A Former Family Chariot? 1989 Colt Vista AWD w/Manual Trans

Here's a forgotten Swiss Army knife of a car: The Mitsubishi Chariot, which was sold in the US as the Dodge Colt Vista and Eagle Vista Wagon.  We see this as a do-anything vanlet, which would be a great addition to any fleet.  Well, it would be truly great if it ran...



The late 80s were an interesting time for wagon fans, with essentially all Japanese automakers playing in the small MPV/tall wagon space and offering some form of all-wheel or four-wheel drive.  While this Colt Vista may not offer the Stanza Wagon's sliding doors, we like the AWD and manual combination, as well as the dark red interior on this example.

What's not to love?  Well, the 2.0-liter four put out a little under 100HP when new; so this isn't a quick vehicle.  Also, this car was donated to a charity and doesn't run.  Currently, that means no bids, even at a starting price of $200.  Finally, the pictures with this ad are severely lacking.

This could be a great parts car or, potentially, an easy fix for someone who knows these cars.  We hope it's an easy fix and gets saved!  It's far to interesting to see destroyed.  The best outcome would be the swapping in of a mild Mitsu turbo four to make a great little do-everything sleeper.  Hopefully, someone in a state where this doesn't have to pass smog will pick it up and kick off a great project!

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Dallas, OR, USA
$20.00 with ZERO bids and six days to go


Front is, well, not very exciting, but the Colt resemblance is clearly visible.


Rear reveals mini-MPV/wagon body.  Shockingly, someone might have towed with this.  Yikes!


Here's a crappy side view with a hint of a 4WD badge.


And, here's a slightly more complete view of the driver's side.


Interior is dark red, which we love.  We can't tell much about condition, but it doesn't look bad for its age.


This is the only other picture provided, so we threw it in.

Ad text:

1989 Dodge Colt Vista Wagon
*free vacation with purchase
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Year: 1989
Make: Dodge
Model: Colt Vista Wagon
VIN: JB4FH31V9KZ011248
Mileage: 172,597

DONOR STATES*, THAT THE ENGINE DOES NOT RUN/FUNCTION, ALL ENGINES REQUIRE REGULAR MECHANICAL SERVICE, WE HAVE NOT INSPECTED THIS ITEM AND CANNOT VERIFY CONDITION OF THE ENGINE OR TRANSMISSION – ITEM IS SOLD AS-IS, WHERE-IS, NO GUARANTEE.

Donor states*, the vehicle comes with the following features, some items may not work: A/C, Power Steering, Stereo w/Cassette, 4WD.

Donor states*, vehicle does not start. A/C does not work.

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