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What other parts should I replace to improve reliability/durability/MPG

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What other parts should I replace to improve reliability/durability/MPG

Not really looking for HP, just reliability/durability/MPG.

The following is a list of parts I've replaced or will replace (next week):

Spark Plug - (REPLACED) - NGK
Spark Plug Wires - (REPLACED) - NGK
Valve Clearance - (PERFORMED)
Tires - (REPLACED) - all four
Engine Oil - (REPLACED) - Mobil 1 Full Syn
Timing Belt - (WILL REPLACE)
Exhaust Manifold - (WILL REPLACE)
ATF - OEM - (WILL REPLACE)
Headlight Bulb - (REPLACED) - Sylvania White
Headlight Glaze Removal - (PERFORMED)
Windshield Wipers - (REPLACED)

That's about it. What other parts/jobs can I replace or perform to make this car more reliable/durable/increase MPG?

So far, I'm getting 36 MPG. No CEL even with the cracked manifold (4 inches long). I plan on painting her and replacing/repairing the dings next year.


Any suggestions guys?

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Re: What other parts should I replace to improve reliability/durability/MPG

Seems like you got most of it covered. If you do anything to make her breathe better, it'll help with mileage, too.. But with better airflow, you get a little bit of horsepower, and that can potentially lead to less gas mileage.

here's a DIY guide to save a little bit of weight lol

Oh, and if you have a lead foot, I'd suggest getting rid of it
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Coolant? I don't think it will do anything for fuel econ. , but it wouldn't hurt. Fuel filter? I haven't done it personally, but the job looks pretty easy since the filter is right at the back of the bay. Check the suspension and wheel alignment? Even with 4 new tires, an out of alignment car will eat those up fast(well maybe not. Guess it depends on the severity). I manage 32mpg. 36 is pretty damn good if you ask me.

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