Tim and I have never been ones to buy fancy cars. Though we do buy new, we usually buy a no-frills version of a budget model. That was certainly the case when we bought our brand-new 1993 red Geo Metro 14 years ago. It was so “no frills” that it didn’t have air conditioning or even a radio!
But BOY was that baby easy on the gas! We usually got 40-45MPG, but at times got as high as 50MPG. That’s about twice what either of our current cars get. When we went to Iowa last week, we used about 40 gallons of gas – we spent more than $160 for gas. If we’d had the Metro, we would have paid about $80. Sigh.
Granted, the two-door Metro (as pictured, though that is not our actual car) was not exactly a family vehicle. We had it for three years after Book Boy was born, and it was fine, but I wouldn’t want to make a long trip in it with two kids and the accompanying luggage.
The Rabbit, however … that was a little nicer. We had a 1982 diesel Rabbit that my dad handed down to me when I graduated from high school. Again, not a luxury vehicle, but it definitely had some “options” – air, a nice stereo, 4-door vs. 2-door, a larger cargo area, etc. I think we might have been able to handle taking the family to Iowa in that, though we would still have had to pack lighter. (And the ride wasn’t exactly smooth.) But at 50MPG, it might have been worth it!
And just to clarify, we DID have these cars at the same time for about five years. That’s right – for five years, we had two vehicles that got 50MPG. Ah. Those were the days.
What kind of mileage do you get? Or what former car do you wish you still had (gas-friendly or not)?