I am looking at buying a new (new to me) car. Provided finances work out.
I would prefer to get a 4 door, but may
consider a hatchback.
Primarily used for my job to deliver newspapers 13 mi daily EXTREME
Transport my 3 kids to school (thus the 4 door)
Also on some days to drive to my regular job about 26 mi round trip commute (25% City 75% highway)
More room the better for my job as I will be using a Ford Taurus on Sundays to accommodate the larger paper, I may be able to squeeze this into a decent sized sedan. I sometimes transport extra kids.
I am looking in the 2-3k range. 5 speed manual. Must be very reliable. I have read thru many threads here and also examined the govfuel economy site
What I am finding so far are the following cars:
Saturn SL1 SOHC around '99 MPG 25/36
- I like these, seem reliable and I am finding decent ones for around 2k. Decent size and I think they look good. Heard some stories of weak heads.
Mitsubishi Mirage 1.5L around '99 as well. MPG 28/36
Once again good size and good MPG. Hard to find the right model, I know nothing about these and don't know reliability. Also heard that smog is tough sometimes (Im in CA)
Honda Civic 5th gen '92-'95 - here is where I have some questions.
Great car, great MPG with the right model. May be a little small for my needs. High miles, or high price. Its a Honda and an old car. Reliability on a 160k mi?
Trying to decipher the correct model -
I am only looking at 5 spd manuals. They have three listings for that model/engine on the gov MPG site. The problem I am having is that they do not list the body style or # of doors on this site. The HB VX is listed separate. The better two MPG list the engine as 8 valve.
However according to Wikipedia
, it does not seem that the 8 valve was an option on the 4dr sedan.
'Sedan: Trims available in the sedan body style were the DX, LX (EG8) and EX (EG9).'
'All DX and LX models used the D15B7 a 16 valve non-VTEC engine rated at 102 bhp and near 100 Ft/lb. torque. '
So I think that the best Sedan would be rated at 29/36 ?
Which leads me to the 6th generation Civic 28/35
A little bigger and newer, but will cost more, most are out of my price range.
Others considered - VW Jetta diesel, Honda Civic hatchbacks, Geo Metro/Swift, Dodge Neon, Ford Aspire
Thoughts and other suggestions ?