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    Disabled automatic air conditioning, saving fuel and prolonging life of the compressor.

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    Fumoto F106SX oil drain valve for easy, simple oil changes.
    ZeroStart 3100111 Engine Block Heater

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    Increased tire pressure for improved fuel economy.

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    Regarding the rear axle alignment, some, not all, are affected, from what I have read.

    I had been waiting for a good opportunity to get one of these cars, and so far I'm glad I did.

    We just went for a little shopping trip this afternoon. My fuel economy gauge reported 48 mpg when we got home.

    Funny thing is, the fueleconomy.gov rates these cars near the top for greenhouse gas emissions, but a five out of ten for a smog rating, at least in Ohio.

    http://fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?a...id=34988&#tab2

    Select the state of purchase to see what I mean.

    I wonder why?


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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 49.3 mpg (US) ... 21.0 km/L ... 4.8 L/100 km ... 59.3 mpg (Imp)


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    Congrats on the Mirage purchase! Glad you finally pulled the trigger on one.

    As for the alignment, I would watch the local sales ads. There are inevitably places that offer free alignment checks for cars. Just wait for one and take it in once you find a coupon.

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 automatic: 49.0 mpg (US) ... 20.8 km/L ... 4.8 L/100 km ... 58.8 mpg (Imp)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Daox View Post
    As for the alignment, I would watch the local sales ads. There are inevitably places that offer free alignment checks for cars. Just wait for one and take it in once you find a coupon.
    Great idea - thanks.

    P.S.: I found National Tire & Battery offers free alignment checks.
    Last edited by Eggman; 05-20-2016 at 08:50 PM.

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    Just did my first fill-up. Calculated fuel economy at 41.538 mpg. I'm not impressed! Much of the time commuting the Multi-Information Display would register 44 - 47 mpg in mostly city motoring. This afternoon I stopped at the garden center on my way home and the car reported 54.8 mpg in city traveling on 35 mph roads. I was looking forward to better numbers than 41.5 mpg.

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    I'll still look forward to improvements as the car wears in. Now I'm off to make my first fuel log entry.

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    Are you viewing only your "A" MPG gauge? Do you know about the "B" gauge which can track your MPG over a full tank (or whenever you decide to reset it)?

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage base ES 1.2 manual: 54.0 mpg (US) ... 23.0 km/L ... 4.4 L/100 km ... 64.9 mpg (Imp)


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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
    Are you viewing only your "A" MPG gauge? Do you know about the "B" gauge which can track your MPG over a full tank (or whenever you decide to reset it)?
    Good point. I've been checking, but it has been blank.

    Still learning. I gotta spend more time fiddling with it. It's no Metro, you know.

    Edit: Nevermind... Now that I check my manual, I find that blank display is the service reminder.
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    Found it! Here's the A and B display from my drive in to work this morning.
    I'm hoping I can get my calculated fuel economy up close to these numbers.

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    Added fuel log entry. An improvement over the first tank, but not much. I'm somewhat pleased it's as good as it is as my driving is mostly suburban neighborhoods with little highway/freeway time. I look forward to a road trip if only to see it's fuel economy without all the stop & go.

    Also added a bunch of photo albums. One of my favorites is Comparisons. I find it interesting to take photos of this Elusive Beast near other more pedestrian specimens.

    Still mulling giving this machine a name. After all, it's not exactly sentient. I've been considering calling it Speck.

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    Also changed my avatar pic yesterday. I think the new one is funny.

    Edit: it represents my renewed interest in small, efficient Mitsubishi products. Here's hoping this lasts longer than my last one!
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    Speck: Fuel Consumption

    I've photographed notable moments on my MID fuel economy display and put them in a forum photo album called Consumption. Feel free to visit this and my other photo albums.

    These are from my morning commute in to work. I usually start somewhat early - 06:00, sometimes 05:00, so traffic is minimal and I can experiment with light acceleration without interfering much with other drivers.

    I don't always start at the same site. The first few readings are on a route that has moderate elevation changes. The other route is mostly downhill, starting with a gentle grade with an approximately 100' hill about a half-mile from parking. Coming home at the end of the day I can readily see the difference in fuel economy going uphill.

    In both of these routes, there are a fair number of stops necessary, both stop lights and stop signs. I imagine my numbers would be much improved if I didn't have to stop so much.

    I thought I'd post my results here. Keeping track of the fuel consumption display has taught me that subtle changes can have a big impact on how much fuel this car needs to get me around.




    Sorry the pictures are so big. I want to scale them down. I also have some photos that I need to rotate for proper orientation.


    Approximately 6.5 mile drive at 35 mph +/- 5 mph speeds. Ambient Temps 56 F.


    B consumption display. Approximately 6.5 mile drive at 35 mph +/- 5 mph speeds. Ambient Temps 56 F.


    2016.04.04@05:51


    Morning commute. Temperature 43 F. Mostly downhill. Speeds between 30 - 40 mph.


    Morning commute.
    OAT:52
    Speeds roughly 30-35 max. More intentional light acceleration. This car responds well to to light acceleration and rewards patience.


    Morning commute, at the bottom of the hill when the mpgs were at their peak. Final result was an improvement over yesterday, so I'm still learning.
    OAT: 52 F


    Please do not try to photograph your instrument display while the vehicle is in motion.






    Now that's what I'm talking about. I got lucky with timing on lots of traffic lights.



    Mind you, aside from inflating the stock tire pressure to 45psi, this car is in it's stock form. In addition, I am a novice when it comes to fuel efficiency, compared to others here. It'll be interesting to see if I can improve on this as outside air temperatures (OAT) warm up.

    Also, this is only my third tank of gas. I suppose I have some improvement to look forward to as the drivetrain wears in. I'm also interested in seeing how the fuel economy turns out on this fill-up. I've been trying to note the difference between calculated consumption and what the B display reports.

    Looking forward to adding more. Let me know if anyone thinks this should be it's own thread.

    Gracias amigos!


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