Modded 1988 Samurai for $6,000!

Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

While the Samurai established Suzuki as a car maker in the U.S., it was known to be unstable in quick maneuvers. Whether or not that is true, Nice Price or Crack Pipe has an example you might flip over.

Yesterday we saw a car straight out of a science fiction movie. And like a red shirt in a Star Trek Episode, the ETV went DOA with 81% of you Crack Piping its fifty grand asking price.


Only six grand will buy you today's contender, and while the ETV would have trouble traversing a phalanx of migratory Scolecophidia, this Suzuki could hurdle moose without getting antler on its skidplates.

Meaning those who serve, the name samurai denoted the protectors of the classical Japanese nobility. Selfless and brave, the warriors dedicated their lives to their protectorates, accepting death before defeat.

What might end in your death, or your ending up walking home on your feet is this modded Suzuki, for which the seller is asking $6,000 for his efforts.


For the unfamiliar, the Suzuki Samurai was condemned by Consumer Reports for having the non-traditional driving dynamics of a vehicle designed to be driven off-road. Tall, with a high ground clearance and requisite center of gravity, trucklettes like the Samurai tend to flip over when you get up to speed and then saw at the wheel as though you suddenly remembered you left the stove on back home.

This 1988 example has had these tendencies, not quelled, but celebrated, with a 6" lift and 35" tires, putting the passengers firmly into nosebleed altitudes. Lots of other mods have been made, including a heart transplant from a 1.6 litre Geo Tracker to help get those inevitable spills over more quickly.


So, there's lots of fun of the hold my beer nature to be had with this little Suzuki, and, as the seller lists a bushido of parts that have gone into it, there at least exists some rationale for the asking price. But, is that asking price a kimono full of of Nice Price? Or, is that the Ginzu of Crack Pipe?

You decide!


Two Pickets to Tittsburgh Craigslist or go here if the ad disappears. Hat tip to rebeldevil!

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