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Old 09-25-2008, 01:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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90 day: 52.71 mpg (US)

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90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)

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Car & Driver disses buying old economy cars to save fuel

Car and Driver magazine disses the practice of buying an old Metro (or anything else from the 90's) as a poor choice for the fuel conscious.

Just don't let them tell Johnny Mullet he wasted his money...

Save Gas or Die Trying

Five reasons why buying an old econocar is not the answer to anybodyís fuel woes.

Thus, one should approach a jalopy such as the 16-year-old Geo in question more as forbidden fruit than as a four-wheeled piggy bank. Once you take the bite, your life is prone to a slew of problems you might not foresee or donít remember about the distinct displeasures of owning a subcompact car from the prior millennium. Those displeasures include compromised performance, subpar (even for the vintage) quality, a horrendous safety record, and, of course, unpredictable maintenance costs that will make brain freeze seem as appealing as a foot massage.
It's quite a change in attitude/philosophy from what the magazine was writing about 30+ years ago... (Car and Driver magazine ecomods a car: MPG up +25%)

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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