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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cars, Good MPG and Gear Storage

Hey guys,

Been looking for a different car recently. I currently have a 2007 GMC Sierra that gets average 16 MPG. Originally I thought it would be great for hauling a lot of gear, but unfortunately I wasn't smart enough to think "I will need a cap" and "My gear is gonna freeze in the winter." Plus I just got a new job that is 20+ miles from my house 1 way. I'm looking for something that can haul a lot of gear and get 25+ mpg average. Don't care about used or age, just looking for reliable and pretty much under $12000. I always mostly looked at GM stuff since my dad works for GM, but willing to look elsewhere.

So far I have looked at used:

Pontiac Vibe
Toyota Matrix
Scion XB (though my friend just had a 10 mile per hour wreck in one and his repair costs are $6500)

Can't think of anyhting else to look at. What are you suggestions?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 09:55 PM
 
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Scion XB (though my friend just had a 10 mile per hour wreck in one and his repair costs are $6500)
Based on recent studies, that's pretty much how it is with most cars today.
Some are better than others, but it doesn't take much to get you a nice sized bill for repairs....

I have a 2008 xB, and it's quite roomy.
And fast...
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 10:03 PM
 
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Mazda 3 sport,

Jeep Patriot, or Compass

Good balance of roominess, and gas milage.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 10:06 PM
 
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Re: Cars, Good MPG and Gear Storage

I have been a mechanic for almost 20 years. More Toyotas are sold that Pontiac and we see more General Motors products in our shop than Toyotas. If you follow a scheduled maint program and take care of it the Matrix will last very long.
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You might also want to look at the Honda Element. It's roomy and haul-friendly because of its multiple inner configurations. Plus, Hondas last forever!

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You might also want to look at the Honda Element. It's roomy and haul-friendly because of its multiple inner configurations. Plus, Hondas last forever!

Jimmy
Holy hell, I was about to suggest the exact same thing. I have an Element and I love the damn thing! I get around 22-24 mpg and it has a ton of space, especially if you take the back seats out. Cool car and it's been great with baby.
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