Originally Posted by Varak
The car is definitely somewhat gutless and my mileage has dropped 5-10% from when I first got it. It is starting to use a bit of oil as well, maybe a third of a quart in the 5-7K miles between oil changes.
My driving conditions are about the worst possible, I think. 30-60K miles/year, 90% of which is stop and go traffic in the Phoenix heat.
Any tips on what I can do to prevent further deterioration?
Just hit 272K miles on it.
Just keep a replacement motor in mind, and pick one up when a cheap one is close enough to fall into your lap.
My two cents... from a guy with the same miles!
A contraction of the words "thermal reactor". former RedJellyBean
2000 Honda Insight
3-speed transmission (1st, 2nd, 4th)
Lots of engine malfunction codes
wet seatbelts, crappy stereo, lots of rattles
still runs, still driving