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Old 12-15-2017, 11:46 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 12-15-2017, 03:44 PM   #32 (permalink)
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What stands out as the most notable efficiency-related changes in your automotive world in the last decade?
Woot, a giveway!

So much has happened in the last decade, but nothing really sticks out. Variable valve timing and lift surely have gotten better. If Mazda's new "gasoline diesel" engine works out, maybe that could be it. I'm sure CVT is in there, but that still seems like driving a slingshot.

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OBD II thing verified to actually work on 1996 to 2004 vehicles? I have two Bluetooth "OBD II" dongles that apparently are for CAN only, 2005 and later.
I'll see if my ELM357 works in the Previa-- the Previa is kindof 'up on blocks' in a manner of speaking, though...

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Old 12-15-2017, 06:42 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Nice. Didn't know the site was that old. Learned lots but still can't get close to EPA mpg for my car. Still improved my mpg so happy.
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Old 12-15-2017, 07:26 PM   #34 (permalink)
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well shoot! wouldn't mind a scanguage for sure! I think a big improvement is adding diesel engines to half ton trucks... Europe has been doing it for a LONG time! I drove so many little diesel Toyota pickups while deployed and yes they were old and rough but they sipped the gas even compared to the little 22r/22re's that came in American models.

Plus adding the little eco monitors on vehicles. I know they aren't super accurate but it was always fun to try and keep the number as high as you can with out getting too many people made at you on the highway.
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Old 12-15-2017, 09:42 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Old 12-16-2017, 08:50 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Old 12-16-2017, 10:07 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Plus adding the little eco monitors on vehicles.
Good point - they're on a lot more cars than they used to be.

Even the new MX-5 Miata has a decent graphical MPG display.
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Old 12-17-2017, 08:52 AM   #40 (permalink)
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The biggest change in MY automotive world was going from a '67 Mustang convertible as a daily driver to the Echo. It instantly doubled and eventually nearly tripled my fuel economy (something I had already been keeping track of for a good while). It also taught me to more readily accept modern cars, and was a platform I used to start to understand diagnosis and maintenance of computerized vehicles.

Looking around the automotive landscape, man, has everything changed rapidly. Direct injection, small turbo engines, more gears and (finally) more properly tall highway gearing. They've done good work in terms of getting cars to put out great numbers, even as weight's increasing, etc. It's taken this long, it seems, to compete with the old titans of the 1980s which could effortlessly sling out big numbers. The downside of course is the complexity, etc. I never asked for an iPad on the dash, and I'm not that wild about all the power stuff I'll have to fork money out to fix when it's 15 years old and in my driveway. Also, what they've been able to do with automatic transmissions...I never thought they would kill off manuals as they seem to be, nor did I see a day when the automatic would be such a "no-brainer" choice for most people - BETTER FE numbers on the Monroney, AND in many cases a faster set of marketing numbers for 0-60, etc. Weird.

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