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|06-20-2013, 01:05 PM||#1 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Dec 2006
Breaking with convention around here, let's talk "cheap beaters" designed to save you money.
A used (sometimes much older) car will have depreciated in value long ago, saving you a tonne on the actual purchase cost.
There are many beaters that'll be good on gas and easy on maintenance and their track records are well established versus new, unproven designs that may or may not have longevity.
I've owned a couple of used cars - a 1992 Toyota Tercel (bought c.2003) and a 2003 Hyundai Elantra GT (bought c.2007) - that were both excellent on gas and maintenance, though I'm not sure I'd have called either "beaters" since they weren't that old at the time.
Beaters that come to mind are c.1991-1993 Dodge Spirit/Plymouth Acclaim, old Tercels and Civics, Geo Metros, Hyundai Accents and Elantras, Suzuki Aerios and so forth.
So! Anyone else an efficiency nut? Any beater suggestions?
Last edited by CJOttawa; 06-20-2013 at 02:12 PM.
|06-20-2013, 01:09 PM||#2 (permalink)|
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Ford Fiesta. Problem is you really can't find the damn things anymore. People drive them until there's nothing left.
I had a 93 Buick LeSabre that was surprisingly good on gas, especially for having a 3.8 liter pushrod all-iron V6 and 3200+ lbs of curb weight. Averaged right around 30 mpg on my commute between Jackson and Trenton, about 35 miles each way, all highway. Bought it for $1500 and change I think?
|06-20-2013, 01:09 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Albany. NY
If you are a real tech nut and don't mind getting your hands dirty, some of those old cars can get converted to battery run dc motor cars for local hops around town. Then they get real efficient.
Otherwise, I think you are spot on with a lot of the smaller cars like the civics... I still see some on the road that have to be getting close to 20 years old!
|06-20-2013, 01:17 PM||#4 (permalink)|
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|06-20-2013, 02:00 PM||#7 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Vail, AZ
92-95 Civic VX. Single cam VTEC with the VTEC actually being focused on miliage, not a next level of power.
Prior to that, the 88-91 CRX is low 40's IIRC.
|06-20-2013, 02:17 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Straight 6 DID Bust!
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pace, FL
Not really a beater, but my 05 Cobalt is a great budget-friendly vehicle. I drive it every day and the only maintenance I've done on it was change the oil and had the tires rotated. It'll get 35 mpg on the highway if you keep your foot out of it, and it's relatively comfortable. I bought it was 96k on it for $4500 which was a fair price. I just rolled over 100k and haven't had any regrets with it. Fills up for $40(as of June, 2013) and I can get just under 300 miles on a tank.
Geo Prizm's are awesome as well. Some friends of mine had one with well over 250k on it and it ran pretty well. They got it for $900 AFTER tags and insurance and they could drive two weeks on $40 of gas.
|06-20-2013, 02:18 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Sorry, that's classified.
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: SoCal, USA
Honda crx. 50 some odd mpg. Some guys claim more. The new cr-z which is supposed to be an homage to the crx doesn't even touch that territory.
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|06-20-2013, 03:24 PM||#10 (permalink)|
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knowing what I do about 1st gen neons I know I could get one and wrangle close to 50mpg highway out of it with a bit of tinkering.
the ford festiva is a cheap, efficient beater