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Old 08-05-2008, 04:16 PM   #1
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Question Any way to find EPA ratings for older model vehicles?

I finally got a full tank on the Buick, but now I'm wondering... How do I lookup the EPA ratings of older vehicles? I know when it was still stock I used to get about 14 MPG, but I wonder what the actual EPA ratings were.

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Old 08-05-2008, 04:42 PM   #2
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I am wondering the same thing- that website only goes back to 1985
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I already checked... Can't get data for 1981 model year vehicles there...
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For now I have decided to put in the mileage I got before I modified the vehicle as the EPA ratings. I would like to update the Buick's page with actual EPA figures if I can find them though...

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The best way I know is to find a car which is as close as possible to your car. My Cad is an '83, but it is pretty much the same car as an '85, so I use the '85 figures. Otherwise, maybe there is a Buick site out there on the WWW wherein there is a Buick guru which might be able to answer your question. Also try Yahoo newsgroups.

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The best way I know is to find a car which is as close as possible to your car. My Cad is an '83, but it is pretty much the same car as an '85, so I use the '85 figures. Otherwise, maybe there is a Buick site out there on the WWW wherein there is a Buick guru which might be able to answer your question. Also try Yahoo newsgroups.

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Well you could have bought a car that looked just like my car up to 1987, however, my car has a bastardized powertrain. 1981 was the first year of computer control. My Buick came stock with a 231 V-6 with a computer controlled 2bbl carb and a 3 speed TH350 automatic. The cars I can lookup on the EPA site (The 85's - 87's) are all fuel injected and came stock with 4 speed electronic overdrive transmissions. I do have the newer model transmission in my car, but not fuel injection. Also I would like the real EPA numbers as I'm considering the transmission upgrade a FE mod
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I am wondering the same thing- that website only goes back to 1985
Head to your local library (or maybe a nearby city library if your local library isn't big enough for this) and find archival copies of some car magazine's annual review edition. Something like Road & Track or Car & Driver.
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Do any other GM cars 85 or newer and the same size car have the same specs as yours? If so the EPA estimates should be similar.
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