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Author:  hotrodray1 [ Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:21 am ]
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well my car must be broke in after my trip to canada. I got 54.5 miles per gallon on1 tank and 54.1 on the next not bad for a $550.00 car. A 1992 1.0 5 speed I bought it for 40.00 and then rebulit the engine and installed new clutch. Trip from south carolina to ontario was a great break in . Picked up engine in ontario 1.3 and got 54.1 on way back home. woo hoo got to love a 1.0 !!!!!

Author:  jwxr7 [ Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:27 am ]
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NICE 8)

Author:  geometro [ Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:17 am ]
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hey ray -

Glad to hear the trip went well. That's some nice MPG for a long highway cruise.

Author:  mpmetro [ Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:15 pm ]
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i am almost in the 50mpg club. I got 49.3 mpg. I regret those times I pushed the gas all the way.

Author:  MetroMac [ Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:00 am ]
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Wow. How do you guys do it? My 1991 Metro convertible can't seem to get more than 38 MPG. I think there's something wrong with the EGR system.

Author:  Darrell [ Fri Dec 14, 2007 3:22 am ]
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I'm getting 46 MPG (combined) in my 1.3L. The car was getting 35 combined before I made these changes....

I go through the gears normally for 1st and 2nd. Then I shift directly into 4th (skipping 3rd) when I hit about 23MPH. Then I take it easy as I accelerate up to 35. I shift into 5th gear at 35MPH or sooner.

I also try to shut off the engine and coast whenever possible or during extended waiting times. I don't have time to pulse and glide the entire trip.

I'm happy with it.

Author:  Me-n-my-xfi [ Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:36 pm ]
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I picked up my xfi this past Aug. for $800 w/83k on it - put almost $600 into it and run it an hour (62 miles) one way to work each day. At a steady 55 she get 52 mpg, 60 mph / 47ish mpg and at 65 mph for half a dozen miles she starts to billow smoke like crazy! I'm guessing it's the 5-30 econo II oil I'm running? I bought the Metro to save $ on gas so just keep it under 65 except to pass.

I'm more than happy but will continue to work on improving it - lots of good data here!!!

Author:  $400chevymetro [ Sat Dec 29, 2007 10:10 am ]
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I've hit the 50+ mpg several times with my 98 1.0 5sp. I've heard many people say you can't get that mpg with a 98. I've kept mileage while working out of town, driving 200 miles a day and filling up every other day it was pretty easy to keep track of milage. About 60% of trip was flat 60-65 mph in the Missouri river bottoms. The other 40% was hilly and some small towns at 55-60 mph. I did coast down several long hills with car out of gear and engine on. Otherwise pretty normal driving. My best MPG was 52.4 and averaged around 50 most of the time. Now driving 70 or maybe just a bit faster :roll: LOL it only gets around 45. Going fast is expensive even in a metro

Author:  t3 ragtop [ Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:54 pm ]
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i hear you $400.

i didn't think that the big body mk4 and mk5 cars would get 50 mpg either. my re-engined 98 3 banger got 53 mpg one week with milder weather and 50 mpg after the temperature dropped into the 20s f.

the power unit i swapped into it was from my old 92 hoopty and has the 4.10:1 ratio tranny from the older hatchback. everything else is box stock right down to the radio.

i'm in the 50 mpg club with 2 metros (out of 5. :lol: )

Author:  stine961 [ Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:25 pm ]
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My 95 Metro 3cyl 5spd gets 48 on average and 55 on the hiway, if i drive like a little ol lady, dont pass, keep it at 60 and feather the throttle as much as i can i have gotten 62 mpg three times!!! I keep the tires at 40psi and use sythentic oils and fluids, keep the car as light as i can also, amazing how much junk and stuff weighs,

Author:  geometro [ Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:16 pm ]
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Congrats. :thumbsup:

I go back and forth between light weight and regular weight with my car. Currently the driver's seat is the only one in it, and there's NOTHING in the back. I leave the tools, jack & spare in the garage for local driving & only put them back in when I'm hitting the highway.

Eventually I'll get sick of the stripped look & tin can sound of an empty car, and put it all back together again though.

Author:  Me-n-my-xfi [ Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:58 pm ]
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I have about a 130 mile round trip to work - 90% highway - kept it to 60 and got 52.

Author:  SweetGeo93 [ Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:30 am ]
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Me-n-my-xfi wrote:
I picked up my xfi this past Aug. for $800 w/83k on it - put almost $600 into it and run it an hour (62 miles) one way to work each day. At a steady 55 she get 52 mpg, 60 mph / 47ish mpg and at 65 mph for half a dozen miles she starts to billow smoke like crazy! I'm guessing it's the 5-30 econo II oil I'm running? I bought the Metro to save $ on gas so just keep it under 65 except to pass.

I'm more than happy but will continue to work on improving it - lots of good data here!!!
When is the last time your car had a PCV valve?

Author:  SPice [ Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:09 pm ]
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I got 53 mpg on my last tank... without the mods in my sig!! woohoo!! :cheers:

Author:  AK92GSR [ Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:06 pm ]
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55mpg freeway and 45mpg city with a light foot. 40mpg city/freeway average with heavy foot.

Author:  Gonzo3000 [ Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:05 pm ]
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Just got 49mpg on my first tank. All freeway miles of 65-70mph. w00t! :shock:

Author:  mpmetro [ Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:42 pm ]
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just got 52mpg, 80% highway, 20% city, and not going over 55mph.
91 Metro Vert

Author:  baddog671 [ Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:10 pm ]
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95 1L 5speed. Im currently only averaging 45mpg, but when it gets warm I'll go back to 55ish average, mostly suburban/light city. Best so far is 78mpg and the car is practically stock...

Author:  Gonzo3000 [ Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:31 pm ]
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baddog671 wrote:
Best so far is 78mpg and the car is practically stock...


Now that rocks! Mr light foot. :D


I just hit 51mpg.... all freeway 65-70mph, right behind semis when I can, and turn off ignition when coasting off the freeway / at stop lights. If I could only train myself to go 55... it's just too slow!

Author:  Human Ills [ Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:13 pm ]
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I finally made it into the 50mpg club (Okay 49.95491 but I know my odometer is a tad pessimistic due to my 14 inch rims, so I'm counting it!)

San Francisco and back for under 3.5 gals. WOW! Now if only I could get that kind of mileage at 65 mph instead of 55. I'm working on it.

Author:  NWA GTi [ Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:32 pm ]
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I'm knockin on the door of the 50mpg club. I have a 91 1.0, 3spd Auto, 5 door that is stripped from behind the front seats. I bought the car a few weeks ago, and I just went through my first tank and I got 47mpg with only 65% highway driving. I drive 110 miles round trip each day to work, all 55mph highway. All I've done to the car is put 155/80/r13's on it, so that lowered my rpm a little, its lowered about 2in, and I opened up the exhuast a little. The funny thing is the car sat for 3 years before i bought it and i didn't have to do a tune up or anything on the car. I'm looking pretty good to break into the 50mpg club on this tank, I'm driving all highway, and I have about 300miles on the tank and I have about 3/8 a tank left.

Author:  Darrell [ Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:12 pm ]
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Darrell wrote:
I'm getting 46 MPG (combined) in my 1.3L. The car was getting 35 combined before I made these changes....

I go through the gears normally for 1st and 2nd. Then I shift directly into 4th (skipping 3rd) when I hit about 23MPH. Then I take it easy as I accelerate up to 35. I shift into 5th gear at 35MPH or sooner.

I also try to shut off the engine and coast whenever possible or during extended waiting times. I don't have time to pulse and glide the entire trip.

I'm happy with it.


You guys have to drive like I do in the city. I might get better gas mileage in the city because I gear it up so high. Some people want the xfi transmission, but you can change your driving style to do the same thing. I have a 1.3L and I'm nearly getting what you guys do. My best was almost 47 MPG.

Oh and use only the first 1/4 inch of gas pedal and let the car accelerate by itself.

Author:  gamefoo21 [ Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:25 pm ]
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:(

The McBeaner did 600KM on 33L, mostly highway, some city driving, some real nice hilly auto cross areas, and averaged a speed of I'd say 108Kph. This was on 10% ethanol 91 octane fuel.

It has a leaking exhaust system, manifold is cracked, pipe is hosed, muffler is rotted, the clutch is wore, the tranny is wore.

The good, I have it sitting on lowering springs so it's sitting about 1.5" lower, I pulled the rubber seal that sits infront of the windshield under the hood, had 40psi in the tires, running Amsoil 5w30 in the engine, and Amsoil synthetic syncromesh in the transaxle. I also gutted the air box, and I run a K&N filter, so it's pulling the air from behind the passenger side headlight. Also not sure how much it helps, but I use those low low profile wipers that are just the spring steel spine and the rubber blade.

I guess it boils down to a rough 43mpg. Not shabby I guess for a car I know is running rich, because it's leaking before the first O2 sensor. Hopefully I'll be able to nurse it up over 50mpg when I fix the exhaust system, and change out the steel intake for a nice clean aluminum one, upgrade the cam shaft, put in my fully balasted blow by catch can, and finally brake down and get a crank scraper.

Author:  jonprivate [ Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:56 pm ]
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I finally made it into your 50 + MPG club. I just averaged 54.5 mpg on my trip to Arkansas from Colorado, and then back from Arkansas to Colorado. I took a different route this time, so I didn't have to go up all those steep mountains. I got in behind those big trucks every chance I could, but I had a hard time keeping up with the ones going over 73 mph so I just found the ones doing the speed limit and stayed with them. Then when I didn't have anyone to follow I just did 65 mpg and put one of those books on tape in the tape player and drove... it still feels like I'm driving... hehehe :shock:

Author:  thinkmoto [ Mon May 12, 2008 7:32 pm ]
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445 miles on 8.8 gals. 50.5mpg mixed city highway driving. Been taking it easy in town and keeping her at 55 on the highway. Still not satisfied yet though would like 55mpg or more.

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