I’m very pleased to say that I got some new wheels. The car is actually 14 years old. No power windows, power locks, cruise control, etc. It is a manual – so there is a little activation energy with respect to children driving it. A little scuffed paint on the outside, but with the bike rack and bike on the back of the hatchback, I benched it at 33.7 mpg. Although technically less than what the car is probably capable of, it is still much better than the pickup. The gas gauge actually drops when I stop the car for a bit, so I’m wondering if there isn’t a pinhole leak in the fuel line that closes when it expands with heat. All gears shift pretty smoothly, but when I went out into Texas hill country for the weekend (a great opportunity) to heavily test the gears, I probably had 3-4 misses on the shift into 3rd. Not sure what’s up there – but if there is a problem with 3rd, it is compensateable in a bind with 2nd and 4th.
I made it up and down a pretty steep dirt road to visit a wildlife refuge. Had to use 1st gear – but proud of the little engine that could…
Slept in the car for 2 nights, and it was a comfortable sleep. The AC runs cool enough from the sides (the middle is a little weak), and the driver’s side door does not lock. Decent tires. Everything passed inspection.
It’s a Civic.