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Offline sherob

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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2012, 12:44:54 pm »
Yeah, now Hyundai owns Kia... they've made HUGE advancements in their quality control... I remember when they first hit the shores, the Vega of South Korea.  ;D
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #31 on: August 08, 2012, 12:54:55 pm »
Yeah, Opel, wrong choice of words, I meant, in house design. Spark is all electric right? Plus, it looks a third smaller than the Sonic.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #32 on: August 08, 2012, 12:56:39 pm »
Geez... Opel... we had an Opel Kadett L station wagon when I was a kid.  :o
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2012, 07:18:29 pm »
Get her a C-14!!!
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #34 on: August 08, 2012, 08:25:50 pm »
Spark is all electric right?


Spark isn't electric.  It is essentially a restyled Sonic (Front end looks like a Chevy version of a Honda Fit) with a 1.2L 80hp mill.  Sonic runs the Cruze engines - 1.4L Turbo and 1.8L NA.  Both run 138hp with 125 ft-lbs torque for the 1.8L and 145ft-lbs for the 1.4L Turbo.


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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #35 on: August 09, 2012, 04:43:17 am »
I dont know how much 'trunk' space the Mini's have, I can affirm that the Subaru's have good storage room in the back ::)

The Mini's trunk can't be much smaller than her Wrangler, but the milage would be better than double, and a ton of fun to drive..
Now about you riding in the back of the Subie, you're wifie put you back there, and we were not going to argue with her!  :battle:
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #36 on: August 09, 2012, 06:02:09 am »
So, is the Spark a hybrid? If not, whats the purpose of it if its just a restyled Sonic with a smaller engine?
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #37 on: August 09, 2012, 06:07:28 am »
So, is the Spark a hybrid? If not, whats the purpose of it if its just a restyled Sonic with a smaller engine?

No, it has a normal gasoline motor.  It is also about $2,000 less than the Sonic and is actually quite a bit smaller. 
Keeping the economy going, one tank of fuel and two tires at a time.

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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #38 on: August 09, 2012, 07:12:33 am »
The Mini's trunk can't be much smaller than her Wrangler, but the milage would be better than double, and a ton of fun to drive..
Now about you riding in the back of the Subie, you're wifie put you back there, and we were not going to argue with her!  :battle:

WOW it has only taken me five years to figure that one out, ya'll are some fast learners.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #39 on: August 09, 2012, 01:55:30 pm »
Wife and I both liked Hyundai Veloster turbo with manual transmission. Except we cannot find it anywhere !!!  :yikes:
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #40 on: August 09, 2012, 03:29:05 pm »
Just my 2 cents but I had a rented Focus for a month.  All the gadgets were fun for a few days what won out was how bad the seats are.  After a month I was hardly able to drive it for more than an hour.  Seats  could not move to a comfortable position, everything you value in life that shouldn't get crushed gets crushed.  They are hard in a hard riding car.  Just overall not good.  Other than that I would think about it if I was in the market but in the final analysis what else is there but a nice seat????

Look past all the dazzle & gizmos since most get set once & forgotten.  Make sure you like the ride.  Worth an extra mpg or two to get the right combination.

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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #41 on: August 09, 2012, 06:50:39 pm »
For fifteen years I only drove foreign cars.  My motto was "Only buy a car if it ends in a vowel other than E".  Well, in 2006 while car shopping I kept reading about the Focus.  The transmission and engine both supplied by Mazda.  I bought one for about $1500 - $2000 less than a Hyundai Elantra or anything else.  We drove that car for 86,000 miles with NO problems, squeaks or rattles.  My wife was rearended by a Kenworth truck about three years ago.  Amazingly no broken bones.  We replaced the Focus with a Fusion which now has 84,000 miles with NO problems.  The fusion gets about 32 highway (72-75 MPH).  I also bought a used 2001 Focus for commuting (120 miles per day) which now has about 185,000 miles.  I have replaced one wheel bearing in the almost 100,000 miles I have owned it.  It also gets a constant 32-34 MPG.

I have had VW, Ford, GM, Chrysler, AMC, Mazda, Toyota, Subaru, Suzuki, and Nissan.  Ford has really turned itself around and produce some of the best cars available.  Plus they did it on their own without the governments "help".

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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #42 on: August 10, 2012, 11:19:56 am »
If your not hard against it. (Some people are for political reasons)

Look at the Prius. It is one of the most reliable and least maintenance required cars built today. If you can get by the politics and just look at the car you might be surprised.

Also ,you can get a rebuilt one for a lot less money. Here is a guy who rebuilds them.

http://www.autobeyours.com/


+1 on the Prius...  We went on vacation with it and never got below 50mpg...and that's with high speed interstate and using the AC.  257500 miles now.  Find one used.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #43 on: August 10, 2012, 07:55:02 pm »
+1 on the Prius...  Find one used.

I believe that he wants a stylish car instead.  :stirpot:


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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #44 on: August 10, 2012, 10:37:56 pm »
Yeah, I'm more on the practical side of things. ;D
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