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Old 04-09-2013, 11:42 AM   #11 (permalink)
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They work great! Provided you don't wreck the transmission.

Can the car be "flat towed"? (Check the owner's manual). If it can't be, then the transmission isn't being lubricated when the car is in motion while the engine is off.

The steering in this car would be very heavy with the engine off (no power assist).

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Old 04-10-2013, 03:05 AM   #12 (permalink)
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They work great! Provided you don't wreck the transmission.

Can the car be "flat towed"? (Check the owner's manual). If it can't be, then the transmission isn't being lubricated when the car is in motion while the engine is off.

The steering in this car would be very heavy with the engine off (no power assist).
Yeh i don't want to take that risk lol,i'll just stick with my current techniques and add couple mods during the summer to get MPG'S close to 50.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:42 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Good luck getting to 50! That is very impressive for a car that size, and an automatic. My much smaller Mazda can barely squeak 33 mpg in perfect conditions with a lot of engine off coasting.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:58 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Here's one tidbit that helps explain the car's good highway performance:

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Styling is not spectacular, but its proportions are pleasing to the eye and the car slips through the air with a drag coefficient of just .284.

source: First Drive: 2002 Toyota Camry - Autos.ca
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:17 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Well temps dropped to 32F yesterday and today and it's been raining non-stop,my mpg dropped down to 33MPG,it's still 2mpg better than the epa highway.
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Today i blocked off the lower grill with 1" pipe insulation,i left about 3" space on the right side to get some airflow to the radiator,temps were in the upper 70's to lower 80.Final mpg was 43.5 as i parked my car in front my house,similar trip earlier with no grill gave me 38.3MPG.coolant temp stayed in the normal range at highway speeds(60mph) around 180-190 but it went up to around 203 when sitting at a traffic light,i had the fun running at cool but no a/c.
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Great numbers! Any other mods planned? Beaded seat covers will keep you comfortable longer as it gets hotter out... they'll let you run the AC less. (Or not at all if you want to be hard core about it.)
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:19 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Great numbers! Any other mods planned? Beaded seat covers will keep you comfortable longer as it gets hotter out... they'll let you run the AC less. (Or not at all if you want to be hard core about it.)
Since i park this car outside and i have no garage to work on it available,i'm limited to the mods i can do with it and with that being said i'll maybe add some moon hubcaps and see if i can design rear wheel skirts.

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