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Old 08-08-2015, 12:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 53.56 mpg (US)

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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

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90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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90 day: 57.23 mpg (US)
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Originally Posted by Vman455 View Post
On the 3rd gen, that whole area is covered by a plastic rocker panel.
The problem with those plastic panels is if there's still a design flaw in the car, you won't know that the car is rusting out behind the plastic until it falls off! I've seen lots of cars with plastic rockers that hide serious corrosion.

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Is rust in that area common?
Yup. Now that I have the Prius, I'm paying attention to them, and have seen the rust bubbles on the rockers of several earlier 2nd gen cars around here.
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