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Old 09-12-2014, 02:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Acura TSX - '06 Acura TSX
90 day: 28.24 mpg (US)

Lafawnda - '01 Honda CBR600 F4i
90 day: 47.32 mpg (US)

Big Yeller - '98 Dodge Ram 2500 base
90 day: 21.82 mpg (US)

Prius Plug-in - '12 Toyota Prius Plug-in
90 day: 57.64 mpg (US)

Mazda CX-5 - '17 Mazda CX-5 Touring
90 day: 25.39 mpg (US)

Chevy ZR-2 - '03 Chevrolet S10 ZR2
90 day: 17.14 mpg (US)
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1998 Toyota Camry
245,000 miles
Grill block (upper and partial lower)
1 year in my possession. Parent's car, but they have my truck at the moment

I shift to neutral when stopped, often shifting to neutral while coasting to the stop. This lowers idle fuel consumption. Sometimes I downshift to get DFCO. I accelerate at 80% load and then let up on the throttle briefly to make the car up-shift early. While climbing a steeper grade, I will hold the throttle at 85% load and no higher so that it doesn't downshift. The car is gutless, so you have to build up momentum before a hill, and hold the highest load you can without downshifting or going open loop. Tires at 45PSI.

I love that it's reliable and gets decent fuel economy on road trips. Although it has a worse coefficient of drag than the Acura TSX and fewer gears, the top gear is still taller and gets better highway fuel economy.

It's a good thing the newer models use a timing chain. This car has broken the timing belt twice, and luckily the engine is non-interference so no damage was done.

Upper grill block is coroplast and lower is pipe insulation.
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