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Old 07-26-2010, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Vibe o' the Ozarks - '07 Pontiac Vibe
90 day: 31.22 mpg (US)
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Thumbs up Hello from STL area: 2007 Vibe

OK, I've been lurking on this site for awhile. I've been watching Vibe threads by Markmysite and trikkonceptz with interest.

I'm an Environmental Science grad student just NE of St Louis. I own a 2007 Pontiac Vibe, auto. In mixed city/highway driving around the metro, I generally get 29-30mpg. After employing some of the hypermiling tips posted on this site, I'm up closer to 32-34 mpg, even in this blazing heat.

As far as mods go, I've only added a temporary upper grille block to monitor changes. (Took the grilles out, put clear plastic tape over them, and reinstalled) I've also tinted my windows (40%), to reduce A/C use...and because it looks awesome.

Things I'm considering:
Scangauge ($160, worth it)
Wheel Covers (moons or some sort of compromise)
Tire spats
Front air dam and/or belly pan
Sealing gaps around hood and headlights
Deleting Fog Light area (with something clear...I like my fog lights)
Deleting the roof rack ($160, worth it?)

I'm on a college budget, so I'd like to do things that are cheaper and/or have decent payback for the work since I plan to keep the Vibe for a few more years.

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