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Old 08-25-2008, 06:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Z man View Post
Towns with small downhills are awesome!
Yup; that's one of the reasons I need to get a kill switch. The trip through downtown in my hometown is a very slight downhill for two miles. I can key-off (or shift into neutral, which is what I'm doing now), and coast for over two miles, always around 25-27 mph (limit is 25.) I used to downshift to third, but there was just enough engine drag that I had to keep nursing the throttle. I lived in this town for 5 years, and I just noticed this. Amazing where we throw away fuel. This is where hybrid owners have it made: they're either coasting or regenning through this area, while I'm wasting energy by using engine braking.

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