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Old 09-29-2008, 11:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Join Date: May 2008
Location: Briggsdale, Colorado
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Wildfire - '96 Ford Bronco XL
90 day: 14.88 mpg (US)

Blackford - '96 Ford Bronco XLT
90 day: 20.26 mpg (US)

Y2k - '00 Honda Insight
Gen-1 Insights
Team Honda
90 day: 73.98 mpg (US)

Redford V10 - '01 Ford F250 Lariat
90 day: 15.64 mpg (US)

FireFly - '00 Honda Insight DX
90 day: 69.43 mpg (US)

LittleRed - '00 Honda Insight
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I am using moderate acceleration, shifting at around 2000 - 2500 or so. I sometimes shift earlier if I am going downhill, so this RPM varies on terrain. The idea is to use the least amount of horsepower I can. I do my best to stay in 5th gear going up hills, and generally either slowly decelerate, coast, or at least try to maintain 35 mph up the long ones if I am out in the back roads by myself. I have also limited my top speed to 55 mph. But that is me - still a work in progress.

I am trying to work on a theory of P&G while shifting through the gears. In other words, every time you shift up and put in the clutch to shift to the next gear, allow the car to drop 5 mph before engaging the clutch again to accelerate. It's kind of a patience issue on my part to do this - and it depends on what traffic is behind me. Again, a work in progress.
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