<VV>GM cars and gas mileage- little Corvair
pp2 at 6007.us
Sun Oct 9 14:28:11 EDT 2005
>I bought an '04 Cavalier almost
>2 years ago. Since Katrina and the gas price jump, I've slowed down on my
>drive to work and am getting over 34 mpg for combined city and (mostly)
>highway driving. It is a LOT bigger car than the Aveo, which I might have
>considered had it been available (or I had known about it). Can't imagine
>the Cobalt gets worse mileage.
This is the size creep I was talking about. The original metro had a 3
cyl 1.0 liter (61.5 cid) engine. Most wore out in 30,000 miles which is
why they are not seen often. Like the Aveo, Pontiac had a Canada-only
version called the Firefly.
Later cars replaced the 3 cyl Suzuki with a 1.3 liter 4 cyl which I believe
was from Toyota. Today the smallest GM engine sold in the USA is the 1.6
liter Daewoo in the Aveo. Today GM has *nothing* competitive in the submini
class. Even Saturns are now big.
> The automotive section of the local paper
>wrote up the Aveo yesterday and gave it good marks.
They know who pays for the ads.
>In order to get all the bells & whistles, like CD player, power locks &
>windows, etc you have to
>buy the high-end LT.
And depreciation is based on the MSRP of the loss leader. While they bill
the Aveo as $9995, by the time you get to the LT and even as a year old
model that sat on a lot for 8 months, they want $14k "employee price" which
means a bunch of depreciation the minute you drive off the lot. OTOH a
2006 Scion XA fully equipped with 1.5 l engine that gets over 30 mpg both
city and highway is less than a grand more if you know what to say and
depreciates very little. What is wrong with this picture ?
If Chrysler could bring the Smart Car in today, they would sell a ton. But
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