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Old 02-08-2007, 10:28 PM   #1
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Help Me Pick An Economy Car

I need to get a new car to commute 50 miles each way to and from work. I don't want to put the miles on my maro and my silverado is killing me on gas. I want something under $20k that gets at least 35 Mpg. I have some ideas but I would like to see what my fellow camaro enthusiasts think.
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:34 AM   #2
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Scion xB. It's a toyota, what more need be said...
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:41 AM   #4
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I don't know how to get good gas mileage... I hear VW has some good cars (diesels) that get good mileage...VW diesel bug/beetle? What does GM have that gets 30mpg's +?
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Alright so we all seem to think alike. I was thinking of a vw rabbit w/35 mpg starting at $14995, a scion Tc w/32 mpg starting a $15995, a mazda 3 w/36 mpg starting at $14k, a pontiac g5 w/34 mpg starting at $16k, or a cobalt. My brothers got a cobalt, it's alright. If I got one it would have to be an SS. But they're like 20 something k and I cant afford it. So with these as your options which would you pick? I cant freakin decide.
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:34 AM   #6
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I don't know how to get good gas mileage... I hear VW has some good cars (diesels) that get good mileage...VW diesel bug/beetle? What does GM have that gets 30mpg's +?
that's pretty funny, i really am laughing out loud. I don't how to get good milage either.
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:45 AM   #7
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Those aren't bad prices. Once you get the good mpg's down, I'd look into style and safety. VW has some nifty lookin' cars nowadays.
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What does GM have that gets 30mpg's +?[/QUOTE]


Just off the top of my head. Three cars come to mind. Aveo, Cobalt, HHR. Which look better than most of the cars above.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:25 AM   #9
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How bout a prius. J/K I'd probably go with the mazda3. Its good lookin, sporty and good gas mileage. also have you thought of the crossover SUVs they look real good and get pretty good gas mileage, they look real nice. I dont know if its just me or what but i wouldnt drive a cobalt over a mazda3 or a scion tc. i have never liked cavaliers and cobalts just remind me to much of them. Plus I dont think SS should be puton anything smaller then a V8 even if it is supercharged
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:59 AM   #10
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We got an '06 Civic as our beater car as my silverado only gets about 8 mpg city 11 hwy and I love it. For a little 1.8L engine, that thing actually has a surprising amount of peppyness compared to the cobalt and corolla that we test drove as well. We got everything except the navigation system on ours and paid like $19,500 out the door.

On yeah, I try to keep a log and calculate my gas milage as much as possible. The EPA estimate is 30/40 for it, I average about 35 - 38mpg with equal amounts of city and highway.
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:00 AM   #11
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Scion xB. It's a toyota, what more need be said...
it's a box on wheels. . .I could say more but I'd make a lot of people mad.

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Old 02-09-2007, 10:17 AM   #12
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HHR, Cobalt, Mazda 3, or wait for the Astra.
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Old 02-09-2007, 11:35 AM   #13
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..... What does GM have that gets 30mpg's +?
They have a few.
Chevrolet
Aveo MSRP $10560 - $14075 MPG: City 26-27, Hwy 34-37
Cobalt MSRP $13740 - $21540 MPG: City 24-25, Hwy 32-34
Malibu MSRP $17805 - $24565 MPG: City 18-24, Hwy 26-34
Monte Carlo MSRP $21630 - $28355 MPG: City 18-21, Hwy 27-31
HHR MSRP $16550 - $19350 MPG: City 22-23, Hwy 30-30

Buick
LaCrosse MSRP $23035 - $27665 MPG: City 19-20, Hwy 27-30

Pontiac
G5 MSRP $15340 - $18095 MPG: City 24-25, Hwy 32-34
G6 MSRP $17825 - $29330 MPG: City 18-23, Hwy 27-33
Gran Prix MSRP $22430 - $29430 MPG: City 18-20, Hwy 27-30
Vibe MSRP $17295 - $17295 MPG: City 29-30, Hwy 34-36

Saturn
ION 3 MSRP $12890 - $20420 MPG: City 24-26, Hwy 32-35
Sky MSRP $25325 - $29025 MPG: City 20-22, Hwy 26-31
Vue MSRP $18100 - $24335 MPG: City 19-27, Hwy 25-32

Saab
9-3 Sport sedan MSRP $26995 - $33545 MPG: City 17-22, Hwy 28-31
9-3 Sport Combi MSRP $28240 - $34445 MPG: City 17-22, Hwy 28-31
9-5 Sport sedan MSRP $35440 - $36440 MPG: City 19-20, Hwy 28-30
9-5 Sport Combi MSRP $33290 - $37535 MPG: City 19-20, Hwy 28-30
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:02 PM   #14
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They have a few.
Chevrolet
Aveo MSRP $10560 - $14075 MPG: City 26-27, Hwy 34-37
Cobalt MSRP $13740 - $21540 MPG: City 24-25, Hwy 32-34
Malibu MSRP $17805 - $24565 MPG: City 18-24, Hwy 26-34
Monte Carlo MSRP $21630 - $28355 MPG: City 18-21, Hwy 27-31
HHR MSRP $16550 - $19350 MPG: City 22-23, Hwy 30-30

Buick
LaCrosse MSRP $23035 - $27665 MPG: City 19-20, Hwy 27-30

Pontiac
G5 MSRP $15340 - $18095 MPG: City 24-25, Hwy 32-34
G6 MSRP $17825 - $29330 MPG: City 18-23, Hwy 27-33
Gran Prix MSRP $22430 - $29430 MPG: City 18-20, Hwy 27-30
Vibe MSRP $17295 - $17295 MPG: City 29-30, Hwy 34-36

Saturn
ION 3 MSRP $12890 - $20420 MPG: City 24-26, Hwy 32-35
Sky MSRP $25325 - $29025 MPG: City 20-22, Hwy 26-31
Vue MSRP $18100 - $24335 MPG: City 19-27, Hwy 25-32

Saab
9-3 Sport sedan MSRP $26995 - $33545 MPG: City 17-22, Hwy 28-31
9-3 Sport Combi MSRP $28240 - $34445 MPG: City 17-22, Hwy 28-31
9-5 Sport sedan MSRP $35440 - $36440 MPG: City 19-20, Hwy 28-30
9-5 Sport Combi MSRP $33290 - $37535 MPG: City 19-20, Hwy 28-30
Thanks, Gary. This was a serious question. I know that GM had a few getting just over that 30 mpg mark, but didn't know which ones. I'd recommend GM over any other to "keep it in the family". It looks like there are a few good choices up there.
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:29 PM   #15
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Thanks, Gary. This was a serious question. I know that GM had a few getting just over that 30 mpg mark, but didn't know which ones. I'd recommend GM over any other to "keep it in the family". It looks like there are a few good choices up there.
NO Problem. I do what I can to help promote the the big 3, especially GM. Because if any one of them goes under, WE will ALL be up a creek with out a paddle. They are a HUGE corner stone in the american economy.
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Old 02-09-2007, 03:01 PM   #16
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it's a box on wheels. . .I could say more but I'd make a lot of people mad.

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Scion Xb is a box on wheels, I don't care what anyone says or wants to say, that car is ugly. I like the tC.
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Old 02-09-2007, 03:06 PM   #17
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Thanks, Gary. This was a serious question. I know that GM had a few getting just over that 30 mpg mark, but didn't know which ones. I'd recommend GM over any other to "keep it in the family". It looks like there are a few good choices up there.
I agree, I'd like to keep it in the GM family, however there aren't as many options that fill the specifications that I am interested in, which are mpg, low price, and sporty looking/powerful. I intend on putting rims on and beat in the car and I think we can all agree that rims can change the aggressiveness/styling of a vehicle dramatically.
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Old 02-09-2007, 03:26 PM   #19
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I know when I had an ion it got anywhere from 37 to 40 mpg on the interstate. of course that's if I wasn't lead footing it. even then I would get around 34-35 mpg. but personally the ion isn't my thing.
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Old 02-09-2007, 06:39 PM   #21
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I am SOOOOOO glad that other people are as "American" with their cars as I am...I won't buy a toyota because, well, it's a toyota. Same with the other illegal aliens. The Big Three is for me!
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What's up w/ the ethnocentric sentiment??? My god, cars are cars....
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I am SOOOOOO glad that other people are as "American" with their cars as I am...I won't buy a toyota because, well, it's a toyota. Same with the other illegal aliens. The Big Three is for me!
I don't understand all of these "American" comments. Since when are you less of an American for buying an import? Hell, almost all of these "jap crap" cars are made in America anyway. I have several family members that work at the Toyota factory in Southern Indiana that makes the Sequoia and Tundra. I would have no problem buying either of those vehicles because it helps to ensure that my fmily has food on their plates and a roof over their heads. Likewise, even if you do buy the majority of other imports, your purchase is still helping to ensure good American families are provided for.
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I don't understand all of these "American" comments. Since when are you less of an American for buying an import? Hell, almost all of these "jap crap" cars are made in America anyway. I have several family members that work at the Toyota factory in Southern Indiana that makes the Sequoia and Tundra. I would have no problem buying either of those vehicles because it helps to ensure that my fmily has food on their plates and a roof over their heads. Likewise, even if you do buy the majority of other imports, your purchase is still helping to ensure good American families are provided for.
Yeah, that can be a catch 22 argument no matter how it is presented.

On the other hand, when you buy a Chevrolet or Ford product the money stays in "The Good Old U.S.A.". Whereas, when you purchase a Toyota the profit finds itself in "The Land Of The Rising Sun”.

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Yeh, and most of everything anyone buys anywhere in the world the profit will most surely find itself in communist China.
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