Hi there so i now own a 2003 black vibe awd thats in decent shape that i got for 1800$, it was more but after further discussion with previous owner it doesnt have the original engine, so the odometer says about 150k miles the engine has about 250-260k... I can live with that because the interior is actually in great shape, it just has a couple little cosmetic issues like the glove box barely works, (previous owner from what i can tell is not mechanically inclined) previous owner changed the cabin air filter and didnt put it back together,... I havent had a chance to fix it yet, ive had other things i had to get sorted first, like detailing and polishing the paint, it needed it BADLY, and some clear coat is peeling on the roof between the windshield and sunroof, its too bad but i have some ideas, either vinyl wrap or plasti dip the roof, something along those lines will work.
So i have some questions i need help answering...(ive tried searching on here, i just havent figured out this forum yet) I discovered the AWD model gets much worse mileage than the FWD model, which i wasnt impressed with and the gas tank is only 11 gallon (my old car had 19 gallon) so thats gonna take some getting use to refilling more often.
Also it just feels super slow, like you can feel it through the intake and exhaust that its like its breathing in and out through a straw. Im thinking of modifying the factory air box to let more air in, the tiny 2" hose going in there looks pathetic.
Things ive done so far is replaced the spark plugs with denso twin tipped iridium plugs. changed the oil. detailed the inside and out,
#1 what are my options for improving the gas mileage? Like intake, exhaust, ecu chips etc
#2 Is there a way to disable the AWD and would that improve the gas mileage? Like removing the drive shaft wouldnt that reduce the friction and weight?
#3 has anyone here hacked away at the factory air box with any decent results? Ive done it to many cars and it does help.
#4 whats the best paper air filter brand as far as FLOW is concerned?
#5 can the mass air flow sensor be cleaned? and if so how?
#6 has anyone ever installed a bigger gas tank in a vibe or matrix before?
#7 The ciggarette lighter is stuck, and i cant remove it, ive heard this is a problem but cant find any information besides "goto a dealer" to fix it.
#8 This should be further up, where should the engine temp be on the gauge when warmed up? mine is like 1/3 of an inch south of the middle line, im guessing needs a new thermostat?
Who ever answers all 8 questions satisfactorily will get a prize from me
Im sure theres more, ive only had this a couple of weeks and just havent had a lot of time to sort it, its kind of been like one week do a little thing here and there...
But apart from those things i really like it, i love the practicality, it totally fits my personality of having room for just about anything and everything. Ill post a picture later, it still needs some more detailing, its got some scratches and dings that ill address in a couple of months.