Go Back   EcoModder Forum > EcoModding > EcoModding Central
Register Now
 Register Now

Reply  Post New Thread
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-11-2009, 08:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 25
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
change habits, change car

A while back I spent a lot of time and effort modding my Ford Ranger to squeeze the extra mile or two out of every gallon. After a long period of writing down gas mileage figures etc.etc. hypermiling when possible, and other stuff, I came to the conclusion that I may have incresed my mpg's by about 1 mpg. Hardly worth it, when considering the amount of time and effort that went into all my mods. I noticed the best changes came from habit changes rather than modifications. Less foot on the pedal, more coasting when slowing down, slower speeds overall. I've done a fair bit of research on my particular Ford Ranger, (the gas guzzling 4 liter unfortuately) paired with the gas guzzling auto trans. It gets pretty bad gas mileage to begin with according to epa figures. Of course...these figures were flawed to begin with. No stop and go driving, no highway driving, no bumps in the road, no turns. No slamming on the brakes, or speeding up quickly. In other words, no kind of driving of any sort that would be normal day to day stuff. On top of that they haven't adjusted the figures yet, to their newer figures. The old figures were based on driving styles that hadn't been updated since 1968! So, assume the new figures are 10-15% worse. So, my crappy Ford Ranger is getting a terrible 17-19 mpg if I'm lucky. After all my mods, I think the best I ever did was 20 mpg.
So I decided to change habits, and when I've got the money, eventually change the vehicle. Now, I ride my bike (bicycle) a few times a week. I ride to work on my motorcycle about once a week, or twice if I'm lucky. I combine trips wherever possible. I decided to sell the Ranger, unfortunately, the market is flooded with used cars right now, and no one can afford to buy anyway. So it's stays at home whenever it can. I quit smoking recently, and I figure that can actually save a little bit of the planet. No more CO2 from my mouth...no more driving out to buy smokes, when I run out, and less tobbacco grown, transported etc.etc. I eat less meat now, more veggies. Also reduces the amount of greenhouse gases. I use CFL's in the house. Less waste equals less landfills, equals, more use of exisitng products, it's a long shot, but it equals better mpg's for the planet.
So, I changed some habits, and even though I'm not getting that much better mpg's, the planet is getting slightly better mpg's, and I'm ok with that. When I get the chance I will sell the Ford Ranger, and get something better on gas. In the meantime, I'll keep changing and manipulating my habits to lead a greener lifestyle, and reduce worldwide mpg's!

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

Old 07-11-2009, 08:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
Daox's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Germantown, WI
Posts: 11,175

CM400E - '81 Honda CM400E
90 day: 51.49 mpg (US)

Daox's Grey Prius - '04 Toyota Prius
Team Toyota
90 day: 49.53 mpg (US)

Daox's Insight - '00 Honda Insight
90 day: 64.33 mpg (US)

Swarthy - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage DE
90 day: 56.69 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2,474
Thanked 2,538 Times in 1,530 Posts
Sounds like you've really thought stuff out. Nice job! I agree, habits are by far the easiest and cheapest way to both increase mileage and reduce consumption of any resource.
Current project: A better alternator delete
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2009, 12:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
Driving the TurboWeasel
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Steuben County, NY
Posts: 459
Thanks: 14
Thanked 18 Times in 17 Posts
+1. Habits are the hardest and most satisfying to change, especially since most of the ones you want to change are bad ones that feel good now with detrimental long-term consequences.
2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco 6MT
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2009, 08:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
SentraSE-R's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Bay Area, California
Posts: 1,485

Mean Green Toaster Machine - '06 Scion xB
Team Toyota
90 day: 48.92 mpg (US)
Thanks: 56
Thanked 285 Times in 181 Posts
+1 on driver habits. I beat the '08 EPA by 58% to 70% just by changing my driving, and no mods to the vehicles other than inflating the tires to max sidewall.


Boycotting Exxon since 1989, BP since 2010
Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac? George Carlin
Mean Green Toaster Machine
49.5 mpg avg over 53,000 miles. 176% of '08 EPA
Best flat drive 94.5 mpg for 10.1 mi
Longest tank 1033 km (642 mi) on 10.56 gal = 60.8 mpg
  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Electric car conversion: Project ForkenSwift MetroMPG Fossil Fuel Free 1041 07-28-2014 09:19 AM
EcoModding for Beginners: Getting great gas mileage. SVOboy EcoModding Central 55 08-20-2012 11:34 PM
How to Build an Electric Car DVDs for sale! bennelson Fossil Fuel Free 52 01-10-2011 01:52 PM
106-mpg Air Car for Only $18,000 Coming in 2010 SVOboy EcoModder Blog Discussion 24 01-03-2009 05:34 PM
Active grill block idea holypaulie Aerodynamics 17 10-13-2008 09:31 AM

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com