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Transportation Modern Mom 12/12/04(Tue)08:23 No. 592 ID: ba9043

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The one thing I haven't seen discussed is Transportation!

For those of us who have a job or are looking, transportation is very important!

It is also important that it is cheap and reliable, not often two things that go well together!

Bikes are OK but if you live in an area where it's a minimum if 10 miles to any place that has work it isn't much help!

Plus most cheap cars don't get great gas mileage (Mine costs almost 120-200 a month in gas) AND you car is often a dead giveaway that you are a poor person!

What suggestions do allz you poor people have regarding cheap and reliable transportation?

Modern Mom 12/12/04(Tue)08:24 No. 593 ID: ba9043

BTW that is not my car!

Modern Mom 12/12/04(Tue)14:30 No. 594 ID: 32c23f

Well, I drive a motorcycle to work. Smaller bikes are pretty cheap and don't use too much fuel.

Modern Mom 12/12/05(Wed)02:15 No. 595 ID: 5c195e

learn to take the bus?

Modern Mom 13/01/13(Sun)07:49 No. 771 ID: 1ed83e

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That's one idea....

Any others?

Modern Mom 13/01/14(Mon)23:23 No. 778 ID: fef2cd

I used to take the bus, but it wasn't very often that I needed it because work was a walk down the road. When I moved it started costing me around $40-$50 a week. That was bullshit.

My suggestion is the bike, OP. 10 miles isn't far unless you're a fat POS. In which case you need the bike even more.

Modern Mom 13/01/14(Mon)23:37 No. 779 ID: 12c30e

>Bikes are OK but if you live in an area where it's a minimum if 10 miles to any place that has work it isn't much help!

I used to walk just shy of 10 miles to work 5 days a week when I first started my previous job. I jumped on their cycle to work scheme the moment my 6 week evaluation period was over and got a free bike with trimmings. About a month later I was car-pooling with a mate I worked with. Had to walk a couple of miles to the pick-up but it was fair game.

That's three options there, all they require is not being a lazy fuck and talking to people in the workplace.

Modern Mom 13/01/17(Thu)03:16 No. 787 ID: 39a8f2

My 88 suzuki samurai gets like 40 mpg
plus I can take the top off
and go off road
and drive stick
its like 20 bucks to fill up gas

Modern Mom 13/01/25(Fri)01:54 No. 823 ID: 9914f9

isn't that the one that flips on its side like an obese midget if you turn too sharp?

Modern Mom 13/01/26(Sat)21:19 No. 826 ID: fc6f4a

I have an '01 Subaru outback. The transmission has an issue where it won't catch immediately, there are leaks in the back, tirewell is filled with water, and my security system doesn't work if it drops below 40. It's a big car, but I can go about 300 miles on a single tank because it's a 4 cylinder, and to fill it up from completely empty is $50. It's not a bad deal, plus subarus though expensive at first (this was $3000) don't need much work

Modern Mom 13/04/09(Tue)06:27 No. 1166 ID: 88a0da

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I bought a 1980 Mercedes 300 SD for $700 a while back. It gets 30-35 MPG's, and since it's diesel I use a 50/50 mix of diesel fuel and filtered used vegetable oil from this chinese restaurant I know. It's a Mercedes so people don't think I'm poor, they just think I'm into "classic cars". I spend about $25 a month in fuel in the cold months but in the hotter summer months I use straight filtered used vegetable oil making my fuel bill $0 in the summer. Used vegetable oil is a great fuel but it WILL freeze in the winter if not diluted 50% with diesel, in the summer it won't freeze but the car's exhaust will smell exactly like a chinese food kitchen.

Modern Mom 13/04/12(Fri)14:03 No. 1184 ID: 357ce3

A good option if you're short on money is a motorized tricycle. The third wheel makes it more stable in rough conditions, like rain, snow and ice. You might not be able to stop as fast, but you can easily keep upright.

Unlike a bike, you have to buy a trike new and get a third party motor kit, so the whole project will set you back $500. Once you have a trike, they get slightly better gas mileage than a car and they don't require a license or insurance, like a motocycle or a scooter.

Really, a motorized trike can even be fitted with a basket for shopping.

Modern Mom 13/04/14(Sun)18:52 No. 1190 ID: 4ebcf4

FOr anyone who needs a motor, but can't pay for a car, go find an old beater jap bike. My CB cost me $400, and even here in FL, it only cost 150 to register (yes, this is horrifically expensive). Some states don't require you to get insurance as long as your wear a helmet, and have a permit (I think the class for a permit in the state of MI is something like $20). If you live with the snow, however, you're fucked.

Modern Mom 13/04/17(Wed)22:25 No. 1203 ID: 8241be

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in UE :
Peugeot 206 ~ year 2000
1.9L diesel

can run on chinese restaurant oil
45+ MPG
about 5L/100km

incredibly reliable. some have reached 500 000 km (300 000m+).

costs about $2500/2000€

Modern Mom 13/04/22(Mon)05:08 No. 1222 ID: d67a86

Look into electric bicycle conversions. They're only a few hundred -and- have the range needed to get you about 30 miles round trip. Instead of showing you're poor, your co-workers are fascinated. They can solar-charge too, depending.

Modern Mom 13/05/05(Sun)05:05 No. 1248 ID: 0ac66e

car-pool to work. rid a bike to a place where your carpool will pick you up. if you have a friend who likes to cruise around on the weekends suggest you be a wingman for a bit. I suppose subway and bus were not a possibility. Zip car for when you occasionally need wheels of your own. House sitting sometimes includes reasonable use of the car. you can look smooth or you can be cheep but to look smooth while you are on the cheep is tricky. You can adopt the response that you are not a materialist.

You can read some Chiltons manuals from the library and do your own minor repairs. If you buy parts at scrap yards you can save a bundle. You may have to go extract the used part yourself though.
Tell people the "its the journey not the destination" quote if for aimless people and you have higher goals.

Modern Mom 13/06/16(Sun)07:17 No. 1379 ID: 491d22

geo metro from 1994 gets about 50 miles per gallon. Don't get an automatic because it only has 3 gears. Get a 5 gear manual so you gan go into overdrive and save fuel on highways.

Learn how to repair the damn thing on your own. A well maintained geo metro will last a long time because of the low compression 1.0 liter cylinders.

Modern Mom 13/06/18(Tue)02:18 No. 1383 ID: d36862

I drive a 1994 Ford Escort wagon that just hit 215,000 miles yesterday. It had 186,000 on it when I bought it two years ago for a song and dance. Has coolant issues, electrical problems, shifts rough as fuck, but it gets me where I need to go, plus it sounds great since I put a bunch of Kenwood audio in it last year.

Modern Mom 14/04/20(Sun)08:39 No. 2042 ID: 3e2241

Any good places to find cheap, older reliable cars? I need one. I thought about going to a nursing home and talking to all the old people so they'd give me stuff but that made me feel evil and manipulative.

Modern Mom 14/04/23(Wed)22:03 No. 2056 ID: 937cda

What if you don't want to look like a massive fucking faggot?

Modern Mom 14/06/09(Mon)21:19 No. 2123 ID: 61d7db

Get a classic Volkswagen or Jeep. Okay gas mileage and you get to have fun. Nobody rags on people for using them anymore because they're desirable despite their cheap, utilitarian designs.

Modern Mom 15/10/04(Sun)04:57 No. 2748 ID: 752217

Live close to work. I walk there in 20 minutes or ride my bike in 5. Not having a car saves you a lot of monies.

Modern Mom 15/10/07(Wed)05:02 No. 2750 ID: bc06ce

Why no one mentions insurance? if its before 1995 the insurance is gonna be high compared to a newer year. a sedan seems cheap, trucks usually are not good for insurance

Modern Mom 16/04/01(Fri)09:30 No. 2821 ID: 81f1f3

Used to have Passat Variant station wagon. Terrible piece of junk. Early 90's, but used up like a ghetto thot. Terrible mileage, had a gas (literal gas in a liquid form, not gasoline) system on it, which did kind of made it better. Bitch to run in the morning. A zillion parts to replace, so I just gave up on it. Walking to a bus stop and taking a piss box to work takes only about 20 minutes more.

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Modern Mom 16/10/22(Sat)20:49 No. 2892 ID: 1d025f

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In my opinion, these the best cars on a budget from an American perspective.


1991-2002 Saturn S Series: Base models routinely get over 35 MPG. DOHC models are more powerful but you shave off about 5-10 MPG with the extra power. Available in sedan, wagon, or coupe styles.

1992-2005 Chevrolet Cavalier & Pontiac Sunbird/Sunfire: Cockroaches of the road, most examples are beat to shit & rusty but they get you from point A to point B. Available in sedan, wagon, coupe, or convertible variants.

Honorable Mention:
1982-1996 Buick Century & Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera:
Cheap, low mileage, mint condition examples are easy to find due to their target demographic consisting of senior citizens that only drive them to church on Sundays. Average MPG, but nothing can beat the sensation of driving a couch on wheels. Available in sedan, coupe, and wagon variants.

1985-2002 Ford Escort & Mercury Tracer/Lynx:
These handle like go-karts and have good fuel economy. They also have many cheap interchangeable parts with their Mazda counterparts. Available in 3 & 5-door hatchbacks and a wagon configuration.

1992-2006 Ford Taurus & Mercury Sable: These don't have the greatest fuel economy, but they are cheap, common, and there is a virtually endless supply of parts for them. Available in sedan and wagon styles.

Honorable Mention:
1991-2011 Ford Crown Victoria: Horrible fuel economy but these are practically being given away by local police auctions. Parts are abundant and everyone around you will think you are a cop. It sports a powerful V8 engine. Also look into the Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car as they share the same platform.

1989-1995 Dodge Spirit & Plymouth Acclaim: OK MPG, virtually indestructible. The R/T trim model used to hold the record for the fastest sedan in the world (142 mph).

1991-2007 Minivans
Also known as the Plymouth Voyager, the Chrysler Town & Country, and the Dodge Caravan. They are cheap, generally reliable and can haul a lot of shit. Just watch out for the transmissions.

Honorable mention:Plymouth/Chrysler/Dodge Neon
OK reliability, good MPG. Chrysler equivalent to a Chevy Cavalier. Available in sedan and coupe variants.

Modern Mom 16/10/22(Sat)20:57 No. 2893 ID: 1d025f

I will post the foreign cars another time. Hopefully soon.

Modern Mom 16/10/24(Mon)22:20 No. 2895 ID: fd2c08

Please do, the Honda CRV and Subaru Outback are certainly worthy of note.

Modern Mom 16/11/07(Mon)03:25 No. 2900 ID: 4b512b

I have a 97 dodge neon and it's aright. I got if for $400. It runs pretty well, but it smells funny because the previous owner left the sunroof open when it was raining.

Modern Mom 17/06/19(Mon)05:52 No. 3034 ID: 1d025f

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>hopefully soon
Sorry for the wait.

1985-2007 Honda Accord: Typical Honda reliability with a more refined driving experience than the Civic. Available in sedan, hatchback, wagon, or coupe styles.

1987-2011 Honda Civic: Civics are very hit or miss, try to find an unmolested one or two owner example that was spared from the "import tuner" treatment. Available in sedan, hatchback, wagovan, or coupe styles.

1997-2007 Honda CR-V: The first generation C-RV has a decent amount of aftermarket support for off-roading. As for the other variants of the C-RV, they serve well for your general driving needs (excluding FWD trim).

Honorable Mention:
1986-2001 Honda Prelude and Acura Integra: The pinnacle of front-wheel drive engineering. Aggressive styling and unmatched handling. Good luck finding an example in decent condition.

1987-2011 Toyota Camry: Will run forever even if you neglect it. There is a reason why you still see 25 year old Camrys everyday. Available in sedan, wagon, or coupe styles.

1987-2013 Toyota Corolla: A Civic without the fear of theft, street racers, and law enforcement. Diesel Mercedes-tier reliability. Available in sedan, hatchback, wagon, or coupe styles.

1995-2007 Toyota RAV4: Hauls shit with the benefit of fitting in with the rest of the CUVs. Try to buy the 4WD models obviously.

Honorable mention:
1989-2006 Lexus ES: A rebadged Camry with added luxury features and a powerful engine. What's not to like?

1988-2008 Nissan Maxima: A true sleeper and highway cruiser, good aftermarket support for those who crave extra speed. Look for low mileage examples.

1990-2006 Nissan Sentra/Tsuru: Basic transport, wont let you down. Look for the SE-R models for the definitive Sentra experience. Available in sedan and coupe variants.

1992-2012 Nissan Altima: The black sheep of the Nissan sedan family. Available in sedan and coupe variants.

Honorable Mention:
1985-2012 Nissan Pathfinder: Run-of-the-mill SUV, there's nothing wrong with it, but you're better off finding a RAV-4 or a CR-V in my opinion. The Infiniti QX4 is the luxury variant.

*The Subaru Outback is based on either a Legacy or an Impreza. It is the usually the most sought after Subaru model sans WRX due to it's lifted off-road suspension and AWD.
1989-2009 Subaru Legacy: The larger out of the two main Subaru models. Available in sedan and wagon variants. Look for examples in either Outback, SUS, GT and RS models.
1992-2011 Subaru Impreza: Subaru's poster child with good aftermarket to show for it. Available in sedan, coupe and wagon variants. Look for Outback, RS, Sport, WRX and WRX-STI models.

Honorable Mention:
1997-2008 Subaru Forester: The other Subaru wagon, look for XT models if you can.

Look out for Japan part 2, Korea, and Europe >soon.

Modern Mom 17/06/29(Thu)07:31 No. 3038 ID: 157c6b

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Steel 1988
100km/h - human point.

Modern Mom 17/07/24(Mon)20:28 No. 3051 ID: 8c62c2

This seems like a good way to go for the ultra poor, but it can get stolen pretty easily. Hefty price to pay, but if you factor in not having to pay insurance, gas, licensing fees etc it starts to look way nicer. The only thing cheaper is an actual bicycle. And just like one, you can always repair them yourself and if the motor breaks you can still get home.

Modern Mom 22/09/01(Thu)11:39 No. 3732 ID: c289d0

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Always have a bicycle; put it inside to protect from theft.

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