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02nbmvert 10-09-2008 02:25 PM

New to site/89 metro 4dr 5spd
Hello everyone, I recently found my 89 Metro Lsi 4 door 5 speed after about 8 months of looking for an efficient reliable car to use for a courier job. It's got 160,000 miles on it with about 60k on the engine. Right after buying the car, I took it on a round trip of about 200 highway miles, filling the tank before I left and topping it off when I got back, and I apparently got 61.6mpg. I usually try to drive for gas mileage more than most (maybe not most on THIS forum) and I do draft larger vehicles occasionally, although I try to be safe about it (nothing like 1 car length from a big rig). On fill ups after that, with other drivers and mixed driving we're usually getting 42-45mpg. I've tried some little things like oil change/spark plugs/air filter/airing up tires but it seems, from what I'm hearing, that we should be averaging closer to 50mpg with a mix of about 70% highway. I think there may be a problem with the PCV valve, it seems like it's letting a bit of oil into the plastic air filter housing. I'd appreciate any suggestions to help get my FE back up to par, as cheaply as possible. I'm unfortunately on a very tight budget right now due to an injury that has me out of work. Thanks everybody! glad to be part of the site!

- Joe

Johnny Mullet 10-12-2008 11:50 PM

Welcome to the site. I would start with a new PCV valve and a tuneup including plaugs, wires, cap, rotor, and air filter. About $50.00 worth of parts. It's a start.

02nbmvert 10-13-2008 10:07 PM

Thanks, I'm hoping to get that stuff done soon, hopefully it will make a big difference. I've been reading on the site for a few weeks now, unfortunately I didn't find this site very long before buying my car, as I've found the typical rust under the carpet by the bottom of the firewall. It's worse than I'd hoped, especially on the passenger side. I don't have much money to get this fixed properly so I'll probably end up driving the car for a year with some bondo patches and letting it go when it needs inspected. I was pretty bummed out about it, as I really love the car and took a bit of a chance buying it, hoping it would save me a lot in the long run.

SVOboy 10-13-2008 10:09 PM

Welcome to ecomodder! Be sure to fill out a fuel log so we can watch your progress with the new car, :)

Daox 10-14-2008 07:15 AM

Welcome to the site. I'll echo SVOboy's mention of putting your car in the EM garage to track your fuel economy over time.

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