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Old 01-09-2006, 07:23 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm looking for advice on how to get the best possible mpg out of my Bville without driving myself insane. What I mean by that is I hate pressing the gas pedal oh ever so slightly and SLOWLY increase speed. I hate that. Surely there has to be alternatives. I can't stand driving like Grandma, I don't want to drive like a Sunday drive. I prefer normal or spirited driving but w/o the consquences aka bad mpg.

I commute mainly in town, the speed limit is 35 to 55 but I drive over, actually way over that, but that'* not the point here. Has anyone discovered a driving technique that hasn't driven people insane?

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Uh................................................ .No, just drive normally. Avoid jack rabbit starts, excessive speeds, burn outs and so on, maintain correct tire pressure etc. It would also be prudent to keep the engine tuned up with new plugs, wires, fuel filters etc. Keep a check on condition of the transmission & fluid flushes. Just my .02
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I'm thinking about the only thing you can do is a good ole tune up to make sure your car is running the way it is supposed to.

A CAI *MAY* help some.

The problem is most mods and stuff only help your car to breath better which only helps when cruising and accelerating hard. There isn't a whole lot you can do in stop and go mechanically (to the car that is).
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My imaginary 2500rpm redline under normal conditions does wonders. Driving habits have much to do with fuel economy, how else can you get optimal mpg by means OTHER than taking it easy?

Give yourself extra time to get to your destination, so you don't need to rush. There are a few other little tricks that can help to go along and compliment my easy-going driving attitude (which, at age 18, does not drive me insane)

If I see a red light further ahead in the distance, I don't screech to a halt 5 feet from the line only to jackrabbit off the line again. Your brakes will thank you, and your fuel economy should improve. I ease up, coast, and try to time things such that I can coast through the light without stopping. Of course, if this means I move slower than wisecracks who wish to pointlessly move quicker (the light is STILL red!!), I will be in the right lane. I'll only be snickering next to you at the next red we get stuck at.

Gas brake gas gas gas rev rev braaaaaaaaaaaaaake gas gas gas = no. Smooth inputs. If I see a (literal) grandma going sloooow, I adjust well before hand. Change lanes, smoothly kick up the throttle (not exceeding this 2500rpm imaginary redline), pass, done.

As said, keep the car in a good state of tune. Plugs, wires, tire pressures and wheel alignment (which I need ), amongst other maintainence items. That said, I don't drive slow, I abide to the limits because all of Toronto is a radar hotspot, plus or minus a few km/h.
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Uh................................................ .No, just drive normally. Avoid jack rabbit starts, excessive speeds, burn outs and so on, maintain correct tire pressure etc. It would also be prudent to keep the engine tuned up with new plugs, wires, fuel filters etc. Keep a check on condition of the transmission & fluid flushes. Just my .02
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I try not to let the car idle alot, and i use the 3k Limiter on my car, i try and go about 50mph+ becuase then you are in TCC lockup and the rpms are lower....dont race rice...that helps too
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in the 55mph zones... drive 55. That is supposedly the most efficient speed for most cars due to the fact that most roads are still 55 and since it was assumed that most people would be trying to get the best gas mileage on trips, that is where they focused. I tried this on my 2000 Regal GSE with the L67 and the only time I broke 30 mpg was when I was driving 55 9due to getting a speeding ticket earlier in the day) otherwise... avoid fast increases in speed. take your time pulling away from a red light.
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RepinS, you're 18? I did not know that. I can't help it, the Bville is itching to gallop, and I'm itching too. Toronto is a radar hotspot, interesting, considering the fact I drove 80 mph through Toronto.

I know I need to take it easy but I find it hard to. I recently installed a CAI and it kicked up my mpg up to 22.2 from 17.2, a 5 mpg gain. That'* a godsend.

Okay, I can't promise you that I'll do some of these things but I'll try to ease and avoid WOT passing (which I do occasionally ) but it'* fun. Anyway, I'm trying to teach myself that I have nothing to gain from speeding and speeding away from lights.

So far, it'* working......................kinda.

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I drive slower since i have my high flow cat, i love the sound it do at 2k on slow acceleration, so im always accelerating slowly, ...but sometime i need some whine
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I've never been known to waste a lot of time getting up to (or just a touch above) the speed limit. Just dom't treet every stop light like it'* the tree at the track. And when you gotta stop, don't act like you're landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier (you know, like those folks that scream up to the light at 50 and try to stop at the last possible moment, like the light'* gonna change because it thinks thet're in a hurry).

And, when at all possible, maintain a steqady cruising speed. All the speeding up and slowing down to weave in and out of traffic just wastes gas.
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