I've been having similar thoughts. Except I don't want to give up on it being a full size truck. Or 4x4. Or being easy to work on and find cheap parts for. A guy has a '73 GMC Jimmy on craigslist for $650 I was looking at, I was considering dropping a 6.2 in it some sort of 6-speed manual, thinking it would be fun to beat on and easier to hypermile than the Suburban when I'm low on cash.
By no means mad mileage, but ~20mpgs for a what would basically be a sub $1000 beach truck doesn't seem too bad.
This post has been edited by leik oh em jeez! on Sunday, Mar 11 2012, 03:42
Golf TDI's just aren't that cheap here compared to other fuel miser beaters. Mark 1 and 2 Rabbit NA diesels get about the same mileage as a 1st gen 5 speed Metro (actually worse than a Metro xfi) but the price of fuel makes gives the Metro the definite dollar per mile edge. Purchase prices are more or less the same for the two but it's a lot easier to find Metros that aren't total rust boxes.
The Metro XFI is by far the hypermiller king in the US.
The halved one averages 75 mpg and the white one with some minor aero and breathing mods averages 62 mpg. That's amurikan mpg not the lesser wimpy british mpg.
Old-style Suzuki Swift. 1.0 injection petrol version, not the 1.3 in GTi or carbed form. Totally gutless, but geared short 1-3 and long 4-5 so can overtake without issue (well, not quite, but you get the point). They're also pretty aerodynamic for a little hatch, dirt-cheap and nigh-on indestructible.
They said I could be anything, so I became a custom member title
Joined: Dec 15, 2004
We don't really have those services around here, plus I was going for something like this as part efficient transportation, part project/challenge, since I'd like to see just how much I can squeeze out of it without breaking the bank.
And for the record, you won't see me in a Smart unless it's powered by something around 1300cc's and revs real high.
0 User(s) are reading this topic (0 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)