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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Economy car suggestions

Am toying with the idea of getting a new car within the next few months. Currently have a 98 Olds intrigue. It's gettin' up there in age. With todays gas prices going no where but up I want something that sips gas but is still affordable, sticking to new cars for this one. Also don't want to spend a butt load so hybrids are out of the picture.
So far I am thinking: 06 Toyota Corolla (30 city), 06 Dodge Caliber (27 city), 06 Mazda 3i (27 city). I know none of them make me jump up and down either but I am looking at something that gets >27 city since that's where I do 95% of my driving. I am single too so I have no kids to lug around to football practice either so something big is not needed. Besides my gixxer is for speeding around and having fun. So Does anyone have any of these cars and have any opinion on them?
Of course since I have not bought a new car since 1998 I may have sticker shock and just keep the paid off Olds

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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 07:43 AM
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I'd say the Mazda 3 or check out the new Civic, much better looking these days. I know nothing of the Caliber but the Corolla is too small inside for me, if smallish interiors don't bother you look at the Scion Tc

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in all honesty, if you don't want alot of features / creature comforts. By that I mean past the normal, tilt, cruise, windows, locks, air, CD. I would look at a stripper accord LX. The new civics (in a four door) do nothing for me, and the only scion I like the looks is a two door. All the cars you mentioned were four doors.

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My wife has Mazda3 hatchback, sweet car, fairly fast , good with turns and it has plenty of room. I can fit 3 mountain bikes with wheels on without any problems.
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My wife has Mazda3 hatchback, sweet car, fairly fast , good with turns and it has plenty of room. I can fit 3 mountain bikes with wheels on without any problems.

How is it on gas?? Anywhere near the epa sticker. Also, when doing some reseach on mazda boards many people complained about the AC not being strong, any truth to this? Thanks for any info.

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Why buy new? 2 - 3 year old Accord, Camry, etc.

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Civic....the new one is nice. Maybe even an older Accord depending on your price.
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How is it on gas?? Anywhere near the epa sticker. Also, when doing some reseach on mazda boards many people complained about the AC not being strong, any truth to this? Thanks for any info.

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Gas usage is OK, average, toyota or honda might be little better. No problems with A/C. She has the 2.3i engine which is the biggest one that they offer on these cars. So far she is very happy with this car.
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Corolla!

135,000 miles and never a repair needed!

And it seems like the gas mileage just keeps improving!

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Scion XB...fully loaded OTD just under 15K....34MPG city

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Corolla....best car I bought and I haven't seen under 39mpg since the weather started warming up.
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Scion XB...fully loaded OTD just under 15K....34MPG city
Yea, I saw that but it reminded me of a big toaster. Not my taste. The Scion TC looks real nice but has shit mileage for a little car, 23 city.

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Corolla!

135,000 miles and never a repair needed!

And it seems like the gas mileage just keeps improving!
funny you said that, I had a corolla with 145k miles and gas usage kept improving daily hehehe
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sentra se-r, spec-v....quick, drives like a mini-racecar, and great on gas. and i'm a muscle car guy myself, but if i had the extra money i'd pick one of those up for a daily
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Corolla!

135,000 miles and never a repair needed!
Can't go wrong with a Toyota, very well built and will last forever if youtake care of it!

May I also suggest the Toyota Matrix. That's what we got for gas mileage reasons and it is awesome. That car packs a lot of stuff, way more than I ever imagined.
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my mitsu galant...(older 95 model) has 135k on it...auto...hauls ass when needed with the 2.4ltr, auto,a/c,pw/pl and i get 25-28 city and over 30 mpg in highway...and i drive my car hard...look for an older model...cheaper, no payments, and plenty of room inside, yet easy as hell to park...
i was lookin at the scion Xb and i still like that its handles like its on rails with the right suspension stuff and for the price..more then likely my next car cause its a toyota...like a bunch of people say man...go toyota...have yet to hear any major mechanical issues with them..and thats from even people NOT taking care of them...

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Scion XB...fully loaded OTD just under 15K....34MPG city
+1 Might be looking into one of those soon myself.

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Toyota Corolla seems to fit your objectives best. It is ultra-reliable and has excellent mileage. The Mazda would be more fun but it doesn't get near the gas mileage. I would also check out the Matrix/Pontiac Vibe since it still gets outstanding mileage and has a bit more room. My mother-in-law has had a Vibe for 3 years or so, with 0 problems and excellent gas mileage. As was stated by others, the Honda Civic is also worth a look.

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I bought a 06 civic coupe for the gas mileage 3wks ago. It has good gas mileage and has some of the best features when compared to the other cars. One big thing for me is I have to have disc brakes all the way around and not a lot of cars offer that and still give you 30mpg. Actually the Civic EX and Corolla XRS are the only cars, in that range, that offers 30+mpg and 4 wheel disc brakes. The Civic has a better interior in my opinion and the Corolla doesn't offer gps.
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Hyundai Accent GLS 4 dr.......13k loaded up and 32/35 MPG........plus the best warranty in the business.
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Ok, so you said: small, good mileage and perhaps fun to drive and maybe makes you jump up and down.... ever thought of a MINI Cooper???


I drive it like a mad man (evidence on the tires ) and I still get 29-32 MPG commuting to work. If you drive it a little less insane, I've heard you can get upwards of 40 mpg on the highway.

The suspension and the steering is just amazing on this car. The base Cooper (non-S) is a bit underpowered, but is still a hoot! It's got great utility, I put let's see, 3 motorcycle wheels and new tires in the back (with seats down).

I picked up a used 02 model with 15K for around $18K fully loaded. Plus, they're still holding their value well.

Might I add... if you didn't know, it's built by BMW...

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I say civic, mine gets 38 mpg and reliable as ever. Mines a 97.

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Have you considered a diesel car? VW jetta tdi, 35/35 city, 41/42 hwy (auto/man). 100hp 4 cyl turbo, 177 ft lb torque.

It's lacking in the HP dept, but the torque makes the car really peppy, and can't beat the mileage. Worth a test drive at least...
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Have you considered a diesel car? VW jetta tdi, 35/35 city, 41/42 hwy (auto/man). 100hp 4 cyl turbo, 177 ft lb torque.

It's lacking in the HP dept, but the torque makes the car really peppy, and can't beat the mileage. Worth a test drive at least...

Good post.

My vote is for the Toyota Corolla.

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