In 6 years, we've gone on couple trips to Colorado, once to Santa Fe. A couple trips to St. Louis, and Arkansas and Oklahoma. The little car does run out of steam, on up grades. Nature of the beast with only 71hp. One trip across 80 to Chicago, it was so windy, we really got a work out for a couple hours, keeping it on the road. Never had a plastic panels blow off. Out in western Kansas, there is nothing for many 2 lane miles. Scary, if w ever broke down, and no spare tire. 12 hours straight to Santa Fe, all at once was a killer. Never again. Car wasn't design for that.Hi guys. So i just did my roadtrip from Chicagoland to Mt Rushmore area and back.
Visited Sioux City, Badlands, Wall, Rapid City, Mt Rushomore, Crazy Horse, and drove around the Black Hills. Didnt hit any pot holes along the way. So, that was a good thing.
It was fun to drive my little car around. The smiles and look of awe from the other drivers in the highway were funny.
I was averaging 39 to 40 mpg from Chicago to SD.
But it dropped to 31 to 34 mpg driving the uphills of SD.
a few problems i've ran into was:
1. My driver's side door's lock suddenly stopped working on day 2.
2. My poor car could not handle the inclines very well while keeping up the 75mph speed limit in SD.
3. and on the way back to Chicago we got hit with the VERY heavy winds. It was a good arm workout trying to keep my car steady as the wind blew us from right to left. My gas mileage dropped to 28 to 33 mpg.
4. and even more bad news: the wind blew out body panel on the driver's side.
I cant embed pic in this forum. But here's my instagram pic of the damage: Instagram
You should be able to replace (DIY) the left side sill almost as easily as it blew off. OEM side sill (rocker panel), clips and expansion rivet should be less than $100. Part numbers . . .. . . and even more bad news: the wind blew out body panel on the driver's side.