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Unread 07-01-2009, 12:36 PM   #1
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Hey guys!

I hail from overclock.net (from what I understand the sister sites) , saw dere this forum, and I am looking for a car.

So far, I have considered the Kia Sportage and Mitsubishi Outlander, as well as the line of Suzuki.

Looking for a 4 cylinder mainly, small SUV so I can drive it around town to college and back, and still be able to take my bike to the trails.

What other vehicles should I consider?

Gas efficiency is a pretty big issue to me, so that is why I took Hyndai and others out of the league. I am not considering Honda, Nissan and Toyota because their suv's hold a very high price, they are old, and everything that fits my price range is over 130k miles.

Also, anybody who can tell me more about some problems the Kia Sportage might have would be really helpful!!!

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Unread 07-02-2009, 03:42 PM   #2
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You could probably find a much more affordable Blazer or Explorer...are you dead set on getting an import?
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Yeah I'd go with the Blazer. Easy to fix, easier to maintain.
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have to agree the sportage was a piece of crap. Mitsu isnt much better although a older Tracker can be pretty dependable it had a Toyota motor and easy to maintain plus good gas mileage just not the best looking.
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How good is a blazer on gas?


I'll tell ya one thing, stay the hell away from jeeps. No matter which one you get, with which engine configuration, they all SUCK as far as MPG goes.


Some more info would be nice, what is your exact price range? A CRV has the same skeleton as a civic (as far as I know) except for the AWD system .. so it'd probably be very fuel efficient. Have you looked into something like a wagon? An older honda accord (91-93) wagon would fit your bike and be reliable and good on gas. May want to check that out.

My friend has an older Mitsubishi Montero and he beats the living crap out of it, and it still runs, and looks half decent. You can find an 01-02 with about 90,000 miles on it for around $6000 CAD where I live, I'm sure you could find it much cheaper wherever you are.
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My Blazer is a V6 and runs about 24mpg. I'm sure the four cylinder ones would do 28+
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My Blazer is a V6 and runs about 24mpg. I'm sure the four cylinder ones would do 28+
That's not always a guarantee, that is a bit of weight for a 4 cylinder to push around, and sometimes they actually do worse than the bigger motors. Case in point, the 4.7L V8 in the Dodge Ram pickups gets worse gas mileage than the 5.7L V8.

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S10s are light enough that they do pretty well. Few Blazers were made with the manual+4cyl combo, if any.
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Explorer will be the best option for you.

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Take it to mechanics.he will repair it.

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