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I do not have a problem, exactly. I am looking for a very economical sedan or economy car built in the last 8 years to trade my 1995 Camry on. My own online search has me interested in Chevy Cobalts and Cavalier-type products, Mazda3 and I've attepted offers on 2002 Saturn's SL1. I was also impressed with specs on the engine in a 2004 Chevy Malibu. Can you offer me some guidance on the quality and reliability of these different engine builds? Such as, how can a V-6 3.5L Chevy get better gas mileage than the 2009 Ecotec I4 in the Cobalt?

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  • parmleyjb Oct 09, 2010

    Diesel is not an option this go round. I'll keep that in the back of my mind until I know more about diesels.

  • parmleyjb Oct 09, 2010

    Diesel is not an option this go round. I'll keep that in the back of my mind until I know more about diesels.

  • parmleyjb Oct 10, 2010

    The car will be, no doubt, traded in after college

  • parmleyjb Oct 10, 2010

    After reading the link you provided, I would definitely have to say the cost of running it, certainly. I have taken a precurory look in to VW Jetta TDI's from the suggestion of the first expert, but I don't know hardly anything about the maintenance of a diesel. Now, after reading your link, insurance prices are a concern because they remain constant and I need to be able to keep affording maintenance of my car. Don't know about the break-even points for comparison of different oil products between the diesel and regular gas, so gas is the default for me.



    I live in the Southeast U.S. and don't rely on a vast infrastructure for support of electric cars, besides, I live in campus housing! Besides the most basic of services I can receive at university, I rely on driving abut 10 miles to get to anything I need beyond that, outside of restaurants. I do have family 2,000 miles away that I would like to visit, and if airfares do go up, I would enjoy saving the money and anxiety by driving myself. I can count on taking 400-500 mile trips in the future investigating different colleges in the region for Masters programs and attending seminars, too.



    Thank you for your time and assistance. Does that provide enough insight for you to provide you to comment?

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If you had mentioned an economical car, did you mean the cost of the car or the cost of running?
Also are you looking for a diesel or a petrol, type off use you have( the mileage per year), are you a speedster, do you need a sedan, hatchback or sports model,etc.the capacity of the engine, seating capacity.
Now a good assessment can be done based on these inputs and I shall try to help.
So please respond back.
Please check this link on a comparative study.

http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?t=60911

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Best advice i can give from answering questions on here is a nice ford focus diesel with a manual gearbox,or a VW diesel even a toyota ,not a mazda or mitsubishi though spares expensive .because the auto boxs are problematic and iam sure half the faults are owner inflicted with over zealous tranny fush and people trying to change fuel filters and messing around with AC systems .or the filling stations dont have filters in their pumps .No go for a very economical diesel and leave the gas guzzlers alone

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    Colin Stickland Oct 10, 2010

    their is nothing to think about ,diesels are very economical and more eco friendly ,with the problem in the golf with deep sea oil drilling and then the oil supply question with the arab states fuel prices will rise to europeon prices in america before long so a diesel or an elecric vehicle will be the norm before long ,the days of cheap petrol and big engines is all but over

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