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#30040 of 35361 Re: Driving Experience [steve_]
Feb 10, 2013 (6:05 am)
I drove it like I stole it and the numbers still kept creeping up.
Fuelly members get between 44 and 50, but one crazy guy in Japan has beat 100mpg several times. Don't try that at home, who knows what that does to the battery.
JDM models have a bigger gas tank, too. Wonder why?
#30041 of 35361 Re: Driving Experience [ateixeira]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 10, 2013 (6:28 am)
The way owners like to hack their Prii, I bet some import the bigger tanks to the US and finagle them in.
Hm, Yakima doesn't have any clips for a Prius v roof rack. That could be a deal killer. Ah, Thule does but I'd have to buy an entire new rack instead of just getting new clips. Only $425. Oops, the keys to keep that expensive rack from walking off adds another $60.
#30042 of 35361 Re: Driving Experience [roadburner]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 10, 2013 (6:37 am)
You can do an M50 swap for about $2K. Less if you do the work yourself. Very few other mods required. That's an extra 50 HP... And, you are still 100% BMW.
#30043 of 35361 Re: Driving Experience [steve_]
Feb 10, 2013 (6:38 am)
Yeah some of those hacks are nutty. Like blocking air flow in the grille.
If we see fried inverters we'll know why.
Feb 10, 2013 (10:41 am)
I wanted one of these really bad when I graduated college, but it was just a bit out of the price range. Should have just done it anyway.
this one actually looks pretty nice, and cheap enough. Lot of miles, but hard to tell what parts have the 245K on them!
#30046 of 35361 Re: same vintage [stickguy]
Feb 10, 2013 (11:42 am)
Driver's seat doesn't look so new....
Still, says something when the seat is worn out and the car still looks that good.
#30047 of 35361 Re: New Chevy Spark [sandman_6472]
Feb 10, 2013 (12:28 pm)
I believe you an buy a Spark in Canada as it's not just for the rental fleets. I saw one on the road and it looked like a squished version of the Sonic. Kudos to GM for investing in small cars though as this will be the future.
#30048 of 35361 Re: now this, is nice [sandman_6472]
Feb 10, 2013 (12:40 pm)
I bought a set of 16" Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires for our E90 BMW for $700 off Craigslist. Not only were they used only for 1 season but they were also runflats, came with stock BMW rims, and TPMS sensors. It was just a bolt on job for me that took an hour (had to use jack from older BMW as my E90 doesn't even come with a jack!). The retired guy who sold them got rid of his BMW and didn't need them anymore. The funny thing is he never mentioned in his ad that these were runflats or had TPMS sensors.
Our stock runflats were wearing out anyways so I needed to replace them. This was a smoking deal as our dealer quoted me $430/tire plus mounting/balancing/taxes to replace the all seasons.
#30049 of 35361 Re: now this, is nice [roadburner]
Feb 10, 2013 (12:53 pm)
I have BMW sport seats in my 3 Series , Recaros in my 2002, and Mazda "sport" seats in my 2007 MS3. I prefer any of those to the standard seats in the X3 or 328i- not that they are uncomfortable, but I like substantial side bolsters.
We have the sports seats in our 07 328 as well and they are among the best seats comfort and support wise compared to any car I've driven, even Ferraris and Maseratis (those are supportive but not as comortable). Even sitting in a non-sports-seat 3 series I feel akward and like I'm sitting on a park bench.