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Old 12-12-2009, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cheap car?

Hit some ice in my impala, took it over a snow bank and rolled it. Might be toast.

If I want to buy a new car on the cheap that would work well for hypermiling what would I go with? Looks like the geo metro is a popular choice. Any particular year or version?

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Old 12-12-2009, 12:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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3cyl manual will obviously give the best mileage
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I got my 2002 Ford Focus Zx3 (hatchback) for $3000 with 80K miles. I am getting 36mpg city and 42mpg highway right now and we are in WINTER. (Ive only had it during the winter time).

It is EXCEPTIONAL to say the least AND it fits four VERY comfortably, has TONS of space, looks pretty good, and its a blast to drive!
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you can get a Honda with a stick shift and lean burn, you should do that. That would be the 92-95 Civic VX, the 96+ Civic HX, and stick-shifted Honda hybrids.
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Old 12-12-2009, 11:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Geos are good b/c you can get them for 800 dollars, you don't need 3k cars.

Saturns get pretty good mileage.
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Old 12-12-2009, 11:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 12-12-2009, 12:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd recommend something 1996 or newer for its OBD-II diagnostics, and the ability to hook up a ScanGauge II to it. Beyond that, look for a 1.5 L engine or smaller, a manual transmission, and a Japanese manufacturer.

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Old 12-12-2009, 01:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You better go to Florida to get any geo cars.

They are RUSTY so bad here because salt. You don't see lot geo reach 200,000 miles before rot. In Florida I see some reach 300,000 to 400,000 miles plus they are cheaper than here.
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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A Saturn S-Series S?1 will give you good MPG for a low price. Go to saturnfans.com/forums/ to see the Saturn S-Series forum. It's huuuuuuge!


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Old 12-12-2009, 06:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
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+1 on a 5th gen(92-95 honda (or a 4th gen 88-91) can be had cheep and I have had quite a few of them with plenty of miles 200,000+ still in fine shape.


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