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Old 04-04-2017, 09:36 PM   #11 (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: 55.97 mpg (US)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)

Appliance car - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage ES (base)
90 day: 67.41 mpg (US)
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Useless anecdote time!

I haven't replaced a starter since my VW Rabbit (g1 Golf) days. They seemed prone to wear out though. And that was pre-manual stop/start driving era for me.

On the other hand, the starter in my parents' 2004 Camry died last winter. And that's a mostly highway-driven car.

I do believe Wayne @ CMPG had to replace the very-frequently-operated starter in his auto-transmission Accord.


The lowly Mitsu Mirage has stop/start in Europe & Japan. It has a different 12v battery and starter. (And a different alternator, in models equipped with 12v 'regen' braking.)

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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