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Old 06-03-2008, 10:20 AM   #1
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One week "new" to Hypermiling...pulled 30.4 out of my first tank using a bunch of techniques and 1/2 that tank was towing a 4x8ft utility trailer.
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Congrats! Keep everything in your gaslog in the garage. Let's hear more about your quest for better mileage!
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Old 06-03-2008, 03:41 PM   #3
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One week "new" to Hypermiling...pulled 30.4 out of my first tank using a bunch of techniques and 1/2 that tank was towing a 4x8ft utility trailer.
Hello there fellow Forester.

I haven't even come close to your fuel economy. Is your transmission manual or auto?
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:30 PM   #4
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Mine is a 5 speed...I average about 90 miles a day, mostly highway and interstate, with about 10 miles on surface streets - not very much "stop and go" driving.

I have my tires at sidewall max of 44lbs.
Removed the "safari rack" I had on it.
Removed the crossbars too.

I have a K&N Filter and a Scangauge II on the way.
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If possible, try to compare your K&N to equivalent baseline mileage. That is, try to duplicate conditions and see if it really makes a difference. Prevailing data is that K&N filters don't make any difference at all in most applications, though in some cars where K&N has done a lot of research the filters do help. I'd really like to find out.

Your manual transmission means you can really get a lot more improvement than if you had an automatic. You'll read all about the various ways you can improve here.
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I'll definitely have a good "baseline" w/o the K&N to work from, looks like it won't be here until the end of next week and I'll probably fill at least twice before then.

The thing I'm most interested in is to see how much using the Scangauge will help me with "on the spot" changes to my driving habits to improve FE.
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32mpg even from the fill up today...average is up to...31.28. Not bad, was hoping for more.
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I get 32 pretty consistantly with my forrester. Drafting semis on the freeway (3 car-lengths) bumped it up to about 38 mpg on the scan gauge. The racks and tire pressure on my car was worth about 4 mpg improvement (from 28 to 32). Not too bad for a mini-SUV.
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Installed the Scangauge last night...looking forward to sipping gas next week...
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