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It's time for the EXP / LN7 appreciation club!!!!!

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if GM were smart, they would throw the 260hp turbo on delta and make it a 2 seat hatch like this and BAM!!!!!!!! A star is BORN!!!!!!!!

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perfect college car.

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Base Model (VIN code: 2)

Displacement : 97.6 cid (1.6L)

Bore & Stroke : 3.15 x 3.13 in

Compression Ratio : 8.8:1

Brake Horsepower : 70 @ 4600 RPM

Torque : 89 ft/lbs @ 3000 RPM

Carburetor : 2Bbl. Motorcraft 740

Note : An 80-horsepower high-output version of the 1.6 liter four arrived later in the model year.

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More than anything it is the weight that is killing the fuel economy. Look how heavy our cars have become. I am sure that sucker weighed like 2200 lbs that it gave 29-46 mpg. Whatever that is it is one hell of a number.
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Those fuel economy ratings were based on the pre-1985 procedures. Since then, city ratings were decreased by 10%, and highway by 22%. The pre-MCE EXP's had odd front ends with those strange eyelids. The refresh was pretty good looking, but having only two seats limited the appeal.

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Those fuel economy ratings were based on the pre-1985 procedures. Since then, city ratings were decreased by 10%, and highway by 22%. The pre-MCE EXP's had odd front ends with those strange eyelids. The refresh was pretty good looking, but having only two seats limited the appeal.

it was a sub-model of the escort and lynx so they were able to build it cheaply.

To me it was similar to say, a CRX. I think I could totally dig a car configured this way, assuming the price was lower to account for lack of passenger space. Good college car, lots of room to take junk to the dorms. no rear seat=big trunk like my old chevette scooter.

this would be a nice format of car for ford to build again for a few years, for something cheap, efficient, and unique. Take the focus chassis and rip out the back seat and just sell it in spartan form. make the price good. i guess its not that much more work or cost to add the rear seat.

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I wanted one when they first came out. I actually prefer the first design, with the eyebrows, the later ones weren't as distinctive and looked heavier, with all that extra cladding. Wasn't there a turbo model available at some point?

Reg, with this thread, you bring up a great point. Nobody is really doing a tiny, sporty car any more. The Fit comes closest, but I think GM's tiny triplets, especially the Beat (green 2 door is the one I'm thinking of) could really sell with a torqey little turbo diesel and a six speed manual. I've been wondering all along why a 2 door Aveo has not been sold here.

And yes, we can post those great mileage ratings, but don't forget, nobody was getting that kind of mileage in real life.

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Wow, it's like the ghosts of my vehicles past are coming back to haunt me. First it was the Reatta, now the EXP. I leased an EXP for two years when I got out of graduate school and I hadn't even thought about the car in ages until I saw this thread. I think the color was medium fawn metallic and it had a manual tranny. It was a fun little car to drive. You could put a ton of stuff in the back of those things. I crammed nearly everything I owned in it and drove it from Bowling Green Ohio to Rochester New York in a snow storm when I first moved up here. Within a month of being here, a deer ran into me one night and made a huge dent in the driver's side door. It scared the crap out of me. I had no idea what had happened at first and then I saw the deer near the ditch. It had broken its leg and kept trying to get away. I ran like a madman to the first house I found with lights on to report it. When the cops finally arrived, they had to shoot the deer. I felt horrible then and even thinking about it now, I feel like crap all over again. Maybe that's why I put it all out of my mind???

When I finally turned the car in at the end of the lease and they checked it over, it was leaking fluids from practially every gasket and seal on the engine. Luckily, it was still under warranty.

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I wanted one when they first came out. I actually prefer the first design, with the eyebrows, the later ones weren't as distinctive and looked heavier, with all that extra cladding. Wasn't there a turbo model available at some point?

Reg, with this thread, you bring up a great point. Nobody is really doing a tiny, sporty car any more. The Fit comes closest, but I think GM's tiny triplets, especially the Beat (green 2 door is the one I'm thinking of) could really sell with a torqey little turbo diesel and a six speed manual. I've been wondering all along why a 2 door Aveo has not been sold here.

And yes, we can post those great mileage ratings, but don't forget, nobody was getting that kind of mileage in real life.

yeah, a simple sporty two seater without the need for a bulky convertible top. some utility because a nice cargo area.

diesel idea=nice.

turbo=i'm on board

the fit tries to be this but is ugly and has 4 doors and no power. 103 base hp is fine but a car these days that advertises fun and sport needs more go juice in an optional engine. Imagine the SC or turbo 2.4 in this baby. The 1.8 and 2.2 could be the base with a 6 speed manual as an option. I'd love to have one as a third beater.

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I haven't drawn/sketched anything in quite sometime. Maybe I should sketch Reg's idea as a Pontiac ... and hey, since this is a two-seater hatch in concept, let's give it a Camino-style pickup to be sold alongside it as a GMC ... Sprint, maybe? I'm thinking it should be Alpha-based instead of Delta, though.

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well if weights such a big thing, a four cylindar fox mustang would be a great communter... them suckers is light as hell... and four seats.... only problem is i could not own one without a v8 swap.... which eliminates fuel economy... crap....:banghead:

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I can barely remember those..I haven't seen one in many years. The perfect commuter car was my Escort I had in high school and college..'84, 5dr, diesel, 5spd. Over 50 mpg on the highway. 52 horsepower. I had an '86 Mustang LX 4cyl in college after the Escort..got about 30 mpg.

I don't think I'd want anything as small/light/basic as those today, though.

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well if weights such a big thing, a four cylindar fox mustang would be a great communter... them suckers is light as hell... and four seats.... only problem is i could not own one without a v8 swap.... which eliminates fuel economy... crap....:banghead:

I almost bought a really cool SVO Mustang about a Month ago. You can make them scream for not a lot of money, 28-30 to the gallon if you drive them gently, handled well for an 80's car.

I would give my left nut for a modern 4 cyl. Tubo Mustang that handled well. Hell, I'd give both nuts...and then all I would need is a Miata.

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I can barely remember those..I haven't seen one in many years. The perfect commuter car was my Escort I had in high school and college..'84, 5dr, diesel, 5spd. Over 50 mpg on the highway. 52 horsepower. I had an '86 Mustang LX 4cyl in college after the Escort..got about 30 mpg.

I don't think I'd want anything as small/light/basic as those today, though.

I am really convinced gas is going to hit $4.00/$5.00 per gallon within the next few years...and then something like this would be just fine with me.

Chris

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