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Unread 10-28-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Hello,

I am about to buy a used car. I cannot decide between a pick up truck and a commuter car. I will be attending CSULB next fall so I will be traveling at least 100 miles a day, 4 days out of the week. What car type would you recommend to someone like me?
I like pickup trucks, I used to drive a toyota pickup, and from what I hear they are the best MPG for trucks (ford ranger, toyota pickup). I hear they get like 21mpg in the city, 25mpg on the freeway. I added some number and found, even with the most fuel efficient vehicle, that I would be paying over a hundred dollars per week for gas. That feels like a lot, but I like the ability to move stuff around with a truck.
On the other hand a commuter car would definitely save me some money on gas. If I didn't have to commute I would definitely buy a pickup. What would you guys recommend. Thanks.

(If you guys have any good used truck or commuter car recommendations I would appreciate it. My budget is up to $12,000.)

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As someone who has commuted in a truck, do not do it. You will spend all of your money on gas.

There's so much variance between trucks and even submodels and engines that it's hard to accurately predict your mileage, and in your case if you estimate off by 2 or 3 mpg it's going to cost you a significant amount. In your situation I would see if i could get a Cruze in that price range. It's stretching it but the ideal would be a 1.4turbo motor (forget the 1.8) and the manual transmission (better fuel mileage).
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Are their any models older then 2011? It seems that 2011 is the oldest and according to Kelley Blue Book the fair price is around $22,000. Thanks.
The Chevy Cruze that is.

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Yes, 2011 is the oldest, they started as a 2011 model a little early in 2010. Kelley Blue Book is wrong, you can get a brand new Cruze, loaded, for that price. My parents paid like 19 for their 2012, brand new.
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I see 2011s go for 14k or less on craigslist all the time
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If you guys could pick between a Chevy Metro or a Suzuki Swift which would you pick?

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They are the same car. The Metro is just a rebadged Swift.

Those would be a great commuter car, especially if you get a 3 cylinder with the 5-speed. The parts store I used to work at used to have a 4cyl 5 speed, slow and beat to hell, but it was a blast. Most fun I had in a car with that job, way better than the newer automatic hyundais.
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