While all the giant automotive manufacturers are feverishly developing fancy new eco-friendly, green and hybrid cars, another trend is quietly brewing: used econoboxes from the '80s and '90s! That's right!
Remember the Geo Metro, Ford Festiva, Toyota Tercel or, my personal favourite, the Honda CRX? I owned a 1989 CRX Si for over ten years, nd I miss it every day. It was so fun to drive and extremely gas efficient. I sold it in 2001, with 294,000 kms to a young guy who named her 'Katie'...after Katie Holmes, he told me.
In this month's issue of Wired, Matt Power notes, â€œhybrids get great gas mileage but it takes 113 million BTUs of energy to make a Toyota Prius. Because there are about 113,000 BTUs of energy in a gallon of gasoline, the Prius has consumed the equivalent of 1,000 gallons of gasoline before it reaches the showroom. Think of it as a carbon debtâ€"one you won't pay off until the Prius has turned over 46,000 miles or so.â€
USA Today says â€œfuel-misers from the early 1990s are selling like crazy and prices have gone up 30 percent in the past few months. A rust-bucket Geo Metro with 175,000 on the odometer recently sold for three grand on eBay.â€ CNN is reporting the details of another Metro sale to Marci Solomon, who has a 100 mile commute to and from work each day. â€œThe 1996 2-door 3-cylinder Metro Solomon now owns opened on eBay May 7 with a bid of $200. A week later, Solomon won the car auction with a bid of $7,300. In 1995, a new Metro hatchback sold for about $9,000, according to Auto Mall USA.â€
So, while fabulous new developments are being made with ethanol, micro-sizing and various fuel cells, there's something to be said about reducing your carbon footprint by saving the past.
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