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Old 10-20-2007, 07:12 PM   #1
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finally broke 40!

I've been trying for months to break 40... finally did today. A 40.81 mpg tank 100% urban driving, 46% above epa city average. Average for last three tanks is 39.3. I was nervous from the moment I realized at half a tank that I had a shot of reaching this. I admit to doing some slowish coasts bordering on rude to those behind me, but, darn, I wanted to break 40. I came close a few tanks ago...so disappointing to hit 39.6!

I think I'm in an mpg sweet spot in Tucson in terms of no need for a/c and the gas isn't altered yet. I'm keeping my tires at 40 but I let them go down during the month. Oil life at 20% so I could probably change it and push it further. Now to go for 45....
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Old 10-20-2007, 07:24 PM   #2
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Nice job! Glad to hear you're having success.
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Old 10-20-2007, 08:02 PM   #3
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NICE!

i am convinced that the non sport models have a slight advantage with fuel economy because of the tires, but they are rated the same because everything else is the same. i agree with the 3400rpm deal. i actually think it kicks in lower! but man the car is fun to drive for a couple thousand rpm after that... but not for long enough i feel, especially with the way 1st and 2nd gear are space out... i think they are too far but i love how the others are nice and close.

either way, i think having the thiner tires definitely helps the fuel economy!
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Old 10-20-2007, 11:16 PM   #4
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When I got my record mileage on my VX, I knew at the half way point on the gas gauge that I was going to break my previous FE record and I did.

Are you drafting much on your record run?
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Old 10-21-2007, 01:12 AM   #5
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Congratulations! It feels good to get over "plateaus".

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Old 10-21-2007, 08:17 AM   #6
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nice job! still trying to break 30 here. getting close, but still running the a/c(upper 80s and lower 90s STILL-need a break!)
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Nice to know that it can be done!
Safe/save and happy motoring!
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NICE!
i am convinced that the non sport models have a slight advantage with fuel economy because of the tires, but they are rated the same because everything else is the same. i agree with the 3400rpm deal. i actually think it kicks in lower! but man the car is fun to drive for a couple thousand rpm after that...
But your Sport model has the rear flap-- doesn't that improve the aerodynamics compared with the flat rear in my base model?

I basically follow the ideas I outlined in
Urban mpg. I try to switch at 3000 actually, not 3400. I actually think I can do better in city driving than on highway because there are more ways to control things, whereas on highway I basically have to just follow what everyone else is doing.
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con-GRAB-you-lations!

I am trying to break 45, then 50 but I'm not sure it can be done!
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