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Old 12-10-2016, 01:05 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I bet it doesn't really need much to stand out from the crowd anyways...

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I already suspected as much based on my Fiat 500 (which also has a tiny turbo engine) that P&G doesn't work for a car like this.

But today I had a bit of time to kill so I thought I'd prove it.

I have a ~4mile test loop, it circles a lake so it's pretty flat and being a loop cancels out any wind assistance, not that there was any. There are three sets of traffic lights on the loop but I pretty much caught one red per loop so they roughly cancelled out.

Weather was in the 35*C range, auto A/C on, target speed 74km or 46MPH. Accelerating at 80% load.

First loop, constant speed SGII reported 5.35l/100km or 44MPG, also recorded the highest AVG speed.

Next up was P&G using DFCO, that netted 6.9 or 34MPG

Finally, P&G using neutral coast, that netted 6.4 or 37MPG, however at the lowest AVG speed.

The clear winner is the steady state cruise, you'd want to run the test a number of times before deciding between DFCO and neutral, I literally can't feel the difference when I put the clutch in and a closed eye passenger couldn't either. The van uses a relatively large amount of fuel when in neutral as it idles at around 1.3-1.7L/hr.

EOC isn't possible with the push button start.

At a steady 74km/h I was averaging 3.8l/100 or 62 MPG US
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Old 02-26-2017, 12:20 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I changed out the factory fill oil at 3260km, ideally I'd have done it a bit sooner, but you know...

When I removed the undertray, I was able to have a bit of a poke around under there.

First thing I spotted was the in line electric water pump to cool the turbo after shut down (the actual water pump is a variable geometry design). This explains why I can hear a whine much like the Prius inverter pump after shut down:



It seems that this would be a good idea for anyone with a turbo doing much engine off stuff. My Fiat has factory S/S and no such pump!

Electro-Hydraulic Power steer pump. This explains why the steering works with the engine off, but it feels like hydraulic steering:



Could be useful for swaps into bigger vehicles where the Toyota MR2 pump might be insufficient. I didn't look into how complex the wiring is, but probably not as simple as the Toyota three wire hook up.
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That electric water pump cooling the turbos after shut-off is one of the best ideas I've seen implemented yet.
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I don't know about the push button on this van but on
Ford 's, you push and hold till engine shuts off while coasting
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Discussion thread:

IR Camera: Window Tint Tested

It's amazing given all the affordable tech available these days, how few people are curious enough to actually test things, instead of going by 'what always worked' etc.

Since I do my own tinting and my van has two identical rear windows side by side, I figured I owe it to my own curiosity and Ecomodder to test my window tint for myself.

Here are the specs for my lifetime guarantee USA made film (I think Johnson & Johnson brand).

UV Rejected 99%
Visible Light Transmittance 20%
Visible Light Reflected- Exterior 5%
Visible Light Reflected- Interior 5%
Total Solar Energy Rejected 58%

Conditions, sunny winters day 15*C ambient, taken at midday (rear windows facing north).

Interior/Exterior Glass surface temperatures:





Black MDF shelves left inside to simulate a dash board etc:



So an 8*C temp reduction for about a $50 investment
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Old 08-03-2017, 12:16 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Interesting. I could use some on the window I'm sitting next to right now. It's 102F (38.89C)

How much material did you get for that $50?
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$50 buys about 6m (20') of film at around 600mm (2') wide. House windows are really easy to do, car windows take a bit of practice, so I'd recommend buying double what you actually need, if you've never done it before, depending on how tricky your windows are.
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I'm thinking of an Airstream trailer, one roll would do all 12 windows.

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