I thought about that, BUT ........... On the Cavalier there is a 3 X 4
channel that runs across the front of the car that connects the right
wheel frame to the left. So while the car was hit at the front fender
this channel was ripped from the front of the car.
If it had been sheet metal and plastic, I may have considered that
option. Having that channel ripped from the front, brought into
question motor mounts, basic alignment, etc.
Somebody else is getting better mileage on a PT with the pedal to
the metal than in easy cruising!!! Everbody said I was crazy when I
reported 35+ MPG on 2 tanks chasing the tail off the thing through the
hills of new brunswick and maine/vermont while getting less than 20 at
the speed limit coasting out the 401 from Toronto to Montreal.
The gas mileage depends on the rear end ratio. I believe the same
transmission is in all of the Astro/GMC Safari Vans with the same gear
ratios. The standard Rear axle ratio, was 3.42 but there was an
optional 3.73 ratio. Makes a difference in gas mileage.
I rented a Kia Elantra a few years ago and it got 33mpg at 100mph,
during my trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. They're built in the
USA, in downtown Bama. I was impressed with the car.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Hyundai certainly woke up to the challenge to build a car which could
compete with Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
They're now almost up to the Subaru quality standard. The new Impreza
gets fabulous mileage. 36 MPG (US) and starts at $17,500 in the US.
Very safe, very high trade-in value, very reliable. AWD.
For 20 grand? Nothing to talk about.
Not many years ago I used to laugh at people buying Hyundai. Remember
the early ones? Easily spotted with the lack of paint on the roof and
hood from the sun exposure. Then they got better
I'm on my second Sonata and thinking about a third if the right deal
comes along. Both have been perfect with no warranty issues. You
won't find a body seam that is not perfect and the metallic paint
glistens in the sun. Built right here in the USA too.
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