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Old 06-16-2008, 04:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The 13mpg beast

so i drive a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. I joined because i plan to buy a metro and take it to its limits in mpgs. i just cant find a metro in my area for a good price!


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Old 06-16-2008, 05:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice car. My buddy has the same car, minus the lift and tires. And 50 foot antennae.

I'm on a mission to build a hybrid vehicle. 1/3 Snowman, 1/3 Dirt Monkey, 1/3 Gas Saver. 100% all subaru outback.

So anyways, welcome! Good luck with your new car, whatever it will be.
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site greenzj. I too would be looking for another car if I was getting 13 mpg! Ouch. Good luck on finding a nice small car. Are you considering any other models besides the metro?
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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13mpg, holy moley. Is that your daily driver? Do you go fourwheelin' every weekend? If not, maybe pull those big meats and run some street rubber for better mileage.

A rig like that is the answer to a lot of winter weather, but the rest of the year you're paying through the nose for capacity you don't use.

I notice that with a lift, you probably have a long reach to get anything up onto the roofrack. If you don't ever use it, pull it. It isn't a lot of help, but some's better than none, right?
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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does your 13mpg compensate for your tire size increase? if your tires are biogger , as there are in the photo your mileage is not be racked up correctly.. i bet your getting beter MPG than 13mpg..
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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A friend of mine bought a school bus to live in and is also getting around 13mph with it... wait, how many people does a jeep hold?
at 31 cents a mile just for gas you would be better off with almost anything else, more so when you figure that gas is 1/3 the cost of ownership so you are creeping up on $1 per mile.
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:17 AM   #7 (permalink)
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CRX's get similar mileage to metros and a infinitely more fun to drive, just my .02 :-D
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:30 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Man, that's horrible mileage. Glad to hear you're making a swap.

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Old 06-18-2008, 12:21 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I see the V8s always get worse mileage than my 4.0 six... I got 16.5 for my wheeling trip this past weekend, but should be getting back to 20+ with just street highway driving.

I'll suggest, get rid of the AWD transfer case an d swap in a NP242 or a 231. You get a lot of driveline loss in that AWD tcase. I lose about 2 MPG when i run my 242 in the fulltime setting. I was truly surprised to see 16.5 for my trip this weekend.





Had my daughter with me, she was taking the pictures. I have had the roofrack crossbars off. I have them on for carrying some lumber... This trip with my club was to assess trail damage on a trail we adopt. We couldn't get to the lake where the trail is, still better than 8' snowpack we couldn't get past. We had a great time, with great people. And those are only 30" tires, and no lift on the ZJ, yet.
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:43 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum. I am also in the Ohio area and it is not that easy to find a Metro in solid shape in this region. If I find one for sale I can let you know. Have you tried Craigslist to find one?

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