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early 90's Toyota Corolla wagon. such a sick ride. Mine handled icy east coast roads, mach speeds on the highway, aired frost heaves and speed bumps, really easy on gas: could go from PEI, Canada to Blue Hill, Maine on one tank, fits 5 large people+ ski gear (if you really try, it's not too comfy though). The engine was cooked after a little over 500 000 km, but still runs, just can't drive over 40 kmh. my friend has 1 from the 80s with similar mileage for a field car and it rips. you just have to remember to rust check it.
maybe a used jetta i dont know what like an 02 would cost but they are good on gas and an hold skis with a seat down and still have 4 seats open