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Old 11-01-2008, 08:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by cfg83 View Post
JQmile -

Welcome to EM! Sounds like you have a unique classic Chevette there. I just wiki-ed your car and it looks like an Isuzu powerplant :

Chevrolet Chevette - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It oughta be an Isuzu engine - it was an Isuzu car. The Chevette, maligned little ratmobile that it was, would get you from A to B dry and usually faster than walking, so whatever bad that can be said against it, it had that on the plus side.

I wouldn't turn my nose up at it - if there were any still alive around here, it could probably be bought for pocket change. But all other factors being equal, I think I'd probably insist on the diesel - if I'm going to be seen in a Chevette, I'd like to have a little something to brag about, you know?


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Old 11-02-2008, 12:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for the welcomes guys. Yeah the engine is a 1.8L, and it spins all the way to 5000rpm, pretty high for a diesel! It also makes 70 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm so the car is super easy to drive. I guess my inital goal is to break 60mpg, although I could never do it on any type of daily average: too much traffic here in Los Angeles. I average about 18mph on my commute to work, and my mileage drops down into the high 30s =(.
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As soon as I read that article in the diesel mag my quest to find one began. Took me well over a year to source 1 in Michigan. I too was finally plagued with tranny issues this summer. But I just bought another runner driver with a spare tranny from down south and it should be delivered Friday. Now ill have 2 of these bad boys to keep the miles off my Duramax. Muhahaha....

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