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Old 07-17-2019, 04:12 PM   #212 (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: 70.75 mpg (US)

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It's baaaaaaaack!

The Miata is out of hibernation, and the irksome Metro winter beater is taking a rest after delivering a surprising 77 mpg US = 3 L / 100 km on its latest tank. Best ever tank for that car!

Getting back into the Miata is pure joy by comparison.

However... I forgot how to work the radio and the MPGuino since last year. I actually wrote up a little reference guide for both of them for next year.


I celebrated the car's return with the purchase of a pair of only half-worn-out Insight size RE92's for the front wheels:

Unfortunately when I got home, I discovered they are NOT Insight tires, despite what the ad says: they're 175/65 instead of 165/65.

When I bought them, I only looked at the tread condition (same exact pattern) and general sidewall condition for cracking (they're fine).

RE92's in 175 width were used on the original Prius, but never on the Insight. And from what I've read on Insight Central, there not as good in terms of rolling resistance. Bummer!!

I think the seller made an honest mistake - they came as extra tires with his new-to-him 2000 Insight, but he didn't want to keep old tires around. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Oh well.

I'll mount 'em anyway, and do a coast-down comparison against the 165/65 R14 Dunlop Enasaves currently on the front of the car.
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