1999 Honda civic. Had a 99 altima and I thought it was a waste of gas to drive such a boat around. Plus it kept breaking down on me all the time. Sold the altima. Looked for a 1999-2000 civic since I liked how the lights looked and the design update. I looked for a 5 speed, I wanted to choose my own gears. Found one for $5,500 and bought it. Had somebody drive it to my house and then I practiced during the nights how to drive stick.
No problems with the car. The only real big expense I have to worry about is the timing belt and the water pump in 10k.
I also love the fact that's it's faster, more reliable, better looking, and wastes less gas than my last car.
My old Tercel was free. That thing if I remember correctly was getting high 20's/low 30's in the city before I knew anything about green driving, so I imagine that I could have done wonders to the FE of that beater. I also got the Green machine for free when a friend of the family died. Her family didn't think that the car was worth anything substantial, didn't consider selling it worth the effort and I didn't have a car at the time. It ended up being the second best car I've ever driven behind the Tercel. I just really with it had a stick. One day...
Odometer read just under 100k when I got it. Unfortunately it is an automatic which will hopefully be changed later on down the road.
I haven't put any real money into it other than regular maintenance. It's pretty much the car that I want to teach myself how to do mechanical work on. First project was doing to brakes and rotors this past weekend.
I've got a list of other things I want to do as well :
- MPFI Swap
- SuperMID install (I have it but can't install just yet)
- Auto to manual swap
After that it will be just about where I want it and at that time I hope that I will be easily able to average 50 MPG.
Lug Nut: what kind of sailboat? I've got a small fleet: 2 beat up catamarans, and a 26 ft weekend cruiser (a Hughes 26 - "the Hyundai of sailboats").
I forgot that there are other sailors on here. I sail a 19' 1974 Capy Dory Alberg Typhoon that I absolutely love and have owned since I was 12 years old (got a killer deal on it and saved every penny I could for about three years). The full keel is great and allows me to easily manage the sudden storms that we have here in the summer.
I also have a few kayaks that I've built.
Maybe we should have wind powered listed under 'alternative fuels.'
$7k OTD plus tag and tax for a 1992 Festiva. Loaded with everything you could get on one except for the Auto tranny. Wonderful car. Would buy two of them today at $9k if they still sold them here in the states. 40 to 45 mpg with your foot on the floor and the A/C on. Turning the A/C off was like the turbo coming on....
In contrast,,, I paided 19,128 for my current junker 06 EX Civic Sedan. The Festive only had one very minor warrenty issue that took 15 mins to fix. The Civic has had more warrenty issues than the last 5 new cars Ive bought. The Accord has been a tad better. Word!!! Dont buy a new Honda unless its built in Japan. They are way over priced and not the cars or lore.
09 HCHII, w/Navi
07 Mazda3 S Touring, 5MT
Mild Hypermiler or Mad Man?
bwaa $225 us for a 1980 chevy chevette, usually gets high 20's low 30's (i saw 32 once but i counted it off as i wrote somehting down wrong) prolly dumped another $100 into it. best car ever IMO. fits 4 adults comforitably (im 6'2" and fit in the back seat just fine with the fronts all the way back.)
currently 27 years old...
$2,300 for the Geo which is a steal in Saskatchewan (the owner originally wanted $2,950). There's an ad on the school bulletin boards for a '95 model described as having less than 200,000km on it, new battery and muffler and they want $4,000 for the dang thing! Cars are NOT cheap in my province. Maybe it's because driving is regarded as high a priority as breathing in my city. Regina has the 4th worst suburban sprawl (per capita) in all of Canada so there's always a huge demand for automobiles.