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Old 04-30-2007, 12:48 PM   #1
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Unfortunately, I have to sell my Bonne (see for sale section) because the gas is just too much for me as a broke college student. I've been looking around some but haven't seen anything that really catches my eye. I'm looking for a mid-size sedan that gets good gas mileage and is relatively cheap (ideally under $5,000 but will consider a little higher). The problem with a lot of the cars that get decent gas mileage is that they're not very "manly." Any suggestions appreciated.

30+ MPG highway is what I'm looking for
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you know, many people get 28-32mpg highway in their bonnevillles, you should be able to get close to 30 with a good tune up
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your car properly tuned should be getting very close to 30mpg highway
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I've done all I can with mine and I'm not getting 30 MPH highway. Also, I need a car that gets over 30 MPG highway. My school is about 100 miles from my home and I'm an education major so I have to drive to my various placements throughout the school year. The Bonne just isn't cutting it with gas.
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have you ever thought about a SSE or a SLE or even a SE I aget 30-32 on the highway when she is running right
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If you're not getting decent mileage with your car, then:

1) You're not doing as much "highway" driving as you think, and/or,
2) You haven't done "everything you can" to improve mileage

If 1), you're only going to fix it--and not by as much as you might hope--by swapping to a very small car; for your price, probably a 6+ year old, high-mileage, 4-banger Altima, Civic or Sentra (or even older Accord or Camry). How "manly" is that?

For 2), have you really done everything? Full tune-up and maintenance? Tires inflated right? Not carrying around all your worldly possesions in the trunk? Driving like a Grandma most of the time (at least you can look manly )? Maybe unhook the supercharger (idk, is this possible?)

If, aside from the gas mileage issue, your current car is mechanically sound and suitable to your needs, think twice (or three times) before making a change...you won't get much resale for your car, and for $5000 you're going to be buying alot of risk--it could cost you much more than a tune-up and a couple extra weekly gallons of gas in the long run.
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have you ever thought about a SSE or a SLE or even a SE I aget 30-32 on the highway when she is running right
I have but I just don't see it working out. The city MPG still stinks. Trust me, I love my Bonne to death and don't want to part with it but when you're paying $50+ and only getting 400+ miles out of it, that'* not good enough. I'm a broke college kid who needs cheap gas and good gas mileage.
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If you're not getting decent mileage with your car, then:

1) You're not doing as much "highway" driving as you think, and/or,
2) You haven't done "everything you can" to improve mileage

If 1), you're only going to fix it--and not by as much as you might hope--by swapping to a very small car; for your price, probably a 6+ year old, high-mileage, 4-banger Altima, Civic or Sentra (or even older Accord or Camry). How "manly" is that?

For 2), have you really done everything? Full tune-up and maintenance? Tires inflated right? Not carrying around all your worldly possesions in the trunk? Driving like a Grandma most of the time (at least you can look manly )? Maybe unhook the supercharger (idk, is this possible?)

If, aside from the gas mileage issue, your current car is mechanically sound and suitable to your needs, think twice (or three times) before making a change...you won't get much resale for your car, and for $5000 you're going to be buying alot of risk--it could cost you much more than a tune-up and a couple extra weekly gallons of gas in the long run.
Thanks for the post. I will consider it. I'm now considering looking at an SE or SLE. You guys just can't let me go, haha.
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Unfortunately the only things that will get better mileage are a chevette and Damenorder has the last remaining one on the planet, or something similar... 30+ isn't easy under 5K
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Geo Metro XFi - 52 city/58 hwy.

Hard to find the XFi but if you do, even if it needs work, it is worth buying.
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