WOOHOO! I just gassed up and got 79MPG in mountain driving. I recently added some more aero mods (complete rear wheel skirts, side skirts, 4 wheel spoilers) to my car, which has resulted in a noticably improved coasting ability. Even though I was nowhere near empty, I figured the recent unpleasantness in the Mid-East would cause gas prices to jump, so I gassed up the car today and calculated the mileage. Got 79MPG in a driving regime (trips up into the NC mountains) that would normally have netted me 66 to 70MPG before these mods. Since before adding these mods I was getting 87MPG in rural SC driving, if the same differential holds true, I should now be able to get upper 90's MPG while driving on the rural roads of SC. These mods only cost me $10 in materials, so it shouldn't take too long for them to pay for themselves in gas savings. Since adding these mods, I am getting a lot less dust accumulation on my rear window when driving on dirt roads, so these mods have done something to change the characteristics of my wake, resulting in reduced drag.
Since my car died, I have been driving my grandfather's car. He recently(July 7) bought another car. Guess what, it's a '97 Saturn 5-speed and it's red too. *thought transmission is a success* I put my tires on it(60 psi) along with my 195 thermostat, my Halo plugs, Splitfire Dual Core wires, IAT mod, and the O2 sensor out of my car since it was almost new. The car he bought has 158,000 miles on it plus he has power steering where my car was non-power steering and only had 136,500 miles. Anyway, I filled up last night with 4.85 gallons and travelled 215.355 miles for an mpg figure of 44.4 I will be driving this car until my new one is ready. The new one is a '99 SL2 5-speed with power steering that I picked up for $2800. It has 94,500 miles. Should I add my temporary ride to the garage?
It died about two weeks ago. I was on my way back from Indianapolis and it just died; like someone had turned the key off. While doing the post-mortem, I found that the timing chain had broken. Both timing chain guides had broken and one of the guide bolts had pulled out of the block. When it did that it pulled all of the threads out of the block with it. Three teeth were gone off of the crank gear and some of the timing guide that had broken ended up in the oil pan.
Horsepower is how hard you hit the wall, torque is how much of the wall you take with you.
Yah know I don't see a big drop in fuel use with the AC on in the Acura 3.0L only 0.1gph increase (0.4 - 0.5 GPH) and in the Ford F150 no increase in GPH of course it is burning it at 0.5GPH just sitting there at 800 rpm idle.
Yikes, 19MPH ave? Is anyone else on the road with you?
Now that you mention it, traffic was strangely quiet for a Saturday. I got to do some really silly long coasts that I normally wouldn't get to. And I could keep my speed down on the highway bits. Not normal conditions.
EDIT: should have said "I caught some unusually big CODFISH"