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Old 07-25-2009, 11:34 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MadisonMPG View Post
I'm doubting that severely. With 120hp you'd have to be dogging it most of the time, unless you drove 45 in 4th and the ground was flat the entire time.
Most of the ground is flat, there were 60 miles of his driving on the tank before I picked up the truck, and I put just over 225 miles on it, then filled it up before I gave it back to him.

We just towed the car back 4-flat, with a bar bolted to the bumper, but I'm not filling the truck this time, so I can't tell what mileage we got. It really doesn't affect the truck cruising that much, just accelerating is slower than a dog, and it's mostly highway.

I hypermile while towing, accelerating at ~80% throttle, short shifting @ 2k-2.5k, engine braking to stops, engine braking to slow down, driving like I don't have brakes, upshifting and downshifting without the clutch, EOC to stops (after I'm below 10MPH), etc. I'm a VERY conservative driver when I'm towing something heavier than the normal load capacity of the vehicle I'm using to tow.

I guess if you don't believe it, that's your perogative, but I've got no reason to lie about it, and couldn't care less if anyone is impressed with my mileage figures... so take your pick.
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