Mercedes Weikal

Mercedes is a lifelong tinkerer and adventurer. An addict of city cars, she is a living encyclopaedia of the smart fortwo. As of 2018 she's also motorcycle junkie with more motorcycles than places to store them. Her one true love is the Gambler 500.

Volkswagen Passat W8 manual

Adventures in Restoring an $800 ‘Holy Grail’ VW Passat W8 4Motion Manual

I recently picked up a Volkswagen Passat W8 with a six speed manual for $800. The plan was to have the car be a stealthy off-road monster with the face of a pedestrian family car. I thought the car was no more special than an “entry-level” V8 VW Phaeton. Instead, I fell head first into …

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Art of the Steal: How to Find Unicorns for Dubiously Cheap Prices

Through my wacky motoring adventures, one of the biggest questions I get asked is how I find all these awesome cars and motorcycles for such deceptively low prices? Indeed, I’ve on more than one occasion found Volkswagen TDIs for under a thousand dollars, a pretty minty Audi TT for just a lick over a grand, …

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I Took a W123 Mercedes-Benz 240D Off-Roading and Here’s What Happened

Every time I go on a Gambler 500 rally I see a vehicle or two that really get the gears turning in my head. More often than not, I end up on Facebook Marketplace only days later looking for whatever oddball vehicle I couldn’t stop thinking about. Sometimes it’s a Ford Ranger, sometimes it’s a …

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