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OT \"Economy cars\"???? Anyone have any advice??

I am looking for a CHEAP, new economy car.

Everything I am finding does not get much better mileage than my jeep and cost almost as much...

I am in the mind of something like a Geo Metro. only new... as cheap as I can get.

Anyone have any Ideas as to what is good..

I have no experience in this area as I always buy the biggest heavy duty Item I can get.

I looked at hybirds but their price tag seems rediculous for what you are getting.
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Re: OT \"Economy cars\"???? Anyone have any advice??

This is just off the top of my head but Toyota Corollas were one of the best bargains for the buck. I had one that got 28-34 mpg and you could get a basic one (w/5spd) for $10-12K (at least you could a few years ago). They are extremely reliable so maintenance and repair costs are really low for at least a couple hundred thousand miles. My .02.
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Re: OT \"Economy cars\"???? Anyone have any advice??

my cj5 gets about 1 hour per tank, 350 chevy
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Re: OT \"Economy cars\"???? Anyone have any advice??

I use a 96 V6 mustang. Gets 31 mpg and is more fun than other economy cars.
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Re: OT \"Economy cars\"???? Anyone have any advice??

personally, i'd pass on a "new" metro, echo, etc. for a 2-3 year old civic or something like that...i just don't feel safe in those tiny little cat food cans on wheels...i think my 258 weighs more than the entire car....
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Re: OT \"Economy cars\"???? Anyone have any advice??

Check out used Honda Civics.
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Re: OT \"Economy cars\"???? Anyone have any advice??

3rd the hondas, my mom has one and gets like 35 mph.
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Re: OT \"Economy cars\"???? Anyone have any advice??

For dirt cheap I don't think you can beat Kia and Saturn. But for a big guy like yourself you might find it hard gettin in a Saturn......I've never been comfy in any I've driven.
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Re: OT \"Economy cars\"???? Anyone have any advice??

used subaru, i picked up my commuter for $1700, it's a 91 legacy wagon 5speed. it gets 30+ per gallon, has full time 4wd, runs in the snow like it's dry pavement, can fit a sheet of plywood in the back with the seats down, has a luggage rack on top, the heat and ac work great and it'll probably run to 3 or 400k with minimal work. not to mention that once you understand the horizontally opposed 4 banger they're easy as pie to work on (heck dont even need an engine lift to take the engine out, dont have to take the engine out to do a clutch. did i mention that it handles like a vette on dry pavement and sticks like mad on wet and snow. i've been out playing and had to lock the brakes in a corner doing 30 to even break traction. best little grocery getter i ever had.

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Re: OT \"Economy cars\"???? Anyone have any advice??

I wondered about the suburu's... My old boss had one and even after he overheated it and busted the radiator it still ran amazed me.

All the civic's I found are so tiny and like nick said I am not exactly a little guy.

Might look at some of the used listings... Main reason to buy it new was the waranty. I do not mind working on vehicles, but I am a little turned off by breakdowns in my dd
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