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Old 07-20-2010, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New driver, new ecomodder

I'm on my way to getting a drivers license, and hope to be one of the first eco-modding enthusiasts in my generation. In my upper middle class neighborhood, most people drive walking distances, believing that a big car with a big engine is the only way to get around safely and efficiently. Our town has it's share of public transportation, cyclists (one of which is me) and dignified pedestrians, but we still need to cull the herd of people driving oxymorons they pass off as good to the environment, or safe. Ford Escape hybrid, anyone?

All I want is to be that feather on the camel's back, bringing down a culture oblivious, oppressive, and ignorant of the environment. Hopefully many of you can help guide me into good habits and give me direction on my future projects.

Although I'm more of a cyclist, cars are unavoidable to me, and I hope to make my life with one as efficient as possible. I plan on becoming an engineer in the future, and I also seek guidance on what direction I should take.

For my first question, what kind of car/cars should I buy? I'd prefer diesels, from an economy standpoint and because they can be converted to run on vegetable/fryer oil. Makes and models (and years) would be nice.

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Old 07-20-2010, 11:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm new here too, but I've been driving for about 30 years now -- great to hear younger people like yourself are so passionate about the environment. Hello!

What bike do you drive, by the way?
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ride lots. Mostly a raleigh (competition), bridgestone rb-1, and a Surly steamroller 3-speed fixed gear.
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the club.

I love diesels also I would recommend looking at Fred's TDI Page. TDIClub.com. VW TDI Enthusiast Community and just start looking at what is available for your price range. It might take a while to find what you want but good luck.
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Are you taking driver training now?

I wonder if it's possible to find courses that have a fuel economy component to them.

How soon before you have to get a vehicle?

And... welcome to the forum.`

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