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Old 12-10-2009, 01:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The original poster was looking for a tach, and I made a suggestion for that.

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I don't have one yet (for the Ford Broncos), but the MPGuino would be an excellent investment assuming you have fuel injection. If you plan on traveling highway speeds and mountain passes you will not get the stellar MPGs that some of us slow-pokes are getting. But by adjusting your driving style and using SOME hypermiling techniques you should get much better mileage than if you "drove it like you stole it".

I don't know what you have done to your Metro, but aero mods, warm air intake, maybe lowering the car, and an engine block heater might be beneficial. 155/80 LRR tires (read: skinny) will also help.
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:30 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Will an MPGuino give me the info I need for tuning my driving style in this car, or is it ineffective without a tach or vacuum gauge?
...short answer: yes, it will--it provides both "instantaneous" MPG and/or "average" MPG displays...as well as engine RPM, miles-per-hour, etc.. It can display up to four selections of information at once (with proper setup and selection).

...however, to decide for yourself, go to their website and read the manual (it's available for reading and downloadin in *.PDF format).
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:40 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I recommend the MPGuino. They are fairly easy to install (it took me about 1 hour) and can be very accurate. With a little work you can get the RPMs displayed with whatever else you find useful. There is an online community here at EcoModder that is dedicated to this, and answers questions and provides help. You can even get one for a donation of $55. Contact member dcb for details.
A tachometer is nice, and a vacuum guage is nice, but neither really tell you what your MPG is doing, for that you need instantaneous feedback, and for many of us, MPGuino is the best/easiest way.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:20 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The original poster was looking for a tach, and I made a suggestion for that.

thatguitarguy,

I don't have one yet (for the Ford Broncos), but the MPGuino would be an excellent investment assuming you have fuel injection. If you plan on traveling highway speeds and mountain passes you will not get the stellar MPGs that some of us slow-pokes are getting. But by adjusting your driving style and using SOME hypermiling techniques you should get much better mileage than if you "drove it like you stole it".

I don't know what you have done to your Metro, but aero mods, warm air intake, maybe lowering the car, and an engine block heater might be beneficial. 155/80 LRR tires (read: skinny) will also help.
Thanks. By necessity I have to drive where I live. I've been hypermiling in the van, and it helps a lot, but in the Metro I can't P&G up a 6 degree slope when it takes WOT to maintain 45 mph. Going slower than that is creating a hazard, and I'm not interested in that, but so far even though I got the pedal to the metal, I'm still getting a lot better FE than in the van. And I haven't done enough of the downhill and back and forth to see how much I'm going to save, but I think it will be a lot!

Maybe I'll get 155s in the summer, but for now it's studded 185s. I don't want to try to save money by sliding it into the ditch or parking it in a snowdrift until spring.
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well for the mountain ups and downs you NEED the good tires but no worries about getting stuck in the snow. The metro is sooo light its very easy to get it "unstuck" even by yourself most times :-)

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