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Old 01-13-2016, 10:24 AM   #56 (permalink)
zjrog
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ZJ - '95 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Upcountry
90 day: 20.57 mpg (US)

Neon - '03 Dodge Neon SE
90 day: 33.46 mpg (US)

S'Crew - '02 Ford F150 Supercrew XLT
90 day: 16.4 mpg (US)

Ranger - '90 Ford Ranger
Last 3: 28.02 mpg (US)

Not the Jeep - '03 Dodge Neon SE
90 day: 34.11 mpg (US)
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I have always wanted to use a 2 door Dodge Dart, 67-73, before crash bumpers. And swap in Chrysler 2.5 turbo power, would have to use a RWD NA block for engine mount bosses. Plenty of room for my 6'3" self, and as a teen, I remember them being pretty comfy riding as well. There are a couple 5 speeds available, out of Dakotas and Wranglers, so you won't be speed shifting. And I am not aware of the higher diff gearing in the various Chrysler axles you will find under these. I know I considered a Jeep Cherokee Dana 35 which had 3.07s available. But other gearing? Not sure. But the Dart should be a lighter weight option, plentiful parts, and roomy. I know some have tuned the 2.5 Chrysler turbo engines for mpg and some claim 40+ with some detuning. Others, well, I know a few Dodge and Plymouth 2.5 minivans running 11 and 12 second quarter miles times, so if you want 300+HP, it can be made... That was the path I wanted back a few years ago...
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