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Old 11-01-2009, 10:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best way to boost mileage without losing power.

My father drives a 2001 Ford E-150 as a work vehicle. Since it's permanently saddled with about 600-700 pounds of required additions (bulkhead, shelving, tools), and usually some serious weight in cargo (our record is 1339 pounds, cargo only), its mileage is pretty terrible.

He gets about 15 highway, and as you might guess, needs the power that the V6 can give. Any ideas on how to boost the mileage without shedding weight, since that's impossible?

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Old 11-01-2009, 03:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A few ideas:

http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...-mpg-5170.html

http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...ileage-44.html

In short, reduce drag and adjust the nut behind the wheel.
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The presence of traffic is the single most complicating factor of hypermiling. I know what I'm going to do, it's contending with whatever the hell all these other people are going to do that makes things hard.
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Old 11-05-2009, 11:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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adjust the nut behind the wheel....haha
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mustang Dave is right: Adjust the way you drive. The beauty of hypermiling is that it can be done on any vehicle, regardless of size or weight. I drive an AWD Subaru Impreza (AWD is a huge drag on mileage). To make things worse, I need to keep a bunch of stuff in my trunk for work. The vehicle's a lease, so I can't modify it. Through hypermiling, I went from 19-20 mpg to 29-30 mpg. 50% improvement (I think that's right, or it's 33%).
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's a 50% improvement.

When I first bought my Mustang, I was getting pretty consistent 26's.
By adjusting my commuting route and driving techniques, I've gotten it into the 30's and 31's. (No mods, other than a shorter antenna.) My first 30MPG fill-up was about 2 weeks before I found ecomodder.com.
I believe engine and tire break-in also helped a bit, since it had less than 200 miles on it when I bought it.
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Another vote for adjusting the nut. My car is basically stock, and I've more than doubled my mileage.
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I've done a few mods like a grille block and modifying OEM parts. The largest contributor is adjusting my own driving habits. The ScanGauge helps a lot! Any real-time feedback on fuel economy will help you figure out how to get the most out of any situation.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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... The ScanGauge helps a lot! Any real-time feedback on fuel economy will help you figure out how to get the most out of any situation.
Definitely!
My Mustang will display average MPG on its information display, which is helpful; but its not as helpful as the real-time feedback of the Scangauge.
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Aerodynamics.
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Yes, aerodynamics make the biggest difference in FE at higher speeds.
In lower speed driving with traffic control devices (AKA stoplights), adjusting the nut behind the wheel makes a bigger difference than aerodynamic mods, IMPE. (YMMV)
With the exception of 3 road trip fill-ups for my Mustang and one road trip fill-up for "Big Red" (with slower driving), my commuting MPG is better than my road trip MPG. But that's OK for me. I drive a LOT more miles commuting than I drive on road trips.

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