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Old 09-29-2012, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2006 Pontiac Vibe in Ontario, Canada

Hi,

I wanted to introduce myself. I own a 2006 Pontiac Vibe, which I purchased about one year ago because my life changed dramatically. I was introduce to the pain staking world of commuting!

Recently, my mileage has increased even more! I quit my job to return to school full time and now find myself commuting 200km per round trip.

I expected to do two trips a week, but last week I did 5 (that is 1000 kilometres a week).

I converted over to synthetic oil and have been looking at some threads to improve fuel economy (I have already been using hypermiling driving techniques for the past year).

With my limited free time, I find it hard to get to modding these days, so I will be creating a build thread to keep me motivated, and hopefully get a kick in my pants from this site to get moving!

That is all for my introductions

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Old 09-29-2012, 08:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome, where in Ontario are you?

I guess you do alot of highway driving. do you driver right around 100 km/h or higher?
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I commute to downtown toronto from the KW area. I do right around 100km/h and am always the slowest driver on the 401....
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey welcome to forum! My girlfriend lives in Mississauga, and I'm just west of Waterloo (10 minutes from St. Jacobs farmers market). So maybe I've even seen you in town or on the 401 Some simple aero mods can make a nice difference (grill block, air dam, tire spats, etc)
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Aero mods are your friend if you're mostly driving highway. Don't forget a roof rack delete (if it's got one).

Start a fuel log to keep you motivated & track changes. (And realize that as the weather gets colder, fuel economy will normally decline anyway, so efficiency improvements may be less obvious at this time of year if you're only measuring tank-to-tank.)

Last but definitely not least: consider an MPG gauge.

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you,

Tomorrow I am going to shave all the antennas and roof racks, and hopefully attempt a skid plate.

A few questions:

I am used to low low cars. Since this is my economy car, I don't want to lower it unless there is an advantage in terms of fuel economy? I find the car gets pushed around very easily in the wind and want to improve the handling, but I won't unless I can gain some MPG.

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