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Old 08-17-2018, 05:54 PM   #181 (permalink)
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Well, at 49.58, my last tank narrowly edged out my previous best of 49.54. This car loves the heck out of summer.

Right at the tail end of it, I got my holey exhaust welded up (another story altogether), and finally did a long overdue oil change from nothing-burger bulk oil and a super cheap filter to the last of my stock of Pennzoil Platinum with a Bosch filter. Improvement? Ehhh, maybe. The car is now so quiet I have trouble driving it smoothly, but my butt dyno reports an ever-so-slight gain in torque...much needed in a Honda of this vintage.

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Old 11-22-2018, 05:52 PM   #182 (permalink)
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I'm happy with my focus 1.0 ecoboost so far now at about 5k miles. I ended up getting a job where I drive a lot of highway miles everyday and I often drive with a pretty heavy foot. I tend to cruise in the 75-80mph range and I'm still averaging around 35.5 mpg according to the in car computer over the past 2k miles. I'm now running winter tires so we shall see how that effects the mileage. I'm no hypermiler but it still gets better mileage than any car I've owned until now.
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Old 07-18-2019, 01:09 PM   #183 (permalink)
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2 record tanks in a row

I just parked the Irksome Winter Beater Metro for the rest of the year.

Despite seemingly needing weekly repairs lately, it rewarded my loyalty with two best-ever tanks in a row:




Maybe I should threaten to buy a used Mirage more often!


The car has all the same mods as the Firefly, minus rear wheel skirts and the taller-geared transmission. (I actually have one to put in, but I just haven't done it.) The Firefly could deliver slightly better than 80 MPG US in similar weather conditions & routes.

Now driving the MPGiata until at least early November.
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Old 07-18-2019, 01:18 PM   #184 (permalink)
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... I wonder if someone's adding gas to my tank.
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:59 PM   #185 (permalink)
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... I wonder if someone's adding gas to my tank.

I joked about that here regarding my Mustang several years ago. My fuel economy was worse on road trips than while commuting. I joked that someone must be adding fuel to my tank at night, but they weren't following along on my road trips. Someone even took my joke seriously.
We all know the reality that higher speeds on freeways require more fuel.
As I posted in post # 100 in this thread: The last time I drove my Mustang to southern California was in 2014. The relatively light traffic on July 4th Didn't hurt. I decided to try an experiment. I limited my speed to 65 MPH. I didn't have to stop for fuel in Barstow as I did in previous years. It took about 48 minutes more driving time to get to Foothill Ranch, but a fuel (and restroom) stop would have taken 20 minutes. I was less fatigued when I got there because I had the road to myself more of the time. I don't understand the "pack mentality" of most drivers.
Got my best tank ever on that leg of the trip. 34.339 MPG. Not too bad for a 4 liter Mustang.
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The presence of traffic is the single most complicating factor of hypermiling. I know what I'm going to do, it's contending with whatever the hell all these other people are going to do that makes things hard.

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Old 07-18-2019, 09:52 PM   #186 (permalink)
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I should have posted this years ago, but I didn't think about it at the time.
In May, 2015, I installed an under-drive crankshaft pulley on my Mustang. Under-drive pulleys are an old hot-rodding trick to get more power to the wheels by wasting less power driving accessories. (water pump, power steering pump, a/c compressor if you use a/c). Alternator is a wash; the regulator will just increase field current to compensate for the reduced RPM and increase torque required to generate the current required.
I thought this could also be an EcoModder trick, as well...
This is a 25% under-drive pulley. It was about a $279 experiment.
Before I installed the pulley, I was getting mostly 31's in warmer weather. I got occasional 32's, but they were "one in a row".
After I installed this pulley, I had 8 consecutive fill-ups over 32 MPG. Last Summer, I had 4 consecutive fill-ups over 33 MPG. This will pay for itself in fuel savings in about 150K miles, but in the mean time, it's giving me bragging rights.
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The presence of traffic is the single most complicating factor of hypermiling. I know what I'm going to do, it's contending with whatever the hell all these other people are going to do that makes things hard.

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Old 07-22-2019, 08:56 PM   #187 (permalink)
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I just parked the Irksome Winter Beater Metro for the rest of the year.

Despite seemingly needing weekly repairs lately, it rewarded my loyalty with two best-ever tanks in a row:




Maybe I should threaten to buy a used Mirage more often!


The car has all the same mods as the Firefly, minus rear wheel skirts and the taller-geared transmission. (I actually have one to put in, but I just haven't done it.) The Firefly could deliver slightly better than 80 MPG US in similar weather conditions & routes.

Now driving the MPGiata until at least early November.
This car deserves a sticker picture and a hat picture from the 70 MPG Challenge club.

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Old 07-27-2019, 09:54 AM   #188 (permalink)
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... I wonder if someone's adding gas to my tank.
Do you have a non-locking gas cap...... so a mysterious Santa Claus can add occasional Christmas gifts to your tank.
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Old 07-27-2019, 04:29 PM   #189 (permalink)
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Metro is non-locking! Secret Santa...
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Old 07-27-2019, 05:23 PM   #190 (permalink)
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Metro is non-locking!
Shhhhh! Don't tell nobody that. I had a Dodge Caliber with a non-locking gas cap. I traded it for a car with a locking gas cap.

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