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Old 04-14-2009, 11:36 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:06 AM   #32 (permalink)
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One key thing...I mentioned it was kind of ugly and smelly...well that was to discourage her from wanting to drive it ;-) sneaky. I had her drive it once before I cleaned it up (she also noticed the lack of power). I took out the seats and washed the seats and interior real good. Now it smells decent. I personally kind of like the looks of the car (though it could use some wax or paint and a new hood).
lol. My girlfriend _WANTS_ a Metro. She's been prowling craigslist and ebay for one for the last few weeks. She's caught the hypermiling/ecomodding/frugal driving bug from me.

She told me the other day that she really wants a Metro from before 1996 so she's not tempted to buy a ScanGauge (she wants to build herself a 'Guino).
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:35 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Damn right. My wife has lead poisoning in her right foot. I put a grill block on her Mazda MPV van to try to recoup some MPG. I've been thinking of a rear bumper slogan for tailgaters. What about 25 then 27 then 29 then 31 then 33 crossed out, leaving some space then putting MPG. Like an uncompleted flow chart. I think if we clue in other drivers they'll pass quicker and stop being so passive aggressive.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:22 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:22 AM   #36 (permalink)
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She told me the other day that she really wants a Metro from before 1996 so she's not tempted to buy a ScanGauge (she wants to build herself a 'Guino).
That is so cool!!! Sounds like some friendly competition is in store within this relationship. It will be hard for you to keep up if she has a Metro and a MPGuino.
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:32 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Damn right. My wife has lead poisoning in her right foot. I put a grill block on her Mazda MPV van to try to recoup some MPG. I've been thinking of a rear bumper slogan for tailgaters. What about 25 then 27 then 29 then 31 then 33 crossed out, leaving some space then putting MPG. Like an uncompleted flow chart. I think if we clue in other drivers they'll pass quicker and stop being so passive aggressive.
Nice idea with using signage to justify your driving habits. I like it. Gets the point across.
I have discovered that the other advantage of an older subjectively ugly looking car makes it easier to drive slow in the slow lane. Others will just assume you really can't go any faster (which isn't far from the truth).
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:37 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Nice idea with using signage to justify your driving habits. I like it. Gets the point across.
I have discovered that the other advantage of an older subjectively ugly looking car makes it easier to drive slow in the slow lane. Others will just assume you really can't go any faster (which isn't far from the truth).
I'd like to find a bumper sticker that really conveys why I'm going slow. I'd really like a sticker that just says "Drive slow. Save gas." on it.

I'm wary of putting stickers on cars though; I doubt it'd help the resale value. (though if you have a $450 Metro, who cares)
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Can't you peel the sticker off? I've seen ones say, "If it's too fast or too loud, you're too old"
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After my wife got back from spring break with the Celeb, she said "your little red car is really good on gas, I only put 18 something in it". Which came out to like 26 mpg. Sometimes I'd like her to try driving a little more eco friendly, but sometimes I'm glad she doesn't because she isn't the sharpest tool in the shed and it would probably just distract her from the road. But like everyone she does have her strong points.

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