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Old 11-23-2008, 04:59 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

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)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)

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Neat cars.

Like Ryland, I also got my first one before I could legally drive. An abandoned 1964 Pontiac Catalina that I fixed up (see http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...near-5560.html ).

First "eco" car was one of a string (hutch?) of late 70's and early 80's VW Rabbits.

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

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Old 11-23-2008, 05:53 PM   #22 (permalink)
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The Clunker (retired) - '90 Honda Accord EX sedan
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First car was a '77 Corolla, 1.6L with the 3-speed auto. Got in the high 20's driving like a teen. First eco-car was a '99 Metro LSi 4 cylinder, bought new with 34 miles and sold with 165,000 miles. Best tank was 42 mpg with no eco-driving techniques.

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Old 11-23-2008, 06:06 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Fokus - '12 Ford Focus SE
90 day: 33.3 mpg (US)

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90 day: 17.61 mpg (US)

Benzzzzz - '11 Mercedes Benz ML-350 4-Matic
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I had a sports commentator tell me once when I was working Indy for the month "if theres one thing anyone will talk about and get a conversation going it's what was your first car, no matter what walk of life, you always remmember that one"
"The Stone Age did not come to an end because we had a lack of stones, and the oil age will not come to an end because we have a lack of oil" ; His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani (Saudi Arabia Oil Minister from 1962 to 1986)

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Old 11-23-2008, 07:42 PM   #24 (permalink)
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My first car was a 1935 Chevrolet, Master deluxe, coupe. My first eco car was a 1971 Opel station wagon. It had a 1.0 litre engine and a four speed stick. It averaged about 35 mpg.
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:18 PM   #25 (permalink)
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My first car is my tbird, bought at 141,000 and its sitting in the driveway at 170,001 awaiting an engine. It got 30 highway pretty easy and on one short highway trip I got 34mpg. This was all before I knew about hypermiling or any of the sort, I was just easy on the gas.

My first eco car is my second car, the festiva.
'05 Outback XT, 19 mpg

BP-turbo 93 Festiva (long gone)
1/4 mile - 12.50@111.5
Best MPG - 36.8
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Old 11-24-2008, 12:12 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Olivia - '03 Pontiac Vibe base
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1985 Ford Tempo coupe. With the 'sport package' which means it had the alloy wheels and the 5 speed manual. How I loved that car! It was all mine, you know? I loved it in spite of fellow classmates describing it as a 'disposable' car. It was fun to drive, dependable, and pretty good on gas, though I never calculated the mpgs.
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Old 11-24-2008, 12:21 AM   #27 (permalink)
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1964 Renault Caravelle. 48 cubic inches of raw 4 cyl. power. I know I must have gotten close to 40mpg. The odometer was broken so who knows. It was a converitble. Wish I still had that car.
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:12 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Johnny 5 - '81 Honda Cm400e
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well when i got my license my dad let me drive his 91 silverado 4x4 auto 350 excab. it may have got 13mpg.. then 4 months later i got my truck my first car/truck that was mine. a 98 toyota tacoma 4x4 (the one i still drive) it had 47047 miles on it and was a year old 12k out the door. now it has 255k miles on him. and i drive it almost everyday. the valve cover still has the stock seal, and up till a few weks ago stock transmission, but a gear came loose (how odd) and screwed it all up. mostly everything else is still stock. i nave beat the hell out of this truck multiple jumps, submirged up tot the hood in mud, racing it at the air port everyweekend a few years back.

my next car in 01 was a 97 lexus es300, was given to me by my grandfather, i drove it till jan of 08 put 100k miles on hernad a set of is300 rims a set of hid lights off an 99 model. and got between 21 and 33 mpg out of the 3.0l v6, that ran a 10.3 in the 1/8 all stock wit a full tank of gas and would hit 139( factory limit with ease) amnd did it several times, cruise control also worked at 135

in jan of 08 i bout my new camry se I4 auto sedan leather jbl trd wheels every option, been getting close to 30 mpg since.( is that my ecco car?)

then in sept of this year i bought another car well truck my 09 tacoma 4x4 v6 auto trd sport ex cab, it gets about 20, no ecco driving.

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Old 11-24-2008, 09:13 AM   #29 (permalink)
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1984 Ford Bronco II

first rig (still have it), and got the best mpg of any rig i've owned. got over 30 mpg stock. well, kinda stock. i ripped out the electronic controls for the carb, and made manual ones. i was always tinkering with it, using scrap metal and other garbage to make my own parts. hey, i was 16. most of my money went to girls, booze, and grass. once i lifted it and added the big mud tires, i stopped keeping track (i was older, with a better job, and gas was still cheap).

fun fact: its rare, but some Bronco II's came with a 4 cyl deisel. made Fourwheeler magazine's "mileage kings" for suv's.
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Old 11-24-2008, 01:01 PM   #30 (permalink)
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My first car was a 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL that I picked up from one of my dad's friend's sons on December 6, 2001. It had 48,000 original miles on it. It was silver and beautiful and I wish I still had her *sigh*. Had to sell her a few years back to afford college. She used to get 22 MPG and that was with an automatic trans, and the smaller 12A Rotary in it. Definitely not an economical vehicle, but it turned some heads.

I'm on my first eco-car (2002 Corolla S) and my second car overall, and I will never own another automatic (this one's a standard). If I had the chance, I would buy another 85 (stick) and use it for those hot summer days that you don't care about economy and just care about cold A/C .

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