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Old 09-07-2006, 06:51 AM   #11
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:16 AM   #12
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My vote is for the tdi.
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Old 09-07-2006, 08:19 PM   #13
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Old 09-07-2006, 08:21 PM   #14
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My vote is for the tdi.
I have been considering the TDI route, just the VW's reliability has given me second thoughts over and over.
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Old 09-07-2006, 08:25 PM   #15
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Another attractive thing about the TDI is that you can go WVO or biodiesel.

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I vote for the TDI as well.
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:24 AM   #16
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I don't suppose either of you BMW owners have dimpled surfaces on your side mirrors, do you? I'd read BMW was doing this, but I don't know when they started.
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:16 AM   #17
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Hi guys,
I may as well post my usual mileage. These are the cars that I currently have.

2002 WRX, 24 mpg (best was 29, but while driving through Indiana & Ohio, all hwy)

1989 Acura Integra, 28 mpg (best was 37, 10 years ago, driving to Fl, all hwy)

1994 Mazda Miata, 27 mpg

1995 BMW M3, 24 mpg (best was 29, driving all hwy)

2004 Honda Accord V6 (wifes car), 20 mpg (best was 32 all hwy)

I have commuted in all but the M3 (garage queen). My driving is typically 75% hwy, 25% city driving. This is all accomplished at speeds up to 75mph.

I know I should slow down, but I am just keeping up with the traffic. I would like to get a car that would get me into the high 30's while driving 75 mph on the hwy. I drive approx 30,000 miles a year.

I am tired of this kind of fuel economy, and am open to buy another car that would acccomplish this.
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:22 AM   #18
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I am always looking at the classifieds for 96-99 civics.

The VW TDI mileage sounds magical, but sounds like I may be sacrificing FE for reliability & repairs. I have been considering a used one, but even 100,000k cars are fetching over 10k.

Since I drive so much, the car cannot be too boring, noisy, or uncomfortable. I know that I am asking for too much.
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:32 AM   #19
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Wow, you have a lot of cars.

I feel better about my pile-o-hardware.
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:30 AM   #20
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With your obvious interest in automotive technology, why not head straight for a hybrid? Seems a no-brainer. I'd look for an Insight - the high (FE) performance hybrid for highway use.

Re slowing down, my prescription for people who are sensitive to the issue of holding up traffic is this:

EDIT: so as not to get OT, moved this into a new thread:

http://www.gassavers.org/showthread....5543#post25543
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