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  1. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    Ok.... well the time has come. I am unfortunatly going to be trading in my xterra since I've been spending almost $100 a week in gas and the monthly payment is high.

    I've been looking at a Nissan Versa, a Toyota Yaris or a Honda Fit anybody have a suggestion?
     

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  2. geargrrl

    geargrrl Turbo Monkey

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    I test drove a FIT the other day. It's pretty nifty with an amazing amount of space for such a little thing. The ONLY reason we didn't but it then and there was the available trim levels. But for a commuter, I don't think you could go wrong.

    gg
     
  3. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    Something that can get out of its own way when the moment arises is the only criteria I would be worried about.

    Can it get up and go when you, your wife and kid are in it and it is loaded with sh*t.
     
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    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    FIT ftw. Im pretty sure the yaris made the top 10 worst cars this year.
     
  6. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    There are a lot of "should's" and "approximately's" on that web page.
     
  7. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    I didn't like the Yaris myself, but the Fit is interesting (but I also haven't driven one). The Nissan is the larger of the bunch, or at least it looks that way, almost the same class as the Mazda 3.

    The Mazda 3 (5 door version) would be an option for more than just a commuter, though.
     
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    Prettym1k3 Turbo Monkey

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    Scion, man.

    I drove a tC a few years ago, and it was actually a fun car to drive. A little slower than I expected, but still fun.

    If I picked up a commuter car, seeing as most of my driving is city miles, I'd totally pick up a cheap Prius. The tax breaks are a nice perk. For something cheaper, I'd go with a new xB Scion. But I've heard that the Honda Fit's are pretty nice.
     
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    From what I hear, the Yaris is a fantastic foul-weather car. You guys don't have too much foul weather up there, do ya? :twitch:
     
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    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    well he said it was a commuter...i think they have some sort of soccer mom vehicle as another option.

    go w/ a used civic...great mileage, proven reliability, cheap.
     
  11. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    A Yaris will make you look like Pam from The Office, guys will always be asking you for a ride. A Civic will look less gay in the parking lot and still get great gas mileage. :)

    Go for the Coupe -
     
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    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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  13. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Stosh - you'll be amazed at how easy paying for gas is when you don't have a car payment.

    I'd also recommend a used Corolla or even Tercel.
     
  14. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    Thanks for the heads up! I'm very close with the owner of a toyota dealership and he said not to go with the Yaris. Now I know why...
     
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    geargrrl Turbo Monkey

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    hee hee, prolly getting mine next week!!!
     
  16. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    Ok maybe you're right. My dad has a 1996 one of these sitting in his driveway with like 20k on it I can have.



    BTW it's GOLD colored.
     
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    X3pilot Texans fan - LOL

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    I bought a Corrolla a year and half ago. avg. 36 mpg, easy insurance, 4 door plenty of room and will git when it needs to. Love that car. I drive 115 miles round trip per day and right now spend about 40 a week on gas. Haven't filled it up since we hit $3.20, though:huh:
     
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    I have a Fit. Good little car.
     
  19. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    If that's a Buick Regal with the 3.8 V6 you'll get close to 30 on the highway. I drove a 93 for a few years & had no complaints. Free is Free :)


     
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    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    If you're looking for fuel economy, then the 3 ain't your answer....
     
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    dan-o Turbo Monkey

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    bingo
     
  22. jimmydean

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    I thought if you kept your foot out of it, it did quite well?

    I'm 6'4", so I look a bit funny in something as ironically named as a "Fit".
     
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    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    NOt sure....going by what my bro has said...but it IS a 2.3L engine
     
  24. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    They have buses for people like you. (Yes, I am ironic.)
     
  25. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    I can get 31 out of my Subaru wagon with a roof rack on top - it has a 2.5L engine.
     
  26. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    there is a dude who mtb's with us quite a bit who has a Fit... he can carry two bike in the back and gear
     
  27. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    What-ever it is I know it has a V6.

    Free if free, maybe if I drive it to enough sites and job meetings my company will finally get me a car.
     
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    I also have a Mazda3 with the 2.3...not great on gas. Nice little car, but if mileage is a big concern you'd probably be better with something else.


    http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=63615.0
     
  29. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    You can get that Buick for free?

    What are you waiting for?

    I'd start banking what you realistically *would have* spent on car payments... then you'll probably have enough saved by the time you need another car that you can continue the no-payment plan. :thumb:
     
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    You must've gotten a super-duper one. I'd have to say these numbers are much more in line with what people could expect if they drive somewhat conservatively.
    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bymake/Mazda2007.shtml
     
  31. geargrrl

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    here's the funny thing. We've been shopping for a smaller car to replace my '95 subaru. Economy is pretty high on my list, but you don't want a sedan, or if you want a nice trim level than "econobox", and if you don't want a VW, there ain't a whole lot to choose from.

    gg
     
  32. dante

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    I have to say, when it's time for a new commuter car, I desperately want this...



    135hp, under 2000 lbs, should be fun to drive and (I'm assuming) get great gas mileage. Otherwise I just hope that there's fun-to-drive, small hatchbacks with a 1.4 or 1.6l turbo around. Currently the Mini is about the only thing that fits the bill, but I can dream, can't I? :)

    edit - the normal Mini is $18k, and gets 37 highway mpg, not bad.
     
  33. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    I think for the time being ill take the gold car from my parents or buy a 2000'ish Civic or Corolla. I have to drop my daughter at daycare in the morning so saftey and reliability is important.
     
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    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    Westy the teste

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    With a gold car pimpin' should also be important.
     
  36. brungeman

    brungeman I give a shirt

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    fvcktards... risking safety to save money on gas! I read that article thinking what @ssholes some people are to be so self absorbed to only think of their own benefits while driving etc. That goes both ways... people that speed to get somewhere quick, and those that slow down and don't drive the "going rate of speed" to save money on gas! :disgust1:

    you can call them hypermilers... I call them @ssholes!
     
  37. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    I just checked the Mini Cooper's gas mileage... i am surprised at the 20 mpg city/30 mpg highway.. i would have thought it 10 mpg better..

    Wife's Celica gets almost 40 on the freeway and 30ish around town.
     
  38. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    The 09 Corolla looks good for an econo car

     
  39. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I dunno - 27/35mpg doesn't really seem like much for an econo car...

    Bring back the Tercel!

    :D
     
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    in freefall?

    my outback (assuming that';s what you have) never more than ~26 or so, and i am no lead-foot larry