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Best overall econo box for 2K-3K

OK class - your assignment today is to come up with your idea of a best for the buck economy car (prob. 5 to 10 years old ) going for fair market value of 2 - 3 K.

Consider first and formost gas mileage then
repair cost, parts, ease of repair
comfort
driveability
reliability
Is it fun or sporty

Whatever other criteria you think fits.

Justify your choices please with known facts or personal experience
but always remember the judges can be bribed.

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P.S. been seeing interesting refferences to 240 SX but I know nothing about them.

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Re: Best overall econo box for 2K-3K

2-3K?

Fun or sporty?

and the rest on your list?

Answer: 1984-1989 300ZX. It might not be an "econobox" but fulfills the rest of that list pretty well.



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OK - the most important part is ECONOMY

BEST GAS MILAGE

then go from there - PLEASE! and THANK YOU for your participation.

Really just a mind excercise and wishful future thinking on my part. I've got fun cars but I'm using 2 gallons + a day commuting.

Also just started a 16 hour shift in boring part of the Hospital. This makes me look busy and awake.

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Re: Best overall econo box for 2K-3K

Older turbo diesel VW

Older Corolla

Older Civic

Echo's are great but maybe $5k

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I guess a well used Honda Civic with a 5 speed and some aftermarket "comfy" seats. That should cover it.

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Re: Best overall econo box for 2K-3K

i like blue's idea of the corolla/prizm. a couple a week show up '97-2000, 100K+, ,$4000.

Now if i just liked how you set in it
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Re: Best overall econo box for 2K-3K

Cant go wrong with a corolla/prism or a civic. Sentras are good too, but they arent quite up there with Toyota and Honda.

If you REALLY want gas mileage there always Aspires, Festivas, and the dreaded 3 cyl metro. $2-$3k would probably buy a REALLY nice one


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Re: Best overall econo box for 2K-3K

There's a friend of mine selling his 93 Nissan Sentra SE-R. I get about 30mpg on the freeway, 24-26 around town in my SE-R and it has Headers, chip, intake. You can get a 91-93 SE-R for less than 3k and you will not have a funner car. 140hp stock Viscous LSD and real nice comfy supportive seats.

I also found this real nice red one on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...&category=6401

I highly recommend this car, it was on the C&D bet ten list all four years they made it. You don't want the 94 as they changed some stuff for emmissions.


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Re: Best overall econo box for 2K-3K

Nissan S13 (1989-1994) 240SX:

The KA24(D)E is usually very reliable, always easy to work on, and replacement parts are VERY abundant (EVERYBODY seems to be swapping theirs for an SR20DET). Even if your engine totally goes bad, KA's (with transmissions!) sell for $400 all day long. You can expect about 30mpg's out of as well.

Comfort is quite fair. Not too much road noise, supple seats, lots of visibility. Heads up display on most of them. Lots and lots of trunk space. Plus, backseats for your friends.

RWD + large (and inexpensive) aftermarket base = fun. I think they're pretty sporty, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I spent a LOT of time researching the same question. The S13 was the only car that fit all my criteria.



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