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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
    2017-Oct-25: Added experimental warm air intake ducting from over exhaust manifold to air filter box inlet.

    Increased tire pressure for improved fuel economy.

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    How long is your bike commute?

    I mostly bike for local trips, and since I work at home, I typically go a couple of months between fill-ups. The car is for road trips.


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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
    How long is your bike commute?
    About 11 miles (18 km) round trip. I ride downhill through some very picturesque neighborhoods and save the big effort for the ride home at the end of my day.



    I snapped a quick picture on my way in on Thursday this week. This doesn't quite capture the fog rising off the pond surface in the early morning hours, or the duck family browsing, or the blue herons there that day - but they are there in that shot. I should have adjusted the settings for a better exposure but I was running late.
    Last edited by Eggman; 06-10-2017 at 07:26 PM.

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    By the way, this is my current bike: Mercier Kilo WT5



    This has been one fun bike. I bought it for the Sturmey Archer five speed internal gear hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    Picked up my ES using Mitsubishi's big rebates. The fuel economy gauge registered 41 mpg toward the end of the ride home from the dealership - the TPMS light was on the whole time. I aired the tires up to clear the trouble light.

    Looking forward to enjoying the premium fuel economy of this car. Thanks to everyone in this community for their insight.



    I'll get some pictures up soon!
    I like what you said about enjoying premium fuel economy. Its almost as if its a luxury feature in a way. First thing people seem to look for is a fancy screen and a whole lot of gas guzzling. For an everyday driver its all you should need. I can understand buying a truck or suv if you actually need it or a sports car for the track or if you just have a lot of money and dont care about wasting it but lets be real. Most people like myself arent rich. For anyone not towing, carrying material for a job, etc theirs simply no need for all these gas guzzlers on the road. On top of that the mirage has amazing cargo space. I literally fit a whole queen size matress in the back folded in half. Mived my whole house in the thing for $18. I love my mirage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESMirage2017 View Post
    I love my mirage!
    Then make a garage entry already!

    Garage empty: add car

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESMirage2017 View Post
    I like what you said about enjoying premium fuel economy. Its almost as if its a luxury feature in a way. First thing people seem to look for is a fancy screen and a whole lot of gas guzzling. For an everyday driver its all you should need. I can understand buying a truck or suv if you actually need it or a sports car for the track or if you just have a lot of money and dont care about wasting it but lets be real. Most people like myself arent rich. For anyone not towing, carrying material for a job, etc theirs simply no need for all these gas guzzlers on the road. On top of that the mirage has amazing cargo space. I literally fit a whole queen size matress in the back folded in half. Mived my whole house in the thing for $18. I love my mirage!
    The Mirage is the first hatchback car I've ever owned. Even as small as it is, I'm amazed how much stuff I can haul. I can't haul 2x4s and 4x8 sheets of drywall, but I've hauled all of the tile for my master bath retile job, a new toilet, 4 sinks and countless gallons of paint, and many other sizeable items...not all in a single trip, of course. When I'm not hauling crap like that, it sips fuel at around 40mpg in mostly suburban driving with the AC on at all times (Florida heat).

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    Eye candy

    Cleveland winter weather can be funny. Look at these photos from this past winter:






    And here we have Speck basking in rays of glory. The Mini alongside, unaccustomed to such Eminence, nevertheless (finally) enjoyed a brief moment in the sun. The SUV, blinded, had to turn away.



    Enjoy!
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    Are those white lines on the tire tiny icicles formed on the tire "hairs"???

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
    Are those white lines on the tire tiny icicles formed on the tire "hairs"???
    Yes, they are. Just to be certain, I compared the original picture on my phone with the tire and found a 'hair' at the icicles. There's one at a leaf figure on the Enasave. Lol.

    I forgot about these pictures until I was browsing through my photo gallery on my phone yesterday.

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    I just made a few changes to Speck.

    ZeroStart 3100111 Engine Block Heater. I got lucky with this. I got this real cheap on Amazon. I watched the price for a couple months and when the price dropped to $12 I placed my order. The fit is pretty snug, and it is only about " shy of bottoming out in the engine block. After searching for high-temperature rated greases, I bought a tube of Versachem 15339 Dielectric Connector Grease. Of all the items I found, I chose this one because the product was shown with an applicator tip. Alas, mine didn't come with one. I swear my fingers still slip & slide like I didn't wash it all off lol.

    I also installed Pioneer TS-A1686R A-Series 6.5" with SCOSCHE SAMI651 Speaker Adapter and Metra 72-8104 Speaker Connectors for a clean install that can easily go back to factory form. The only tools required were a #2 phillips screwdriver and *maybe* a door panel pry bar.

    I started by replacing the back speakers. I would replace one and try it out to see how it sounded, and I thought the new speakers sounded quieter than stock. So back online I went to order an amplifier and the Metra 72-8104 speaker connectors. When the speaker connectors came in I installed all four speakers (again, testing after each one was in) and I think they sound great so I'll send back the amp.

    I hope to get some pictures up soon. I'm pleased with the new speakers and this morning's commute will be the first time using the block heater.


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