GIF: Pimp My Ride

Yo dawg, I heard you like famous cars. Pimp My Ride was one of most whimsical delights to come out of 2000s-era MTV. Now for just $1,400, you can now own a piece of television history in the form of a heavily modified 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager Expresso. Small catch: it could use a solid re-pimping.

The van, as it sits now.
Photo: Craigslist
Included: the Coustic sound system installed by GAS on the show.
Photo: Craigslist

The seemingly pure good that was Pimp My Ride seems to have tarnished a bit after owners of the sweet rides spoke out afterwards that mechanical problems were left unsorted, mods were sometimes sloppily installed and some were even taken back after the show. That may not elevate Xzibit to car-dude sainthood as we all wanted to believe, but at least it tells you what we’re dealing with.

The Craigslist listing for this ex-TV car is a bit odd, referring to what the show says is a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager Expresso as a 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan. Who’s right? It’s hard to tell, as both Craigslist and Pimp My Ride were known for fudging the details on these cars.

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It’s a ran when parked special, having sat for over three years according to the seller, and while it “ran well” before it was parked, it needs a bunch of TLC, per the ad:

Needs a few things from sitting: Brakes, alternator, idler pulley, coolant line, serpentine belt. Airbag light on. [...] Needs a couple tires.

The TV footrest as it sits now.
Photo: Craigslist

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Laila liked jewelry on the show, so the jewelry-making station is still there, albeit in a fuzzy Craigslist photo and behind the car’s custom wheels.
Photo: Craigslist

The original paint-matched Motegi rims appear to be hiding out as the “extra wheels” in the rear of the van, which got a rad wrap-around bench in the back on the show. The original TV footrest for that wrap-around has been dismantled but comes with the car—that’s clearly the frame hanging out in one photo.

The paint and bodykit has been a little damaged since then-owner Laila drove it away from season six, episode seven of the show. Naturally, the show kept the Vroom Box “exhaust sound machine” to themselves, although Laila’s jewelry-making station lives on, along with nine televisions, the stereo system and disco-lighted floor, per the ad.

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You can see the van in all its fuschia tribal-heart-paint-job glory on Craigslist here, or view the ad here if it disappears.

Think about it: your very own piece of television history, from one of the few good car shows ever made! Or your own little slice of Project Car Hell!

Probably both.

Yeah, this is definitely both.