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Old 02-22-2016, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got a 2000 neon 5 speed real cheap. Runs well and without any codes. High mileage 183,000 ish but seems to have a lot of life left. Put a new batt, spark plugs and air filter in it. That is it so far.

I hope to get a baseline mpg once I get it plated then go from there.


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Old 02-22-2016, 11:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Had the option of buy the car cheap and wanted a commuter car over my truck. I starred Google searching and found this forum and 2000neon thread on his results with his neon and it got me thinking about how I could get better mpg out of it. I am a computer geek and like efficiency so I thought why not. Not sure how far I will take it, but by the looks there are some pretty easy gains to be made with blocking the grill and installing an air dam.

I want to get some basic baselines on a few tanks, so I know what I am working with then go from there.
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