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I have a 99 Toyota Corolla that gets over 35 mpg. So where has technology been hiding for over the past ten years?
Common car makers - get with it! Quit screwing the public! If Toyota can do 35 mpg for over 10 years, why can't YOU !
I just wanna' know why more people didn't pitch a fit when they went from a normal car that most anyone could learn to fix and in the 50's and 60's it was family tradition to teach your son or daughter how to work on a car, at least the basics, then everything went automatic this and computerized that and even the danged mechanics can only tell you what it could be, back when i was growing up and a car was a car they told you exactly what was wrong and didn't ask for blood to fix it. Americans got so lazy they could turn alittle crank to roll the window up nooooo, they had to have a motor that dies out on you and only needs a button pushed, personly if it wasn't for my age i would get a horse and buggy.
For some reason the whole auto industry is wasting everyone's time by manufacturing and putting out just so-so 40 MPG cars and not going for the GREAT 65/80 MPG DIESEL cars. American auto buyers are so easy to BS with clever sales gimmicks. Every time I see this and write about the cars that were developed in Europe and millions on the road getting 70 mpg.
Here it is again. I own a 2003 VW Jetta TDI, four door sedan with leather and a great sound system. With a 1.9 liter diesel and a five speed trans. I have added just a couple simple mods, like larger intercooler mounted up front with larger 2.5" piping from the turbo to the larger intake manifold and 3" exhaust from the turbo to the exhaust tips. I also add a simple mod to the transmission by swapping out the stock 5th gear and replace it with a .658 fifth gear set. I have a mild tune on the engine control unit (ecu). Without trying to hyper mile drive the car to get those big number MPG, by just driving normal everyday driving, I get 52 mpg.. The real super good part is, I make biodiesel and it cost me like $0.96 per gallon to make. Do that math folks, it is $0.0184615 cents per mile. That's $18.4615 cents to travel from SF to LA and back. No BS. check out the TDICLIB.com forums. Talk to all the VW TDI CLUB members and ask them. If you see a VW that has a TDI badge on it, ask the owner about their great fuel MPG. What is happening is the same BS the computer manufactures have been doing for 30 plus yrs. That being sell different models EVERY year with just a little bit of advancement in speed, or monitor size, faster DVD player and recorder, more ram and the list continues. The same is for cars. The tech is here, but they have finished selling you a bunch of BS that you are so willing to buy. Check out VW google the 1L diesel linked up to battery powered electric hybrid that puts down 105 MPG. I know this to be true because my eyes didn't lie to me. It is simple folks, you are being lied to and you don't seem to care...
Americans are getting dupped. We already had gasoline powered cars in the early 1970s that realisticly 55 Mpg and were the same size as these hybrid mobiles. EG. Chevy Metro or Ford Fiesta.