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S-Dog 05-27-2010 07:51 AM

Longtime Lurker from Rhode Island
Hey everyone,

This is Scott and I am a long time lurker and now, first time poster. For the past 2 yrs I have been driving a 1995 Grand Cherokee Limited with a 5.2l V8 and AWD. While driving in a reasonable manor it has netted me an avg MPG of 17-18. My commute is about 90 miles RT so I was really ready to step into a more economical vehicle. It only needed to hit 3 needs. Manual transmission(I sooo miss rowing through the gears), Air Conditioning(I know that is a MPG hog but I am in a car for 15+ hrs a week and need my comfort), and be able to get over 30mpg.

I've been searching for a while and came upon my chariot, the Gas Shaggin' Wagon. Its a 1998 Ford Escort wagon with 133k on the clock. $1000 out the door and it only needs the bushings replaced in the shifter(it is waaaay sloppy). Other than a little cosmetics on the outside, its a great looking car.

I have already done a 100 mile run and fill with it and that netted me 35mpg. So that is my baseline. I want to do wheel covers, rear skirts and a Kammback. If I can get up to 45mpg I will be SUPER happy.

Thanks for reading,


Bicycle Bob 05-27-2010 04:02 PM

Welcome! And congrats on the move. Aero improvements can be big obvious stuff like tail extensions, or dozens of fiddly little details.

S-Dog 05-27-2010 07:47 PM


Aero will help me the most as I do about 80-90% highway.... I have been soooo good at keeping it under 65mph but its hard to do with everyone zooming by.

Filled up again and got 38mpg... I am going in the right direction! :turtle:

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