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09 February 2003 @ 12:17 am
Someone who lives about 40 miles away is selling a 1996 green 2-door Rav4 for $5600 obo. In other words, it's almost exactly like my car, except a little less than half the mileage of mine. I'd want to have it checked out by a mechanic, but if it all checked out, i'd end up paying about $1100 to reduce the mileage on my car by about 60 or 70k.

So how silly of me would it be to jump at the chance to effectively ressurect my old car?
Current Mood: stressedstressed
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on February 9th, 2003 10:42 am (UTC)
Ummm... you could get something with better gas mileage with equal ridiculously little trunk and passenger space? [A Beetle, for example.]
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 9th, 2003 11:28 am (UTC)
I hate to tell you but A: the cheapest Beetle i could find on autotrader.com is priced $1400 more than the Rav4 i'm looking at.

And B: according to www.fueleconomy.gov, it would get very slightly _worse_ gas mileage than the Rav4 i'm looking at.
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on February 9th, 2003 12:11 pm (UTC)
Our '99 was about $10,000, so, yeah. Makes sense. It also gets about 30-35 mpg, like our Golf does. (We like VWs. If they came out with a hybrid VW, I'd so buy it.)

I'm not sure I trust 100% the fueleconomy.gov numbers: We get (regularly) 380 miles on a 13-gallon tank (29 mpg), and we're split about what they use (45/55). If we're all-highway, we get easily 400+ (31+)

The new Beetle has a high crash test rating. It's disconcerting to drive at first, because the dashboard is freaking huge and the rear window is teeny. But I like driving our Beetle better than the Golf.
academicerrificmerchimerch on February 9th, 2003 11:11 am (UTC)
that's a good idea - I love my bug! But maybe get one of the newer ones so that you can go faster than 45 mph
Edison Hallupsilon on February 11th, 2003 03:07 pm (UTC)
Axle of Evil
Before you jump at the chance to "resurrect" your car by obtaining another SUV, I strongly suggest you read "Axle of Evil"...
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 11th, 2003 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Axle of Evil
Well as i told Akiko, i've been looking through www.fueleconomy.gov. Out of the cars that i can afford, The Rav4 has pretty much identical MPG and greenhouse emisions as all the other cars i could afford to buy. (Volkswagon Beetle and Golf, Geo Prizm, Toyota Corolla) There are a few that get slightly better mileage, but nothing to get really excited about. They don't seem to have EPA ratings for as far back as i'm looking (1996) however the oldest Rav4 i can find that gets a rating has a 6. Not great, but far better than the 0s and 1s being talked about in the article.

"The large Buick Park Avenue gets 20 miles per gallon in the city and earns a 7 on the environmental scale of 10. Detroit knows perfectly well how to build fuel-efficient, low-polluting large vehicles."

So not quite as good an EPA score, but the Rav4 gets 25-30 MPG, so even better than their "good" example in that regard.

I don't know anything specific about the safety issues, but the Rav4 has been Consumer Reports pick for small SUV for at least one year.

On the other hand, the car i was looking at had already been sold, so i'm back to searching. The Rav4 isn't the only thing i'm looking for, but it is the primary.