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Gas is getting too expensivearound here! I'm driving my Durango 300+ miles per week, and it's killing me. But, I need to keep it to pull my camper and family. So, I'm thinking about selling the wife's van, letting her drive the truck (60 miles per week), and getting something smaller, but reliable, for under 5k.

I've seen a few early 90's mustang verts for arund 5k.

You know, a 5 spd, 4 banger. Something that would get a billion mpg., but still be kinda cool.

What do you guys think?

Brian

65 fastback, 67 fastback (under const.), 98 Durango, 93 caravan (Wife's), 12.5hp Bolens lawn tractor WITH cupholder!
 

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Get a six or seven year old Honda Accord....manual trans...
They last forever and sip gas very lightly....

When it comes to economy and durability, I have no problem being unfaithful to Ford...

Here's an example from Autotrader.com...


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http://www.jps.net/binay/webdocs/strtmstng002_sml.JPG
 
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A few years ago I did some legal work for ford (I'm not a lawyer though) regarding lemon law cases and a lot of it had to do with those early 90's 4 bangers blowing up very early in their life also and probably most importantly, there were a ton of them that caught fire due to faulty ignition switches. They would just catch on fire sitting in the drive way. If you do get one, be sure that the ignition switch has been replaced in accordance with the factory recall.
 

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Well, from someone who has had both....

The 4cyl man stang vert (The '89 that I had, as seen at my67heven.tripod.com ) (shameless plug), low on HP, I think it has about 88BHp, but very good on gas and you still remain faithful to Ford and your stang.

The Honda that I had '86 four banger, lots of get up and go, good on gas, but I had a lot of trouble seeing over the dashboard while trying to avoid being seen.... LOL Really though, if you go import, be prepared to pay three times as much for replacement parts.

89'mustang parking brake cable - $16

'86 honda parking brake cable - $48.

BTW Ignition switch recall was fixed - No major problems - Ending milage - approx 264,000 - (on the four banger)

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I jst love my Dad's 90 Accura Legend. Tight, well made, extremely reliable. That's about a $5-6K car.
 
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I have a 95 Escort that I bought brand new in 1994. It has over 130,000 miles on it and I still get about 32 MPG all around (360 miles per 11 gallon tank) with mostly in town driving. That car has taken me from Ohio to California, Ohio to Texas 4 times, Ohio to Pennsylvania, Texas to Louisiana... all over basically. Other than a temperature sending unit and a riew defroster switch, I've never had to do anything other than routine maintenance to it. You can find pretty good ones from the mid 90's for maybe $3000, plus you can stay true to Ford. I have a 5 speed, it has pretty good pickup and go, I pass a lot of Camaro's in it :)

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I have a '91 Escort GT with the Mazda 1.8. Joint venture with Mazda at the time. Anyway mine has 119,000 miles and it still can bring it.I also chat with other 'Scorters have heard
of mileage over 200K being achieved w/o rebuild.I paid $1K
last Nov.Done few mods like 2 1/4" exhaust weapon R intake
Jacobs electronic. Car has 5 spd. About 20+mpg.

"I feel the need..The need for speed"
"Gotta Go,... Gotta Go"
" Think long,Think Wrong!"

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'68 Acapulco Blue 289 Coupe "Blue Thunder"
'91 Ford Escort GT
'91 Ford Escort LX 5dr (Wife's)
 
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