Have some humor. Car shit after the yump.

So my rough & trusty '01 Outback, bought because I needed ground clearance & AWD for trail building project access, and which has been pouring oil from its heads for some time, started overheating & smelling distinctly of coolant on the way to work this morning. I turned the heater on full & got the temp down long enough to limp it in & parked it at the shop. I bought the car as a cheap beater and have done fuck all to it in the last 2 years, and have been waiting for this, so it's time to fix it or just off it. No big deal, I'll drive the old F150 in the interim & pull the engine some weekend to do the gaskets.

Here's the thing: Having acquired said 4x4 F150 as my trail, camping, & mountain bike rig, I no longer need the Outback for the reasons I bought it, and I've been bored with it for awhile as a daily. It doesn't snow here, so AWD hooning isn't a thing. It's worth about $3500 once fixed, so I'm looking for something else to daily in that budget range, maybe up to $5k if something really stands out (like a good Alfa Milano).

As it happens, I was searching for cars last night, as you do. The Suby must have known. I've been leaning towards a Saab 900 Turbo because they're a car I've worked on & always liked, maybe a 9-3 if the right one comes along, but then there's this little gem:

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So simple. So honest. So understated, yet classy. It's a set of Mexican blankets away from perfect. What I've really wanted is a 64 or 65 Galaxie for a long time, but this is a nice little slice of similar styling without the bitchin' but thirsty V8. I live in fairly rural coastal CA, where daily driving a classic is a viable proposition. I've done it before, and wouldn't mind doing it again. That makes this very, very tempting.

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What else is fun or interesting, reasonably reliable ("reasonably" included because Alfa Romeo), has 4 seats and a manual, and is $5k or less?