Hey there all. Been looking around and I see some good info here. Well for sure I will not be pulling down the numbers like the rest of you guys being what I am running. I have a 96 Windstar that I daly drive. I have not realy checked, but seems I am getting about 20 MPG. not to bad for a big mini van, but I would realy like to get a few more. I also have a full size Bronco, but thats pretty much a lost cause
Maybe I am missing it, and should be in another board, but is there a FAQ for using the gas log in the garage section???
Welcome to GasSavers. Yes, that should get you going.
For a Windstar, if your getting 20, that is pretty good, already. You should give increased tire pressure and a grill block a try. They both should produce some improvement. From their, you can work on learning, trying and practicing driving styles, to extend your rolling top and reduce your dead stop time to as low as you can possibly go. It largely involves trying to become more aware of what is coming up, down the road, farther than you would probably be doing, otherwise.
I'm pretty darn new too but there is a lot of good info and good people here. I had a friend who used to look at windstars and exclaim "look! they want to be in space!" and I laughed... and wondered how much of a difference that windshield and drop nose made... now after a lot of reading, quite a bit.
Look into a scanguage (search the site here) I bet you can do a fair amount with that van.
Oh, and welcome!
"If you want to save gas I suggest you permanently remove the drivers seat and steering wheel. That seems to help." -Oscar Halverson
A belated welcome s1120! It looks like you are already off to a good start. I would try to time the lights as well as possible and coast in neutral with the engine running when ever you can. Also, turn the engine off if you do end up getting stopped by a traffic light for more than 10-15 seconds. I would bet that 25 mpg or more might be possible with the Windstar. As mentioned earlier, get a Scanguage as soon as you can. With the information it gives you will get instant feedback on what helps your FE and what hurts it. www.scanguage.com
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