Ok, spending the least amount of money what car would you buy to get the best MPG for the price? I think to get a really expensive car and do expensive mods to save $1000 dollars a year isn't such a good idea.
I've heard you can get 60 MPG from a metro pretty easily with minimal hypermiling techniques.
I'm assuming you mean most bang for your buck, right? A Metro, an Escort, CRX, a 1969 Opel GT (mentioned by a previous poster lately), just about any Volkswagen - any small car with the ability to mod easily & cheaply - especially if there are a LOT of them on the road making parts cheap.
Looking to trade for an early 1988 Honda CRX HF (Pillar mounted seat belts)
a cavalier is a pretty good one as far as availability of parts. there are a million of the things around. you can get better gas mileage out of a honda but you can pick up a cav pretty cheap with pretty low miles on it.
just a thought
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If you are truly spending those 4 hours at highway speeds, then a VW TDi is going to be your best bet by far. They are built for non-stop driving. If you drive it right, you can get 50mpg easy. That, and due to a number of factors, you can expect to get 700-800+ miles per tank. Less fill ups and excellent mileage!
Maybe not the best for MPG, but for the money a Cavalier can be a good choice,as mentioned above.Mine is a 4 door,because insurance companies tend to list 2 doors as sports cars. I'd like to get something smaller when this one dies,but I'm still taking the cheap way over time; not something that gets 15mpg for $700.
I would avoid a car with poor reliability or high ownership costs (a VW would fall into this category for many of the models). Check out consumer reports or some of the online sites where people can weigh-in on cars they have owned.
I've driven and worked on a few different American cars as well as many imports. From my experience, the two auto makers that make the most reliable (translating to cheaper to own) cars would be Toyota and Honda. I always talk to my mechanic about a certain model/year of car before buying it as well since this gives me an idea of the problems to expect, and what kind of cost to expect when doing preventative maintenance.
When you're dealing with an older car, sports car or not, insurance isn't usually drastically different between them. I've owned sports cars, classic cars, and econo cars, all of which having nearly the same insurance rate for me.
On the never-ending quest for better gas mileage...
The best car to modify is one that runs good and is paid for. Any car can be helped, and probably the best way is first to modify one's own driving habits and do a tune-up. Took my Eldorado from about 18-19 mpg to 25-26 mpg. The same has taken my Geo from about 33mpg to 40mpg.
I'd be interested to see some mods to good ol' Detroit iron. 25-30 mpg out of a '69 GTO Judge anyone? And have it still be fast when one wants it to be? (Ducking objects being thrown by the Pontiac faithful!)
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