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Old 04-23-2008, 11:36 PM   #1
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I need at least 40MPG highway or close to it...30MPG I get with my bonnie is not cutting it......What are some reliable econoboxes that dont have too bad of crash test ratings?
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geo metro, wooty woot!
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But seriously, my suggestion would be a Honda CRX HF or Civic CX

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A CRX HF (High Fuel economy) model replaced the CRX with the 1.3-liter engine. The HF had an eight-valve version of the 1.5-liter engine that produced just 58 horsepower but offered more torque and thus better acceleration around town. Mileage figures for the HF stood at 52 in the city and 57 on the highway.
They're DANG hard to find, so you'll have to look a little harder than usual... Well, actually, they're fairly common, but they usually have a bunch of stickers and a coffee can tacked onto the exhaust
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Chevette.

Can't go wrong, they are reliable as hell, and get excellent MPGs.
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That Tata thing...$2500 brand new.

I dont know what the crash test ratings are though...probably not good
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A CRX HF will cost $5000+
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Chevette.

Can't go wrong, they are reliable as H***, and get excellent MPGs.
Speaking of Chevette....what happened this time?
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A CRX HF will cost $5000+
Really? Wanna make a trip to Ohio? there'* a guy two doors down that'* selling his for 2500 (albiet slightly riced out, but no engine swaps or anything...)
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What are some reliable econoboxes that dont have too bad of crash test ratings?
With your luck, yeah, it'* gonna need good crash ratings! j/k, get a moped!
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I'm thinking a mid 90'* Civic or something similar. My dad'* friend had a Civic coupe from the mid 90s and he said he would get about 42 MPG on the highway.

On a side note...how the hell do you get 30MPG in a SSEi? Do the newer ones get like 10 MPG better the old ones or something? I'm lucky if I get 19 MPG in my 97, which is about what I get most of the time, and also is what the EPA rates the car at for combined mileage.
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