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Old 10-15-2012, 12:10 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by theycallmeebryan View Post
One day we had a little competition. Going to the movies, i bet her an icecream sundae that i could drive there and get better mpg on the way there than she would on the back.... i was able to achieve 44mpg displayed...

She was able to achieve 38mpg on the way home. Her previous average was 35mpg.

So she was able to achieve a 10% improvement just by watching the gauge and learning how different driving styles influence it!
Buy her the icecream sundae just for putting up with what I imagine is the most boring topic in the world to a woman, and applying what you taught her. It's a rare woman (or man for that matter) that cares to pay attention to topics of efficiency, or how things work.

Originally Posted by night9 View Post
My fuel economy has improved but isn't as good as the EPA numbers because of all the waiting in the schools car pool line (which I avoid at all costs) and driving up and down massive hills to and from work that kills my fuel economy.
The fact that you carpool more than makes up for the wasted fuel waiting in line. I don't know why hills are killing your FE, because they have always provided a massive boost to mine. Are you able to coast in neutral on the downhill portions?

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Old 10-15-2012, 04:19 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by redpoint5 View Post
The fact that you carpool more than makes up for the wasted fuel waiting in line. I don't know why hills are killing your FE, because they have always provided a massive boost to mine. Are you able to coast in neutral on the downhill portions?
Unless it's a hilly freeway, hilly roads seem to always have lights and stop signs everywhere to kill your mpg... Otherwise they seem like the perfect thing, 60% load up the hill, coast down with no fuel.
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Hills are perfect for P&G: Low RPM with high load and high torque going up a hill without changing speed is easy. Then you can EOC down the other side.

My brother (not an ecomiler) owns an Elantra and also finds the computer to give overly optomistic MPG displays, and also isn't quite able to reach actual EPA stats.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:22 PM   #25 (permalink)
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redpoint5 I know I'm just making excuses but...The way I take to work there are lights and stop signs that prevent good neutral coasting to make up for the hill I just climbed. I should probably take the highway but traffic is so bad is just pains me to go that route. On top of that my girlfriend freaks out because all the traffic and has forbade me from taking that route with her in the car. I would leave earlier but I can't drop my child off at school any earlier. I live on a hill and I have to go up a hill to get to work. On the up side when I run around town in the car the MPG is always better than my route to work.

Has anyone seen that Hyundai admitted that their mpg claims were false due to a mistake in the data given to the EPA? The EPA Amended their numbers. 32 combine, 28 city and 38 highway. We will be getting money from Hyundai barring a dealer milage verification. ~$60-80 per 15,000 driven. I guess I was wrong the elantra can't meet its EPA numbers LOL.
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