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Old 04-28-2008, 04:33 AM   #1
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What do you think is the best car for MPG mods?

What do you think is the best car for MPG mods?

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.
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:38 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:44 AM   #3
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I have to drive 4 hours a day highway well 65 max. I just don't want to put so many miles on my new car. So I'm looking for a car I can drive and get good gas mileage.

I've heard the VX is great. I think I may look around for one of those.
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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.

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Old 04-28-2008, 06:55 AM   #5
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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!
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if your looking for a low cost, high mpg car, look for a 88 - 00 civic, 5 speed manual, or a crx. vx would be great, but its rare and cost about 3000 after o2 sensor replacement and other stuff

a EF civic dx would be around 1000, and can achieve 40 mpg easily on the highway
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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.
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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.
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I haven't done too bad with my car. $400 worth of aero drag reduction mods on a 92 civic CX to produce a 70mpg car.
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Old 04-28-2008, 08:53 PM   #10
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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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