05-09-2014, 11:54 PM
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My first vehicle was a 1986 Toyota pickup. It had the 22R-E engine and was a 5spd. Got 28-32mpg and never broke down. When we bought it (in 1999), it had 75K original miles on it. We paid $6500 for it. When I sold it (last year), it had 215K miles on the body and tranny (original clutch) and 55K on the replacement engine (old engine had an oil leak and I was stupid and accidentally let it run out of oil). I sold it for $3000.
Toyotas, especially the older ones, are great cars, but they can be a little expensive (they hold their resale value).
Right now, I drive a 1986 Ford Escort GT with 40K original miles on it that we bought for $2000. Great gas mileage (30+mpg), fun to drive, and cute as hell. It's got the 1.9L 4cyl engine and is a 5spd.
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