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Old 07-18-2008, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I wanted to let you all know that I enjoyed some great "Ecomodding Success" on my recent vacation journey. My trip was approx 1,600 miles in a 2006 Lincoln Navigator. This is my wife's car not one I would choose to drive myself. Anyway, the EPA combined in this truck is 16mpg. Before leaving on the trip I inflated the tires to around 44psi instead of the usual 36psi. I tried to drive at a slower than normal pace for the entire trip. I eased the vehicle up the hills and mountains. I also did many neutral coasts where possible. I set up a ScanGaugeII to monitor things. The trip mainly consisted of a roundtrip from Metro Atlanta to near Buffalo, NY and back. It seems like the trip was much more "up hill" going north. I was able to average 19.8 on the northern leg and 20.2 on the return for an average of 20mpg for the 1,600 miles. A 25% improvement on the EPA combined avg. Gas prices varied from $3.98 up to $4.16 per gallon. I used regular 87 octane for all fill ups. I figured the Ecomodding saved me about 25 gallons of fuel (one complete fill-up) and right around $100! We did haul a lot of luggage and stuff and also had the A/C on 100% of the time. Still I am thrilled with the results and owe much of it to this site...Thanks!

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Old 07-18-2008, 12:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice job! That's quite an amount of fuel saved,
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great results for a bigger vehicle! As a Jeep owner, I'm not convinced that these boxy vehicles are a lost cause.
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Old 07-18-2008, 02:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It goes to show that big savings can be gained in any vehicle. I work in the inland barging industry and we adjust our speed to save fuel on tow boats and they are the aerodynamic equivalent to a Lincoln Navigator. Good job!
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Old 07-18-2008, 03:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Great results from such a large vehicle. Like to see the same trip under the same conditions with Airtabs or equivalent. Get some real world results.
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Great results for a bigger vehicle! As a Jeep owner, I'm not convinced that these boxy vehicles are a lost cause.
I tried HM with my '97 ZJ but couldn't get it over the 18MPG mark...so I just gave in and bought another vehicle. I loved my Jeep but gas prices were killing me. Now I'm saving around $806/year after payments/fees/insurance/etc. with the new car, rather than if I had stayed with my Jeep.

Good luck though, wish you the best!

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