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Old 03-08-2012, 03:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Pump up those tires, take them to side wall max. My winters are LLR (Nokian G2)so winter tires aren't automatically bad.

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Old 03-08-2012, 03:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Can you experiment with alternate routes or are you in a "bottleneck" situation where there is only one way to get there? The other option (that I can't stand) is leaving early to beat the traffic *or* picking afternoon classes so you can leave later.

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Old 03-08-2012, 04:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Ill be switching to my all season tires soon. The weather in chicago is starting to stay warm enough (45 degrees F) that I no longer need my winter tires for improved traction in cold conditions. I usually have my all season tires pumped to no higher than 40psi no lower than 35. I used Lucas Fuel Treatment for this tank so I'm going to see how it goes. I did some highway driving yesterday so I expect my fuel economy to be higher this tank around. I can get a 32 ounce bottle of Lucas for $10 and it can last me 7 to 8 fill ups so only a dollar or so per fillup. Ill be posting my results as I use the tratment more to see how it does.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:35 PM   #14 (permalink)
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About that additive: as you just pointed out, it's impossible to control enough variables to be able to actually tell whether or not it does anything! (The manufacturer knows this and counts on customer ignorance for repeated sales.) Add to this the fact that your car is going to be getting better mileage anyway as the ambient temperature goes up.

The manufacturer laughs all the way to the bank with your hard earned money. Yet they haven't submitted the product for EPA-sanctioned testing.

Save your ten bucks! Use it for gas instead, and I guarantee it will take you nearly 50 miles. (At $3.75 / gallon prices.)

The maker of that product knows if they claimed the same thing on their packaging, they would end up in court, and lose.
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Thanks a bunch for your help today, MetroMPG. As for cgf83's post on alternate routes, the route I take is the fastest and often the quickest and shortest but occasionally, it becomes backed up beyond disbelief so I take another route that is slower on average but more consistent, however also longer with more turns since its not as direct. The nice thing about the main route i take is that if there is no traffic, i can get a green light almost every time at around 45mph and get home in 17-19 minutes compared to the 25 to 35 minutes during the 8am and 5pm commutes. Commuting on this same road for 3.5 years now, I have gotten to know it well and its lights, traffic, etc that I can efficiently run through it and anticipate the lights so as to avoid stopping unnecessarily.
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Can you adjust your departure times so you miss the worst of the traffic on the good route? If that makes you arrive early or leave late, there's always reading to be done, stuff to check online, etc.
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Can you adjust your departure times so you miss the worst of the traffic on the good route? If that makes you arrive early or leave late, there's always reading to be done, stuff to check online, etc.
If i seriously had the will to, I would commute to school at 6:30 and pretty much miss most traffic on my route to school but that would require me to wake up really early and at this point, I dont see myself commuting that early. That could change though soon. I could always bring a pillow with me to school and nap in my car when i get there.
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Also, I'm really interested in getting that MPGuino but I would need to have someone install it since I have no clue how to go about such an installation. Where could I get one (it seems they are out of stock?) and who could I find to do the installation?
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Leaving early is probably the best bet, next biggest gain is to avoid using your brakes and don't light foot around about accelerating, with a 2000+ rpm stall convertor of the 3100, pretty much gun it out of the hole and coast to the next light I think is better than letting the TC slip. I haven't driven enough city with my 3100 to know the best approach though.

Unless you can get a MP cheap, it's probably not a worth while investment IMO. you are going to dump the 93 as soon as you can, your next car will probably be 96 or newer so a SG2 would be a better investment latter. Track tank to tank, maybe fill up at half tank to shorten the time, trying to be consistent, get a 3-4 tank average before doing anything but changing the NUT behind the wheel.

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