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21 July 2008 @ 05:24 pm
I must be out of my mind...  
One day I was staring morosely at the digital display on the gasoline pump while filling my Blazer when I decided that maybe it was time to buy something a bit more fuel efficient for the daily drive to work.

This, of course, comes with it's own set of problems. I can't get rid of the Blazer. I bought it with 4x4 to handle the harsh Illinois winters in a town where you can normal find the snow plow drivers parked at the Burger King getting some coffee. I also bought it with a trailer hitch to be able to pull a utility trailer. I built a utility trailer with my Blazer in mind. It has wonderful cargo room that I has utilized more then once, and yet I no longer get asked to help people move (like I did when I had a pickup truck).

So you see, I can't just trade the Blazer in, I would have to buy an additional car. But to pay a lot of money for an extra car just to save money on fuel doesn't make sense. So, the car has to get very good mileage, and yet cost next to nothing.

Then I stumbled on to this...

This is a 1992 Geo Metro. Based on the options in it, I'm thinking it's the luxury model. It has an AM/FM radio, Air Conditioning, drink holders, and an automatic transmission. I personally wanted it to be a manual shift, but when you get a good deal, you can't be so choosy.

These cars reportedly get approximately 40mpg with an automatic trans. While I'm not sure it will do that stock, I'm sure a handful of minor modifications will definitely put it in the ball park.

This particular car needs a lot of work. Specifically it needs new brakes all the way around (rotors and drums as well), a new battery (I'm currently testing it with the battery for my Pinto), a new air filter, a tune up, a new muffler (the old one disintigrated as we were trying to start it), and whatever it will take to make the motor run properly.

So, with all of this work in mind, why did I buy it? Simple. It was $100. $100 with a clear title and with a repair manual and jumper cables thrown in. The way I see it, if I can spend less than $900 on the repairs to make it streetable, the fuel savings will pay for the car in roughly one year's time. This, of course, hinges on finding out what is wrong with it that keeps it from running before I fix anything. If I determine that it would cost too much money to repair, I will strip the hell out of it, sell parts on Ebay, and the shell for scrap metal. Which should help recoup the cost of purchase, and possibly make a profit. So, it's a win-win situation.

And now, using starting fluid, we will see if it's capable of starting...
Current Mood: weirdweird
Current Music: Berlin - The Metro
DishaPeachesdishapeaches on July 22nd, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Hmm. Oil change and a minor tuneup and it sounds like it should run fine. Good luck!
The One and Onlykateri_kachina on July 22nd, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
A lot of people are buying up those old Geos for the same reason. Hope it works out for you!