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 Posted: Tue May 27th, 2008 12:24 am
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We have two cars, fortunately both are paid for.  Unfortunately, one is a 1999 Lincoln Navigator that I bought used and is probably one of the least desired vehicles due to the low MPG it gets.  Thus, I am stuck with it and will keep it in the garage except when we travel as a family.
We're looking at buying something for the wife to drive around town with the kids.  She originally wanted me to buy an old VW Bug (not the new ones, which are built to fail) and I was pretty excited. I owned a bunch of those back in the day and actually know how to do some work on them. 
After looking at some of the cars I've had guys e-mail pics on, I am less excited.  For $10K or more, I can buy a fully restored Bug that requires almost nothing.  However, the safety of those cars is not good.
For $5K, I can buy a bug in need of repair, so when I am done with it, I can waste my energy getting it revamped (ie-new floorboards as they always rot) and end up still around $10k.
My friend bought a used BMW325C (convertible) and likes it, but I was hoping for a smaller engine.
Anybody know anyone with a BMW318C?  I am looking at one from 1995 for less than $6K, which is exactly what I had in mind.  Sounds a lot better than a bug for safety (even though I really do love VW's) and the gas mileage is 29mpg hwy and 22 city, which is not too bad.
Thoughts?  Any other cars out there that you guys recommend for better fuel consumption AND makes the female happy?

Thanks!
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 Posted: Tue May 27th, 2008 12:30 am
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Just have her get a used Honda Accord. Who cares if she thinks it's cool or not, it'll get decent mileage, and won't collapse.

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 Posted: Tue May 27th, 2008 04:40 am
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We've got a Pontiac Vibe and it's great.  Thing's a Toyota Matrix, with a Pontiac label and about a $3k discount.

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 Posted: Tue May 27th, 2008 04:59 am
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The Mrs. drives a 2006 Camry and the thing is very well made and hasn't cost us a dime (yet) in off-schedule repairs.  Very good mileage to boot.



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 Posted: Wed May 28th, 2008 02:38 pm
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Any Camry late 90s to present. I haven't put a dime in my 1998 aside from routine maint. and have had it since 2004.

My girlfriend drives a Prius. We bought it outright, so we're not losing money on interest. We also bought it one year used so we were able to knock it down from the mid 20s to low 20s. It saves between 20-40% on gas, which I think is finally at the price (and going up) to realize those savings. I drove to Chicago and back yesterday for the Cubs game (won, 3-1 over LA) and spent about $51 on fuel, and that was starting and ending with half a tank.

Caveat on Prius. In the winter, it's only 5-10% more efficient.



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