What is a really easy to fix car to keep on the road that is cheap and gets great gas mileage?
Looking to grab something to I am not trekking so many miles on my current car.
Those are VERY subjective requirements. My vote is a first or second generation Subaru Legacy with EJ22 engine and 5-speed manual transmission. Pre-OBD II if you can find it.
I've been looking for something similar as what the OP describes and lately I've been turning my attention towards the later 2000+ Mazda Protege. There's tons of them (around here anyways), you can get them ridiculously cheap now and the engines/transmissions are shared with a few other Mazdas and Fords so replacement parts should be easily available. Just gotta watch out for rust.
Among the other great suggestions:
Any Toyota with the 1NZ engine:
Tercel's and paseos as well.
The nice thing here is that the timing chain does not really have to be changed, they're all around 2k pounds, use 13-15" tires, are toyota's, have the same chassis set up as a mk1-3 GTI so they're fun to drive, and get over 35mpg.
Last edited by NoGrip61; 08-04-2011 at 10:02 AM.