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Old 02-17-2008, 10:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Jeep! - '95 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ Laredo
90 day: 23.75 mpg (US)

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90 day: 30.6 mpg (US)

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Yea, remove the deflector, it's probably doing the same thing as a roof rack. creating drag. I think more young people should drive eco-friendly, less crashes, go farther, and if you get gas money from your parents, less hassle from them.

That's a nice car you got there, especially for being 17. I think about cars before 18 should go like this-if you paid for it, that's great, if not, then you should be even more responsible than you would if you paid for it.

I see kids all the time around here with nice cars ('05-'08) while they still have their permit's at 15, who drive them like they don't care, act like they're on a race track, and think along the lines of "whoops, hit a tree... oh well, i don't care, I didn't pay for it" and think it's just stupid. You obviously care about your vehicle, and what happens to it, so it sounds like your responsible.

I think your first car should be simply.. a beater. One that runs good, is falling apart, and you can tell your kids stories on how one day the bumper fell off while you were driving it, or that the front end was crooked from the rest of the car. And when you get in a wreck, or fender bender, it doesn't matter, it was crappy, and probably had dents to begin with. plus you don't have to worry about getting a scratch in it all the time.

I don't know if that was and still is your first car. And I'm not baggin' on ya, I wish that my car was even crappier and cheaper that what I got, We just found it for a good price, (2k) and was in good condish, ran good, and my mom didn't want me driving around a non reliable car. pshhh, That's what I wanted!!!

I'm not that far off in age than you, in fact, I'm younger at 16, so don't think I'm some old hag who doesn't like teenagers, I'm just a teenager that realized that were all stupid... even I'm stupid, I made vinegar and baking soda grenades today and exploded them on the street. That's how stupid I am.

Good thing is, your wanting to drive more economically, I don't know why people insist on flooring it to the next stop light anyway. your gonna get there and have to stop no matter what anyway, so might as well just go smooth.

I like driving slow simply because... I like driving. if I drive fast, that's less time I have behind the wheel. why get to school faster anyway? we don't like being there, so might as well enjoy driving to it while we can.

Of course I'm courteous though, if I've got friends or family, I drive a little faster, but not much. instead of driving 50-55, I'll go 60 for them. still accelerate like a turtle though.

I think of it as a game, try and see how constant of a throttle I can keep on the highway (not constant speed) and see how far I can coast and etc. Newer vehicles, I've found out, have really touchy throttles, my pedal has more resistance because of the nasty stuff that has built up at the throttle plate, (from the 13 years of commuting) and is really easy to keep a constant throttle. just try and make it fun.

Yea.. I drive a Jeep and I'm on a fuel economy site, but you just wouldn't understand... "It's a Jeep thing!" *Jeep Wave*

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