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Old 02-26-2008, 06:30 PM   #1
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Whats the best Pizza delivery vehicle?

Hi,

i am posting this for a friend, he currently has a 98 Ford F150 that he delivers pizza's with but its killing him, gas prices that is. He just quit his real corporate world job and now he is delivering pie's part time. He is just basically tired of his truck, I dont blame him. I suggested a Civic especially a vx or hx and of course the Crx, mainly the hf.

Any other cars you would suggest lets say max price $3800.00. With this price range I think he could get any of the cars above but he would have to be patient to find an HX at that price, hell even a clean vx go for 5k + without a problem. The crx's all tend to be modified by ricers so virgin ones fetch a premium...im rambling other choices would be appreciated.

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Old 02-26-2008, 06:38 PM   #2
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i would say a 88-00 civic hatchback, automatic. i had a friend who did pizza delivery's with a stick and it sucked. all the clutch pressing all day long in traffic is hard on the foot and the clutch.

a auto hatch should get about 30mpg with a feathered foot, all city driving
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Old 02-26-2008, 06:44 PM   #3
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I'd figure a diesel golf might be a good pick too, considering diesels use less while idling and running slow.
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Old 02-26-2008, 07:00 PM   #4
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88-91 civic 4 door auto, i bet you could get one for 1-2k easy.

It is very hard to find an unmolested 2nd gen crx, when i go the junk yard i see all these primer painted crx's - It's disgusting.
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Round here the sitch with Hondas is ridiculous, molested all to hell, extreme high mileages, and they still want 2-3K for them. Same with a couple of other import models. A reliability rep only goes so far with me, when it's 15-20 years old, the alternator is going to go, the belts are going to go, the starter is going to go, the electrics are going to be corroded in places and glitchy... no matter what it was like from 0-7 years out of the factory (Which is really all the independant reliability surveys cover anyway) it is now old, severely clapped out, and due for all sorts of inevitable failures.
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panamacolin -

Why not a plain-jane Corolla/Prism? What was the last year they made a Metro? ... wiki wiki wiki ... 2001, so that's not too old.

If it was cheap, I think a Smart would be the best choice because it's super easy to park.

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prisms usually go cheaper than the corollas here, just for that nameplate effect, you can probably pay 1500 for one that's in better shape than a 3-4K corolla. Mazda 323 with the 1.6 is fairly sippy, decent reliability, Escorts are damn good value, you can get one with plenty of life in it for under 1000, on pizza delivery duty it will probably only return about 28-29mpg though. Festivas and Aspires look like a good idea, until you realise that parts prices are terrible and if you get an auto, barely do as good as an Escort.
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the guy next door has been deliving pizza in his golf for 6+ years and said his seat is wearing out and had to replace his tranny once, I also know people who use '92 civic cupe with good luck, and another kid who use a '89 civic hatch with good luck, and the '89 hatch was a $120 car, Toyota corrola's/geo/chevy prizem are on the top of the consumer reports list for reliable near the honda civic.
if he's just looking for somethign cheap I would go with an early Satern.
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When I delivered for domino's I had my VX. It was great until the transmission grenaded.
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I got my '99 Escort zx2 for about $2500 (about 1800 base, then did a little work on it) The zx2 is a pretty sexy car for the gas millage it gets and the price on it. Its also very reliable. A friend of mine has one too. we both have the '99 zx2. One reason for that is '97 and '99 escorts were rated as good used cars to get in consumer reports. Its weird, years like '98 and '00-'03 seemed to have problems that made them not as good. You may not get as much FE as a CX, more around 30 instead of 40. But it certainly has a lot of life for its value.
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