Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Hyper Miler: 1992 Honda Civic VX

You could drive a vehicle with great fuel economy to save the whales, the planet, or all of the people living in low sea level areas, or you could drive a vehicle with good fuel economy because you are a degenerate cheapskate -- but it really doesn't matter as long as that car doesn't make you look like a 1%er douche who is attempting make up for his ruthless capitalistic business deals by driving an electric luxury car..cough cough Tesla...cough..sorry...anyway, if you want to drive something that gets great fuel economy AND makes you look cool, skip the overpriced new junk and drive this classic Honda. Find this 1992 Honda Civic VX offered for $4,500 in Harford Cty, MD via craigslist. Tip from Jeff S.

From the seller:
1992 honda civic vx hatchback 
condition: good 
cylinders: 4 cylinders 
drive: fwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 190000 
paint color: red 
size: compact 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: hatchback 
OG's VX Build: HyperMile Driving with some JDM Styling. ecomodder.com. look up this link if you want learn the complete build of this super rare one of a kind build. Most have for hypermiller that wants to push his boundries without worrying about replacing any expensive battery.Rather than eeking through a mod list, please just read my build thread from top to bottom. I know that it is long, but to be blunt, I don't want to sell the car to someone who hasn't read it. I figure if a person doesn't care enough to read about how this project evolved to this state, than they likely will not take proper care of the vehicle after buying it.

My build thread on EcoModder can be found by clicking here.

Also, don't be surprised if I call you about a year from now and make an offer to buy it back from you. Seriously, I probably will!

Asking price: $4,500.00.

1992 Civic VX; drivetrain is completely stock. Only mods are aero and lowering springs.

186,000 miles or so on the odometer.

Good Stuff: Car is mega smooth on the road (drive with a finger at cruise); 65 average city/hwy MPG with NO EOC and car-on at idle. I don't do all that crazy mess, and car is still breaking 65 easy this summer. This VX is mechanically strong, no issues. Great tires, though they are due for a rotation. 1992 3-door VX Hatchback
Clean title in hand
189,392 miles
1.5L I4 VTEC-E Engine (D15Z1)
5-speed economy-geared transmission
Completely mechanically stock other than 1.5" lowering springs

Front lip extension
Front air dams
Wiper deflector
Front wheel-well modification
Sideview mirror delete
Side skirts
Rear diffuser
Custom rear cambak/side skirts/wheel covers (tied into diffuser to box the tail)
Lowered 1.5" all around
A/C delete (12v fan and fresh air vent installed)
Rear seat delete
Rear upholstery delete (rhinolined)
Spare delete
Passenger's seat delete
Driver's seat replaced with Sparco Star racing seat
Wide-view racing mirror installed for visibility
MPGuino on custom pillar-mount
Vacuum gauge on same pillar
And more that I'm undoubtedly forgetting...

The car is incredibly light, and even compared to my wife's stock '93 VX it just coasts through the air up to about 75mph. Unfortunately, I'm not able to hyper-mile much on my 45 minute commute to/from work due to the route, so I'm only seeing some of the benefit of this car. Even so, I'm averaging around 50mpg hand-calculated (on test-drives I've hit 60+ on straight and flat roads).

This car needs a mileage-obsessed tinkerer to continue modding and improving the car's performance and efficiency. If this sounds like you, drop me a line!

As far as maintenance is concerned: the previous owner used only Mobile 1 Full Synthetic with quality filters, and I've continued the trend, changing it at 7,000mi intervals. He also changed the transmission fluid shortly before selling the car, so around 1.5 years ago (not sure of mileage). I installed new plugs, wires, distributor cap, fuel filter, and air filter ~2000mi ago. I also had to replace the clutch fork recently, so I replaced the clutch slave cylinder and throw-out bearing while I was in there, including flushing the clutch fluid. Vinyl applique on roof has been replaced heated and re-stretched . 

Feel free to shoot me any questions you might have. Ecomodders,

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  1. With all of that aero, someone ought to take it to Bonneville & see where the top end is.

  2. I really want to buy this and act like I am a granola eating hippy hyper miler. Then throw in a roll cage and turn it into a race car and send the current owner a picture of the aero junk going into a landfill.

    1. This would make a great sleeper with an LS V-tech, leave the aero junk on, eat you some granola and grow you a pony tail and take cash from the unsuspecting.

    2. Totally. It's already 1/3 to 1/2 the way towards being a drag car. Now it just needs the power and a set of slicks.

  3. I'd be interested to see what each 'improvement' actually gained in mpg. I must admit, I didn’t realize that hyper-miling was this much of a thing. I think I will head to the website and start asking questions about hyper-miling my lifted Wrangler…


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