My new ride :-)
Well, after driving 75 miles a day for the past 2 weeks in my 94 Pontiac van, I came to one conclusion: 24 MPG just wasn't cuttin' it. So I went searching for something REALLY good on gas. Couldn't find anything that got really good mileage at a reasonable price. The Prius was out of the question. 20 thousand? I don't think so. Only the Toyota Echo got good mileage...41MPG, but with gas as expensive as it is and the amount of miles I travel every day, I had to go HARD-CORE. It had to be easy to work on and C-H-E-A-P to own.
I have 84k on my current one (that my wife drives)and I think it's just starting to break in. I went with the stick and the smaller engine this time, for killer gas mileage. I only drive highway to and from work. This one has 88k on the clock, new exhaust, new tires, no rust, no dings or scratches, and doesn't smoke or burn oil. I did a carfax report and it was a single owner car from Arizona. The woman moved to New Hampshire and traded it in. Gonna pick her up on Saturday morning. I can't wait to see what kind of gas mileage I get. It's supposed to get 50+ on the highway. Here she is... I need a vanity plate that says: "JST1LTR" :-)