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Old 02-14-2011, 11:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Super-Metro! - '92 Geo Metro Base

$250 Pizza Delivery Car - '91 Geo Metro Base
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90 day: 43.75 mpg (US)

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The problem is that you are going to spend more money for the swap than you would to just buy a more efficient car to begin with. This does not mean you need to go into debt. You just need to allocate the money you were going to spend on a swap towards buying another car. Swapping engines on a modern car is a very involved process because of the complexity involved. You would need custom drive axles, exhaust work, oodles of wiring, custom engine mounts, etc. Expect to spend $3,000 easy to get an end result that is underpowered and still not very efficient. Instead, go take that money and buy a decent Geo/Chevy Metro with a 3 cylinder/5 speed. It will get 40 mpg city without breaking a sweat and exceed 50 on the highway all day long. Keep the other car for when you need to carry people around and you will likely have a better setup.
No green technology will ever make a substantive environmental impact until it is economically viable for most people to use it. This must be from a reduction in net cost of the new technology, not an increase in the cost of the old technology through taxation

(Note: the car sees 100% city driving and is EPA rated at 37 mpg city)
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