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Old 06-05-2008, 01:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The only Volkswagen Rabbit/Jetta/Golf with 5 speed that will get you over 40 mpg would be a TD or TDI. The TDI, goes for a lot more than 3k currently. You might get lucky and find a good condition pre 93 TD. The 93-99, made in Mexico, have a lot of electrical issues.

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Old 06-05-2008, 11:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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You could probably pick up an old VW Bug, swap in the smallest motor, and achieve excellent fuel economy. The car is not streamlined (Cd ~0.45), but it is extremely light. Parts are plentiful, so it should be cheap to operate.

I bet a moderately modified bug could eke out 35-40mpg if you drove like you really wanted it. You'd probably have to stay away from freeway speeds (55mph+) to see that kind of mileage, though.

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Old 06-06-2008, 11:01 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I had a freind in college who went through 3 Dodge Colts. They were nothing more than tin cans on wheels, but he claimed 40mpg and wasn't even trying.
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Old 06-06-2008, 03:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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how about a FE car in the 3K range thats OBDII?
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Old 06-06-2008, 03:49 PM   #15 (permalink)
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as for odbII

ford escorts.. theres a guy in a zx2 getting 100mpg out of one thats been modded

honda civics

ford aspire

Hyundai accent

chevy cavalier or sunfire

Dodge neon.. those may be able to hit 40mpg

mostr of these are with some hypermiling employed to get a 40mpg tank rating.
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I've worked on the Ford Aspire.. Kia was all over everything on it

Out of all those choices.. The Hyundai Accent gets my

Whats with that Escort, got any pictures or links to their ride?
100mpg doesn't sound too shabby..
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A user named CoZX2 (if I remember right) on GS was getting 100+mpg out of a zx2.

He was getting excellent mileage on his own, but the fact that he lived up in the mountains gave him a huge advantage. Thin air + opportunities for pulsing up mountain passes and gliding down them probably helped a lot. I think the only noteworthy mods he had were fender skirts (front and back).

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No, he modded more than that: air dam, grille block, transmission (gearing), ECU programming, block heater, alternator shut-off... There was probably more that I'm forgetting.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:02 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Let me rephrase that: "The only noteworthy mods I could see."

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No, he modded more than that: air dam, grille block, transmission (gearing), ECU programming, block heater, alternator shut-off... There was probably more that I'm forgetting.
Yeah, his day job is with the NHRA, so he is "in the soup". He set up pressure gauges to measure his aerodynamic mods for pete's sake!!!

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