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Old 05-01-2012, 08:59 AM   #1
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beater, daily driver?

ok guys we all know good gas mileage and Jeep don't necessarily get along. what would be a reliable cheap daily beater for under 2k... if i had it on a perfect world i would love a old fiat 500 or mini.. but those in decent condition dont fit the budget...

on my mind i have:

vw bug
honda civic
honda crx
toyota tercel (sexy tercel the square one)


so a small 4 banger that would get great millage,, i would like to spend half of my current gas money on my 12 jk so if a week goes by with me only spending 25 - 30 bucks on gas thats cool... my commute to work is only 30 miles round trip on long back roads,, so not much stop n go action...


so what do u guys suggest.... this is just a feeler since i can still manage to go by good but if gas goes up to much this might be an option,, also to keep the insurance down, currently im 24, so ones i turn 25 i hope my insurance drops a lil

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In the summer I ride a Motorcycle. Just throwing out options.

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I've had 2 Chevy Cavaliers and a Pontiac G5. All have pretty decent gas mileage. I can go about 400 or so miles of highway driving in my G5 before having to fill up, and can average 25-28mpg if I'm not driving like an asshole.

They've all been very reliable cars. Cavaliers probably wouldn't be an option you want to explore, but they were replaced by the Chevy Cobalt. Virtually the same car. My brother had a Cobalt for 3 years and put over 200k miles on it. It still ran well for him.
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A 2003-2005 VW Golf TDI or Beetle TDI. 50+ MPG
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I've pondered a 2000-2002 Chevy Prizm, since it's just a Corolla (from back when Toyotas were reliable) with domestic depreciation. You can get one with less than 100k miles for 4-5 grand. I'd really like to find a RWD car that gets 30mpg+, but per my search on the DoE fuel economy website, that's pretty much limited to 80s Chevettes and diesel compact pickups.
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I've had 2 Chevy Cavaliers and a Pontiac G5. All have pretty decent gas mileage. I can go about 400 or so miles of highway driving in my G5 before having to fill up, and can average 25-28mpg if I'm not driving like an asshole.

They've all been very reliable cars. Cavaliers probably wouldn't be an option you want to explore, but they were replaced by the Chevy Cobalt. Virtually the same car. My brother had a Cobalt for 3 years and put over 200k miles on it. It still ran well for him.

I had an 06 Cobalt LT for 6 years before the JK... im kinda done with that road.. but it was very good to me.
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In the summer I ride a Motorcycle. Just throwing out options.
i would love a bike, but not sure the process of getting into one, do I need a motorcycle licence (how do I go get that) can i drive them with just a reg licence
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A 2003-2005 VW Golf TDI or Beetle TDI. 50+ MPG
how much do does go for? anything earlier in the 90s?
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I had an 06 Cobalt LT for 6 years before the JK... im kinda done with that road.. but it was very good to me.
Yeah, I definitely feel this sentiment. I am counting down the days until I can get rid of the G5.
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i would love a bike, but not sure the process of getting into one, do I need a motorcycle licence (how do I go get that) can i drive them with just a reg licence
Most states require an endorsement "M" . Plenty of schools to learn. I was taught when I was a kid on a dirt bike. For me the Motorcycle and Jeep is a perfect marriage.

I wear a backpack so picking up milk and other items are no problem when coming home from work. I would also pick up my kids from school.
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my kawi gets 40-50 depending on how i ride. love that bike
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i would love a bike, but not sure the process of getting into one, do I need a motorcycle licence (how do I go get that) can i drive them with just a reg licence
In Oklahoma all you have to do is get the endorsement and take the driving test its easy stuff.
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of the ones you mentioned in your first post, I would vote for the CRX. ive got a few buds who tweak them, and have spent a few evenings working on them myself. great little cars. stone simple, and can get extremely good millage. i belive my buddy is averging about 55mpg right now out of his hopped up crx.

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i would love a bike, but not sure the process of getting into one, do I need a motorcycle licence (how do I go get that) can i drive them with just a reg licence
yes, you need a motorcycle licnese. what state are you in? the requirements and how you get one differ by state. with this you also need to think about how often you are riding it. before my bike, i was spending about $80 a week on gas, as of now, ive not filled my truck up in about a week and a half, and still have a half tank in it. but if you only ride in the summer, you are only saving money in the summer.

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how much do does go for? anything earlier in the 90s?
what he mentioned would be well outside the budget you've set aside.
there are earlier ones though from the 90s etc.
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In Colorado I get about 5 months on the bike, every bit helps.
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Toyota is a good idea, but not the Tercel.

I would go for a well maintained high mileage Corolla.

Our 05 Corolla has given us 100,000 trouble free miles and still looks brand new in/out.
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+1 crx. Had three of them at one point when my bro and I were into modding. The stock dx I had was getting about 30-35 mpg. It has a small tank from what I can remember.
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how much do does go for? anything earlier in the 90s?
Probably in the $5k-$10k range. They're pretty highly sought after. The last of the "unclean" diesels, they get amazing MPG and are actually not terrible with speed, either.

Nothing wrong with 90s diesels at all, they get decent mileage, too. They can be a little on the slow side, if you get one of the early models that has as much hp as a child's power wheels.

But if you want MPG and the ability to get 500,000 miles out of it, they are tough to beat.
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well i live in FL, so the cold time her is not that cold for most ppl, but im originally from Puerto Rico so the cold here is COLD for me LOL,, im going to check my state rules on motorcycle license, and search well for a decent alternatives... like I mention I have about a year or so till i turn 25 and my insurance hopefully drops then thats when i could afford to get a second vehicle

thanx btw for all the suggestions!
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how about a 4cyl jeep? XJ, MJ, TJ how much mileage do they get? near 30s?
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how about a 4cyl jeep? XJ, MJ, TJ how much mileage do they get? near 30s?
low 20s if you have one that is 2wd and you go very easy on the skinny pedal. even the 4 cylinder trucklets(CRV, RAV-4, etc) dont do much better a 6 cylinder car.
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I picked up my motorcycle for $450... Granted I dumped about $2k into it afterwards fixing little things that didn't really need to be fixed at the time.

My friend just picked up a 81 honda Silverwing for $1500. He is now saving almost $100 a week in gas...
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:10 PM   #22
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OP. If you want a good daily driver gas saving beater go buy a 88-96 toyota camry or corolla 4 cyl on the camry no v6. Either can be had for under 2k, they run forever. I've sold many family and friends old beater toyotas and never had a problem. My second choice in your price range would be a 90-97 accord 2.2 with a 5 spd.

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