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Old 07-28-2006, 10:21 PM   #11
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you and mira should team up nicely. both of you have econo box's in the most literal sense of the word. box that is. its a real hinderance to the aerodynamics, but if you keep it at lower speeds that wont be a problem at all. is the majority of miles highway?

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Old 07-29-2006, 02:21 PM   #12
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I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, there's no interstate, so most traveling I do is a 55 mph limit. I don't think aerodynamics will be a big issue. The 1.3 makes a mighty 63 hp!!
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Old 07-30-2006, 12:17 PM   #13
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Great little cars they are. I bought a Festiva new in 92 I think it was. Very easy to get 50 mpg out of it. I auto crossed it some and had a great time with the car.
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Old 07-30-2006, 06:04 PM   #14
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Even with it's boxy shape a Festiva can get over 50 mpg without special driving techniques or mods, just think what one can do if you implement these things? I picked a Festiva over a Metro as I believe a Mazda manufactured 4 cylinder will last longer than a Suzuki 3 cylinder. The Festiva also has a more sophisticated multi port EFI system with a vane air meter etc. leading to a more efficient and accurate control of the engine versus the throttle body injection system of the Metro. The Festiva's 5 speed tranny actually is overdriven in 4th and 5th gears also.
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Kraig: Welcome to Gas Saver's. In thinking about it, I don't recall seeing many (any) Festiva's when I've been to the pick a part junk yard's, here in California. If someone come's across one, do you want us to keep an eye out for anything?
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Local yard has two in it. One has two of the factory alloy 12" wheels (was thinking about them for the Metro ) and a rear hatch that was modified (license plate area filled in) so the plate relocated into the bumper.
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Old 07-31-2006, 03:34 PM   #17
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I could use a rust free Surf Blue hood, mine has some minor rust on the leading edge (shipping would probably be a killer ). I hope to have it registered and on the road next week. I'll let you know the mpg totally stock and then with each mod.
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Make sure you create and update your 'gaslog' on the site
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I wouldnt go mod crazy untill you find your's and the cars max mpg.
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Picked up a spare motor (complete) and 5 speed tranny for my Festiva tonight for $50! Any suggestions for a maximum mpg minded rebuild? This way i can have it ready for when the original engine needs a freshening up and can just swap out motors (might be years but I'll be ready).
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