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Old 07-24-2008, 11:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Drove the Geo home @ 46 mpg briskly and not modded.

I introduced myself yesterday and a buddy of mine drove me to get a 96 Geo Metro from Columbus, OH. The car ran fine and the first 60 miles were at 65-70 then the remainder of the 195 mile trip was done at 60-63...I got 46 mpg ...but my friend got 38 in his 200? Pontiac ? V6! We were both shocked since driving there he got 32.5, which was his best ever with mostly interstate driving at 5 mph above the limit. I pointed out that we drove more slowly on the by-ways and he was close enough to get a small tow from me.

I did nothing to the car yet and drove with my window open...whenever I closed it I could feel the car run quicker. My plans are to gut it. I drag race a 84 Plymouth Horizon that is down to 1810 lbs and still is driven to the trak and back, so I am no stranger to this! I will get headlight covers and block off half of the grill area under the bumper. Raising the air pressure and EOC will be done too....I was getting 46 with a 98 Neon 5 speed this way.

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Old 07-24-2008, 11:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I introduced myself yesterday and a buddy of mine drove me to get a 96 Geo Metro from Columbus, OH. The car ran fine and the first 60 miles were at 65-70 then the remainder of the 195 mile trip was done at 60-63...I got 46 mpg ...but my friend got 38 in his 200? Pontiac ? V6! We were both shocked since driving there he got 32.5, which was his best ever with mostly interstate driving at 5 mph above the limit. I pointed out that we drove more slowly on the by-ways and he was close enough to get a small tow from me.

I did nothing to the car yet and drove with my window open...whenever I closed it I could feel the car run quicker. My plans are to gut it. I drag race a 84 Plymouth Horizon that is down to 1810 lbs and still is driven to the trak and back, so I am no stranger to this! I will get headlight covers and block off half of the grill area under the bumper. Raising the air pressure and EOC will be done too....I was getting 46 with a 98 Neon 5 speed this way.
I got 50.8 mpg at 55-60 mph after having changed plug wires, distributor cap, and rotor.
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Old 07-26-2008, 07:30 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If you could you might want to take pics and do a build thread. I would like to see the gutting....

That sounds really really wrong.
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I might not gut it as much as I wanted to because I still have a baby seat for the 2 year old and my parents do not drive so I am their transportation. I must be able to carry a set of Mustang rims with tires mounted and still have my 2 year old in his seat but with no parents. I am thinking of replacing the back seat with a single front seat for the boy. My Neon can carry that with no problem and without the kid I can carry 8 rims with tires in the interior and 4 rims in the trunk.

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