Adding one more Geo to the fleet! I've been lurking and studying since the MSN 50mpg article and had to jump in.
I have an '01 Saturn SL that gets 41mpg without driving it special at all. Love that car, but my wife has a farther commute and gets the Satty.
I have a '97 Volvo 850R Turbo wagon that gets ~28 hwy, but average mpg is only 21.5 according to the computer. So it only gets driven on long trips. Although there is something VERY cool about a station wagon that will hang with the Mustang GTs and do 155mph!
My daily driver and the reason I'm here is a '93 Geo Prizm Lsi I bought a year ago for $600. It should get way better mileage than it does. I've always coasted where I can, and my last tank averaged 31.4mpg. I'm shooting for 50.
I guess the rest of these details can be put in my car profile, I'll spare your eyes. Thanks for a great site with lots of info!
I've turned a few wrenches. The problem I always run into is finding the time to do it. That's why there's 3 cars at my house and 2 drivers. Gotta have a back up when you're fixing something. As for engine swaps, I don't have a hoist or a wife that sees the need yet, so my goal with the gay-o is to max out my mpg with what I've got:
1.8L (the bigger prizm motor)
195/70 tires, when 175/65 are what's supposed to be there
I'm always on the lookout and there's an older Saturn 5spd near me I wouldn't mind having. If I get something else though, it needs to be newer so I can use my ScanGauge. I love coasting the Saturn with the SG and seeing 210mpg! My goal is to take info from this site and use it to at least match the Saturn's mpg with the auto Geo.
This current tank of gas I have the tires to 45psi (35 is max recommended, doh), I'm parking so I can pull forward, I'm setting the cruise at 65mpg, and I'm coasting out of my driveway before I start the car. We'll see how far that gets me, then it's time for MODS!!!!
I was going to say that you should be getting at least 40mpg with the geo, as the one that my mom used to have that got driven 3 miles per trip avered about 41mpg, and the guy who ended up buying it got closer to 43mpg on longer trips, and driving FAST all the time, of course the 155/80-13 tires helped alot, I say trade it in for a manual befor everyone else catches on.