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Old 05-27-2008, 11:34 AM   #61
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I am surprised no one has mentioned the Toyota Paseo, however I guess being such a small car it looks like it'd get high FE, and wouldn't be consider much of a "sleeper". However, the Nissan 240SX 1989-94 or the 1995-98 are very sporty looking, and can get good FE. They are also RWD, so they really have that sporty feel, but they are not so good in snowy or icy winters. On my 91 240SX I get about 30-32MPG just driving lightly, no hypermiling. Even when racing often I still got around 20MPG.
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:44 AM   #62
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Again, anything with the GM 3800 or the GM 2200 OHV 4-cylinder in it. Torque everywhere and wide gearing make for a couple winners. With the V6, even in-town you can get decent mileage if you don't put your foot into it, but you'll see your mileage fall really quickly if you do because of the large displacement. Gotta love those OHV engines. (wow, I'm actually recommending GM products for mileage...)

As for KIA and Hyundai, It was i think 2003 when they went FULLY automated on their assembly line and the 2005 to now are excellent cars.

Gotta love their thinking.
'Most of our manufacturing issues are coming from human error.'
'So how do we fix it?'
'Get rid of the human error.'
In their overseas plants a human hand never touches the body of the car through the entire assembly process(if I remember correctly). The new domestic(US) plants I don't think will work like that.
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Old 05-27-2008, 12:34 PM   #63
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The 3800 is a great engine. My dad has been able to squeeze 32 MPG out of his '04 Impala SS with the supercharged 3800 on long trips. Not bad for something that big and with that much performance!
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:11 PM   #64
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I don't know everyones income level or where they are in the country, but my approach to save money on all fronts was to not purchase another newer car worth more than cars I already own just for gas mileage.
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:59 PM   #65
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I don't know everyones income level or where they are in the country, but my approach to save money on all fronts was to not purchase another newer car worth more than cars I already own just for gas mileage.
if your aspire is in good shape and money is a concern, there should be no reason to look for something else.
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:57 PM   #66
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my approach to save money on all fronts was to not purchase another newer car worth more than cars I already own just for gas mileage.
I think this thread is intended more for people who are already in the market for a vehicle, and people who drive a lot of miles in a behemoth where a FE vehicle can pay for itself.
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:13 PM   #67
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Its pretty evident that many here simply recommend what they're already driving, so I shall be no exception.
If you can find one in drivable condition...how `bout a 1983-84 Volvo 240 Diesel?
The spaciousness and cargo capacity of a mid-sized SUV and 35+mpgs to boot.
Or better yet, convert a later model 200 series: http://www.thegreencarco.com/product...rsion_faqs.php
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As for KIA and Hyundai, It was i think 2003 when they went FULLY automated on their assembly line and the 2005 to now are excellent cars.
Yup, they really pulled 'em up over the last few years, they were trying harder since about '00 but weren't making it, wouldn't want a well used Accent from before then, some of the bigger cars had a bit more care lavished. Anything wrong with the recent ones is probably "Disposable car syndrome" more than anything else... i.e. "if I'm buying a cheap POS to commute into the ground, why should I bother spending much on maintenance." So see if you can find one owned by that little old lady from Passadena and you'll make out better.
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Yup, they really pulled 'em up over the last few years, they were trying harder since about '00 but weren't making it, wouldn't want a well used Accent from before then, some of the bigger cars had a bit more care lavished. Anything wrong with the recent ones is probably "Disposable car syndrome" more than anything else... i.e. "if I'm buying a cheap POS to commute into the ground, why should I bother spending much on maintenance." So see if you can find one owned by that little old lady from Passadena and you'll make out better.
Can't complain with a car like the elantra that can be decked out with heated leather seats and sunroof and everything for under 19k. Local Hyundai dealers here are offering a 300k mile 10 year warranty for free with the purchase of a new Hyundai.
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I feel sorry for some of you Honda guys getting in the low 30's when I drive a Scion xB getting 40-41 lifetime average - this tank 43mpg (was 44 for a while then some short hops killed it) for a big white box! Here's a sleeper for ya!
Wow, that's great! Who knew a car built like a toaster could get such good mileage, wonder what it could get with some aerodynamics?
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