Hey, I have a 2000 dodge neon, with the 2.0 motor, and unfortunately an automatic transmission.
I already have an almost complete grill block, tires at 40 psi, air conditioning and power steering delete, and will be starting on a full belly pan this weekend with some scrap aluminum sheet I have around the shop.
My next thing I am considering is a warm air intake, I understand the general principles behind it including reducing pumping loss and potentially better fuel atomization, and how well they can work on some cars, especially saturns and lean burn equipped hondas. I was wondering how well something like this would work on a Neon, I have been trying to find any information specific to a neon but have been unsuccessful. So I figured I may as well just start a thread on it.
Anyone have any experiences on how a neon responds to a warm air intake?
Thats what I figure, i think I'll try it as long as theres no major reasons against it. Should be easy enough to do, there is the air intake coming from the fender, i figure I should be able to just close that off, and make a warm air tube coming from the cat.
My Ex had a Neon that I did warm air on. Barely saw anything from it. In fact, I can't say for certain we got any improvement from it. For their size, those Neons are just not efficient vehicles no matter what you do to them. I suggest buying a Ford, Chevy or something from a manufacturer that lives overseas.
I agree, the neon honestly has awful mileage compared to other similar cars but its what I have, spending a couple grand on another car to save a few bucks on gas seems like a step in the wrong direction for me. Im not about saving the environment or great mileage, just 100% a money thing.
Also it isnt too reasonable for me to sell it and buy another car, since the neon is only a beater when Im not driving my El Camino.
Keeping the foot off the gas and adjusting driving tactics would do as much if not more.
A warm air intake is nothing more than a performance governor.
Put a brick under it, curb the lead foot.
>>>> I've learned that to get good fuel mileage I had to adjust the way I drive to anticipate stop lights so I coast to them rather than follow most drivers who choose to zoom up to red lights and wait.<<<
It is true, watch sometime...
Most drivers race up to the stop light.
Try coasting up to it, driving without brakes.
Another thing I have found to be extremely wasteful is trying to beat the light, such as pressing the accelerator because the light is green hoping to get through... The reason it is so wasteful is because when it doesn't work the resources consumed far outweigh any savings...
Better off in those situations, letting up on the pedal instead.
A FE gauge should be standard equipment in every vehicle.