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Old 06-29-2013, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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97 tercel mpg quest

I had a 96 tercel with a 3speed auto (Ter1) and I liked the car because it got great gas millage. I am used to driving my 94 3000gt (24mpg driving easy). So the ter1 was great driving my 50mil trip for work after changing my driving habits and putting it in neutral going down hills (probably not that good for trans ) I was getting 38mpg per tank. I only payed $900 for the car and a little bit of time cleaning it up.a few months ago I let my wife drive it to work and she crashed it and totalled it. Anyway I just bought a 97 tercel (ter2 ) with a 5speed even better MPG for $550 Ya I know I find great deals and this car is going to be my new MPG quest. I will post pic of both cars later

This is ter1 96 3speed paid $900
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This is ter2 the 97 5speed that I paid $550


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Old 06-29-2013, 06:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good luck! I did buy new for my work car, but I like the idea of getting a super-cheap eco-beater.
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My parents had a 96 4spd, same final dr ratio as the 5 spd. Got 40mpg highway regularly.
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The reason the car was $550 was because it had a blown Headgasket. Good thing I'm a mechanic and I can do the job for under $200 with new waterpump full gasket set shaved head (higher compression=better MPG) and timing belt . When I get it running I'm going to do a zero MPG witch means what I get with the car with out mods just good driving and proper maintenance. Then I will start with the mods and add ones I have a list that I want to do

I will post MPG gains
Warm air intake
Synthetic motor oil
full Belly pan
Drag wing on trunk
Wing off window (forgot the name camback?)
Grill block top and bottom
Raised Hood
Pre mud flaps (forgot name)

Any thing else that you guys have found that helps out

Also Im going to see how much MPG I gain from tricks like acetone .
And what MPG I get from gas after I take the MPG robbing ethonal out. Easy to do.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site. The Tercel is a darn good efficient car, and reliable too. Good luck with it.
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I have the ter2 running I have to get it smogged and I will start my quest. Any other mods that you guys think I should try out
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Air up the tires and do an upper grill block for sure. Those are good first mods.
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I need to get it smoged
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Power steering delete?
Airdam?
Lower the car ...
Altenator delete?
Ac delete?
Most importantly... Adjust the nut behind the wheel.
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Well I'm going to just take the belt off for the ac and power steering. Adjust what nut behind the tire

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