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Old 09-03-2013, 04:20 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I think this is great!

Even if they're using expensive aftermarket stuff to prove the point (and please their sponsors), the people who read it who are actually interested in doing something similar will quickly figure out the only financially workable route is DIY.

Originally Posted by cbaber View Post
Did they create any type of baseline number in the first issue?
When tested on the road returning back from Sactown, we achieved 45 mpg highway at best, even before we began modifications. We hit 43 to 45 mpg on our first road trip, accelerating normally (no hypermiling here) after doing between 65 and 75 on the highway for the majority of the trip. With future mods, the car will probably average 60-plus mpg without breaking a sweat.
Project MPGiata! Mods for getting 50+ MPG from a 1990 Miata
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: 70 MPG in my ecomodded, dirt cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage.
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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