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Please Enjoy This Diesel, Manual, 4WD Toyota Corolla

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Are you looking for a truck that’s not a truck? A VW that’s not a VW? Here is a recently-imported Toyota Sprinter, reading “FULL-TIME 4WD” on the door, with a five-speed on the floor and a 2.0-liter diesel under the hood.

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We never got the Toyota Sprinter in the United States, likely because, well, it’s just a Toyota Corolla with a slightly different body. It’s only different enough to be sold through a different dealer network in Japan. That in itself is a complicated story, and you’d have to read up on it over at Ate Up With Motor to understand in full.

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This thing is on Seattle Craigslist, a real haven for JDM imports these days. Per the listing:

JDM-RHD Directly imported from Japan Auction!
1994 Toyota Sprinter EX 4WD
VIN: CE104-5004846
4WD Full Time!
2C-III, 2.0L Toyota Diesel Engine
Very reliable diesel.
5-Speed Manual Transmission
90,600mi VERIFIED mileage.
73hp- 4700rpm 132nm-3200rpm
Gas Mileage: by average speed 38mph —75mpg!!!
PC, AC, PW Mirror PW Mirrors. Central lock.

Tank has 50L

Has clean WA State title.
Street legal.
Website: jdmcarandmotorcycle.com
No trades.
We are a licensed dealer and importer of Japanese vehicles. Have been importing since 1996.
WA residents Price+Tax+Registration+Negotiable Documentary service fee of $150 may be added to the final price.
844-937-3226
JDM Car & Motorcycle LLC

9117 Aurora Ave N Seattle, WA 98103

As for this particular Toyota, it’s a reminder of diesel’s advantages in going a long way on a tank. This seller advertises 75 mpg and a 50 liter tank, or about 990 miles of range. That is at an average of 38 mph, so you’re looking at about 26 hours of sitting in your Sprinter. That is, uh, a long time to be staring at a 1994 Toyota dashboard.

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The seller is asking $8,900 for it, which maybe doesn’t make a ton of sense if you’re looking to be purely economical, but I can’t help but dream of tearing this thing sideways around downhill forest roads barely drinking diesel along the way.

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Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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rctothefuture
rctothefuture

I can picture it now, the next buyer of this slow and smelly chariot.

He owns a 4WD Tercel, wagon of course. He bought it off of Craigslist 5 states away just out of highschool because he wanted to be THAT guy in College. He hauled his gaming setup, his Monty Python and “My Hero Academia” DVD collection, and crazy JAV posters to his dorm in that bad boy. He drove it through college, doing only oil changes and a “Christmas gift” of new tires after his father shook his head at the bald Falkens on all 4 corners as he came home for the holidays Sophmore year.

He’s the kind of guy who you get to know because you see him playing Fallout New Vegas in his dorm. You strike up a conversation and you realize you’re in over your head. Suddenly he adds you on Facebook and you’re invited to multiple groups like “LAN Party-Damer Hall” or “Halo Reach MP Games NWU Clan”. You start to notice he shares a lot of memes in regards to anime’s. He asks you if prefer “Subs or Dubs” to which you have no answer. He’s not a waifu, but he would like a pillow to try.

It’s inevitable you talk about cars, and he smugly asks you to “Step outside to see his chariot.” A rusty, but drivable, 4WD Tercel sits before you. Open the creaking door and notice a pretty clean interior, an aftermarket Walmart radio bursts into life with a light show. He’s so happy you asked about it and demands to take you for a drive.

He finally graduates College with a degree in Computer Sciences, gets an internship at HP or Dell or somewhere like that. He moves in with a girl he met online senior year and moves to her 1 bedroom Loft in Seattle. He drives the Tercel there but knows it’s time is coming to an end. As he drives around the corner one day he comes face to face with this Corolla

“A RHD, 4WD, DIESEL?! A chariot of the god’s, a car that I can act most superior in. People will ask me how I get food at McDonald’s, they will ask why I’m with the trucks at the Diesel pump. I’ll ask Subaru guys all sorts of AWD questions! *GASP* I can even take it to car shows and be 1 of 1!!!”

He immediately pulls out his checkbook and pays the price. Whatever happens after that, I don’t know. But he’ll make sure all 4 people in “Halo Reach MP Games NWU Clan” on Facebook know about it.