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I was surprised at how short the gears are on the E. It's really humming at 70-80 mph in 5th. The upside is that acceleration is very quick around town. The downside is that highway fuel economy will suffer, and it will be a less quiet/relaxed cruiser on long trips.

If I had my choice, I would love to have taller gears in the 5-sp E. I got to thinking that you could possibly achieve this with taller wheels/tires. But the stock ones are pretty big already -- 215/70R16. Can anything bigger fit in the wheel wells?

Or along a different line: is there any chance to someday have a different final drive ratio installed? (seems unlikely)

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