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Old 12-22-2011, 01:53 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a new beater. I want something that does better than 20mpg city ('99 grand prix)

http://www.ridelust.com/15-beater-ca...nt-disappoint/

How accurate is this list? I'd say there are some good candidates on there.
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I've got the sentra they have on that list. Paid 800 for it with 146k miles single owner. I average 35 mpg and Havn't had to do a single thing to the car. I love it.
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i dont know why you'd give up what you got? any of these other cars will feel slow compared to what you drive now. you've got a solid, reliable car with the 3.8 (unless you got the SE....) hell, thats why I bought my 94. reliable and cheap.

if you picked any, I'd take the GEO. I think they started in 1990. We had a 91 metro that we put 300k on the first engine and sold it after we got about 150 on the second. solid 50's on fuel
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i dont know why you'd give up what you got? any of these other cars will feel slow compared to what you drive now. you've got a solid, reliable car with the 3.8 (unless you got the SE....) hell, thats why I bought my 94. reliable and cheap.

if you picked any, I'd take the GEO. I think they started in 1990. We had a 91 metro that we put 300k on the first engine and sold it after we got about 150 on the second. solid 50's on fuel
It does fine, a lot better than other cars.

I've just been thinking a diesel VW might be a better choice, almost double the mileage. I know some of the newer TDI Jettas are plagued with issues. I just don't know if all of them are.
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I was in the market for a diesel Rabbit/Caddy/etc. before i got my Miata DD, they seem to have a solid drive train, but the bodies literally fall apart around the enigne/trans

If i were to find a solid Diesel Caddy I would trade my Miata for it on the spot.
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335xi, best beater ever!!
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I'm surprised the first gen Neon made the list over the second gen.

The second gens are dirt cheap and don't suffer the dreaded head gasket woes the first gens had.

As for second gen Taurus', I guess the author doesn't think the whole "the engine will catch fire because of poor fueling system seal design" is a deal killer.

I'm also surprised the Ford Escort or the Dodge Shadow did not make that list.
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I was in the market for a diesel Rabbit/Caddy/etc. before i got my Miata DD, they seem to have a solid drive train, but the bodies literally fall apart around the enigne/trans

If i were to find a solid Diesel Caddy I would trade my Miata for it on the spot.

50mpg + 30gal tank mod = 1500miles between fill-ups
See, that's what I'm talking about
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I was in the market for a diesel Rabbit/Caddy/etc. before i got my Miata DD, they seem to have a solid drive train, but the bodies literally fall apart around the enigne/trans

If i were to find a solid Diesel Caddy I would trade my Miata for it on the spot.
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50mpg + 30gal tank mod = 1500miles between fill-ups

When you said diesel Caddy, I was thinking more along the lines of:

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And was thinking, this guy must be insane for trading in a Miata on a Cadillac with the worst motor GM ever made in it.
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Anyways, some of those options on that list are pretty whack IMO:

Late 90's/early 2000's Korean cars are pieces of junk that have been completely ragged out by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th owners. I've never seen one that wasn't beat to hell, and it was a pos to start with new.

Same thing with the 90's VW. Pieces of junk, there is a reason you don't see them on the road anywhere, nobody is going to pay BMW, Benz, Audi prices to maintain an economy car.

Ford Taurus, that car has been a total dog ever since it was introduced.


Something they didn't put on the list is the 80's-90's Toyota pickup. You can get a decent 2wd model for $2500, expect to pay double or triple for any 4wd model in the same condition.

They put the Bonneville on there, but should've put the LeSabre/Park Avenue on there as well. Usually you can find these for cheap that were owned by dead senior citizens, and old people really take care of their stuff.
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Anyways, some of those options on that list are pretty whack IMO:

Late 90's/early 2000's Korean cars are pieces of junk that have been completely ragged out by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th owners. I've never seen one that wasn't beat to hell, and it was a pos to start with new.

Same thing with the 90's VW. Pieces of junk, there is a reason you don't see them on the road anywhere, nobody is going to pay BMW, Benz, Audi prices to maintain an economy car.

Ford Taurus, that car has been a total dog ever since it was introduced.


Something they didn't put on the list is the 80's-90's Toyota pickup. You can get a decent 2wd model for $2500, expect to pay double or triple for any 4wd model in the same condition.


They put the Bonneville on there, but should've put the LeSabre/Park Avenue on there as well. Usually you can find these for cheap that were owned by dead senior citizens, and old people really take care of their stuff.
this... in afghanistan they are by far the most popular vehicle. carry insane loads over the worst terrain I have ever been around with the worst operators in the world.


that or the venerable corolla.
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you seriously cant go wrong getting a VW golf rabbit or thing >.> even the VW bus was on BullRun don't that count for something?

If you cant go German don't go Korean... Geo Tracker? Is there anywhere they won't go? We took a 3 cylinder 5 speed 4 wheel drive down in the woods with a 30 pack and windows and heat with a polaris RazR following us. Guess who was warm and dry at the end of this field trip through a forest?

If your specifically looking for a good little sedan.. Saturn or Chevy Malibu. we had a chevy impala 3.9L that got 30 MPG and still made noise like an angry vaccum cleaner. It gave off that "Im a v8 I SWEAR!" sound.
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As for second gen Taurus', I guess the author doesn't think the whole "the engine will catch fire because of poor fueling system seal design" is a deal killer.
The 3rd and 4th gens are much better cars, especially if you get the 3.0 DOHC V6 with 200hp. I got a 98 Mercury Sable LS with that engine and 140k on the clock... the thing could pace with my friend's manual 300ZX 2+2. Grandma's $300 car had a good bit of pickup and was damn near indestructible. Infinite burnouts.
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I figured a Honda would be up on the list...i picked up a 98 Accord awhile back and like it alot (as a beater) 4cyl 5 sp. gets around 30 mpg.. Its faster, hauls more people and gets 5 more mpg's than the S-10 it replaced. Just be careful, when that Vtec kicks in...its no joke
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My second gen Accent got 35-40 mpgs regularly and was super easy to work on maintain.
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im looking for a new dd, just dont know what to get
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^ I am too.. always wanted an S10 but theyre so damn small...
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I agree. The le sabre should be on there.
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90% of those cars aren't on the road up here anymore due to rust
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I bought an 01 cavalier for the wife to commute (40mile one way to work) with. I bought it not knowing what was wrong with it. It had a few bent valves. I replaced the head with a reman and had to replace the pushrods and gaskets. Runs like a dream and it runs forever damn near on its 14 gallon tank.

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total 625 bucks and 30+mpg
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