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Old 06-30-2021, 01:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.71 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: 60.06 mpg (US)
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she's legal!

Now that the $800 beater Fit is up for sale, I had some time to go through the new Mirage with a fine tooth comb.

It needed:

ALL FOUR front parking/side marker lights. What are the odds they'd all burn out - bad batch of bulbs, maybe?

Stopping on a dime! Replaced the rear shoes.

The front brakes needed work too: they were VERY crusty from the car sitting unused for extended periods during COVID. I took everything apart, cleaned & greased the caliper sliders and hit the rotors with an aggressive wire wheel on the grinder.

Annnnnnnnnnd... it passed inspection this morning!

Not bad: 1800 + rear brakes + 4 bulbs = roadworthy performance car.
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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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