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Old 04-30-2011, 03:37 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It is not performing correctly so I think that should be fixed first. Ask aeromodder about glomming a bunch of aeromods onto a car that isn't anywhere near running right... it just doesn't pan out when I beat him handily with my totally stock version of the same car.


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Old 04-30-2011, 04:25 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Did the rebuild alter compression ratio?

What is the speed limit before sudden 600 foot climb on the way home (how far can you coast up the hill and is it so crazy that coasting is not an option)? Can you wait and start the car until the bottom of hill (just before you have a chance to accelerate slowly upon instant startup) when you leave home?

Do you always wait excessively to accelerate slowly, or do you weigh what it costs to sit there vs. what it costs to accelerate quickly within your mind? By "slowly" do you mean "a slight push" or do you mean at least a 25% turn on the TPS (throttle position sensor?

Did it have factory air conditioning (ever)? Does it now? Was the camshaft replaced during the rebuild?

I think an automatic can get like 55mpg at 39mph over an extended period of time that has neither acceleration, deceleration, or excessive electric drag from the alternater. If I'm right, then 40mpg is plausible (and what I think is usually more than possible and likely an average of everyone {or the beautiful mpg of an automatic 97 3cylinder metro}).

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I'd give the engine time to wear in....and meantime flush the ATF with a pan cleaning/new filter?

You can usually get some more power and mpg by running the ignit advanced some on the earlier cars.
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:13 PM   #14 (permalink)
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hey pizzaguy to answer your questions a little bit, no its a base model so no a/c
and there is a light right at the bottom so i kinda have only like 100 a feet to accelerate once i hit the hill, i usually go like10-15 mph up it. and no coasting is not an option. and around town i tap on it like 10 percent of the pedal power, like little as possible.
now about the engine rebuild, what does breaking it in have to with getting better mpg?
and why would tranny fluid change affect mpg too?
also pizzaguy, do you know anyone who gets like 50 or 45 mpg in thier automatic? if so mention there name so i can message them thanks
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Well a new engine, consuming oil, means oil is getting into the combustion chamber which is not good for efficiency and/or minimizing knock. So break the engine in moderately hard.

Changing the tranny fluid on an Auto will have a more pronounce affect on MPG, than doing the same with a Manual..

I agree with Frank, find the problem/s and fix them before bothering with any aero mods.

Also accelerate briskly up to speed, and then hold it steady. An MPGuino will help you with this.

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Yep, they're right. get that sucker up to snuff mechanically speaking before doing aeromods.

I also agree that the engine is probably just getting used to its new set up. Although I wouldn't say this is the ENTIRETY of your issues, it's very common for cars to go through an adjustment period of sorts when they've had significant repairs or maintenance done.

Best of luck, I can't wait until you start cranking out some impressive numbers with your metro!

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