Go Back   EcoModder Forum > Introductions
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-02-2008, 03:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
Curious....
 
koihoshi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 98

DoesNotHaveANickname - '99 Ford Escort ZX2
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Of all places, saw this on the news.... Here I am!

So here I am tonight, I really don't watch tv (how funny though, I work for a cable company).... and was browsing through and low and behold CNN has this "OMG gas is $4!!!!" special on gas prices.

I grabbed a mountain dew, sat down, figured "Why not."

And then they started driving with a guy called a "Hypermiler". I thought "Huh, sounds pretty cool" and caught a quick glimpse at the site, the green icons, banners, THIS WAS IT!

Read the list of 105 stuff... very interesting stuff on here. Figured I'd join.

My story is that I drive a little Escort ZX2. Gets great mileage. Has just over 120k on it, wonderful little car. Had it since I was a teen, I even remember when I got it I thought "WOW I'm getting 35mpg and it costs less than $20 to fill this puppy! This is great!" As prices went up I started driving more conservatively over the years. I went from "FLOOR IT!" as a teenager to now driving much more defensively (riding brought that out in me) and slower (speeding ticket did that to me LOL!) and now much more conservatively (you live you learn).

I would commute on my motorcycles but they're toys, and the cost per mile of my 250 ninja actually is more expensive than the cost per mile of my ZX2 due to chain lube, the cost of the oil changes on it, tires every 4000 miles (compared to my escort which they'll last substantially longer), brake bleeding frequently to keep up on the system. Then I bought a Duc 900SS, and that made absolutely no sense to commute on. The first year I thought "Cool! Ride a sportbike to work!" then after paying $230 for a tire every season (and a front every other season) + the insane maintenance it costs to maintain it then it started making more sense not to ride it to work.. I do of course still ride them all every week. I have not cut back on that. But I commute a lot of miles per day just to get to work... that's a different story because it's a long drive over and a long drive back. Saving gas anywhere, well, all for it. When it came down to it.... the ZX2 was STILL more efficient for commuting.

However... a while back a long time ago I started making little changes here and there on my ZX2 to become more efficient. I am quite a motorhead and used to think modifying cars and making lots of horsepower where it was at but I lost that interest after I got into motorcycles.

So instead, I started making performance mods to my ZX2 after seeing the effect it had on other ZX2 cars off of several forums. If it hindered mileage or made significantly less power or made the mileage worse, I wouldn't do it. My interest dove MORE into making more power out of my car without having to make any huge mods and using some stock stuff (modifying it really) to make it more efficient than it simply was.

Resonator modifications, taking out some weight and putting my car on a diet, pulleys and underdriving some accessories, getting rid of a/c entirely. Gained a little MPG. Thus far it's worked great.

Now here I am here looking for new things to learn (already learned some really interesting stuff just from reading the forums and on the list of things).

I'm interested to see what kind of mileage I can get now in utilizing these things. Makes me happy to go to work tomorrow knowing I'll be saving more :P

Thanks for the group of folks who got this place rolling! What an awesome resource!



PS: As you can tell, I'm the guy on the forums that writes books when he joins.

PSS: It's 12:03 am. Happy monday :P


Last edited by koihoshi; 06-02-2008 at 03:09 AM..
  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 06-02-2008, 03:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
Pokémoderator
 
cfg83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 5,864

1999 Saturn SW2 - '99 Saturn SW2 Wagon
Team Saturn
90 day: 40.49 mpg (US)
Thanks: 439
Thanked 530 Times in 356 Posts
koihoshi -

Welcome to EM! THe ZX2 is a great MPG machine. I agree that a motorcycle is hard to commute with. I tried it on and off years ago and it wore me out in LA traffic.

CarloSW2
__________________

What's your EPA MPG? Go Here and find out!
American Solar Energy Society

Last edited by cfg83; 06-02-2008 at 04:38 AM..
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2008, 03:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
Curious....
 
koihoshi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 98

DoesNotHaveANickname - '99 Ford Escort ZX2
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for the warm welcome, cfg83!
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2008, 04:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
Certified Freak
 
Greenblazer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 120

Greenblazer's Taco - '07 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Double Cab SR5 V6 4.0Liter
90 day: 24.54 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Welcome, Happy monday! I used my DRZ 400 Dirt Bike as my only transportation for 3 years. For the first 2 years I was running dual sport tires that would last max 3 months. I bought a second set of wheels and started running touring tires on the road, and saved myself a lot of money. The bad part is that in 3 years I put 45,000 miles on my dirt bike, and now it is pretty much worn out engine wise. It still runs, but i am afraid it is not gonna keep going much longer, though it might.

Later,

Allan Greenblazer
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2008, 07:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
Administrator
 
Daox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Germantown, WI
Posts: 11,203

CM400E - '81 Honda CM400E
90 day: 51.49 mpg (US)

Daox's Grey Prius - '04 Toyota Prius
Team Toyota
90 day: 49.53 mpg (US)

Daox's Insight - '00 Honda Insight
90 day: 64.33 mpg (US)

Swarthy - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage DE
Mitsubishi
90 day: 56.69 mpg (US)

Daox's Volt - '13 Chevrolet Volt
Thanks: 2,501
Thanked 2,586 Times in 1,554 Posts
Welcome to the site Kiohoshi. Sounds like you are on your way to getting great mileage. Any idea what your currently getting? I see you entered your car in the garage, but don't have any mileage log setup yet. I also read in your vehcile profile that you'd like to get a mileage readout. That would be a scangauge. They are incredibly useful devices and well worth the money. I agree with cfg83, the Escort can get some great mileage.
__________________
Current project: A better alternator delete
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2008, 08:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
Batman Junior
 
MetroMPG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: 1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 22,526

Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
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)
Thanks: 4,078
Thanked 6,970 Times in 3,608 Posts
The ZX2 is a good platform for great fuel economy with mods & technique.

Welcome to the site.
__________________
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



EcoModder
has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage
www.MetroMPG.com - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners
www.ForkenSwift.com - electric car conversion on a beer budget
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2008, 09:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
Hi-Tech Redneck
 
Johnny Mullet's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ashtabula, Ohio
Posts: 1,436
Thanks: 6
Thanked 49 Times in 42 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Johnny Mullet Send a message via MSN to Johnny Mullet
Welcome to ecomodder! I used to work at a Ford dealer for about 5 years, so if you have any problems with the car, be sure to ask!
__________________

GeoMetroforum.com - got mpg?
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2008, 09:56 AM   #8 (permalink)
Dartmouth 2010
 
SVOboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Hanover, NH
Posts: 6,447

Vegan Powa! - '91 Honda CRX DX
Team Honda
90 day: 66.52 mpg (US)
Thanks: 92
Thanked 122 Times in 90 Posts
Send a message via AIM to SVOboy Send a message via MSN to SVOboy Send a message via Yahoo to SVOboy
Welcome to ecomodder! Great to have some more people with your level of enthusiasm!
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2008, 11:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
Curious....
 
koihoshi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 98

DoesNotHaveANickname - '99 Ford Escort ZX2
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks everyone. I agree, it has been a good go getter. Never bought another car just because it has treated me so well.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Daox View Post
Welcome to the site Kiohoshi. Sounds like you are on your way to getting great mileage. Any idea what your currently getting? I see you entered your car in the garage, but don't have any mileage log setup yet. I also read in your vehcile profile that you'd like to get a mileage readout. That would be a scangauge. They are incredibly useful devices and well worth the money. I agree with cfg83, the Escort can get some great mileage.
As to answer this: On a normal day for mileage? 30MPG. On a better day... 35. There was a point in time that on very long trips I was able to get 42mpg.

Thanks for the link to the scangauge, I'll try and pick one up this month and start my road to seeing what mileage I'm getting. Can't wait to see what I can do with some of these new things I picked up from "the list".

Also

Johnny Mullet: Thanks for the offer. Great to hear there are some really knowledgeable people on here.

I've spent the last 4 years studying this car and getting to know it. I did a lot of write-ups and how to guides for some modifications on a few of their mods on some zx2 websites, so if anyone has any questions on these cars I would LOVE to help!

But if i have any technical stuff i'll be buggin' ya! There's still things I'm learning about it and i love learning.

  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
News: Toyota to provide fuel economy instrumentation in all models MetroMPG General Efficiency Discussion 13 12-18-2009 06:40 PM
Video: recently "resurrected" GM EV1 - fresh news! MetroMPG Fossil Fuel Free 11 01-03-2009 08:04 PM
ZENN in local Milwaukee News bennelson Fossil Fuel Free 8 05-17-2008 06:36 PM
Hypermilers News bit on Fox6 Milwaukee bennelson Hypermiling / EcoDriver's Ed 5 05-12-2008 06:10 PM
News: VW has sold a million DSG transmissions MetroMPG General Efficiency Discussion 5 02-06-2008 11:10 AM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com