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Old 10-02-2007, 11:46 PM   #431
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I drove to work today with my 7" lcd stuck into a cupholder (that topic over HERE). I have discovered that I appear to have a bad thermostat, as my engine temp was sitting at 162 on the way home this morning and was at 158 tonight when coming to work (I assume that these thermostats are like normal ones and come in at ~180)

I am at 180 miles about halfway between 1/2 and 3/4 tank. Feeling pretty good right now .

This is my last day of work before my four days off, so hopefully after those four days I will have my lcd in the dash and my computer all set up in the car and won't be using this laptop.
Yup, mine used to run around 179. It sounds like you need a new thermostat. I got the hotter Napa one, the 192-195 Coolant Thermostat (Napa Part #THM268). On my Scangauge, it runs about 190 normal, and rising at idle.

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Old 10-03-2007, 12:28 AM   #432
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Thanks for the part number , now I don't have to go searching for it. I had planned on picking up the hotter thermostat.
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Old 10-08-2007, 08:24 AM   #433
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Just put in my first tank of gasoline. Unless there is some serious pump error I got 50.9MPG . I should be able to grab a couple more getting the idle fixed and getting my thermostat replaced. I have a couple more priorities but hopefully I can have those done by the end of the week.

This tank I shifted at 1500RPM most of the time, I did play around a few times a little closer to the red line getting to know my car . Out of the 344 miles about 60 was in the city loaded down with 3-5 people in the car with the A/C on. I left the A/C off most of the highway time.

I kept the speeds around 55 most of the time and did EOC'ing when a good opportunity came along, I did not do any Pulse and Gliding.

I have "mud and snow" tires on, I think I have the psi at 39 instead of the rated 35.
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Old 10-08-2007, 08:27 AM   #434
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Nice first tank! That's a pretty big improvement over the old tank,
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Old 10-08-2007, 08:33 AM   #435
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That it is, I am just hoping this wasn't a fluke and hoping that I can maintain and improve on this .
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Old 10-08-2007, 08:49 AM   #436
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It seems in line with many others' saturn experiences.
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Old 10-10-2007, 05:26 AM   #437
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I had a marginally higher record fill this morning, 633.0 miles on 8.659 gallons = 73.10 mpg. I was surprised because almost 45% of my tank was hwy driving instead of the normal 20% (hwy = lower FE for my car). Plus I've needed full lights every morning commute. I haven't bothered to tape my hood seams since the last oil change either. I guess the car is finally rolling good again . The front end alignment I did must not be too bad .
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Old 10-10-2007, 05:37 AM   #438
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73MPG, very nice.

What is your opinion on why your metro doesn't do well on the highway? Is the gearing not set up for that or is the engine stressing too hard to keep up and hurting fuel economy?

Though I suppose if we are comparing highway to 45MPH with minimal lights most cars would do better at 45. Most being most manual's, or auto's that will lock their torque converter's by then.
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It's mostly the higher speeds and the gearing. The engine really doesn't work hard at all but there are no good chances for EOC either. When I'm not on the hwy I'm driving rural routes at 40-45 mph. I'm looking into a trans swap with a higher final drive gearing to help with this situation .
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Yeah - I read your question at teamswift about the 3.52 f.d. (sorry - didn't know the answer).

Do you have a potential donor transmission?
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