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Old 07-09-2008, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Hill Climbing

I have the wonderful benefit of coasting downhill for almost the entire 5 miles to work at 60+mph, however I have some options on the return trip that I wondered if you'd have some insight.

1.) The same road in reverse is a steady 2.2% uphill grade on a 65mph interstate.
2.) A backroad provides flat driving up to the hill and then an 8.5% incline for a shorter distance. Even with the speed limit at 45mph, I can't maintain 30mph if I hold the RPM under 2000. I need 2400 RPM to stay steady.

I don't have the blessed SG yet, so I'm wondering what you would do? My car is a 99 Camry LE 4cyl. Any suggestions?

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