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Old 11-24-2012, 02:51 PM   #11
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My first new car was a '97 Escort. I got about 28-30mpg in heavy city traffic (Honolulu and Nashville) and 36-39mpg on the interstate with the entire family in the car and trunk full of luggage with the A/C turned on.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:56 PM   #12
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My 1st new car was a 2001 Kia Rio. 5-spd/AM/FM/CD,A/C,13 inch alloy wheels,rear spoiler(all of which was part of the upgrade package). One of the most reliable cars I've ever owned. I was gettting 31-32 m.p.g. on average(it was rated 27 m.p.g. city and 32 m.p.g. highway at the time),although I managed to get as high as 34 in spurts.
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Was reminiscing down memory lane yesterday. Remembered back to my first-ever, new car:

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find....ion=sbs&id=300

39 mpg highway. Yep. Better than today's Focus. It was a great first-car for a newly-married couple on a budget. I had the very base model -- 1985 1/2 model year, 1.9 liter engine, zero options. It was exciting enough to us at the time, and the fuel economy really did make a difference, enabling us to travel and make trips we otherwise would have had to forego.
You didn't go for the escort GT or Lynx rs ?
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I had not thought about cars getting heavier. Is safety driving that weight gain?
Yup & some of the cars are growing again= getting bigger.
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My first new car was a '97 Escort. I got about 28-30mpg in heavy city traffic (Honolulu and Nashville) and 36-39mpg on the interstate with the entire family in the car and trunk full of luggage with the A/C turned on.
L69, how 'bout a LB9?
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The gas was better back then too, no mandated oxygenates reducing the energy content of the fuel.
Sure was ^^^^^^^^^^^
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