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    Thread: What is a cheap, easy to fix, and good gas mileage car?

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      08-03-2011 04:36 PM #1
      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.

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      08-03-2011 04:38 PM #2
      You didn't mention fun to drive- so I say early 2000s Corolla/Prism.
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      08-03-2011 04:39 PM #3
      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.

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      08-03-2011 04:44 PM #4
      MKIII VW (95-99, preferably >97) Parts are stupid cheap on German Autoparts
      Shutup and drive yo cah'!

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      08-03-2011 05:21 PM #5
      Geo/Chevy Metro.
      Suzuki Swift.
      Honda Civic.
      Toyota Corolla.
      Mazda Protege/3.
      Ford Focus.

      and on. and on. and on.
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      08-03-2011 05:57 PM #6
      Lol I don't expect to have much fun in something cheap. I would think anyway.

      I thought the older VW had mad serious bearing and wiring harness issues?

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      08-03-2011 06:15 PM #8
      first gen toyota Paseo

      32mpg combined and rather fun


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      08-03-2011 06:38 PM #9
      93-96 Camry.. supposedly the best made Camries evAr.
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      08-03-2011 06:47 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Wings88 View Post
      Lol I don't expect to have much fun in something cheap. I would think anyway.

      I thought the older VW had mad serious bearing and wiring harness issues?
      it can be very fun to drive a cheap car.

      i own a 93 S4 and a 08 GTI... but i still have fun driving my Suzuki Swift.
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      08-03-2011 06:59 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Wings88 View Post
      Lol I don't expect to have much fun in something cheap. I would think anyway.
      Small cheap cars are a lot more fun than bigger cars. With older cars the mechanicals are really simple, cheap to fix and DIY friendly.

      My vote goes to the Civic.
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      08-03-2011 07:21 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Wings88 View Post
      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.
      Pretty much anything with this

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      08-03-2011 07:31 PM #14
      Basically any import from 1980 to 1996.
      Lots of VW stuff|Rare Scirocco parts!
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      08-03-2011 07:55 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by MightyDSM View Post
      Pretty much anything with this

      If you can find one that hasn't been molested that is. Older, little lady owned Hondas that are still factory stock and not beat on are getting hard to find. On the flip side, since so many people are modifying them used OEM parts are plentiful and cheap.

      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.

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      08-03-2011 08:00 PM #16
      What about a 1980's VW Rabbit diesel? 57mpg Highway 5 speed

      Didn't even know those came in diesels until 5 mins ago.

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      big pic for most obvious answer!
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      08-03-2011 08:07 PM #18
      Wait.. duh.

      Dodge/Plymouth Neon.
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      08-03-2011 08:07 PM #19
      Toyota Corolla. Pretty much every generation of them are bulletproof and cheap. The challenge is finding one that doesn't have a million miles on it and isn't beat up.

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      08-03-2011 08:07 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by compy222 View Post
      big pic for most obvious answer!
      Big pic to show how inflated used prices are.
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      08-03-2011 09:25 PM #21
      Crx. Maybe a civic hf.

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      08-03-2011 09:34 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by koston. View Post
      MKIII VW (95-99, preferably >97) Parts are stupid cheap on German Autoparts
      Good thing too, because you'll be going there early and often.
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      08-03-2011 09:36 PM #23
      Among the other great suggestions:

      Any Toyota with the 1NZ engine:

      Echo
      xA
      xB

      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 09:02 AM.

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      08-03-2011 09:51 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by HideYoKids View Post
      first gen toyota Paseo

      32mpg combined and rather fun

      I don't think the OP is a girl, so a Paseo is out, much like a Cavalier.
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      08-03-2011 10:01 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      Big pic to show how inflated used prices are.
      true. worth it though, unless its really beat.
      Quote Originally Posted by capsaicin View Post
      AP1 S2000? I can not in good conscience talk you out of that. May your slip angle be great and your bed not be the couch!

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