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Old 09-18-2007, 11:22 AM   #1
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Faster in gear than in Neutral

umm... my car coasts faster in gear than it does in Neutral. I get up to 45, 46mph shifting through the gears going down the hill near my house without touching the gas during shifts. I get up to 44mph in neutral. What is the meaning of this? Most cars go slower when in gear, not faster! Anyone else's VX do this?
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:36 AM   #2
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Every time you're in gear and below the idle fuel cut the engine's essentially idling in gear so you can get a very small advantage from the power the engine makes at ~45mph in yer case.
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is it more efficient then to leave it in gear for coasting?
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:42 AM   #4
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I'm guessing that coasting in N is more efficient, but you'll likely need a SuperMid or similar to verify it.
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yeah, I figured as much. Thanks for clearing that up!
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It all depends on the gearing. If you are in a high gear and coasting at a reletively low speed, there is much less resistance from engine braking then if you were at a high speed.
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As long as I don't put a heavy load on my idle engine - I consume roughly the same fuel idling in gear (moving) than idling in neutral. According to the SG. I can get mid 40's idling in 5th

But I need to figure some stuff out as I can't get my car to go into open loop while accelerating (WOT) under heavy load...
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Funny story: If I put my mom's car in 5th at 25 and coast I'll slow down, but if I turn on the a/c I can hold 25mph without pedal pressure,
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