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Old 09-11-2013, 10:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
California98Civic
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Black and Green - '98 Honda Civic DX Coupe
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90 day: 66.42 mpg (US)

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The vagueness only seems like an opportunity to interpret the law. In reality, the officers' interpretations will be what decides if you get pulled over repeatedly, and if you get a ticket. You might get out of a ticket, but not without first getting pull over, repeatedly, and perhaps going to court. And getting out of it once, does not mean another officer will not interpret you as violating the law and ticket you again.

That's why I got pulled over twice, escaping a ticket. I put the driver side back on. Two years without getting pulled over.

For what it's worth, aerohead swears that speed testing with highly sensitive equipment was unable to detect any change in top speed, to the thousandth of an MPH (IIRC) with or without the outside mirrors. His is a fourth gen Civic too.

Sorry you got hassled.
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See my car's mod & maintenance thread and my electric bicycle's thread for ongoing projects. I will rebuild Black and Green over decades as parts die, until it becomes a different car of roughly the same shape and color. My minimum fuel economy goal is 55 mpg while averaging posted speed limits. I generally top 60 mpg. See also my Honda manual transmission specs thread.



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