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Old 02-12-2021, 09:06 AM   #331 (permalink)
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Congrats! What were you driving before?


I've had a chance to spend several weeks with a Prime, and really liked it.


https://ecomodder.com/forum/showthre...-do-36754.html

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Old 02-20-2021, 08:19 PM   #332 (permalink)
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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

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90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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Longest tank? Worst tank.

I filled up the Mirage.



And I realized it's been 2 months since my last visit to a gas station. I think that's a record duration for me... at least as long as EcoModder's been around.


It was also my worst Mirage tank so far: 52 mpg US. But I'm reasonably happy with that for winter driving.
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:24 PM   #333 (permalink)
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Today I decided to replace my front two winter tires - Nokians around 6 years old, definitely past due for replacement.

I swapped my front winter wheels for my summer set, a pair of Vredestein Quatrac all weather tires (with the snowflake symbol), so I could drop the winter wheels, along with their replacement tires, off at my local tire shop. If I do it this way, I get a discount and don't need to schedule anything, because they're limited mostly by the number of lifts and bays and can always get to stray wheels.

I've been coming and going through my driveway every day this winter without remotely having any issues. After swapping my summer tires on, I couldn't back up more than 5ft from where I park, regardless of how much sand and salt I threw out or how much I rocked the car back and forth.

I ended up taking my partner's Fit, which has the same set of winter tires. I backed straight out of the driveway and up the hill at the end, with zero issue.

If I needed a reminder of just what a difference real winter tires make, even when nearly bald, and even when compared with "all weather" tires, this was it.
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Old 03-16-2021, 09:01 PM   #334 (permalink)
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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

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I fed the fuel hog Mirage today.


2nd worst fill @ 58 MPG US = 4.2 L/100 km.


I'm looking forward to some warmer weather and tanks in the 60's again.


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This thread has sure slowed down! I hope it's just because people in the northern parts are less likely to be doing projects when the weather's cold.
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Old 03-17-2021, 09:48 AM   #335 (permalink)
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Not a mod to my car, but one that will change everything: I made an offer on a condo with this garage yesterday.

The walls are already insulated with blow-in foam; I'll add door insulation and fiberglass batt under the roof and then wire in a small space heater. No more working in parking lots!
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:22 AM   #336 (permalink)
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90 day: 41.27 mpg (US)

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Not a mod to my car, but one that will change everything: I made an offer on a condo with this garage yesterday.

The walls are already insulated with blow-in foam; I'll add door insulation and fiberglass batt under the roof and then wire in a small space heater. No more working in parking lots!
I'm looking forward to this later this year as well.

Good luck on the offer!
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Old 03-17-2021, 01:00 PM   #337 (permalink)
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Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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WOohoo! They let you try the garage on for size as part of the showing?

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My garage is ~5 minutes away by bike or car from the house. You'd think that wouldn't be much of an impediment to using it, but the reality is I've hardly used it at all for projects in the last few years. It's just storage.

There is a garage-only lot on the same street as the house, 2 lots down. I covet it.
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Old 03-18-2021, 09:53 AM   #338 (permalink)
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I had parked in front of the garage and then joked to the realtor, "I'm almost tempted to pull my car in just to see how it looks." And then he said, go ahead. There's enough space in front of the Prius (and the truck is actually a couple inches shorter) to put in a full-width workbench, or leave space for a table saw and tool cabinet to one side.

They accepted, so this is going to be mine come the end of April! The condo is on the second floor with a back balcony and a staircase that goes down to the back door on the garage.
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Jumping into this thread to say that I drove from where I live in north Keizer up to Beaverton and back---a round trip of ~80 miles---in the Leaf today.

There is a fish store in Beaverton that I used to go to regularly when I lived out that way, that gives me store credit for extra plants and for excess shrimp from my aquariums; and they offer curbside pickup.

So I drove 80 miles on a single charge with 20% remaining (on the nose) when I got home, and got some free plants for about $2 in electricity. Can't really beat that!
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Old 03-22-2021, 12:56 AM   #340 (permalink)
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Started aeromodding the eGolf

The rear suspension arm shields suggested by IRONICK fit perfectly.
Also cut out a cardboard template for covering that whole opening between battery and rear bumper. But now Iím wondering if I need to leave some of that open because the eGolf battery is air cooled...

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