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Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:47 PM Edited by *MURDOC*, 11 March 2012 - 12:42 AM.

I've been toying with the idea of trying to build a vehicle that will get me some sweet mileage while still being able to drive on the highway.

I was thinking of maybe a Geo Metro or something since I've seen a few around here for sale (real original I know), but I wanted to see if you guys had any good ideas first.



And if you want, you can post what you would put together yourself if you wanted a super-mileage type of thang.

I guess I'll add that I don't want to spend sh*tloads of money as well.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:14 PM

Golf TDI.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 12:41 AM

Cool story bro. dozingoff.gif

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 02:43 AM Edited by leik oh em jeez!, 11 March 2012 - 03:42 AM.

I've been having similar thoughts. Except I don't want to give up on it being a full size truck. Or 4x4. Or being easy to work on and find cheap parts for. A guy has a '73 GMC Jimmy on craigslist for $650 I was looking at, I was considering dropping a 6.2 in it some sort of 6-speed manual, thinking it would be fun to beat on and easier to hypermile than the Suburban when I'm low on cash.

By no means mad mileage, but ~20mpgs for a what would basically be a sub $1000 beach truck doesn't seem too bad.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 03:50 AM

QUOTE (Garfield 2 @ Saturday, Mar 10 2012, 18:14)
Golf TDI.

Golf TDI's just aren't that cheap here compared to other fuel miser beaters. Mark 1 and 2 Rabbit NA diesels get about the same mileage as a 1st gen 5 speed Metro (actually worse than a Metro xfi) but the price of fuel makes gives the Metro the definite dollar per mile edge. Purchase prices are more or less the same for the two but it's a lot easier to find Metros that aren't total rust boxes.


The Metro XFI is by far the hypermiller king in the US.

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The halved one averages 75 mpg and the white one with some minor aero and breathing mods averages 62 mpg. That's amurikan Shifty41s_beerhatsmilie2.gif mpg not the lesser wimpy british mpg.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 05:21 PM

Miles Per Gallon are irrelevant next to Smiles Per Gallon.

My next car will do less than 20MPG combined cycle, Goddamnit.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 05:26 PM

QUOTE (visionist @ Sunday, Mar 11 2012, 12:21)
Miles Per Gallon are irrelevant next to Smiles Per Gallon.

I know where you're coming from, but that's not really the point of the thread. wink.gif

Thanks for the actual replies guys.

Lurch, I was thinking something like the white Metro, I could fairly easily craft my own aero bits.


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Posted 11 March 2012 - 06:20 PM

Old-style Suzuki Swift. 1.0 injection petrol version, not the 1.3 in GTi or carbed form. Totally gutless, but geared short 1-3 and long 4-5 so can overtake without issue (well, not quite, but you get the point). They're also pretty aerodynamic for a little hatch, dirt-cheap and nigh-on indestructible.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:28 PM

QUOTE (sivispacem @ Sunday, Mar 11 2012, 13:20)
Old-style Suzuki Swift. 1.0 injection petrol version.

Basically more or less the same thing as our Metro.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:42 PM

Get yourself an old school style Honda Civic
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My '82 Civic went past 300,000 miles and got over 30MPG city driving - more on the highway of course.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:22 PM

I love that Civic, but they're a pretty rare sight recently.


There's a gutted one up the highway that is structurally sound, but it's basically a shell.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:33 AM

QUOTE (*MURDOC* @ Sunday, Mar 11 2012, 16:22)
I love that Civic, but they're a pretty rare sight recently.

Every once in awhile I need to stop and remind myself that 30yrs ago doesn't equal last week. Please excuse my retarded post.

Trying to stay current:
Just don't get too hung up on the MPG stuff. If I ever catch you driving a Smart car I will punch you square in the head.

I know you live close but I'm not sure where. Do you have access to Zip Car or PhillyCarShare? Free gas with those puppies and the whole deal is pretty good - can't smoke in 'em though.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:54 AM

We don't really have those services around here, plus I was going for something like this as part efficient transportation, part project/challenge, since I'd like to see just how much I can squeeze out of it without breaking the bank.

And for the record, you won't see me in a Smart unless it's powered by something around 1300cc's and revs real high. biggrin.gif




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