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Old 08-04-2013, 03:35 PM   #11 (permalink)
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EcoModding central is a good place to start a build/project thread, yup.

Bummer that the damage is worse than thought.

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Old 08-04-2013, 03:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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PS: your commute description sounds pretty MPG-friendly.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:05 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Welcome fellow Oregonian!

I think the cheap Metro with no engine might be a good idea, if you really want to get involved in an engine swap. Simple car, so might not be too much of a nightmare, but definitely more involved than I want to get!

Good luck either way, and again, welcome!

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Old 08-04-2013, 06:06 PM   #14 (permalink)
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It usually is, especially on the way home. The problem I had was that traffic was pretty horrible. I had read around before (and always known it was efficient in general) that Geo Metros benefit much more at 45mph and under. Well we started having a lot of construction on 126 so I decided to say screw it and was finally pushed to just take the streets. Which somehow managed to cut off about 1 mile off the commute xD.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I would go for the swap, imho it will be easier in the long run. Trying to straighten the body out is a large undertaking, and if you don't get it just right you will have alignment issues and the works, which will also rob mpg's. $200 ish sounds cheaper than the parts that will be needed to buy to fix the current one, which can always be put back on cl to make some money, or part it out

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