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Old 12-22-2009, 05:27 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by the_man View Post
Yeah, remove all the modern convienence and safety BS and you'll be at least partially there. A 3-cylinder metro weighs in the 1700 pound range, the Fit is in the 2500-2600 range. So shave off about a third of the weight and that should help- airbags, extra speakers, sound deadening, all that plastic in the engine bay, etc.
The golf ball car episode of Mythbusters showed that 800 pounds of extra weight didn't change the MPG of their test sedan (kills the acceleration though).

In my experience (with this current project), jack rabbit starts don't do much to your MPGs either. I can gun the hell out of the Metro at stoplights getting back up to cruising speed. What really makes a difference is what your cruising MPGs are. Increase those and your overall MPG goes up. So, the 15seconds I spend getting 20 MPG don't really harm me since I am driving the next 5 minutes at 55MPG.

Of course, I have the Metro stripped anyway! Can't trust those damn Mythbusters <G>...
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:50 PM   #42
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Wait... I'm getting a vision of the future. It's Rob's Metro, completely covered in dimples!

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Old 12-22-2009, 09:46 PM   #44
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Originally Posted by TurboTim View Post
Actually it all depends on the years. I'm talkin 89-94 USDM?
I talked to the owner today, apparently the Swifts were available with the 3 cylinder in Canada, but only as 4 cylinders in the US.

He has a build thread on teamswift.net but I can't seem to find it right now...
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