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Old 02-20-2021, 04:29 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Jetta or Passat TDI wagon, Golf TDI...
Prius, if the back end is big enough. (Seats fold down, IIRC)
Leaf, if EV is an option.

Hmm...what other sizeable hatchbacks are there out there with decent mileage...?
too bad they're unreliable and you can hedge your bets that the fuel pump will go out at 100-120k miles

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Old 02-20-2021, 05:24 PM   #32 (permalink)
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too bad they're unreliable and you can hedge your bets that the fuel pump will go out at 100-120k miles
Which hatchback are you talking about? I'm pretty sure that Nissan Leafs don't have fuel pump issues, but I've been wrong before.
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Old 02-22-2021, 11:37 AM   #33 (permalink)
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The fuel pump issue is mostly dead and pretty much limited to pre 2010 vehicles. It grenades before 60,000 or it lasts the life of the vehicle with a bit of fuel additive.

They are more reliable than any GM product I have ever owned.
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:31 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I still think the biggest question is what is the budget.
If it’s $50,000 buy a new Tesla Model Y. If it’s a $2000 buy a golf Jetta WagonTDI ALH with a manual. There are hundreds of answers between, as well as below and above those price points.
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Old 02-22-2021, 01:40 PM   #35 (permalink)
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My first hatchback was a 1993 Mazda 323 for $250. It had a headgasket problem and leaky radiator. So I took the head off and had it shaved and put in a new radiator and head gasket kit. The car ran fine, got mpg in the 40's (with my hypermilling driving) and I even drove it down to Puerto Vallarta Mexico and back.

My second hatchback was a 1985 VW Golf Diesel non-turbo. This car could get mpg in the 50's. It cost me $600 and mostly I had to change a few shifter linkage parts and had problems with door handles and CV joints. I drove this car to my mother-in-law's some 14 times, and only once it broke down (CV joint died). She lives 600 miles away.

Now I have a 2006 Toyota Prius, which I haven't driven hardly at all because there are a lot of things I still need to fix and hope I can fix before the HV battery goes out again.

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