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Old 10-23-2008, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool New guy.. Driving 94 Rx7

I just wanted to introduce myself. I was pointed to your site by a co-worker of mine that I was talking to about electric cars. I am interested in learning more about eco-modding and eventually getting a car that I won’t have any reservations of altering the aerodynamics.

I own 2 cars. My wife and I share a 2007 Honda Civic LX and I also have a 1994 Mazda RX-7.

I have decided to see how much gas I can save by applying some of the hypermiling techniques have seen here on your site.

Here are some details on my RX7. It does have some modifications but none for better mpg.

Details about my RX7

5 speed manual, PEP(Popular Equipment Package), Sun roof, 83K miles

RSL RS Limited Rims
Kumho Ecsta Supra 712 Tires (235/40zr 18 Front)
Kumho Ecsta Supra 712 Tires (265/35zr 18 Rear)

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Old 10-23-2008, 11:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well you can certainly learn a lot from this site. The first thing you should do is find out what mpg you 'should' be getting according to the new EPA standards. One of the biggest changes you can make is changing the way you currently drive. Aerodynamics can only go so far, but if you're still driving 80mph on a highway and never coasting then you're not going to gain much. Having a manual transmission does help. Have fun.
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site, Derek.

The very first thing I'd do, is build & install an MPGuino so you have real time & resettable average fuel economy feedback.

Have fun!
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow! Nice lookin' car!
Can we talk you into removing the spoiler? No? OK.
How 'bout shutting the sunroof? Ha ha. Just kiddin'.

As your building the MPGuino,( ) check out THE LIST of driving tips to see instant improvements in your numbers.

And who's the coworker? We wanna congratulate him on his successful evangelistic skills!
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Is this the first rotary engined ecomodder ? How about dropping a nice mazda turbo diesel in to replace that nasty rotary ? LOL

Seriously tho' that is one of the most beautiful cars to ever come out of Japan
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the comments on my car.

I'm in the process of trying to sell it right now, but sell or not I'm looking for another car I can use to run to and from work.

Does anyone have any suggestions on the Best MPG for the buck used cars?

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Old 10-28-2008, 12:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Geo Metro XFI. There, I said it first.
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Assuming you want something half sporty, a SOHC 1st gen Neon is a good choice. My very stock one does pretty good in autocross even saddled with an auto transmission, all the DOHC ones have a short final drive and they don't make that much more HP.
I have to ask what you want for your RX7? They must be going up now in price no? I've seen a few at the track and they look very fun!

I guess a Miata would be a good choice too, uses a bit more gas than the neon but is rwd, fun to drive.
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Just lowered the price on the rx7 to 12.9k on rx7club.com

I don't know if I need something sporty as much as something that I'll be able to pick up for around $2000, with good mpg as a base to work from.

My overall plan is to have 2 cars for myself. One is my street car that doesn't drink gas by the buckets when you stand on the gas. The second car will probably be something that can double duty as a track car.


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Assuming you want something half sporty, a SOHC 1st gen Neon is a good choice. My very stock one does pretty good in autocross even saddled with an auto transmission, all the DOHC ones have a short final drive and they don't make that much more HP.
I have to ask what you want for your RX7? They must be going up now in price no? I've seen a few at the track and they look very fun!

I guess a Miata would be a good choice too, uses a bit more gas than the neon but is rwd, fun to drive.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Has the boss approved those plans?

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