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Old 07-07-2013, 12:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm a slow learner. I'd been driving for 47 years before I got serious about driving for mpgs at age 63. I'd always had an economy car, drove like a madman, and expected good mpg out of them (25 mpg from my Rambler American and Datsun pickup, 30 mpg from most of the others). Then I got my Sentra SE-R, and was unable to do better than 26 mpg in commuting, or on long trips to SoCal.

I had retired by then, so I set the Sentra's cruise control from 72 mph to 62 mph, and watched my mpgs rise from 26 to 33-34. When I dropped my speed to 55 mph, I got 38 mpg.

Boycotting Exxon since 1989, BP since 2010
Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac? George Carlin
Mean Green Toaster Machine
49.5 mpg avg over 53,000 miles. 176% of '08 EPA
Best flat drive 94.5 mpg for 10.1 mi
Longest tank 1033 km (642 mi) on 10.56 gal = 60.8 mpg
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