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Old 07-22-2008, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi from Kokomo, IN

I've been researching the net to get a better mpg car to do deliveries with and after having no luck with XFI Geos I am going to Columbus OH tomorrow to pick up a 96 Geo Metro 3 cyl. I drag race and have found on most of my cars that if I get more power out of them they will get better economy. I sell 79-08 Mustang rims and currecntly use a 05 Neon SRT4 as a delivery truck. Bone stock (2.4 turbo with 230 hp) it got 27 mpg on reg, 31 on premium, and now that its modified up to 285 hp it gets 32.8! For you gear heads out the the SRT4 ran 13.8s at over 101 mph stock and now is dipping into the high 12 second range in the 1/4 mile. I put 19,000 miles on it sine Feb 13 and the last two months I spent $826 in gas...THIS is where the Geo is needed. I had been using a 98 Neon 2.0 5 speed that was rated at 41 and got it. After mods to get that car up to 180 hp I was getting 43...46 if I would coast up to slower speed limits or intersections with the motor shut off. For you gear heads out there this car would run 12.17 at 117 mph with a 125 hp shot of nitrous, 14.8s on just motor. My first steps will to make sure every thing is in proper working order, then air up the tires, then wt reduction....both of the Neons had the passenger seat removed so that I could deliver 8 rims with tires inside and 4 rims in the trunk. I am sure that I can get enough room out off gutting the Geo interior a bit to get in one set......it is rare for me to deliver two sets at once unless the are near each other. I also have my 2 year old sons baby seat. I am thinking of pulling out the bench seat and putting in an extra front seat in the back.

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Old 07-22-2008, 08:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think your mail box is faster than my regular race car!
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05 SRT4-12.17@117 mph on DOTs-31.0 mpg-SOLD
96 Geo Metro-3 banger-60.1 mpg-SOLD
95 BMW M3-13.41 @ 106 mph-31mpg-SOLD
77 Chevy Monza with 350/350-FOR SALE
84 Horizon-1880 lbs-29 mpg
95 Neon-43 mpg
99 Z28-10.80 @ 127 mph-27.1mpg
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site. Good luck with the Metro. Its a very capable car.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Very capable indeed! Welcome to ecomodder.com
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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A buddy of mine drove me to Columbus OH in his 200? Pontiac ? V6 and stayed at or 5 mph above the speed limit....lots of interstate...I was suprised, as was he that he got 32.5 mpg on his first 100 mile plus trip. We got the Geo...seemed to idle rough, but it was really smooth once moving. He told me there was no smoke or visable troubles. I was planning on staying at 55-60 since the car was unfmiliar to me and with 152000+ miles I was a bit worried. Once on I-270 I just started cruising at 65-70 since I heard no noises coming from the motor. We held that pace for about 60 miles...against a decent breeze...then the remainder of the 195 mile trip was done mostly at 60-63 mph. Got here and it used no oil and with no mods and how I will normally drive this thing it got 46 mpg...I would have been barely okay with 44, happy with 45 but darn happy with 46. Both of us were SHOCKED that his V6 got 38! I told him that the slower speeds on by-ways with very few redlights and his slight slip streaming of me got that.

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05 SRT4-12.17@117 mph on DOTs-31.0 mpg-SOLD
96 Geo Metro-3 banger-60.1 mpg-SOLD
95 BMW M3-13.41 @ 106 mph-31mpg-SOLD
77 Chevy Monza with 350/350-FOR SALE
84 Horizon-1880 lbs-29 mpg
95 Neon-43 mpg
99 Z28-10.80 @ 127 mph-27.1mpg
2011 Prius-62.1 wife's
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