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Old 04-20-2012, 06:27 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I consider 15 year old car still new, but then again, I have 29 years old car that beats my 15 years old car in reliability hands down, it has to do with how car is made, less electronics is always better, that is for sure.

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Old 04-20-2012, 11:30 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Nice looking car! From what I can see it has a short air dam under the front. Maybe extend that a few inches and see if that helps fe. Keep it subtle on such a classy car.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:54 AM   #23 (permalink)
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my father in law had an early 90s crown vic. woulod do high twenties on the highway, no problem.

as for the recommendation to engine off coast, please do not. it doesn't matter if it is safe from a tranny wear point of view, it is a horrible idea. i would never EOC an automatic car. very unsafe.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:42 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I wonder if there's flow reattachment on the trunk lid behind that "chopped" rear window. Looks like it might be a good candidate for a classy Kamm roof extension.

And rear wheel skirts wouldn't look out of place on that classic yacht too.

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Old 04-21-2012, 02:19 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Ha ha, that's exactly what I am trying to avoid. I hit 33.7mpg on the lie-o-meter on the downhill drive to work. Averaged 52mph. Way back? Traffic...32mph average and 22.3mpg

Hybrids rule here in Los Angeles. I averaged 8mph on the 6-mile section over the Sepulveda pass...any non-hybrid is going to suck on that section.
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:47 AM   #26 (permalink)
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You do know this is a mkVIII, not a town car?
Of course. I was demonstrating the effectiveness of a Bonneville style flat spoiler.

A Kammback could look pretty cool on this thing. Maybe do it up like a fake vinyl roof- a hearse with taper, if you will!

Crude but you get the drift...
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:28 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Of course. I was demonstrating the effectiveness of a Bonneville style flat spoiler.

A Kammback could look pretty cool on this thing. Maybe do it up like a fake vinyl roof- a hearse with taper, if you will!

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Hearse that even most dedicated aeromodders will accept, order your last ride now, before it is too late
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:04 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Yes the old boats ride nice don't they? Practice your driving skills. Also if you can reroute a few miles longer but with a higher mpg can reduce overall fuel consumption. i.e. I turn left out of my drive because a right turn is up hill. Once my tub is rolling however I can coast up the small steep hills and add fuel going down the backside on that part off the route. I really pick up speed for very little fuel doing this as gravity can really pull on that metal.

Learn to throw your weight around and you may pick up a few mpg. My stationwagon weighs 4200 ish, I figure yours is a little lighter, not much.

I wouldnt modify your Granddads car for a while.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:22 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:41 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I got 26.6mpg on the drive to work and back today, driving slow. I'm going to drive like an idiot the rest of the week, and see what happens. It's pretty funny driving 60mph and watching people fly by at 25mph faster. Maybe I'll shoot a Go-Pro vid

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