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Old 04-23-2008, 08:14 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Dragging front brakes - good find.

Firefly #1 had that problem, and fixing it made a noticeable improvement in gliding distance. The car used to come to a slight but discernable "stop" with the draggy calipers and that went away when I replaced them (there was corrosion on the pistons).

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Old 04-23-2008, 10:17 AM   #32 (permalink)
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NICE Oddly enough I almost purchased a Paseo rather than my First Supra. I wonder how different things would be if I had . . .

I'm sure that you already know this, but if your caliber slides + pistons check out Ok, but the brakes still drag your issue likely lies in the flexible brake hoses.
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:51 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Well, I did the brake job last night (sorry, no pics) and everything went fine. The Paseo now has brand new pads and rotors. So, I went to bed in the new brakes and low and behold the noise is still there. I'm a bit annoyed as I'm now thinking its probably a wheel bearing. Its a bit noisy when going straight, but when I turn right it gets louder on the right side. I'll be checking this out this weekend hopefully.

In the mean time I have hit my best tank despite the problems. I must say I'm a bit surprised that I pulled off 53.7 mpg with these problems.
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:43 PM   #34 (permalink)
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The saga of maintenance continues.

Tonight I pulled the hub off the Paseo to replace the front passenger wheel bearing. Not too much to it and it went easier than I thought. Tomorrow I'll be taking the hub in to get the bearing pressed out and new bearing installed. This time I got pics.


Everything pulled off.



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The bearing and seals.
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Good stuff. Coincidentally, I ordered the passenger side front wheel bearing for the ForkenSwift too. Should be in tomorrow.
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Well, the hub is back on the car and it rolls NICE now. The downside was the press work cost me $40 (almost the cost of the bearing). Pretty steep for a few minutes of work IMO. In any case, I'm sure it was a lot cheaper than taking it in. Plus, it was fun.
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:06 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Hey Daox, I didn't know you were doing this stuff! I just happened to cruise by this board while looking for ways to increase the mileage of my new Corolla and found your thread! Cool. If I find anything relevant to your Matrix, I'll let you know!
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Hey Ncc. Yeah, I've been looking into fuel economy for a while now. The Paseo is running strong and should be hitting 55+ shortly. I have a duplicate thread on its build up on TO. The Matrix isn't quite up there since my wife drives it in the city a lot, but I can hit 40+ pretty easy when I drive it.

I'd recommend starting a intro thread here. We'll really boost up the mileage in your Corolla.
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daox,
i went to http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm and looked for the mpg of the 97 paseo and they didnt have your fastback model there?They listed the 4dr model mpg at 29mpg...but they had an individual from wisconsin list their mpg at 42.1 mpg!That wouldnt be you would it?
I am actually very interested in the paseo as fastback cars are excellent for camping/sleeping and carrying a bicycle in.
Are there any paseo models that are better/worse than others??
Your mods are inspirational.I cant beleive what im reading on this site-its great.Does the paseo come with those panels under the engine block?
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The picture is incorrect on the fueleconomy.gov site. The picture under my name on the left and the one below is the car. Those are my numbers on the site though. I saw nobody had entered any so why not? I indicate on the site that my driving style is fully to drive for fuel economy.

The car really is not big and can't haul much. I'm only about 5'6" and hit my head on the rear windshield in the back seat so its really a 2+2. However, the back seats do fold down and you can get some things to fit in there. Unfortunately, the whole back hatch doesn't open up, just the small trunk lid area. The rear deck is solid and stops you from being able to carry larger items. You might be able to fit a bike in there, but it would be very tight. I can check to see if mine fits in there for you if you'd like. Sleeping could probably be done in it, but I'm not sure how comfortable it would be. You could only get one person in it too.


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