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Old 10-14-2014, 03:25 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yeah, the blue one. Very sad ending to that car..

I love my diesel, hopefully overhauling+modding the engine will improve the MPG back to the level it was when I bought it 2 years ago.
For some reason, the speed hardly seems to matter, anything from 90 to 140 km/h all pretty much results around 19 km/l. I think theres an issue with the injectors or injection pump, I'll be replacing both very soon.

A few months ago, on my Europe roadtrip.

This is what it looks like now.

And this is what it looked like when I bought it, summer 2012.

I'm really stuck on the idea of buying a hybrid, add batteries, and drive it for a large part as a plug in EV. My driving includes lots of low-speed stop-start/crawling/inner city (gridlock traffic, unsynchronised traffic lights) and short trips (anywhere from 10 to 40 km round trip).

The battery problem I did solve, I'll take a tried and tested road, and start salvaging laptop batteries for 18650 cells. even if a substantial portion of them is fried or half-worn, its still a lot cheaper than new cells. Its just a lot of work.

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