My first car was my beloved 81' Volkswagen Rabbit
diesel. I got her for $50 out of the junkyard where she rested after her
prvious owners ran her out of water. After finding a junkyard head to put
on it, I started driving the Rabbit regularly towards the end of my junior
year in high school. The mileage is of, fantasic, and after fitting the
car with a decent stereo, GTI alloy wheels, and seat heaters, I find I
have the same creature comforts of most other cars, but I still get about
50mpg. All for under $200 after I put a new set of tires on it and made
all of my repairs/mods. Try that with a Prius.
The second VW that I picked up was a red 85' Scirocco Wolfsburg
Ed. I got this gem out of a junkyard as well, for the tune of $200.
Because it had only been in the yard for a month or two, the body and interior
were still in really good shape. Apparently, the previous owner had had
fuel injection problems, so after I deciphered most of the problems with
that(I'm still working on it), I had a nifty little car to show for it.