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Old 06-16-2008, 01:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by regor View Post
My commute goes from home (500') to the local mountains (4000')
Today I took Laurel Canyon Blvd to get from the Valley to the West Side. I lost 7 MPG going up the hill and gained maybe half that back. Because the down hill run was too steep, I stayed in 3rd or 4th gear all the way down. Using only my brakes could have gotten my down the hill and increased my MPG, but it could have put me in danger of overheating my brakes. When the downhill is too steep, it's a no-win.

I would hate to have that commute every day. It would always result in a net loss.


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