Simplify and add lightness.
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage DE 1.2 automatic: 43.0 mpg (US) ... 18.3 km/L ... 5.5 L/100 km ... 51.7 mpg (Imp)
Last edited by Mark; 05-02-2019 at 03:20 AM.
Had anti-foul spark plug extenders on I think 4 of the 6 plugs. I didn't realize it at the time, but it's pretty amazing that the engine even ran.
Simplify and add lightness.
My "first" car was a 98 V6 Malibu which was a hand me down from my parents. It had been the main car I learned to drive on, and then in 2013 my mom got a new car and it was solely for my use. Now having to pay for gas was not fun. Tried to learn hypermiling but it wasn't conducive to good mileage, high 20's was it.
I then bought a 95 Metro a week before I turned 20, the first car I'd ever owned, and still do.
I didn't get my own car until college. I worked at a body shop on the weekends, and the owner helped me into a 2003 Cavalier, bought at auction and needing only minor repairs.
It was as nice as a Cavalier gets, with shiny alloy wheels, sunroof, and factory body kit. It was honestly a great car, especially for a first car. I only had it for three months before somebody talking on the phone made a left turn in front of me without looking. Both cars were beyond repair after that. I had the car for such a short time, I never got a picture of it in one piece.
I don't think of my first car as being my "beater car", but it wasn't necessarily a prized possession either. I didn't own my own car until the start of my junior year of college (1983). Even back then, I wanted two things in a car (hatchback/small wagon & manual transmission). Since my dad was a GM guy his entire life (his first five cars were all Impalas), I was sort of drawn to the Chevy Chevette at first.
When it was crunch time to buy a used car, a 1978 Honda Civic Wagon CVCC (dark brown with a tan interior) with 60,000 miles caught my attention. It's 1488 cc engine had a whopping 63 horsepower. It's the only car that I ever owned that had a hand choke. There were some features on that car that I still remember and like to this day. The rear seat folded down in such a way that it created a very large, flat, firm, useable space. Even the rear window cranks had spring loaded knobs that folded out of the way when not used. Front dashes were more unique back then, but the addition of air bags has changed all that for every modern day car now.
Times have changed for sure! A 2019 Honda Fit's 1.5 liter engine (manual) cranks out 130 hp. 40 years ago that same size engine had less than half that much.
I had an 86 Jeep Comanche RWD. It had 110k miles on it and rusted out floor boards total piece of crap. Paid $700 bucks and it didnt even get 6 months out of it before the tranny blew. Last time I owned a Jeep. Proceeded to get a 1989 Honda Civic that I beat to death delivering pizzas in college. The hood on that Civic flew up on me on a highway almost killing me. I had to bungie cord it down and left it like that for 3 years. Also, at the time, didnt realize cars needed oil and completely let it run dry turn it blew up on me on my way back home. Fun times.