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Old 01-30-2021, 01:27 PM   #1253 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)
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Hedonic adaptation: I think I've kicked my beater habit

I realized recently that I may have kicked my $1500 beater habit.

My lifetime vehicular pattern has been buying "as-is" beaters that need some repairs, fixing them up, driving them for a year or so and then selling them "certified" (meaning with an Ontario mechanical inspection) to make a few dollars profit or break even.

It's been an entertaining way to experience many different cars, learn how to wrench, and basically drive for free.

But I think the supply of cheap used Mirages is spoiling me.

I can buy a "conventional" $1500 beater and put $1k of work in it... OR... I can just wait for a $2500 Mirage to come up that's a lot newer, likely needs no significant mechanical repairs or maintenance, and will be infinitely more reliable (and more efficient) than the net $2500 beater.

My guess is the Mirage will be cancelled in North America sometime in the next model year or two. So that means there's probably about a decade's worth of decent and cheap used Mirages to come.

After which I'll figure out Plan C.
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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