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Things I need in a car

- Automatic Transmission
- 6 cylinders if possible (learned this from Mike's car buying experience)
- Something new-ish. Made after 2000 would be good.
- Something with not very many miles on it (75k or less)
- Something that gets decent gas mileage and has SPACE.

This list will be added to when I get to work and can think. Any suggestions for make would be appreciated. I'm going to peruse craigslist for a while before I venture out into the used car lot world. Not ready for all the plaid jackets yet. :-P

EDIT: If the miles are low, I'm willing to go for a car that is older.


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Aug. 7th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
6 cyl and decent gas mileage kind of contradict each other.... (says the gal who drives a 3 cyl / 1 liter car and gets 60+ mpg)

I got mine on yahoo auto... and also browsed ebay. It's easier to go to a used car place if you have some idea what they might have.
Aug. 7th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
My current car is 6 cyl and I get 30mpg highway. That's "decent" enough for me. :-P I mostly want 6 cyl because Mike's has 4 and it has NO pickup... and I'm under the (perhaps false?) impression that the more cylinders, the better the pickup? Maybe?
Aug. 7th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
Probably... but it might have more to do with how the gears are designed to shift too... the horsepower, the max RPM, whether the engine has more torque in the lower gears or the higher gears...

Actually, I was curious (and a bit bored) so I googled some... I found some really long things that I wasn't bored enough to read :) and this...
"All things being equal, (HP, torque, displacement, pounds per horsepower) the number of cylinders make no difference except for smoothness."

Discussion of V6 versus 4 cylinders...
Aug. 7th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
hm. So... It depends! Lol. I think I'll have to make a point to feel this out when I start test driving.
Aug. 7th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately it is a *mostly* false impression. You can get cars with a lot of get up and go that are only 4 cyl, depends on gearing, torque, HP, weight, and weight displacement. There are some 6 cyl cars with 180 HP and some 4 cyl cars with 190 HP. I'd suggest starting out your search by going to honda, hyundai, ford, chevy, nissan, and toyota and test driving each of their base models (civic, accent, focus, cobalt, versa, yarris). See how they feel to you, take them out on the highway and stop and go areas, try parking etc. If you want more space than each of these models afford you at least have a "worst case feeling" for the cars, typically there will be more HP and torque in the more expensive models. Keep in mind that VAST improvements have been made since 2005 in most of these cars. I personally would not buy a model older than 2005 with all the safety, economy, and handling improvements they have made. check out this website too - http://www.fueleconomy.gov/ its the government's website that lists the BEST cars in each class. Let me know what you have to spend, and what you are most interested in. I personally love my Chevy Malibu Maxx. I get about 27MPG and can shove more stuff in that car than most sport utility vehichles I've come across - even a full size kayak with the trunk closed.
Aug. 7th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
I drive a Honda Odyssey ... let's see how it fares in your checklist:
- Auto
- 6 cyl
- 2001
- 160,000 miles on it. Not gonna pass by a long shot. :P
- 23 mpg highway is worse than your current / old car.
- Oh baby, does it have SPACE! ^__^

Nope, prolly not the car you're looking for. ;)
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