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Old 10-25-2012, 02:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Keep searching. Besides, aeromods aren't really going to help in the city anyway.

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Old 10-25-2012, 02:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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They will help, it just won't be as pronounced as at highway speeds.

Even at just ~30 mph, about half the energy a typical vehicle is using is overcoming aero drag.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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A Toyota Tercel is an alright vehicle, definitely better than your 10 MPG. I guess it depends on your price range, but other vehicles to consider are 90's Civics, Toyota Echo or Yaris. My max price range was 13k, my car was just under that. With my trade-in I'm only financing $6,800. If you haven't run some budget numbers, you should. I calculated it out both before and after I bought my car, and found that my "before" calculation was quite conservative. I went from 16 MPG to 40 and made my car payments plus bought gas PLUS saved $100. It's entirely possible you could do the same.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:47 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Found a 94 Honda Civic VX, though oy driving manual after like 8 years was quite interesting lol. Though does need a ton of work,need to get it back in shape before i can start the mods.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:45 AM   #15 (permalink)
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You bought a VX???

The VX is just about as efficient as you can find in an old beater - best suited to sustained cruising though, where light load lean-burn mode knocks the MPG out of the park.

But even in city driving, a VX will beat the snot out of a 3-speed automatic Metro/Swift.

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Old 10-26-2012, 10:11 AM   #16 (permalink)
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You bought a VX???

The VX is just about as efficient as you can find in an old beater - best suited to sustained cruising though, where light load lean-burn mode knocks the MPG out of the park.

But even in city driving, a VX will beat the snot out of a 3-speed automatic Metro/Swift.

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Yeah it's a salvage title and been modded a bit(lowered , exhaust, etc), but drive pretty good as long as i don't keep messing up gear changes lol. Though thing was near impossible to find.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:22 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Lowering can be good for fuel economy.

The key question is: does it still have the lean burn engine? I forget the engine model... d15z, I think. Ricers are famous for getting VX's, then yanking out that engine to put in something more powerful.

Anyway, there are lots of members here with VX's who can help you figure it all out. If you've got questions, they've got answers.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:31 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Lowering can be good for fuel economy.

The key question is: does it still have the lean burn engine? I forget the engine model... d15z, I think. Ricers are famous for getting VX's, then yanking out that engine to put in something more powerful.

Anyway, there are lots of members here with VX's who can help you figure it all out. If you've got questions, they've got answers.

he said he was getting like 36mpg, though there is a custom chip (P28), i'll have to see about returning to stock.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:16 AM   #19 (permalink)
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You might also look at returning the exhaust to stock as VX's with non stock exhausts seem to wear out the $300 o2 sensor a lot faster then normal.
If you can post photos you might start a new thread and post some under hood photos and photos of any other part of the car that is in question.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:20 AM   #20 (permalink)
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