Subaru, until just recently, did not have any vehicles that achieved 30 MPG highway. Currently, they have a few, but of course, none for $8,000.98gcawd said:I'm needing to replace the '98 GCaravan AWD with an AWD vehicle that gets 30mpg. Oh, it needs to cost less than $8,000! So far, all I can come up with is Subaru which might get 30mpg.
Yes, diesel is more expensive at the pump, but don't confuse that with being more expensive to operate. If you run the numbers on comparable engines I'll bet the diesel costs less on a cost per mile basis. Just like E85 is deceptively higher even though the price at the pump is much cheaper (though not cheap enough) than E10.98gcawd said:A TDI VW with 4motion will definitely get me over the 30 number but of course with more expensive fuel. Problem with the VW is they share too much with the Audi, which is a beautiful car, but I'm tired of wrenching and they need it constantly. I see all kinds of Quattros in the area I work and those A4 wagons are pretty nice looking, for that type of car. And to have a nice interior with properly bolstered seats in leather instead of the cloth fleet vehicle [email protected] I'm used to would be sweet.
A diesel is likely to be 30% less costly to operate, even with slightly higher fuel costs.98gcawd said:A really, really nice skateboard, you're just too much funny,eh.
I don't put much stock in "rated" mileage. I wonder what my 98 GC AWD was rated at? I've gotten a high of 24 MPG on a 15 hour round trip with nearly 200K on the clock and that was an honest, calculated mpg not some computer generated bull bleep. A while back I was keeping track of my mileage for my daily 130 mile commute and was getting a consistent 20 mpg and that's a commute that starts at 2000 ft elev and goes over 7000 ft. Since my commute is 90% freeway that helps the mpgs. So a Suby Impreza with manual trans just might get me near 30? A TDI VW with 4motion will definitely get me over the 30 number but of course with more expensive fuel. Problem with the VW is they share too much with the Audi, which is a beautiful car, but I'm tired of wrenching and they need it constantly. I see all kinds of Quattros in the area I work and those A4 wagons are pretty nice looking, for that type of car. And to have a nice interior with properly bolstered seats in leather instead of the cloth fleet vehicle [email protected] I'm used to would be sweet.
I was just wondering if there was some vehicle out there I was overlooking - sheesh.
Sir Moses, I never see any recent Zukis and have never heard of a Kizashi! There are all kinds of cool diesel powered vehicles available every where else in the world but the Govt in its infinite wisdom denies us their use. :thumbsdown:
Hard to say, he'd have to get a bad Subaru to have it make up for it (except in the really long run). They are built pretty well and can take a good beating. It's hard to find Subarus under 150k miles on em and them not look great.jd_1138 said:Apparently the newer Imprezas with the 2.0 and the AWD get a combined 30 mpg (27 city, 36 highway). But they are $17k brand new. Might be able to get a certified one (100k warranty) with low miles for $13k? Above your budget, but the warranty might save you enough money to make up the difference.
8k is a tough target for a vehicle -- especially an AWD one. Most cars in this range have over 70k miles, so things start needing to be replaced, and then when you figure in the cost of these repairs, you may as well have spent 12k to get a certified car with a warranty. But there are nice cars in the 8k range if you can find a one owner car that's been babied.
Wow, that's $600 a month. No wonder you want a car with great MPG's. Even if you make another car payment, might be worth it if you can save enough on gas to make a large chunk of the car payment.98gcawd said:the 93 Cummins and that costs almost $35 a day.