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Old 07-16-2014, 01:47 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:06 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Doh! I'm not very Swift.

So, I realized I should have been searching for Suzuki Swifts all along, instead of mainly looking for Fireflies/Metros.

They were much more common, and 1.3L, 5-speeds are relatively easy to find (especially around Montreal -- these cars were pretty popular in Quebec). Exact same car as the 3-cyl aside from the engine, so mods-swapping will work.

I saw a 2001 Swift advertised last week with ~60k kms (~36k mi.) on it! Drat. OK, next year...

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Civic cursory speed vs. MPG testing...

I took the car out for a spin this weekend. Observations...

1) Oh man, it's going to spoil me. Makes the Flea feel *very* rudimentary by comparison. Hedonic adaptation alert!

2) I did a quick set of bi-directional speed vs. MPG runs, and if these numbers can be believed (the Scangauge is uncalibrated), this car is going to do quite nicely:

UPDATE: gauge now calibrated; numbers below have been adjusted to reflect this.

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70 ..... 44 .... 54.5 .... 4.3
80 ..... 50 .... 51.1 .... 4.6
90 ..... 56 .... 46.2 .... 5.1
100 .... 62 .... 43.3 .... 5.4
Wow? Wow. Hope those numbers are close to reality. Anecdotally, another '07 5-spd Civic owner has told me they don't appear to be too "out there".

I'm not going to graph that until I have some calibration though. It seems too good to be true for a car with a 34 mpg EPA highway rating.

3) This thing coasts! I can really feel the weight in the car vs. the Flea. It's shocking. About 850 lbs more than a Metro -- like carrying another half Metro in the trunk.

Once I aired up the tires, that is. They were hilariously all over the map, from 15 psi to 30.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:43 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:47 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Wow. My Fit is 50@50 and you're up there at 55.9. Nice.
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:17 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Nice find. Did you say it needed new tires? It might roll even better after you get those.

I noticed the same thing when I went from my Metro sedan to the Civic. The Metro didn't coast very well but my Civic seems to go and go.

I think you are also noticing that the Civic is much nicer inside. While most (outside of this forum...) would argue a Civic isn't a luxury car, it does feel luxurious after driving a Metro. I am not trying to insult the Metro, either!
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:51 AM   #26 (permalink)
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You gonna put a boat tail on this one?
No plans to -- no trailer hitch for easy attachment points. Also, I'm only planning to keep the car for one winter, so won't be investing a huge amount of time in mods.

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Wow. My Fit is 50@50 and you're up there at 55.9. Nice.
Yes, nice... IF those numbers are close to being accurate. Time will tell (and I'll post an update of course).

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Nice find. Did you say it needed new tires? It might roll even better after you get those.
Yup, that's possible. Though my goal is keeping costs down for re-sale (probably used tires), instead of finding the best LRR.

Unfortunately, I just missed out on a great two birds/one stone situation: someone local was selling a set of Civic hybrid rims with original LRR tires for $250! I would have snapped those right up (they sold).

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I noticed the same thing when I went from my Metro sedan to the Civic. The Metro didn't coast very well but my Civic seems to go and go.

I think you are also noticing that the Civic is much nicer inside. While most (outside of this forum...) would argue a Civic isn't a luxury car, it does feel luxurious after driving a Metro. I am not trying to insult the Metro, either!
It definitely makes the Firefly feel like the very basic, lightweight machine it is.

On the other hand, I also just discovered one of the Civic's rear power windows doesn't work... and that's a problem I will never, ever have with the Flea!
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:37 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Dang I totally missed this thread due to technical difficulties in the last few weeks. That's a good price for a car like that, on this side of the country anyway. My buddy ships Hondas from Quebec and Ontario to here because y'all get a lot more of them there so the prices are lower. I guess I'll just go scrap that 1.0L/5 speed Metro, it will never get the road trip across Canada it always wanted. *Single tear down cheek*. ha ha
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:32 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I will also shed a tear for that old Metro. Sad to know that rust-free shell is going to be recycled into a small portion of an Escalade or something more profitable!

I'm seeing Civic prices all over the map! A local dealer has a 2-door version, same year, with half the miles on it for more than TWICE the price.

Speed vs. RPM: rev it & weep!



This car is not very good in sub/urban driving ... if you have to hit the brakes unexpectedly, it takes a lot of effort to fight the average back into respectable territory.

I struggled to get ~38 mpg US on a short, cold start round trip of a couple of km on the weekend with two unexpected stops from cruising speed.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:20 PM   #29 (permalink)
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51 mpg on the eco-driving coaching route

I took the Civic around the city route I've been using for eco-driving coaching today. No super-aggressive techniques used, but EOC wherever practical, and a couple of pulses where there was a chance for long coasts ahead and nobody close behind.

51 mpg (US) = 4.6 L/100 km. (That's on an uncalibrated SG.) UPDATE: now calibrated, it's 10% off, so ~45 mpg (US).

As it turns out, I've had two 1.8L manual shift Civics on this route before. The last time I went out with Phil in his '07 Civic 5MT on the same route, we saw a best score of 40 mpg US (no engine-off coasting).

And in an '09 Civic: 39 mpg US. So EOC in my '07 is good for roughly a 25% bump on this route.

Still can't touch the Firefly/Metro though: I took it out for comparison right afterward and saw 74 mpg.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:21 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Oh, and one thing I noticed that I really like about this car is how smoothly the engine restarts with the clutch. Butter!

All that mass behind it means you hardly feel a thing. Plus the 4-cyl fires much smoother than the triple in the Firefly.

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