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Old 02-15-2008, 05:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Newb here

I stumbled upon this site via Jalopnik.com decided to register. Hoping to pick up a few tips here and there to help ease my gas bills a bit, thus saving more money for the autocross events I often attend.

Already, my little 240sx gets decent mileage. It returned a respectable 32 mpg on a recent trip where I was not really easy on it at all.

Well, that's about it.

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Old 02-15-2008, 05:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site.

What's the commute like? Is it a manual transmission?
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site.

What's the commute like? Is it a manual transmission?
It's a manual and it is actually a dual purpose car. Not only is it my commuter, it is set up for autocross duty. I'm quite sure that if I did try really hard, the old girl could get up over the 30mpg mark in the city. However, I live in an area of old folks and yuppie SUV driving soccer moms, so I can't really conserve too much as I don't want to be a smear on the grille of an inattentive driver.

A slow and passive driving style around here will get you hit or hurt, I have been both. I like being nimble and quick, it's saved my hiney many times. I still like to do what I can to make things better once I am free of the mayhem whenever I do actually drive.

Eventually, the old 240 will be retired to race only duty and the Wagoneer will be sold which is what really brings me here. I'm really curious as to what I could buy that is reasonable on fuel/price that can actually tow something and not be over burdened. I'll always be a "hot-rod" kind of guy, but that still doesn't mean that I'm not interested in more than one kind of performance.

Thanks for the welcomes, I'll try to fill out the fuel mileage thingie for the 240...I don't drive it too much. The Wagoneer is the big parts hauler for now, unfortunately.
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Old 02-17-2008, 10:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 02-17-2008, 10:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My Mom hasd a Subaru Forester and it's really nice. She gets 26 city and 33 highway with a 5 speed manual. Don't know if it would tow what you need but worth looking at.
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Old 02-17-2008, 11:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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How much do you want to tow?
if under 1,000lbs I say Corolla (5 speed)
If under 1,700 I say tdi
If under 10,000 I say 12 valve Cummings
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well, If you wanna tow stuff, I say get a diesel, get the stuff to make your own biodiesel, and save even more $$$ than you would have thought possible. save money, get great gas mileage, and if you make your own fuel, you could even possibly drive with a lead foot! You can make biodiesel for what? 15cents a gallon?

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