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Old 12-05-2007, 12:41 PM   #1
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I am looking to pick up a cheap economic daily driver. I currently drive my Nissan Titan to and from work everyday and the 12-14 mpg is kicking my ***.

I want something that gets 25+mpg that I fit in and is somewhat sporty and fun.

My price limit is $3k.

I would be willing to pick up another stockish Miata, but they are bringing big $$$ now-a-days.

So far I am looking at, but not limited to these options:

94+ Toyota Celica GT
94+ Acura Integra
94+ Honda Accord EX
Acura CL 2.2 or 2.3

1994 must be a magic year?

What would you buy?
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automatic accord or the celica.

I still kinda wish I had purchased the ms protege I wanted instead of the subaru.
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Insurance for civics and integras costs more for me than it costs for my miata, might want to take that into account too.
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I was told to stay away from the automatic 4cyl hondas.
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:00 PM   #5
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Old accord, non VTEC, any trim but DX, with liability only (maybe comp if it's cheap).
Side bonus is you won't be depreciating your Titan by adding miles to it, while the Accord is already fully depreciated.
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I had a 94 Accord EX auto - it was pretty good - OK handling, mileage about 25 in town and about 30 on the highway going 80-ish. Got it to 135K miles before it got squashed by a dump truck, never had a problem. However, having to adjust the valves(solid lifters) every 7500 miles kind of bit.
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celicas are heavy hairdressers cars.

get something with four doors.
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I was told to stay away from the automatic 4cyl hondas.
I'd like to hear the reasoning behind this...

I had a `92 Prelude, H23, Auto, had 225k miles on it when I got rear-ended. Still ran like a champ.
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:41 PM   #9
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prolly because they just aren't much fun to drive...or dog slow, kinda like an auto miata...but for a DD....I would consider an auto
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i picked up a 1992 VW golf 5-speed for $400 great commuting car. get 27-30mpg at 85-100mph and stop and go driving in Boston. I will not need the car for a few months jan-july, so I have 90% talked my dad into buying a set of hakkas for it and ice racing it together.
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I know this isnt close to you but you could look for one of these.
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before i picked up the VW i was looking for a volvo 240 to do a V8 swap. that would be a great DD!
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I have a '95 Pontiac SunRunner (Geo Tracker to you U.S. people)that I use as my winter car / take the dog to the park car, which does not seem to be what you are looking for.

For the replacement, in a few years, I am looking at the following Suzuki Aveio, Mazda P5 or a Pontiac Vibe (Toyota Matrix) The Vibes are not overpriced and are not bad to drive.
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My DD is a '97 Subaru Outback Sport, basically the impreza wagon with taller suspension. Gets mid 20's mpg with me beating on it, takes abuse, AWD, fits most crap, handles surprisingly well, torquey engine, boxer rumble, etc. I love it, especially with the GT2560 from the miata
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i picked up a 1992 VW golf 5-speed for $400 great commuting car. get 27-30mpg at 85-100mph and stop and go driving in Boston. I will not need the car for a few months jan-july, so I have 90% talked my dad into buying a set of hakkas for it and ice racing it together.
if you like constantly working on cars.
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i've always been quite partial to the civic hatches, they have plenty of room with the rear seats gone, so do the 89 240 hatchbacks, but thats kind of old and the newer 240's have no space in comparison
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enough people i know will be at the ice races (its like an auto-x on a lake) that if the car dies i can borrow a trailer and get it home
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buy my 93 accord automatic for $2500 (180K)
reason everyone is scared of older auto honda accords is because their tranny computers like to die, i changed mine for a whopping $50 and it took a total of 30 minutes to change (including finding one, going to buy it, and installing it)
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I gave in....'97 PEP package with Leather. 155k miles and needs a clutch and a little TLC.

I forgot how mushy stock suspension was. I may have to do some tweaking.







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way to go
not bad at all, i mean you have a shop in your backyard and the whole winter to git'r'done
are you keeping the momo?
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