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Old 04-29-2011, 11:11 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Found 2 in a 300 mile radius... not sure if its worth a trip to St. Louis or Indianapolis. Buying a car site-unseen is a bit more of a risk than I would like to take! I would feel a lot more comfortable if there were 2 or 3 in a single metro area, yeah even if it was a flight there and epic drive back.

The nice thing about a 100 mile radius is that its a distance I could easily ride my bike in a single day.

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Old 04-30-2011, 10:33 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I bought my girlfriend a 2006 chevy cobalt ls 4 door sedan back in 09 for $7000 with 35K miles on it. I would look into getting 1. It will fit perfectly for what you want. I bought it at a dealership to and could have gotten 1 cheaper from a private owner. The one I bought my lady is an auto. I changed to all synthetic fluids and put K&N intake and exhaust on it. So total cost around $7700. This is well below your 10K mark with some extra money you could put signs on the car or make it how you want for your business. On the freeway with those mods she consistently gets 44 MPG with ac on and going 68 MPH. in the city if she babies it she gets 30 MPG. They are great cars. They are very reliable and insurance is cheap. They don`t require much service to keep them on the road.
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:55 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Found 2 in a 300 mile radius... not sure if its worth a trip to St. Louis or Indianapolis. Buying a car site-unseen is a bit more of a risk than I would like to take! I would feel a lot more comfortable if there were 2 or 3 in a single metro area, yeah even if it was a flight there and epic drive back.

The nice thing about a 100 mile radius is that its a distance I could easily ride my bike in a single day.
It might be worth the cost of the flight to pick one up out west, just because the body will be in better shape. I have a 21-year-old Honda with nary a fleck of structural rust.
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Old 05-04-2011, 03:39 PM   #24 (permalink)
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From what I can find on AutoTrader (and CarSoup), not a single one available within a 100 mile radius of here. Does anyone know of other good sources for reseaching used cars? I might have to pony up for a new one :-/
Try Ebay and as I mentioned before, use the 'completed' listings to get an idea of prices. Look at the ones found a dealers and you're likely to be OK and possibly get a 30 day warranty. Just setup an Ebay alert and you'll get a notice when one comes available.

You might also want to look at the Golf diesels. A little smaller than the wagon, they have a rear hatch and might meet your needs. Sorry the Prius doesn't fit your needs but you've got options.

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here is an ebay search to get you started
http://motors.shop.ebay.com/Cars-Tru...&_udhi=9%2C999
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:43 PM   #26 (permalink)
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When you're looking for something rare and specific, you'll need to increase your search radius and be willing to wait for a good example to come along. It's worth it.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:02 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Any S series Saturn would be a good choice I have gotten over 40 in an sw2 and my current sc1.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:50 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Get an 80's VW diesel
I am getting almost 50 mpg in mine and I have put on 8000 miles on it so far. I could have gotten a front yard full for 10 grand.
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:25 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I would second the idea of a ford focus wagon. They're really cheap and great on fuel 06-07 are rated 37mpg on freeway. Bought a nice 06 with 60k on odo for 5k$.

Tons of cargo space and you can comfortably fit 5 person.
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:20 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I agree w Varn! Why do you want to spend that much $$$$$$$$$$$$$ ? My total fleet of diesel Suburban, 62mpg CRX, Isuzu Diesel powered '75 Monza fastback, plus 4 motorcycles are way below 10K. I realize where you live is salt country, plus older VW's mostly unseen in mid America; but my choice would be an "82-84 Quantum Diesel wagon. A mint one might be 4,ooo. Its roughly the size of an older Volvo wagon... the driver can have the seat set for a 6,5" person, w a 6,5" person behind in total comfort... my low in combined city/highway daily was 46mpg.. got 53-57mpg on any trips (50-55mph)... it can tow bolt together trailers..still got 32mpg...a twin sized mattress fits perfectly... large enough to get some respect/crash protection... generous space on sides for your advertising... and low tech enough that when the economics collapse; it can still run on almost anything!

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