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Old 04-25-2006, 03:02 PM   #11
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Its Ok, Larry. I won't get

Its Ok, Larry. I won't get mad at you. I just get nervous when everyone is whipping around me doing 75 in the 55 zones. I keep my speeds reasonable, but I can tell people are getting aggravated when they stack up behind me and give me looks when they finally get a slot in the fast lane to get around.

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Old 04-25-2006, 03:05 PM   #12
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I'm glad that people drive

I'm glad that people drive reasonably around me, I haven't gotten honked or yelled at or anything except for my friends giving me the finger,

Blessed are those from new jersey.
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Old 04-25-2006, 03:13 PM   #13
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Its Ok, Larry. I won't get mad at you. I just get nervous when everyone is whipping around me doing 75 in the 55 zones. I keep my speeds reasonable, but I can tell people are getting aggravated when they stack up behind me and give me looks when they finally get a slot in the fast lane to get around.
Thanks Bob. You are much nicer than those guys on the other site. Must be a Saturn thing.:-) I generally try to stay in the right lane but every once in awhile I'm in the center because someone merges in and I can't get back over right away.
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Old 04-25-2006, 03:23 PM   #14
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Re: Hey, cheapybob i guess you

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Hey, cheapybob i guess you found the site from my link on saturnfans. I was hoping we could get some more saturns on this honda dominated site :P

http://www.gassavers.org/forum_topic/ac_and_power_steering_on_fe.html

this thread shows some improvement by removing ac/ps.
Could be, I don't remember where I found it... Thanks...

Also thanks for the link to the thread. Its sort of odd that removing both PS and AC got him 3.2 mpg, but removing PS alone only got him .3 mpg. I find it hard to believe that just having the AC on the pulley and not running would sap 2.9 mpg from it.

If I get some time I'll see if I can find a used idler and belt at a yard and try it both ways under the same weather and traffic conditions.

He seems to have a similar test routine to mine, but I noticed his mph was very low 34-36 mph, and different by 2 on the one run as compared to the other, so it can't be open expressway driving, which I like better for a test because it keeps the number of variables to a reduced level.
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I have driven in Chicago numerous times at the posted speed limits(45 & 55) and have never have never had any problems nor have I even had any close calls. I stirred up quite a bit of trouble on another forum by sharing my views on going the speed limit so I won't go into that much here but I never worry about going the posted speed limit wherever I am; it's not my problem.
Whenever we go on road trips I make a point to go 65mph the entire way. Every so often I'll go up to 70, but it's rather rare.

I mean, I wouldn't want my gaslog to drop, right? Screw safety... my gaslog is more important :P
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Thanks Bob. You are much nicer than those guys on the other site. Must be a Saturn thing.:-) I generally try to stay in the right lane but every once in awhile I'm in the center because someone merges in and I can't get back over right away.
Larry, I see you have an SL. Do you have AC or PS on it? My SC1 has both.

The wild one on my test loop is when they merge in 2 lanes from the right and they thin out to becomes the slow lane, but the cars are coming in at 75 and I'm only doing 60. I try to get over, but its tricky with them passing me on both sides.
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I didn't realize until recently that Saturns were build for fuel economy. Just check out the EPA ratings for Saturns and you'll see that high MPG was always a goal.
Actually, its only really true for the S series Saturns with the 1.9L. The newer Ion's with the 2.2L Ecotech motor which puts out lots of hp but only get 35 on the highway vs 40 for the old SOHC 1.9L. GM seems to be creating whatever car you wanted 5 yrs ago, today all the time, it seems. Actually, all they'd need to do is give it a 6 spd double od trans to get the mpg and performance at the same time.

So I see you drive 65 on road trips. What do you get for mpg when out on the road doing a steady 65 like that? I get about 50 or 51 out of the Saturn at that speed. Still trying to improve it.
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AC and PS

Well it looks like PS in my xB is a function of engine RPM because with a fast idle cold on a warm day I get a lot less assist than when it is turning 650rpm. Also turns out my AC compressor is always turning no clutch just a variable compressor spiral. I don't see a big difference in MPG but I have not used it a lot yet. PS drain may be first to change the fluid to Synlube tomorrow.
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So I see you drive 65 on road trips. What do you get for mpg when out on the road doing a steady 65 like that? I get about 50 or 51 out of the Saturn at that speed. Still trying to improve it.
I have some engine damage (burning oil, a few blown seals *ba-da-bing!*, etc) so I'm getting about 41mpg on road trips going 65.

Last summer I got 46mpg going 70-75 with four people in the car and AC blazing.
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Thanks Bob. You are much nicer than those guys on the other site. Must be a Saturn thing.:-) I generally try to stay in the right lane but every once in awhile I'm in the center because someone merges in and I can't get back over right away.
Larry, I see you have an SL. Do you have AC or PS on it? My SC1 has both.

The wild one on my test loop is when they merge in 2 lanes from the right and they thin out to becomes the slow lane, but the cars are coming in at 75 and I'm only doing 60. I try to get over, but its tricky with them passing me on both sides.
I have A/C but no PS. It's not too bad even in parking lots.
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