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Old 04-10-2018, 03:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A Celica's Tale.

Iím starting this thread to track my progress as I try to reach 40 MPG in RedCelica.
Itís a 1994, 6th generation Celica with a 4 speed auto and 2.2 litre engine thatís seduced me with its alluring promise of eco-greatness.
OK, I realise itís no Prius, but I just couldnít help myself.

I was all set to ignore its poor FE as Iím only planning to use it for a few months as my daily commuter, but I made the mistake of fixing an engine miss at idle.
Fixing that miss won me a modest performance and FE boost Ö and I was hooked.

Now, after four tanks, Iím averaging 35 MPG and hungry for more.

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Old 04-10-2018, 07:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What's your driving environment like? Must be fairly eco-friendly to be getting 35 already.

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Old 04-10-2018, 11:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Does that auto trans have a locking converter? If it does, figuring out when it locks is going to be key to keeping MPG up.
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Old 04-11-2018, 05:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Aero mods, weight reduction, keep the speed down and plan your routes. I'm sure you can get there!

Aero mods - I'll fit a partial grill block as temperatures fall (winter is coming). Anything else is out, it's my wife's car.

Weight reduction - yeah, it's a fat pig, but it's my wife's car.

Speed - This must be a factor why the FE is so much better than I thought it would be. Due to road works on the motorway (20 km of my 55 km commute), the speed limit is down from 110 kph to 80 kph in two sections. It must be helping.

What's your driving environment like? Must be fairly eco-friendly to be getting 35 already.

My commute is really good. 90% highway/motorway.
My start time has changed for the worse (heavy traffic) but it could still be a lot worse.
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I find my fuel economy basically plateaus between 35mph and 50mph (55kph/80kph) and above that it falls off rapidly.
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Old 04-11-2018, 07:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have an MPGuino that I never got around to fitting to my Datsun. I should really use it on this car.

RedCelica won't coast nearly as far as the Mazda used to in neutral. It may be just the different brand and (larger) size of tyres, but I should also check for brake drag when I find the time.

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