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Old 10-02-2011, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Michigan
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Grasshopper - '11 Ford Fiesta SES
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90 day: 50.37 mpg (US)

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Please allow me to introduce myself

I'm a man of wealth and taste (sorry couldn't help myself.)

Thought I should do an intro. I've looked over the site a few times in the last couple of years. I finally joined a couple weeks ago. Never really planned to post just want to lurk more efficiently.

At the end of August I started attending a college (I'm old) about 55 miles from home. I realized before school started that my F-15 crew cab was not going to be affordable driving this route four days a week. I traded her in on a 2011 ford fiesta.

I have put on over 5000 miles in the last month and ten days and I don't see any sign of stopping. I finally decided to start hypermiling after the first tank of gas. Thus far my lifetime mpg sits at 42.65 mpg with this car including the first tank @ 34.34 mpg. I probably should not include that tank in my average since it was a dealer fill up and I have no idea if it was actually full.

So anyway, you folks have inspired me to do my first ecomod and I snapped a picture which I will try to post here.
Oop can't post images yet.
Any way I made some Grill Blockers.

There are some gaps, they still need paint and zip ties but I figure with Michigan's winter coming up I'm going to want to keep the temps up. They are made from some aluminum flashing I had laying around and I just eyeballed the cuts. I may end up doing the upper grill too.

Now for a newbie question. I have been looking at adding the engine block (freeze plug) heater that Ford offers standard in certain cold weather states. It seems a bit pricey plus installation will add even more. What other ways can I heat the motor while parked in my detached, unheated garage?

I think I'm going to go update my profile now.

Thanks,
Kirk

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