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author photo by Tyler Hoover January 2017

The thought of a winter beater is one of those first-world problems that car enthusiasts love to talk about, but the obvious choices like a Subaru Outback or Honda CR-V are just so common. Why can't a winter beater be something rare and interesting? My 1991 Dodge Caravan All-Wheel-Drive is certainly an interesting winter beater -- and it's an absolute hoot. Hoping others are eccentric enough to join me in my adventures, I've compiled a list of five interesting oddball winter beaters for sale on Autotrader that you probably forgot about.

1989 Jeep Wagoneer Custom -- $4,800

1989 Jeep Wagoneer Custom -- $4,800

While the Grand Wagoneer is a classic that can bring up to $50,000 in the current market, few remember when Jeep put wood paneling and a fancy interior in the beloved XJ-chassis Cherokee and named it the Wagoneer. This particular one has been decked out with all the right upgrades, including locking diffs.

Sure, the brakes and steering don't work well at the moment, but who needs good brakes with bumpers like that? Should you be unable to steer it away from a ditch, there's no need to worry, as this Jeep has the goods to 4-by-4 its way out of anything.

2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited All-Wheel-Drive $4,670

2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited All-Wheel-Drive $4,670

One of the few minivans ever equipped with all-wheel drive, the Toyota Sienna can be loaded up with a surprising amount of equipment. This particular XLE Limited model has everything -- including the beginnings of autonomous technology, in the form of dynamic cruise control. Forget winter beater: This thing is a port-a-potty and a George Foreman grill away from being a mobile vacation home. It's kind of depressing to think about, since $4,000 is about what I've spent on my wood-paneled 1991 Dodge Caravan.

2002 Jaguar X-Type All-Wheel-Drive 5-Speed Manual -- $3,995

2002 Jaguar X-Type All-Wheel-Drive 5-Speed Manual -- $3,995

This is certainly one of the most unloved Jaguars ever made. It's a Ford built in Jag drag, complete with Jaguar's signature dashboard that resembles a dining room credenza -- but this massively depreciated reject suddenly becomes cool when offered with a manual transmission and all-wheel drive. Imagine the heads that will turn when you 4-wheel drift a Jaguar during the next blizzard.

2005 Saab 9-2x Linear --$3,999

2005 Saab 9-2x Linear --$3,999

Back when General Motors owned Saab, they also owned a 20 percent stake in Subaru's parent company. Desperate to fill a model lineup for the struggling Swedish automaker, GM put a Saab nose and badges on a Subaru Impreza. These "Saabarus" were built with the same 2.5-liter boxer engine on the same Japanese assembly line as the Impreza -- but they sell for substantially less, thanks to the bankrupt badging.

1998 Audi A8 4.2 quattro -- $899

1998 Audi A8 4.2 quattro -- $899

I know everybody has heard of the Audi A8, but did you realize that only $899 could buy a full size luxury sedan with a 300-horsepower V8 and all-wheel drive? This one is stated to have a zero-accident history despite photographic evidence suggesting a slight bump here and there. If it runs as great as the seller says, buying this is a no-brainer versus an old WRX. I would gladly shave my head and wear a fitted suit, moonlighting as a transporter for Uber, to pay for this thing.

Can you find any other interesting oddball winter beaters for sale on Autotrader? If so, post the link in the comments section and tell us why it's worthy!

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