J, with that, you pretty much confirmed you are close to my clone driver
My "close to one year data" : I purchased the car late April, but started to collect data only in July. Let's say I had no idea about the sickness I was getting into when I bought the car. I found IC.net after my purchase....
- 30 fuel up, 54.3 lmpg but started around mile 5,000. Iím convinced the car is capable of 60-62mpg per tank in its stock version. Iím getting closer and closer to it with the current weather and temperature rising. My desire would be to find which mod will crank it up over 70mpg.
- The car is about 20,000 miles right now
I had only one problem with it : little after purchase, the car repeatedly stalled at idle. Dealer unplugged and re-plugged the spark plug coils, and passed a scan, couldn't find any code or problem report. Conclusion was probably that the coils were not properly inserted on initial built (not "clipped") and one had detached, therefore couldn't create the ignition. Since then, no problem at all.
The car has shown very reliable. The only squeaks were this winter, in very cold temperature, I had some from the roof which I would attribute to a probably cheap spacer/foam material between the roof interior and the class A that didn't deal well with the material deformation due to temperature.
After a year, Iím still satisfied with the car. It fulfill the reason why I had bought it for, which is fuel economy instead of power. I would say it has changed my driving habits a lot, and brought a different ďfun to driveĒ experience. I use to look for power, speed, acceleration, now I mostly care about mpgs. I find it fun to pause and think about this one year journey and almost laugh at myself (in a good way) for this change.