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Old 12-23-2016, 07:13 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Black and Green - '98 Honda Civic DX Coupe
Team Honda
90 day: 59.78 mpg (US)

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If you just drop it into gear, you will wreck components. If you just touch the clutch plate to the flywheel--hardly even feeling the contact a lot of the time--you will not wear out components. For proof all I have is my car. It has the original 1998 Honda clutch, I know because I bought it from a dealer in Virignia, certified used, in 2001. The car now has almost 250k miles on it. Same clutch. I have been bump starting it using 5th, 4th, 3rd, and sometimes even 2cd gear maybe 50 or 60 times a day minimum every day of the week for 5.5 years and about 75k or 80k miles. Still drives great.

Using the starter. Since I shut down at all significant stops (not stop signs), I also use the starter a lot. 20 times a day maybe? Still using the 1998 starter motor.

It just keep going, and going, and going....

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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