Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: The Great Big Box
A thousand clams won't get you a very reliable and economical car, especially since they're in high demand right now. If you did find one that cheap, you'd likely be spending more on it to keep it alive than it's worth. When looking for something economical and reliable you definitely want to spend some decent money on it. Honda Civics, Toyota Corollas, Nissan Sentras or Versas, Mitsubishi Lancers, any small coupe or sedan that has a small 4 cylinder will get you good economy.
On the flip side, a Jeep will not be an economical vehicle. At best you might score 18mpg on a good day with a 4 cylinder. For the most part, 15-17mpg is the norm. Jeep happens to be the one brand of vehicles that seems to have skimmed over the decade of cheaply built American cars, so they have that going for them. In all honesty, find a good clean vehicle and go for it. 4 cylinder, 6 cylinder, whatever floats your boat, they are both reliable engines. The only issue I've ever had with my 2.5L is a crank sensor going out, otherwise it still started and rand like a champ, which is good for me because it's my DD.
All about that unibody life.