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Old 05-21-2006, 10:29 PM   #1
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I'm interested in knowing shift points for maximum mpg. I drive mostly city, light to light. I currently shift at 2100 to 2400 rpms with the air off. I also increase the shiftpoint as I get to the higher gears.

with the air on I shift at 3000rpm




I'm still experimenting with these for economy. But the recent heat wave has had me using the air. Before my best mileage was 34 mpg mostly city.

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Old 05-21-2006, 10:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: Shift points for MPG

well I'm kind of similar to you. I usually don't change my shift points if i've got the AC on though. But anyway, Ive found that i get the highest mpg when i'm shifting gears at about 2500 RPM's.
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Old 05-21-2006, 10:45 PM   #3
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use the shift up indicator light that comes in 5-speed manual s-series. that will give you best fuel economy. shift to the next higher gear when the "upshift" indicator light comes on.
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Old 05-22-2006, 02:07 AM   #4
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Where is this upshift indicator? I've never seen it come on. Is it supposed to turn on when starting like the other idiot lights?
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Old 05-22-2006, 03:28 AM   #5
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The "shift up indicator" does NOT exist on Canadian made Saturns. I wish we had them but we learn to live without.

Shift somewhere between 2000-2500 for best gas mileage.
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Old 05-22-2006, 06:34 AM   #6
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my annoying upshift light comes on by about 2500rpm, weather or not i'm going uphill and need the extra power the current gear gives.
where i live it's very hilly so i usually take it to 3k or a little above in most gears becuase shifting sooner seems to take it out of the majority of the powerband.
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:22 AM   #7
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Well with the a/c on and a church load of people the shift light doesn't really work that well. Especially beyond 30mph. I guess I kinda answered my own question.
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