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Old 01-28-2008, 05:25 PM   #11
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I think most of them usually contain 'doesn't run' in the ad text. Half the time they just never bother to check the battery or fuel level and just want it out of their yard.
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I've found a handful of cars for friends that cost less then $300 and got 45+mpg, all sold to kids who have very little mecanical exprince, but have been able to keep them going useing just the basic chilton book.
between www.kbb.com and www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm you should be able to find the best gas mileage of any car made in the last 20 years, and figure out it's value.
He's my pitch for overall low cost: an Escort Wagon. I've got two, now (one is a Tracer). The 95 Escort was 950$ over a year ago w/109K miles, and it is great - 35-40 mpg, reliable, comfortable, dirt-cheap to purchase. Room for wife and two small kids. It's also my hunting truck.

The other was a 94 Tracer Wagon, 65K miles, for 1500$. Great, even nicer than the Escort - the Tracer has a tach and power windows. It's the one the wife uses with the kids. I'll keep them both for a loooong time, though wife is whining about wanting a minivan.

Escorts much better with 5spd, wagon is by far best value. Prizms, Corollas, and Sentras are good, too, though more expensive.
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I gotta say I'm liking the Escort Wagon I started driving this last month. I'm not getting economy that is that good, but I'm taking really short trips of under 3 miles on a cold motor with the defogger blowing most of the time. I expect significant improvement with some dry and or warmer weather though.
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I gotta say I'm liking the Escort Wagon I started driving this last month. I'm not getting economy that is that good, but I'm taking really short trips of under 3 miles on a cold motor with the defogger blowing most of the time. I expect significant improvement with some dry and or warmer weather though.
Yeah, all those you named will kill mpg. Right now I'm getting mid/low 30s - most recent tank was 36mpg, I was pleased. I checked tire pressure yesterday for firt time in a few weeks, they all were low 30psi range. No they're 40 - and I'm gonna go up another couple pounds - I've changed the oil, and look forward to next couple tanks. 40mpg, here I come...
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