Don't know where else to put this really so I'll try here.
Anyway, I've been searching for a vehicle that does really good on fuel. I was searching for a Geo Metro with a 5 speed but that didn't work out. I did get a 2000 Chevy Cavalier for the amazing price of free. It only needs a thermostat, oil change, transmission oil change, coolant flush and a valve cover gasket. My boss had an extra car so gave it to me.
Here's my main issue, I'm wanting to get the best fuel mileage that I possibly can. It has the 3 speed auto which kind of sucks but beggars can't be choosers I guess.
Any suggestions though? I'm kind of thinking about a warm air intake. I don't care if I lose any kind of power, my main issue is getting the best fuel mileage I can. It's a highway car since my job involves me going back and forth between a few schools.
Three speed will give you terrible mileage, trust me personal experience. I got like 20-25 mixed with my cavalier with the 3 speed.
but... you really need to up your MPGs a lot or do a massive amount of driving to justify modding a car or buying a different one for just mileage
lets say one car A gets 30 mpg and the second,Car B, gets 20
lets also say that you drive 15,000 miles per year, slightly above the average
Car A would require 500 gallons of gas to drive that distance
Car B would require 750 gallons of gas to drive the same distance
So we have a 150 gallon difference
At $2.50 per gallon you are saving...
375 bucks per year by driving car A
Now consider Car C at 50 MPG
Car C would use 300 gallons
Car C would use 450 less gallons then B
Car C would cost $1,125 less per year over Car B
Personally I can not justify buying a car just because of it's better mileage
It's a data point worth considering...
But it would take you what?
10-14 years to justify buying a brand new Eco-CityCar that got 50 MPG
...And that's only if If it replaced a truck that got something horrible like only 20 MPG
Anyways.... A front lip gave me about 2-3 MPGs High-way on my Cavalier
I miss my Cavalier, even if it made 100 hp on a cold day and had more suspension then it deserved.
Well I am kind of hoping the auto gives out on it sometime to give me an excuse to find a cheap 5 speed
Proper tuneup, properly inflated tires, and synthetic fluids in the motor and trans would be a good start. Factory spoiler should help with mpg if it doesn't have one already.
I had a 3 speed auto sunfire, and got really good mpg's on the interstate at 70mph. I just kept basic maintenance up.