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Unread 08-08-2014, 06:51 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to start shopping for a commuter car in the 2500-3500 price range. I have a ~40 minute drive each way to work in the morning, and other than running errands that's about all it will be used for. So here are my criteria...

Fuel efficient
Inexpensive to maintain/repair
Comfortable interior
Good AC (texas)
Could last me to 200k miles
A hatch back would be nice for the space, but not mandatory


Things like a protégé or focus come to mind... I'm afraid I may feel cramped in such a small car though... A small car with a big car feeling interior would be perfect.

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Cavalier, Focus, etc. That's about what you're gonna get for that money.
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2wd s10 with a 4 cylinder might fit the bill
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2wd s10 with a 4 cylinder might fit the bill
Why would a truck pop to mind when talking about a fuel efficient vehicle?

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In their price range, options are slim. S10s of the spec I suggested get just shy of 30 mpg with a stick shift and are cheap and easy to get a hold of, are fairly reliable, are actually useful outside getting from point a to b, and parts are extremely easy to come by. They are the best buy in the used car market below 3k in my opinion.
There are tons of great used cars out their, finding them consistently at a good price is not a given however. S trucks are very consistent in price and availability.
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In their price range, options are slim. S10s of the spec I suggested get just shy of 30 mpg with a stick shift and are cheap and easy to get a hold of, are fairly reliable, are actually useful outside getting from point a to b, and parts are extremely easy to come by. They are the best buy in the used car market below 3k in my opinion.
There are tons of great used cars out their, finding them consistently at a good price is not a given however. S trucks are very consistent in price and availability.
They get 25 mpg highway and 22 combined.

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Fuelly has a nice distribution curve between 20 and 30, with no ability to distinguish between auto and stick. If you're reading the epa figures they are all over the board.
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