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  • #16
    check to make sure you tire size is stock or that you have the spedo gear replacement that happened to me when I thought I got 9mpg

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    • #17
      well the problem with a job is the only time i can work is weekends because i have school during the day, and i am taking college courses at night, and there is jack$h!t for jobs in this area for anyone under 18, but I am looking for a job. i do have $4000 saved up, I am cheap as hell and save evry dollar i have earned over the past couple years.
      i made a mental math mistake with those 0's, thanks for pointing that out I was realy getting worried.
      but i might be wrong on the gas mileage because the first few days the hubs were locked from whoever used it last.That will have a big effect right? so i will have to redo that.
      I have to let her idol a lot in the moning other wise she wont run, thats uses gas.
      I am kind of heavy on the pedal, what do you suggest, slow down and drive slower? will this conserve more gas? I will stop accelerating as fast to. Someone said thicker oil kills it to. Unfortunatly I am running 10w40 because it has low pressure.
      Thanks for the advice though.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by jeepkid411
        check to make sure you tire size is stock or that you have the spedo gear replacement that happened to me when I thought I got 9mpg
        its got 31s and the spedo is the same, but I know it is always 5 miles faster.

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        • #19
          at least you're not getting 8 gallons per mile. get a job and you can afford the car. if it's a problem, then maybe you should buy some nice shoes so you can walk more comfortably.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by FUBAR
            at least you're not getting 8 gallons per mile. get a job and you can afford the car. if it's a problem, then maybe you should buy some nice shoes so you can walk more comfortably.
            ha, very funny, but not were i live

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            • #21
              as far as working on it, my dad used to own an auto repair shop back in the day and i hope he knows what hes doing, becuase hes teaching it all to me, and doesnt beleive in using a shop for anything less than a new trans.

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              • #22
                Not trying to be ugly with you here but I think you may want to sit down and rethink your priorities.

                You will have plenty of time for gas guzzling vehicles like Jeeps later. Especially if you get a college degree.

                The fun thing to do is keep the Jeep.

                The smart thing to do is drive a fuel efficient jalopy until you finish school and can afford the gas guzzling Jeep.


                Decide if you want to be smart or not and sell the CJ and get the Escort anyway. Cause if you got to bum money off your date I guarantee you ain;t getting laid no matter what you're driving.

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                • #23
                  DITTO! I Jeep is a fun thing to have AND WORK ON. Sell it buy a Neon or some other rice burner of a car. After you graduate and work you can buy one that you and your dad can work on together.



                  Originally posted by LYKOS
                  Not trying to be ugly with you here but I think you may want to sit down and rethink your priorities.

                  You will have plenty of time for gas guzzling vehicles like Jeeps later. Especially if you get a college degree.

                  The fun thing to do is keep the Jeep.

                  The smart thing to do is drive a fuel efficient jalopy until you finish school and can afford the gas guzzling Jeep.


                  Decide if you want to be smart or not and sell the CJ and get the Escort anyway. Cause if you got to bum money off your date I guarantee you ain;t getting laid no matter what you're driving.

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                  • #24
                    I hate to agree but....
                    I agree with fubar, I had to walk a lot cause I had a Ford (never ran) when I was in highschool, the extra car in the family was a camper van that got 6mpg, gas was 99cents to 1.10, but it was still bad.

                    I could not have the car I wanted till my first 4 cars died, then I got a 2wd pickup truck, I loved it cause it was the best i had ever had.

                    now I had a job starting in 7th grade, and now I have 3. I love my jeeps, gas costs a lot, so I do not buy movies, video games, food at restaurants.

                    It is worth it to wait, cause it hurts to have to give up something you love, I had to give up the 2wd truck and get a 13 year old caviler because I was in between jobs.

                    Originally posted by LYKOS
                    Not trying to be ugly with you here but I think you may want to sit down and rethink your priorities.

                    You will have plenty of time for gas guzzling vehicles like Jeeps later. Especially if you get a college degree.

                    The fun thing to do is keep the Jeep.

                    The smart thing to do is drive a fuel efficient jalopy until you finish school and can afford the gas guzzling Jeep.


                    Decide if you want to be smart or not and sell the CJ and get the Escort anyway. Cause if you got to bum money off your date I guarantee you ain;t getting laid no matter what you're driving.

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                    • #25
                      Ouch...

                      that hurt. I am 16 years old and I am building my 1980 CJ5 ground up right now and I drive my dads 1986 F-250 with a 7.5L 460ci, talk about bad gas mileage. I can afford it though because I got a job at a Starbucks making $11.50 an hour. I love money. I stopped the schooling outside of school, like night school or summer classes so that I could have time to be a fulltime student and work 33 hours a week. Sacrifice is a funny thing, but its life.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by LYKOS
                        And the only problem I ever had getting laid in a Escort was the dang automatic seatbelts getting in the way...
                        HAHA its funny bc its so true. I used to have an escort til I started driving the XJ.
                        Last edited by 80cj5; 02-21-2006, 07:30 PM.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by CJ5311
                          I can afford it though because I got a job at a Starbucks making $11.50 an hour. I love money.
                          You make 11.50 an hour at Starbucks!!!!!
                          My wife is the Executive Sales blah blah blah and she isnt making $11.50, can I apply for a job there lol.

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                          • #28
                            i know what would be best for me, but last face it when was the last time you choose the right choice over the fun choice? I prefer the fun; were theres a will theres a way. I am just looking for some advice on driving techniques that could save me gas in the long run. I have stopped accelarating so quickly, but what else can i do?

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by CJ5311
                              I am 16 years old and I am building my 1980 CJ5 ground up right now and I drive my dads 1986 F-250 with a 7.5L 460ci, :
                              you SOB: you get your license at 16 in CA, here in Jersey we dont get it till 17 (with restrictions that NO ONE follows)

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                              • #30
                                Pick the slow lane on the highway and drive about 5 below the limit whenever possible.

                                don't follow close, leave about 5 seconds or more between you and the car in front.

                                When you see brake lights ahead of you immediately let off the gas and coast to a stop as much as possible. brakes are designed to waist energy, the less you need to use them the better off you are.

                                When you get to a stoplight and now it will be a while, shut 'er down. Idling for more than about 30 sec. waists more gas than starting a warm engine.

                                Get a block heater and plug her in at night, less warmup time means less waisted gas (then mom and dad pay the electric bill He, He, He)

                                Get a new thermostat. 195 degree will get the fastest warmup times, and the best economy.

                                Get rid of the engine driven fan in favor of an electric with a thermostat.

                                Find an overdrive trany.

                                smaller tires (stock size is best) save the big meats for the trail.

                                Get a passenger or two to chip in for gas. (you still get 8 mpg, but your not paying for all of it )

                                Tune up Tune up Tune up. Rebuild that carb and learn to adjust it. Lower the float level a little to lean her out, adjust the choke just lean enough to start on a cold morning. New plugs, wires, cap, rotor, maybe even a new coil.

                                If the computer is not bypassed, get a new O2 sensor (hey it controls fuel economy on that thing) Oh, yeah, fix those exhaust leaks first, they will mess everything up.

                                Check your brakes for signs of sticking calipers or worn return springs in the back.

                                New lighter fluid in the diffs. 75w90 will work just fine in a diff that specifies 80w90, synthetic works even better. (GM used it to improve the numbers on the late 80s camaro/firebird, got them nearly a whole mile more! )

                                Same story in the stransfer case as above

                                change the fluid in the trany (T4-T5 uses ATF, most everthing else uses gear lube) Same recomendations as above.

                                Check timing, I like to keep advancing mine till she starts to ping under load, then back her of a couple of degrees.

                                Anything I missed?

                                hope it helps

                                P.S. life is way too short to stop driving a vehicle that you love just to drive one that "makes sense" I know, I owned a metro for a few months.

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