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Old 12-05-2013, 04:48 PM   #501 (permalink)
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Any chance either of you could get video of you driving around town just so someone like myself could see exactly what you are doing? I know all the methods, but for whatever reason it just isn't working in city driving for me.

My city mileage is awful (OK, usually about equal to the hwy rating for my car) but I do much better on the highway.

I know part of this is my battery not being in good order, so I can't turn the engine off unless I still have momentum or I might not get it started again. Yellow-top Optima should be here in a few days though.

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Old 12-05-2013, 11:48 PM   #502 (permalink)
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Any chance either of you could get video of you driving around town just so someone like myself could see exactly what you are doing? I know all the methods, but for whatever reason it just isn't working in city driving for me.

My city mileage is awful (OK, usually about equal to the hwy rating for my car) but I do much better on the highway.

I know part of this is my battery not being in good order, so I can't turn the engine off unless I still have momentum or I might not get it started again. Yellow-top Optima should be here in a few days though.
I would love to post video at some point. I need a safe way to take the video. But in the mean time... I know that my power steering delete, 200+ lbs weight reduction, and alternator on/off switch help quite a lot in the city, making a big part of the difference. But also, I shut the car off at all long stops. And it is warmer here in Southern Cali that where you are in Washington, I bet.

In the city my technique is heavy on the P&G, with some super low-load, low rpm flat area cruising, where my way-tall fifth gear can get me 80-100 mpg on short stretches at 35 mph. That's a pretty good way to warm the car on parts of my drive from cold morning start. It also gives me good opportunities to juice a low battery late in my return commute.
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:57 PM   #503 (permalink)
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I would love to post video at some point. I need a safe way to take the video. But in the mean time... I know that my power steering delete, 200+ lbs weight reduction, and alternator on/off switch help quite a lot in the city, making a big part of the difference. But also, I shut the car off at all long stops. And it is warmer here in Southern Cali that where you are in Washington, I bet.

In the city my technique is heavy on the P&G, with some super low-load, low rpm flat area cruising, where my way-tall fifth gear can get me 80-100 mpg on short stretches at 35 mph. That's a pretty good way to warm the car on parts of my drive from cold morning start. It also gives me good opportunities to juice a low battery late in my return commute.
Well if you are ever able to, I would appreciate it and I'm sure others would too.

No alternator switch, but I did delete power steering. Weather hurts too, especially this last tank. Our cold snap meant leaving in the morning with temps in the 15-25F range. Between that and my battery problems, my last tank was pretty awful.

My new yellow top showed up today though, hopefully that should help.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:14 PM   #504 (permalink)
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Well if you are ever able to, I would appreciate it and I'm sure others would too.

No alternator switch, but I did delete power steering. Weather hurts too, especially this last tank. Our cold snap meant leaving in the morning with temps in the 15-25F range. Between that and my battery problems, my last tank was pretty awful.

My new yellow top showed up today though, hopefully that should help.
I love the deep cycle batt I got... it should help, especially if you juice it solely from the grid. BTW, new fill on my fuel log.
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:13 PM   #505 (permalink)
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New fill... up over 62mpg and took third on the overall gasoline vehicle list.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:31 AM   #506 (permalink)
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47mpg today in 25mph head wind all the way to work. That is going to kill my average. I even slowed to 50mph on the highway.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:25 PM   #507 (permalink)
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47mpg today in 25mph head wind all the way to work. That is going to kill my average. I even slowed to 50mph on the highway.
But if you realize you might imagine that it was actually 47mpg at 75mph then you can smile at a pretty awesome number in a cheap-to-own 19 year old car. Thumbs up.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:35 PM   #508 (permalink)
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:43 PM   #509 (permalink)
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i wonder if the police would have a problem with that, if say it was a tailwind
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