Car Lot Classics: What’s On The Lemon Lot – October 2019 Edition

It’s been a couple years since we last perused the “Lemon Lot” here at the US military installation on the outskirts of Tokyo where I used to work.  For new readers, Lemon Lot is GI-speak for the Resale Area where outgoing personnel can sell their car, and incoming folks can pick one up.  This is the off-season as most US military folks “PCS” (Permanent Change of Station) in the summer, but there were about 14 cars during my last trip by – let’s look at a few…

Vans are always popular here, just like any suburb back in the States – here we have a 2003 JDM Toyota Voxy – a mid-sized van that comes with a 2.0L 1AZ-FSE four.  It has a sister model with a slightly different grille called the Noah.  This one has 122K kilometers, but looks well cared for – and being a Toyota, that’s means it’s hardly broken in.  Yours for $2800.

2006 Teana

2002 Laurel

Next up is a 2006 Nissan Teana – the Teana is built on the same platform as the Maxima and Altima, and comes with similar engines; a 2.0L four and two versions of Nissan’s VQ V6 – 2.3L and 3.5L.  This car replaced the Laurel and Cefiro – two cars I thought were much more attractive than the Teana.  The Teana always looked too generic and somewhat “droopy” to me.  Oh well, this one has 93K and can be yours for $2000.

Another van – this one a 2003 Nissan Presage.  The Presage is Nissan’s equivalent to Toyota’s Estima (Previa), and is a touch bigger than the Voxy – and comes with a 2.5L four or 3.5L V6.  This one has 92K, one year left on its two-year Japan Compulsory Insurance – and is priced at $1200, but with the added “or best offer” – the owner must have a plane to catch soon…

Here we have a 2006 kei-sized Subaru Stella – the Stella is Subaru’s “tall-boy” kei wagon similar to the Suzuki Wagon R.  But this is a Custom model with the supercharged 658cc EN07X four, putting out the government-limited max 64 hp for this class.  It has 65K and the owner says it has all maintenance records, a new Alpine stereo, recent oil/filter change, and new brake pads – $3000.

Next we have a 2004 Honda Edix.  This is an interesting model – it’s a six-seater, configured 3X3, similar to the Fiat Multipla.  The 3X3 seating means it’s wider than other models in its class, so they tend to stand out here in Japan.  Engines are both gas and diesel in the 1.7L to 2.2L range.  This one has 99K and the owner wants $2000.

Lastly here is a Gen 1 2006 Toyota Ractis.  In Toyota-ese, that’s an acronym for Run, Active, Space.  The Ractis is the follow-on to the Fun Cargo, and is a competitor to Honda’s Fit.  Both have below-floor rear seat storage giving a surprisingly large rear cargo area.  Our son has one similar to this and he loves it.  No mileage stated but the owner looks motivated – asking $1750 but “no reasonable offer refused.”

As you are aware from his posts, our current Leader Jim Klein visited Japan this month to attend the Tokyo Motor Show.  This past weekend he, our in-country JDM expert Tatra87, and I had our own small “CC Far East Meet-Up” in Shinjuku.  It was a very enjoyable night out that did not involve copious wine, women, or song – just tasty tempura, a few draft lagers, and a very spirited discussion of all things automotive.  Cheers Gentlemen – thank you for making the trek to Tokyo.