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Old 07-30-2001, 02:07 PM   #1
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Small trip this weekend where I could finally effectively check my mileage... 227 miles of relatively flat tarmac... Managed to hit 39 miles per gallon... Is this descent??

This is on a manual 01 sl2 with 4700 miles and my average speed was around 69 MPH with drops to 53 and peaks to 88.

Is it going to get better? Worse?? The same???

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Old 07-30-2001, 02:16 PM   #2
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39mpg is about right for Manual SL2.....my '01 Auto SL2 consistently gives me 38mpg on 30/70 city/highway driving.

Guess you can bump up more, by a lot of weight reduction, close windows with no AC driving. Also, follow the up-shift light with your Manual closely.....

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Old 07-30-2001, 02:19 PM   #3
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I wish I got that kind of mileage. On a recent drive down to San Diego from the Bay Area on Interstate-5, I got about 31 MPG. That's on a 1997 SL2 automatic with about 48,000 miles on it. I averaged about 75 MPH, with speed occassionally dropping to 65 and rising to 85. For a couple miles, I stayed around 95, and for about a mile, I was cruising 110. However, my A/C was on the whole time.

The drive home gave me about 31 MPG again. My friend's dad has a 1999 SL2 manual, and he says he gets 38 MPG on the freeway. Somehow, I don't think that an automatic tranny and A/C can drop mileage by that much...

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Old 07-30-2001, 02:20 PM   #4
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qlara,

Actually, I don't have an upshift light... I think it's a canadian thing!! actually, it would probably annoy me no ends if I saw the darn thing lighting up all the time

Could someone who has this featured light tell me what the shift points are?? Pretty please???

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Old 07-30-2001, 02:29 PM   #5
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Yes, I believe the canadian cars have no shift lights. I have them on my 1993 SW2 (and had them also on the 1999 SW2). I couldn't tell you when the shiftpoints are, though they vary depending on how hard you're accelerating and whether you're going uphill or not.

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Old 07-30-2001, 02:38 PM   #6
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I have a 1997 SL2 with 38k on the odometer (factory rims are flawless btw...). With the automatic, A/C on all the time due to the Fort Lauderdale address, and highway driving that is posted @70, I get 30, sometimes 29. That is usually with a full-load of luggage and my wife in the car. I had a manual SL2 when they fist were out and got much better mileage on the highway - 37 if I recall. With the higher speeds, the cars just suck more gas in. I wish that there was a taller overdrive on the cars though.

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Old 07-30-2001, 02:43 PM   #7
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I still get about 38 mpg on the highway with my (automatic) SL2. (Maybe a little less lately, but I've been using the A/C)

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Old 07-30-2001, 02:46 PM   #8
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I usually get between 29-34. 29 being when I do about 60/40 city/highway, 34 when it's more like 20/80. This is in a '92 SC w/128,000 miles and a 5 spd. Usually go about 75 on the highway.

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Old 07-30-2001, 02:59 PM   #9
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Ignore the shift light! It wants you to shift way too soon, steals all of your power! I've got a SOHC and if I'm accelerating moderately, I shift when I hit 3000 rpms. You don't use much more gas this way, but you still at least can outrun most electric wheelchairs, anyway. (with AC off...)

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Old 07-30-2001, 03:02 PM   #10
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Actually, as a rule, I shift at around 3500... I just hate standing around waiting for the Honda next to me to catch up!! :-D

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Old 07-30-2001, 03:53 PM   #11
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Power and high mpg don't mix. Now we're talking about how to drive our Saturn more economically.

Actually the shift light is a nice reminder for econ reason. For normal driving, the shift light usually lights up at the peak torque RPM for your Saturn engine (SOHC and DOHC have different peak torque RPMs) It's very consistent and guess the CPU is programmed that way for regular driving. Of course, we can totally ignore it and shift whenever we'd like in power drive, but that's another story.

Also, it's not abnormal for getting 30mpg on highway if you're driving over 75mph or even 110mpg with AC on. Additional mpg is robbed to overcome higher wind drag in high speed cruising. Don't forget Saturn cars are never designed in its best aerodynamic in CD values (Never below 0.30CD)

Talking about drag, why Saturn never do something about this?
When today's newer model pushing the drag envelope down to 0.25....... :o

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Old 07-30-2001, 04:40 PM   #12
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I have a Question for our Canadian friends?Which gallon is used in Canada' imperial or US? or is the fuel in liters? and if it is liters,which gallon is been used for mpg calculations?US or Imperial
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Old 07-30-2001, 08:56 PM   #13
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I used the US gallon to calculate the conversion... Thought I wouldn't try to confuse you guys by going british on you...

When we calculate consumption up here it's usually in liters per 100km... In my case, I drove 364km using 22L of petrol so...

364/100 = 3.64
22/3.64 = 6.04 L /100 km

or (going with conversion to us gallons)

22 L /3.786=5.81 G
227 Miles /5.81 G = 39.07 Mpg

Conversion from miles to Km being 1.6 (rough)

Makes sense?? :o

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Old 07-30-2001, 10:01 PM   #14
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I have a 99 sl2 with 64,000 and i recently made a trip to pennsylvania, and i got 435 miles out of 11 1/4 gallons of gas. Only half of the miles were made nonstop on the highway, the other half were made just driving to sites.

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I have a 98 SL2 manual with 113,000 on it. I get between 30-32 city and 35-37 on the highway. I shift around 4000 RPM.

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Old 08-01-2001, 02:23 AM   #16
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Nice to know the 1.9 manual is consistent. When my car was fairly new, I managed a road trip where I used full tanks of gas, all hwy. I got 38 mpg. I was probably going 65-70 mph, with the AC off. Right now, it seems I'm getting about 35 hwy, 25 city, 31 mixed. It's gone down slightly because I think my thermostat is stuck open, causing the car to warm up slowly.

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Old 08-01-2001, 11:43 PM   #17
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Just got back from driving our SC2 from Florida to California. We were averaging 325~330 miles per tank, cruising at 75~80mph, A/C on, with the car loaded down with belongings, my wife and our dog.

I was really impressed by the fact that I was even able to manage over 270+ per tank!

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