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Old 12-14-2007, 11:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

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90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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Hope you don't mind me pasting this here...


Originally from Peakster:

Here's the little test in a nutshell:

Temperature: -4*C
Winds: south @ 11km/h (I was driving west)
Cruise control was used to maintain speeds
Each mpg reading was taken after 2 miles of travel

Hatch closed:
73.6 mpg @ 35 mph
62.9 mpg @ 45 mph
49.2 mpg @ 55 mph

Hatch open:
62.4 mpg @ 35 mph (15.22% mileage loss)
48.2 mpg @ 45 mph (23.37% mileage loss)
34.4 mpg @ 55 mph (30.08% mileage loss)

Those are huge numbers for something as simple as opening up the rear hatch. What do you think my Cd was when it was open? 0.44? I'm now beginning to believe that small aero mods to these little cars (such as mirror removal, wheel skirts, etc) would help FE in more than just highway travel.
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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