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Old 07-31-2008, 08:27 PM   #31
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I've been trying to get 40+ MPG out of my g/f 2004 Honda Civic SE but the best I've been able to do is 39.5 MPG. I coast as much as possible and the tires are inflated to 37psi, but I just can't break that barrier. Then, we had to make a rather rapid trip to another town for a family emergency where I was driving VERY aggressively. We had done 100 mp/h on occasion with 85 mp/h average, heavy acceleration and a/c on nearly full. The surprise was that the highway miles dropped from 38 mpg on average to 32 mpg (same as the city EPA).

I think I'm with Kevin on this one. At what point do all the hypermiling techniques become rather moot? I mean, if I drive normally I get the EPA of 38 mpg (highway) and 32 mpg (city), but when I hypermile I get 39.5 mpg (highway). That's really not worth it. Now if this was my Festiva, well, that's a different story. I'm able to squeak out a lot more miles when I use the tech.
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Old 08-01-2008, 06:02 AM   #32
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Kevin- It's all a matter of personal opinion. Saving $20 a month in this economy is well worth it. Heck I might even take my wife out for a nice dinner. --Josh
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:17 AM   #33
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There are different ways to get your FE up. To me driving slow just to save gas is not worthwile. I try to time stop lights, pulse A/C, don't idle, go easy on acceleration - adds 1%-2% to travel time, and improves FE by ~10%. If I need better MPG then that, I'll get on a bike.
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:34 AM   #34
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:41 AM   #35
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FYI, I already doubled my FE when I parked my F150 3 months ago and bought a new Hyundai Accent. I went from 18 mpg to 36 mpg.

I honestly get 35+ MPG driving this 08 manual trans. Accent pretty hard. Shifting @ 3000 + RPM and cruising at 75 mph. Don't ask me why it's rated so low for highway mileage. I don't see it. I honestly don't know how I could get much less mileage on the highway with it.

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oh, thats how i hypermile
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I've been trying to get 40+ MPG out of my g/f 2004 Honda Civic SE but the best I've been able to do is 39.5 MPG. I coast as much as possible and the tires are inflated to 37psi, but I just can't break that barrier. Then, we had to make a rather rapid trip to another town for a family emergency where I was driving VERY aggressively. We had done 100 mp/h on occasion with 85 mp/h average, heavy acceleration and a/c on nearly full. The surprise was that the highway miles dropped from 38 mpg on average to 32 mpg (same as the city EPA).
try 44-51psi. 37 really isnt much at all... and could you define "coast"?
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:08 AM   #36
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Kevin- It's all a matter of personal opinion. Saving $20 a month in this economy is well worth it. Heck I might even take my wife out for a nice dinner. --Josh
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Yep, you're right, it's personal opinion. I'd rather have 20 minutes extra per day with my wife than spend it on the interstate. I've been married less than a year. (thats my wife in the photo) Maybe someday it will change, but for right now I'm in no hurry to leave in the morning and always in a hurry to get home in the afternoon!

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Yep, you're right, it's personal opinion. I'd rather have 20 minutes extra per day with my wife than spend it on the interstate. I've been married less than a year. (thats my wife in the photo) Maybe someday it will change, but for right now I'm in no hurry to leave in the morning and always in a hurry to get home in the afternoon!

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Lol, It's not how fast your drive, it's where you live.
I spend about 2 minutes on the interstate going over a bridge, about 3 minutes getting to it and about 5 more getting off and finding a parking spot. Timed my commute at 5.6 miles. Takes 12 minutes door to door, 11 if I run from the parking lot. Don't see a need to speed, only gets me there 5 seconds faster.
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Before I used to drive 65 mph hwy, but I took a long road trip - Houston to Chicago at 70 mph - and discovered my 99 HX M/T gets 50 to 51.15 mpg @ 70 mph so now I just drive all hwy at 70 mph - no 55, 60, or 65 unless there are cops around. I value the saved time too!

But now I will be unemployed soon, so I got lots of time to spare, so maybe I'll try 60 mph.
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For me, driving in an FE conscious way (not necessarily hypermiling) can be an interesting game. I am not tired of that yet.
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Kevin- It's all a matter of personal opinion. Saving $20 a month in this economy is well worth it. Heck I might even take my wife out for a nice dinner. --Josh
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What are you currently getting your Suburban? You should create a garage entry for it and log your mileage there. Read up what I've been learning about my truck, and you may increase your mileage as well.

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