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Old 01-16-2020, 05:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Been gone a while...

So Iíve not forgotten about you guys, just been dealing with some stuff. My Saturn is still kicking around, though I just retired it from commercial use. Despite my really bad credit I managed to buy another Uber vehicle, and though itís not what I had wanted originally, I didnít totally sell out (at least itís manual).

Being that I am now free to mod the Saturn in any way I choose, I might get started on it (albeit in a low cost manner being that I now have a payment)

Anyway, I got my first ever brand new car (it had 22 miles when I signed), in the form of a 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. I got the base model, no AWD, has the smaller (4B11) engine and a manual gearbox. Itís just my work car, so no extreme mods but I do plan to do some light aero work and probably either get another UltraGauge to run in it, or run Torque on an older android phone I found lying around. So far, in mixed driving, no special work and no commercial work yet, and only using the FCD bar graph I appear to be in the realm of 30mpg. Not bad for a small crossover? The engine still needs broken in and I need to learn what the thing likes.

Any questions, comments, ideas?

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Congratulations on your new ride! Don't you just love the new aromas.
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I do like new car smell, and new car features lol. New car cost? Not so much
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Old 01-17-2020, 12:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Congratulations! Now you can get back to work. I know that was very troubling for you.
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This car seems to work better than my Saturn tbh. I’m averaging a solid 25mpg in commercial use and I averaged 30 in personal use with no hypermiling and an engine that’s far from broken in. I’m excited for some reason
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Yes do aero mods.
Unless you are delivering mail locally.
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As soon as I feel comfortable in modding the car at all I’ll work on stuff. I heard about maybe using suspension stuff from a Lancer for a massive drop (4+”), but the underside of this thing is really bad, aerodynamically speaking. No spats, diverters, anything. Just a front skid plate to make the thing look (SUV-ish)
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An air dam is the easy fix for horrible under body aero dynamics.
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I might do an air dam if I can find a clever attachment method that doesn’t damage the existing bodywork. Unlike with the Saturn I am concerned with trade in value on this
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Old 01-19-2020, 10:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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... aaaaaand I got in my first ever accident with my new car. Was coming through an intersection (on a Yellow) and got hit... probably a bent control arm and nothing else, no noticeable body damage

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