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Old 04-22-2012, 06:59 PM   #1
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It all adds up, especially these days. One thing I do is cycle the AC, mainly just turn it on when coasting downhill or to the next red light, then turn it back off. What's one of your strategies to increase FE?

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Old 04-23-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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It all adds up, especially these days. One thing I do is cycle the AC, mainly just turn it on when coasting downhill or to the next red light, then turn it back off. What's one of your strategies to increase FE?
Your AC does that automatically.
I don't use drive-throughs.

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Old 04-23-2012, 04:58 PM   #3
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See a red light, and slow down by at least half, and keep slowing down as needed. Once I see the light go green again I go back to the speed limit (unless there's another red light a block or two down, then I speed up again slightly).

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Old 04-23-2012, 06:15 PM   #4
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See a red light, and slow down by at least half, and keep slowing down as needed. Once I see the light go green again I go back to the speed limit (unless there's another red light a block or two down, then I speed up again slightly).
How far away from the light are you when you do this? In some traffic if you do this you'll get 3 cars jumping in front of you, filling the space and effectively ruining your plan.

Personally, I can't handle driving "careful", it drives me crazy. It's the reason why I also can't handle driving an automatic. I guess more power to those who can handle it

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Old 04-23-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
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How far away from the light are you when you do this? In some traffic if you do this you'll get 3 cars jumping in front of you, filling the space and effectively ruining your plan.
I do the same thing all the time. And people zoom around me all the time racing up to the light only to slam on brakes. It's still an effective strategy to consume less fuel.

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Old 04-23-2012, 07:36 PM   #6
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I do the same thing all the time. And people zoom around me all the time racing up to the light only to slam on brakes. It's still an effective strategy to consume less fuel.
Yes, I've gotten that from time to time as well... I mean HELLO, it's not like you're going to get to that red light any faster... (exceptions are for right and left turns, since you usually get a right on red, and left turns are triggered either by the weight of your vehicle and/or your left turn signal...)

And to David, it depends on how far I am and how long the red light lasts, really. I'd either have to make several YouTube videos and cram em together based on distances and situations, or you'd actually have to see my driving first hand.

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Old 04-23-2012, 08:13 PM   #7
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There are many more possibilities to save fuel with a 5 speed. And some of them are legal.

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Old 04-23-2012, 09:07 PM   #8
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No secrets here, I'm getting great fuel economy by just driving normal in a well-tuned and maintained SC2 with a turbocharger. Turbo motor is tuned for economical performance, not just shear horsepower, and I keep an eye on the boost gauge. You can have fun and get great MPG when done properly. Before the turbo setup I was just keeping an eye on a vacuum gauge and could easily get 40mpg in highway cruise mode.

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Old 04-24-2012, 08:02 AM   #9
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Accelerate at 70% engine load, coast as much as possible. Use hills to your advantage. Slow down towards the crest to avoid braking.

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Old 04-24-2012, 08:55 AM   #10
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Reduce excess weight in the car, including unnecessary items in trunk. And this one usually causes much "discussion" but inflating tires to max sidewall pressure reduces rolling friction and therefore requires less fuel to keep the car moving. In any case, keeping the tires from being UNDER inflated will certainly help.

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Old 04-24-2012, 11:53 AM   #11
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Wouldnt inflating to max sidewall pressure mess with the car's handling characteristics?

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Old 04-24-2012, 11:59 AM   #12
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Wouldnt inflating to max sidewall pressure mess with the car's handling characteristics?
Yes, of course.

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Old 04-24-2012, 02:11 PM   #13
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Yes, of course.
as well as make it ride rougher, etc... the door placard shows the best pressures to compensate for both fuel economy and ride quality.

Still, there's a reason why there's a ~4 PSI difference between rear and front...

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Old 04-24-2012, 02:20 PM   #14
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as well as make it ride rougher, etc... the door placard shows the best pressures to compensate for both fuel economy and ride quality.

Still, there's a reason why there's a ~4 PSI difference between rear and front...
True, still a good idea to keep the tires inflated to the recommended pressure on the door sticker. I've inflated to the max sidewall and not had any problems, but it's not something I can recommend. Least that's what my lawyer said to say.

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Old 04-24-2012, 06:40 PM   #15
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as well as make it ride rougher, etc... the door placard shows the best pressures to compensate for both fuel economy and ride quality.

Still, there's a reason why there's a ~4 PSI difference between rear and front...
not to mention it will wear the center of the tread faster

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It all adds up, especially these days. One thing I do is cycle the AC, mainly just turn it on when coasting downhill or to the next red light, then turn it back off. What's one of your strategies to increase FE?
Actually today's modern AC's put very little load on the engine. If you are driving over 40 mph, rolling up the windows and using the AC saves gas by eliminating the aerodynamic drag from having the windows down.

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not to mention it will wear the center of the tread faster
I've noticed that at the "normal" tire pressure that the outside of the tread wears faster. But then again I've not always been a stickler for staying up on my TP.

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I keep it under 3000 rpms as often as possible. With how much driving I do, I know exactly at what rpms my auto will shift and I try to keep it in the lower end of 4th gear as much as I can. I also keep my tires inflated (I keep 40 PSI in all four) and try to stay on the top half of the fuel tank.

One thing I have always found interesting is that I always get better fuel mileage in the mountains. I always thought it would kill it to be going up and down hills, but consistently, my highest MPGs have been in mountains. The mountains of western VA netted me my record so far: 37.8 MPG.

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The AC knocks 2-3 mpg off my in-town. It seems to affect coasting mileage more than anything, down from 40-50 to 30-40.

A good thing to remember is your AC is on when the heater is set to front defrost whether you like it or not.

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^ Not in all S-series. It does not activate in the older ones. I'm not sure what the year cutoff is, but neither my 93 nor my 99 kick on the A/C without the button being pressed.

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