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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:49 pm 
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Well not really, but I think the radiator is fubar'd. Luckily this happened on my way out to the desert instead of out in the desert.

This thing such a piece if crap it's not worth fixing to me.

I've been looking at a Honda fit, anyone have recommendations for a modestly priced car with good gas mileage and decent cargo room?

On a side note....2001 Ford Explorer for sale! Lots of...character! :twisted:

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:57 am 
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12 years on a Ford and one explosion doesn't sound too bad. Wouldn't know for sure though. I'm a GM guy :D

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My old boss has a fit and says it gets great mileage and is easy to work on. He said you can see the oil filter and get in and out without any kind of an issue. Keep in mind, he doesn't have tiny hands either, so I would say that it would be an extremely good car for someone who does their own maintenance and wants good mileage also.

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A good friend just spent $2800 on a clutch on his Fit. Apparently there is an issue with some model years. They are pretty cool other than that. He can get his Standup double Bass and his girlfriend in it at the same time.

my girlfriends little 2008 Toyota Yaris is great too. We did a 1000 mile trip last summer with 2 adults and 2 kids(1 adult sized) and averaged 39 mpg.

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I almost had a explorer take me out on my motorcycle, he was several car lengths ahead of me when all of a sudden it was like a james bond movie, it exploded all of its oil on the road, I barely managed to get through the oil slick without dumping the bike.

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I am on my second Explorer. Sold my first one to my sister-in-law.

We love ours.

They get a bad rap, but you have to think, they are one of the most produced vehicles in mass in the USofA. Of course you are gonna hear about the bad ones, but no one ever praises the good ones.

I got a good one.

Granted, it didn't have Firestone tires on it when we got it...

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I've had a Fit for 4 or 5 years, it's like a Tardis, bigger on the inside than on the outside. Two downsides to it:

- It is ridiculously underpowered for a modern vehicle.

- It drones doing 80 miles an hour.

If you are looking for a car to bomb around an urban or suburban area, it's great. If you are going to commute 50 miles a day in it, I'd suggest something else.

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Well I went for the Fit. 2012 Sport model, about 9k miles. My daily commute to work is about 8 miles on surface streets, it feels pretty zippy getting around town, and I'm getting about 33mpg. PistolPete you're right, it's pretty tame on the freeway, but I doubt I'll take it on many long trips.

All in all I'm pretty happy with it, plus the sales guy was red in the face he was so frustrated with me :twisted:. Being a shady salesman has its perks.

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I was going to ask if it was a Hollywood or mythbusters explosion. That isn't too bad though. New radiator and you should be ok assuming there isn't a different cause.

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Let's see, immediate family, 7 toyotas, millions of miles combined; unexpected repairs? My dad had to replace the alternator on his at 95k. That's it. My Matrix is going on 90k. Zero fails/repairs. In fact, I left the same oil in it for 2 years...just recently changed it, but it runs like a champ :0)

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