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Old 04-30-2007, 01:40 PM   #11
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...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.
Wish I got 8 miles per gas dollar. What, do you own a refinery?

With gas prices in Southern California ($3.45/gal for 87 as of today), and the 20 mpg mixed city/hwy on the 98 LeSabre, I get roughly 5.8 miles per dollar.
I do get 28-29 mpg on roadtrips, and that'* fully loaded with people and baggage (though not the camper trailer--adding that cuts me to 23-24 hwy).

(P.*., I used to have a 97 Altima, and in tip-top shape that dog only got 22-23 mixed mpg, same commute. For 2 or 3 mpg less, give me power, legroom, trunk the size of my attic, and 6-passenger capability!)

(P.P.*., my first college car was a 78 Ford LTD that got like 10mpg. I was living in it for awhile though, so I didn't have to pay any rent )
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I am willing to pay a little more than $5,000 if I have to. The ideal gas mileage I'm looking for is similar to my gf'* car, a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire gets 22/33 MPG. That would be ideal but obviously not my type of car.
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...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.
Wish I got 8 miles per gas dollar. What, do you own a refinery?

With gas prices in Southern California ($3.45/gal for 87 as of today), and the 20 mpg mixed city/hwy on the 98 LeSabre, I get roughly 5.8 miles per dollar.
I do get 28-29 mpg on roadtrips, and that'* fully loaded with people and baggage (though not the camper trailer--adding that cuts me to 23-24 hwy).

(P.*., I used to have a 97 Altima, and in tip-top shape that dog only got 22-23 mixed mpg, same commute. For 2 or 3 mpg less, give me power, legroom, trunk the size of my attic, and 6-passenger capability!)

(P.P.*., my first college car was a 78 Ford LTD that got like 10mpg. I was living in it for awhile though, so I didn't have to pay any rent )
Gas prices for premium around me are $3.15 and rising and they say gas prices could easily hit $4.00 a gallon this summer and I don't know how I'll afford to keep a car that requires that much gas.
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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.
You also have to think of the crunch factor. He'd get killed for sure with that car.
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I dirve a SE and I can easily get 35 mpg if I control my right foot. Granted the city mpg sucks (my college is only 6 miles away and that'* through town and traffic sucks) but still, it'* the undisputed king of the highways for its size, weight, and power IMO

and 400+ miles to the tank, I would consider that excellent...
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I think it'* clear he doesn't need to be convinced the Bonneville can get 30mpg. lol

I'll give it a shot...

I have this for sale:

2004 Sebring LX sedan, 30mpg highway, 44,000 miles (26,000 of that are mine) and a 100,000 mile - 10 year warranty. No crunch factor - 5 star front crash test rating. $8200.

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You should look for a pre 99 Grand Am GT, they're a hoot to drive when they ahve the four cylinder and five speed combo, (I should know, my daddy took it to 130+ with the whole family in it). They deliver amazing mileage and is rock solid...
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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
Damn near ANY mid-late 90'* Civic will get 30 if not 40 MPG highway. Civic, corolla, etc all do well in Mileage... Japanese small cars can't really be touched when it comes to mileage with respects to most domestic offerings.
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i think its something with the 94 motors.

I have done everything (tune up, regular oil change, o2, drive like a grandma, etc) and still get crappy-fair gas mileage. My usual routes (combo city/highway) get me about 17mpg, ALL highway i can get 22-23 on long trips and all city I run 14-15.

I am worried its a transmission problem, even though it was rebuilt not too long ago. She just feels like theres a ton of power lost sometimes (not all the time) while accelerating.

So I wouldn't recommend going to an SE, if you really drive like a grandma the supercharger can actually help highway gas mileage because of the extra power at cruising level, right?

So my vote is do the complete tune up and save buying another car. If that doesnt work (because of the magical 94 engine gnomes) then either goto a series 2 bonne or smaller car to get real mileage. You just have to worry about engine and tranny issues and other such things with a different car.
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You should look for a pre 99 Grand Am GT, they're a hoot to drive when they ahve the four cylinder and five speed combo, (I should know, my daddy took it to 130+ with the whole family in it). They deliver amazing mileage and is rock solid...
I decided to give them a look and they don't look too bad. Good size, nice engine, and so similar to the Bonne. The gas mileage is exactly what I'm looking for so I will give them a real look. Thanks.
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