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Old 02-27-2018, 01:28 PM   #21 (permalink)
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BMW could be a dark horse here, as I was finding the occasional E46 3-series within that budget, but I can't promise you won't be writing lots of checks afterwards.

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Old 02-27-2018, 01:47 PM   #22 (permalink)
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It sounds like working around a Subaru to have it operating as RWD-only is the most cost-effective option for you.
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:30 PM   #23 (permalink)
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S10 or Ranger if 30 mpg is good enough
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S10 or Ranger if 30 mpg is good enough
Could probably extend that to any 2wd, 4cyl/manual compact pickup... I don’t see why 30 wouldn’t be doable with a Frontier or Tacoma...
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A 1995-2002 3.8 5 speed Camaro would check all your boxes.

Original epa highway was 31mpg, you can beat that pretty easy.
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A 1995-2002 3.8 5 speed Camaro would check all your boxes.
Its aerodynamics seem fairly good for its days, plus it wasn't quite an oversized pig compared to the 5th-gen Camaro.
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Could probably extend that to any 2wd, 4cyl/manual compact pickup... I don’t see why 30 wouldn’t be doable with a Frontier or Tacoma...
I drove my 06 GMC Canyon 10,708.4 miles in 2017, and burned 301.87 gallons, for 35.5 MPG. Most driving was speed limit to 5 MPH over.

Wishful thinking: If I could get the engine and manual transmission from the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado in an older Ford Ranger with aeromods, I could get that to about 40 MPG.
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Old 03-01-2018, 10:54 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Have you tried a used car site like autotrader? You can punch in your location, drive preference, and max price you'll pay. You can even add the MPG range you want; that should get the 27 bazillion pickup trucks out of the way! I just did it for my area and found some really interesting choices.
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Well, even though it would be the simplest approach to simply pick a compact truck and call it a day, maybe the OP would rather want an actual car, and nowadays there is a lack of affordable RWD family cars with a more reasonable operating and maintenance cost.

BTW what about an early Mazda MPV?
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