-series.
in addition to arguing the merits of one another's finds, we question easily verifiable facts, discover what's inside a 1996 buick riviera's leather seat, and discuss why the panel gaps on a saturn l-series are so incredibly large. the cars might not be great, but have a lot of laughs with this one. it's possible you will, too.