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Old 06-29-2004, 11:26 PM   #1
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Old 06-29-2004, 11:32 PM   #2
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My parents have a 1997 Chevy Malibu - since it seems to keep having more problems as time goes on and gas prices keep getting more expensive, I've been trying to convince my parents to get a different vehicle that uses less gas - maybe something European (since they seem to be way better than American cars and ricers). I was looking at the Mini Cooper, but my parents are concerned about the cost. Would less money for gas (better mileage) outweigh the cost of the car? Are there any other options?

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How many are in your family? Even if it is just 3, the fuel consumption in a Mini might be the same having to carry more weight. Fuel efficiency being the major point mentioned above, one of the "ricers" may be your best bet over the European cars. (blasphemy!!)
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Old 06-30-2004, 12:30 AM   #3
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The Mini will shurely consume less that the Chevy, bet on it!

But the car is not really a family car - just too small.

If you want to save fuel, then go for a VW Golf TDI or a VW Jetta TDI, it's bigger than the Mini, and the TDI is one of the most efficient engines out there.
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Old 06-30-2004, 02:23 AM   #4
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My parents have a 1997 Chevy Malibu - since it seems to keep having more problems as time goes on and gas prices keep getting more expensive, I've been trying to convince my parents to get a different vehicle that uses less gas - maybe something European (since they seem to be way better than American cars and ricers). I was looking at the Mini Cooper, but my parents are concerned about the cost. Would less money for gas (better mileage) outweigh the cost of the car? Are there any other options?

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You do know all mini coopers are 5 or 6 speed manual transmission right? Except for the few with CVR
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Old 06-30-2004, 08:21 AM   #5
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My parents have a 1997 Chevy Malibu - since it seems to keep having more problems as time goes on and gas prices keep getting more expensive, I've been trying to convince my parents to get a different vehicle that uses less gas - maybe something European (since they seem to be way better than American cars and ricers). I was looking at the Mini Cooper, but my parents are concerned about the cost. Would less money for gas (better mileage) outweigh the cost of the car? Are there any other options?

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Malibus don't burn gas, and yes Bav was correct those "ricers" you are talking about probably have the best fuel econmy. Say it with me C-i-v-i-c. Honda Civics have good gas economy..
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Old 06-30-2004, 08:04 PM   #6
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Hmm, if you don't want a Japanese one, and you don't like Diesel cars, like the TDI, I would say, that you should look for a VW with a FSI engine. These direct injection engines are really economic.

An other one would be a Ford Focus or a Madza 3, Toyota Corolla.

This are the ones that come to my mind!
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Old 07-03-2004, 08:01 AM   #8
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TDI is the way to go for fuel economy.
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