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Old 02-01-2012, 12:56 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Black and Green - '98 Honda Civic DX Coupe
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90 day: 66.42 mpg (US)

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Originally Posted by SentraSE-R View Post
Efficiency isn't my focus right now. It's the ethical quandary of saving a little gasoline while increasing my hydrocarbon, NOx, and CO emissions manyfold. Instead of beating the EPA estimates by 76% while spewing out 10X, 20X, or other massive air pollution through an unlit cat, I can simply drive normally (albeit slowly), beat the EPA estimates by 40%, and have normal emissions that are also reduced by 40%.
That's all well and good, but you don't know yet if the CAT or related systems are working properly, regardless of how you drive. Getting into the ethical quandary seems still premature. Check the systems. Test. Don't guess, right?
See my car's mod & maintenance thread and my electric bicycle's thread for ongoing projects. I will rebuild Black and Green over decades as parts die, until it becomes a different car of roughly the same shape and color. My minimum fuel economy goal is 55 mpg while averaging posted speed limits. I generally top 60 mpg. See also my Honda manual transmission specs thread.

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