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Old 09-23-05, 11:49 AM
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Good MPG older (ie cheap) cars?

I drive a truck (Ford Ranger) and I really like it. I use it to camp all the time, go 4-wheeling, etc. But it gets 18 mpg at best, so I have been toying with the notion of buying an older cheap used car to use as my in town (non-mountains) car to save on gas. It would only seem worth it if I could get 40mpg or better on the highway.

So, what older cars might get that? I think there were some Saturns that did? Maybe a Geo Metro?
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Good luck ever seeing 40 mpg on the highway.
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A Metro would be your closet bet.
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Originally Posted by weargle
Good luck ever seeing 40 mpg on the highway.
huh? These cars exist, so I'm not sure what your point is.
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I have a '93 Honda Civic 4-door, which I paid $2500 for this time last year. It gets 35+ mpg highway, and is very reliable and fun to drive - it's a 5-speed, and my mechanic neighbor has done some 'mods' to improve performance.
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I think maybe he means w/ stop and go traffic and such, you might not get that 40 MPG you are looking for. I've been in Denver area traffic, and it sucks.
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I had an '84 scirrocco that got close to 40mpg a lot of the time.

Maybe look at some older Toyotas.
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go for a civic.
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I still get 25-30 city and 35-40 highway in my '98 Saturn SL2 .
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I just bought a '96 Sentra GXE and I get 35 mpg. It's great saving money on gas. Plus the Sentra still has all the power options that nicer cars have.
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Originally Posted by LurkerDan
huh? These cars exist, so I'm not sure what your point is.

In an older car? Show me some real numbers, not DOT inflated numbers.
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'81 Diesel VW Rabbit. Although the 0-60 is ~30 seconds.
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A manual Mazda 323 with a 1.6 can get 38. A 3cyl metro can easily get over 40.
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I agree with those who said the Honda Civic. My friend just bought one and loves it. I'm looking into the Hybrid for my next car.
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Originally Posted by Deftones
I think maybe he means w/ stop and go traffic and such, you might not get that 40 MPG you are looking for. I've been in Denver area traffic, and it sucks.
Yeah, thank god I don't drive in Denver traffic.
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Have you tried looking at a 1987 Ford Pinto?
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Originally Posted by Pistol Pete
'81 Diesel VW Rabbit. Although the 0-60 is ~30 seconds.
Tru dat, especially if it is a diesel. My '79 VW Dasher (Rabbit with a different body) got well over 40 highway. I once drive from Mobile, AL to just a few miles south of Louisville, KY on one 12-gallon tank of diesel. That's more than 600 miles, or more than 50 miles/gallon.
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Honda Civic will get close to 40mpg on highway depending on driving style and whether you use AC and the other goodies
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you could use used cooking oil for diesels, essentially costing near nothing
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I drive one of those 3 cyl Geo Metro's - beast gets 42mpg in town. Never really used on the highway, but I believe it should be around 45 mpg or so. Got a 98 with 38k miles for 2k last year - can't beat it. I would buy 3 more if I could find them - fun little 5 speed.
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My Oldsmobile 98 (year 89) is getting 24 mpg in town.
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Originally Posted by weargle
Good luck ever seeing 40 mpg on the highway.
A Skoda Octavia TDI gives you 52 MPG at 80 mph...
But it's in Europe and we're used to expensive gas.

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