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Old 02-05-2010, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi folks. This is a great site & I love the premise.
I'm an environmental educator who cleans Missouri's rivers & streams with Missouri Stream Team (google which if the urls don't show).
I also recently became the proud owner of a 1991 Subaru Legacy wagon that leaked oil such that MPG became QPM (quarts per mile- oh well, reduce, reuse, recycle and REPAIR).
These two identities conflicted, since oil on the roads & highways winds up in the streams; so I've been fixing the oil seals & replacing gaskets.
After I stop these femoral gushers, I'll be adding: MPGuino (bless you, open source community), some additional sensors (interested in oil temp, fuel temp & engine temp correlation to mpg efficiency), some display mods (for helping me find the driving efficiency zone), and continuing to strip useless weight. I'm looking for work in the St. Louis area as my old careers seem to have dried up & blown to the winds. Oh, I'm on FaceBook, but I don't PM or IM or ICQ etc. Peace in our time. REALLY.

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Old 02-05-2010, 10:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to EM, tball. Missouri's a beautiful state, with some great recreational rivers. I envy you. Sorry to hear you want to relocate to STL, but understand your priorities.

Good for you to keep that Subaru running, and making it better. And thanks for your work in environmental education. It's sorely needed.

The best thing you can do for mileage is slow down. It will give you immediate, massive mpg gains v. efficiency mods. I'm seeing 63-73% improvement over EPA with no mods.

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Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac? George Carlin
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Longest tank 1033 km (642 mi) on 10.56 gal = 60.8 mpg
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
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Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
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Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
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tball: welcome to the forum.

Originally Posted by tball View Post
After I stop these femoral gushers, I'll be adding: MPGuino (bless you, open source community)
Good first ... I mean second move. Instrumentation is the ideal first mod, and dcb has done a huge service to the community by spearheading the MPGuino project.

Project MPGiata! Mods for getting 50+ MPG from a 1990 Miata
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: 70 MPG in my ecomodded, dirt cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage.
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage
www.MetroMPG.com - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners
www.ForkenSwift.com - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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