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astrospy73 01-08-2009 02:19 PM

Hello, ye' Hypermile Heros!
Well, I'm new to this forum but guess I've employed some basic hypermiling techniques without even knowing it (pulse/glide mainly). Anyways, I have a 1998 Nissan Sentra 1.6L, 4door, 5spd manual with ~165K on it. Most of my driving is in the 50-60mph range with a daily commute from Raleigh to Ft. Bragg, NC (45 miles one way) across county roads/highways, minor rolling hills, and a couple small towns. I also drive occassionally up to Hampton/Norfolk, VA on I-40/95/VA-58 (200miles one way).

I haven't modded the car at all but generally get about 38mpg during the workweek. Figured I would check out this forum to see how much better I could improve this car while it still has some life in it (btw, very low maintainence so far). Interested in some computer hook-ups to manage the engine a little better, modding the air intake, and perhaps a few other easy DIY mods if possible. Really wish I could convert the car into a hybrid electric but that is beyond my available time and money.

So, looking forward to researching, engineering, and hopefully sharing some positive experimental results back with the group!

vtec-e 01-08-2009 03:27 PM

Welcome to Ecomodder. You've come to the right place if it's mods to your car you're looking for! From the looks of your mpg figures, you are well on your way. Best of luck.


PaleMelanesian 01-08-2009 06:22 PM

Consider a Scangauge or an MPGuino. They will help you get much better mileage without major mods. Then, if you want to do mods, they will show you what does and doesn't work. The SG's price looks steep at first, but it WILL pay for itself in a matter of months.

1996, 4 door, 1.6L, 5 speed manual, with minimal mods.

MetroMPG 01-08-2009 06:31 PM

I'll second that advice: first step should be instant/average fuel consumption instrumentation. It'll pay for itself many times over if you're serious about improving efficiency (yours, via technique & the car's via mods).

astrospy73 01-09-2009 02:06 PM

Definitely interested in a diagnostics that I can operate with my laptop. Being a bit of a GIS/techno geek, one thing I might try is recording my typical engine/driving performance patterns in conjunction with GPS plots with the idea that I can begin to tweak specific driving patterns at specific points along my route (intially just using Google Earth). From that, I could plug in POI alerts to my GPS to give audio alerting to pulse up/glide, cut engine and glide, re-engage, and so forth. Eventually would also think about tweaking the fuel flow and minor tweak to the engine itself, but we'll see. All in all, it's a fun experiment to try and out-perform the previous tank!

wyatt 01-09-2009 05:43 PM

Computer Monitoring
Here's a couple ways of doing FE monitoring if you want to use a laptop...

MPGuino now outputs vitals for computer monitoring
DIY MPG guage -

The MPGuino is an open source project from right here at DCB and others have written code to make a ScanGauge like instrument, with fewer parameters, but greater flexibility (pre-obdII cars). You can build one (from hardest to easiest):
It now outputs the data every half second so it can be monitored by a computer (not sure what port it outputs to... may not work with one built from scratch)... something I haven't taken the time to really look into, but it could be super helpful for determining where driving habits could be improved. How it works is explained a little more here. You may have to do a bit of reading to figure things out.
I think the DIY MPG guage is pretty simple, it uses a headphone style jack that's buffered with resistors, and uses the sound card to monitor VSS and Injector Pulses. Much like the MPGuino, but with the laptop as the display. I don't know much about it, but you can do all the digging you want and customize until your heart's content, then tell everyone about it so we can copy if we want!

The advantages to the MPGuino would be that you don't HAVE to have your laptop hooked up to get feedback, it's small so it can sit on your dash, and it can still output to your computer. The disadvantage would be the additional cost. Hope this is helpful.

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