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protozee

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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2008 1:01:25 PM

what older cars would you recommend for fuel economy?
Do you drive one?
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2013 9:30:53 PM

Back before the use of ethanol, we drove a 4-dr. 200 cu in. 6 cyl. 3 sp. automatic with oversize 14" tires. That vehicle would get 27+ MPG. highway @ 55 MPH. during Summer. A 1969 year "Plain Jane"... No pun....

It's engine had been rebuilt(former owner) and I bought it as a somewhat minor wrecked vehicle with odd frontal damage(cosmetic/cooling system/ETC./glass replacement/metal repair/welding. DIY project from a work buddy(wife's car).... Big driveway lump/ETC. a RaSaP!

After a tuning that vehicle ran/braked excellent, later replaced heater core/blower motor then drove 5 years, never failed to start, had pep up to 75 mph. on little fuel, car had no shelter during any weather or any washings/waxings but rain washed, simply a too good of a Ford(kids school bussing) buggy, Loved it, because of it's simplicity! Dependability! $150. DIY project car.
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Camry05
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2013 4:32:19 PM

geo prizm }:-)
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 8:09:04 AM

Corolla of course!!
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pt1KY
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 3:47:45 PM

Toyota Corolla
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drydem
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2013 2:28:56 PM

if you can get bio diesel, then vw jetta tdi
if you have an electrical outlet in your garage and you dont have to drive too far and you are really really rich, then Tesla Roadster
If you only need a 2 seater and can find one a 1999-2005 Honda Insight, 1997 Honda CRX
If you need a four seater and you have a bit of cash --2004-2008 Toyota Prius
or a Geo Metro
If you need a four seater and you need a bit more space -- Toyota Matrix or Pontiac Vibe or a Ford Escape Hybrid or a Honda Civic/Toyota Corolla Station Wagon.

I'm driving a 2010 Toyota Prius III ... I've been hypermiling on it for about 40K miles and getting an overall mpg of 60 mpg


[Edited by: drydem at 10/29/2013 2:31:18 PM EST]
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2013 9:28:40 AM

Any VW diesel
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biggassaver
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2013 5:43:17 PM

Real old, VW Rabbit, fuel injected models '77 and newer.
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mitmaks
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2013 5:10:06 PM

sentra, civic, mazda protege, etc.
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pt1KY
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2013 11:19:26 AM

corolla
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namzza6310
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 11:34:16 AM

Need to buy a car for style not fuel economy. Since I am really tall I can't buy small economical cars. Wish I could and then I would suggest one.
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atdes
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 9:49:33 AM

chevy sprint
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rjro
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 8:57:15 AM

I would suggest a plymouth acclaim. good gas millage & comfort ride. I did have 2 & loved both of them.. dont own them now.

[Edited by: rjro at 10/14/2013 8:58:33 AM EST]
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Floridaman2013
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 7:15:18 AM

My 1985 VW Golf Diesel 1.6L, 5 speed, no ac, always gave me 56 MPG on the highway.
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 6:42:45 AM

VW Bug
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FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 3:25:03 AM

American Bantam, Nash Metropolitan, Corvair.
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outlaw329
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 3:35:16 PM

Had an 87 Honda Accord that got 27 mpg
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alex22567
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 2:01:55 PM

wat
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alex22567
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 2:01:48 PM

no
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alex22567
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okl
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alex22567
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no
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alex22567
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 2:01:18 PM

none
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alex22567
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 2:01:08 PM

any
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HotRod10
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 1:28:48 PM

"Gas Mileage: 1908 Ford Model T - 25 MPG
2008 EPA Average All Cars - 21 MPG"

Nothing like a real apples-to-oranges comparison - the Model T had a 20HP engine and a top speed of 45mph; oh, and it weighed 1200 pounds.
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tfellad
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 6:07:13 AM

Honda Accord
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stonejd
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 3:45:23 AM

Corolla / Saturn / Prius
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hoosh13
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2013 3:19:53 PM

A 1987 Buick Century its a 4 banger
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2013 8:38:24 AM

For comfort, economy and power, none other than a Toyota Corolla, preferably an S model.
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pt1KY
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 2:09:41 PM

Remember the ply. Horizon 45 mpg with 5 speed
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borsht
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 12:15:32 AM

Gas Mileage: 1908 Ford Model T - 25 MPG
2008 EPA Average All Cars - 21 MPG
http://www.wanttoknow.info/050711carmileageaveragempg

My first car was a Ford Model A and taking it easy, I could get over 20MPG.
So, I don’t think we are getting our money’s worth out of the EPA!

Ethanol complexity is not helping the situation.
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herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 9:44:39 PM

1989 Ford F350 with 460V8 and no overdrive. Great for hauling a fishing boat through the Rockies. Ot you could buy a Toyota Corolla and buy the fishing boat when you got to the coast for less than the Ford burnt in gas....
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TriniB
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2013 4:56:46 PM

Datsun 1200
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HotRod10
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 10:24:40 AM

Geo Metro. I have a '92 with over 300k on it. Yes, I've replaced the engine, the brakes several times, and some other parts, but all have been relatively cheap. I get about 37mpg around town and 45mpg at interstate speeds (75-80mph).
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2013 10:52:37 AM

I would check the vehicle total weight, if it has an ECM/EFI system, aluminum block engine/heads/overhead cam, and is a FWD vehicle, these are generally lighter and have better aerodynamics.

Smaller cooling system, battery, fuel tank capacity, less window glass weight, smaller tires, and not severally loaded with many options, remember convenience cost more in many ways even fuel costs. Worn out is worn out, watch that diligently, get some help if needed (advice)......

A 1996 Escort worked for me on reg. gas and came near to a more modern Civic but not quite as good on fuel use, I DIYed some improvements on both for quicker warm-up and mileage = better convenience also. G-Luck!
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2013 5:51:15 AM

I agree with matt8sj.
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hoosh13
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 5:30:34 PM

older cheaper to run
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hoosh13
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 5:30:08 PM

I have a Buick Century that is a 4 banger and good on gas
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Retired-Coastie
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 10:26:15 AM

Way back in the mid 90's a guy I worked with bought a Honda Civic 'cause it got 50+ MPG. Now nearly 20 years later, and we can't make something better. We are the land of the gas hogs.
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pugman
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2010 9:40:47 AM

The 1999.5-2003 VW Golf/Jetta/Bug TDI's get between 40-50mpg on Diesel.
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muin5196
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2010 9:36:35 AM

Dodge Caravan
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Quick68
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2010 12:20:21 AM

I have a 1992 Buick Roadmaster 5.7 v-8. 4200 pound curb weight. I get 17 City & 32 Highway. I take very good care of it too.
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nascar7
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2010 8:43:40 PM

1994 gmc sonoma 4cyl. 5 speed over 30 mpg highway
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chandler583
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2010 6:16:29 PM

I would choose a VW diesel. TDI, or older. They are capable from 40-60mpg. They are diesel, which may cost more, but has the flexibility for bio diesel, which is a better alternative to crappy Ethanol.
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Somis1
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2010 5:38:48 PM

We had a '94 Civic that got better mileage than the '07 Fit does.
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cheapgasPA
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2010 4:50:28 PM

honda civic's
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alterman156
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2010 7:53:22 PM

Many Honda Civics are good on gas.
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PnnyPnchr
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2010 1:41:45 PM

The Toyota Tercel's descendants (Echo and Yaris) get comparable mileage so YES they do still make them, sort of.
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matt8sj
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2010 2:30:54 AM

Toyota Tercel or Honda CIvic HX both get 40 MPG average. Sadly, they do not make them anymore coz MPG is very close to hybrid. with hybrid they makes more money.
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VWJunkie
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2009 4:53:58 PM

i have a 1981 vw rabbit truck with a 1.6litre diesel that gets 45 mpg around town. i also have one of these trucks for sale
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INDY51
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2009 2:58:16 PM

ANY OLD 1990 AND ABOVE HONDA'S AND TOYOTO'S
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Zisskhan
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2009 2:11:36 PM

i think honda cars also good
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Zisskhan
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2009 1:59:31 PM

I think toyato corrola is also good too
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