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Old 08-06-2009, 09:12 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Carmen - '00 Saab 9-3 Viggen
90 day: 23.38 mpg (US)
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Originally Posted by Nevyn View Post
Can you imagine a population of Viggens being driven for economy? We all buy 'em, and go on a road trip as a convoy.

Somebody rolls past in an M3 or a Corvette or a 370z or what have you, and sees a troop of Viggens chugging along at 50 MPH. The look on their face would be priceless!

On a more serious note, congrats on the accidental discovery! Most people say that to shift for economy, pull the lever between 1700 and 1900 RPM. You'll have to experiment, but there's a start.
Hah, the more the merrier.

Regarding the upshifting: when driving conservatively, my last 9-3 (same generation as the Viggen) would illuminate the shift-up light for 5th gear at 35mph. That would've put it at about 1200rpm. I ignored it because that 2.0 and smaller turbo didn't have the guts to chug along that slowly. But the Viggen's 2.3 and larger turbo make all the difference. I end up upshifting from about 1500rpm and setting at 1000rpm in the destination gear. It's such a weird feeling, but she seems to like it.

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