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Old 09-28-2012, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)

Appliance car - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage ES (base)
90 day: 50.04 mpg (US)
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If you mostly cruise on the highway, and are OK with keeping your speeds moderate (<65) to take advantage of lean burn mode, a VX is indeed a great platform to work with.

Lots of members here have speed & POWAH (!) backgrounds... racing, drifting, etc. Some have left that world behind entirely; some just want to save their expensive-to-drive toys for the weekends and want something more efficient for day-to-day use.

Despite what your friends may think (at first), there's a lot of overlap in the skill set of modifying & driving a car for efficiency and modifying/driving for speed.

Welcome and good luck with your search!

PS - a 1st gen Insight (manual tranny) is a great platform too - it's a "super VX": light, aerodynamic, lean-burn engine, tall gearing. Even with a dead hybrid battery it'll kick any other car's butt, MPG-wise.
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