winding up 3rd slowly to highway cruising speed and then hitting 5th always got me over 50mpg in the vx and was my 'routine'...
but then again...it has really long gearing...
redline is 6200 i think....and redline in 2nd was about 70mph...lol
i have gotten over 50mpg doing quick 2nd >>> 5th shifts
but i started using 3rd more and more often with expected gains
Your car is an ex, which has a totally different tranny and IM. Which changes everything. What's good for your car might be bad for mine.
The 1, 4 and 5 gears are identical in our cars. My 2 and 3 are a little shorter/closer to give a little more sporty acceleration.
So basically you're accelerating with a lot of throttle but shifting extremely low? I guess Ill try that; if anything it wouldnt piss off as many people behind me compared to now Right now Im shifting at 2500 in all gears, unless Im cruising at 35-45, then I just put it into 5th. I tried the same style SVOboy used in his post, but I ended up getting worse mpg than I got before I even came to this site and learned some techniques and tricks etc. God I wish I could afford a scangauge.
I seem to get crisp acceleration shifting at 2000 and the next gear drops rpm to 1500 rpm. Seems to be the minimum speed for good throttle response - the quicker I get out of the lower gears the less engine revolutions I make for distance traveled. Another thing to consider is the quicker you get up to speed the sooner you can start coasting and coasting with the engine running is best done at higher speed than too slowly, assuming the road allows a decent coasting distance. Of course each car is going to be a little different.
I deliver pizzas - 4000 miles experimenting and It doesn't work for me. I found the less fuel allowed to the car overall, regardless the RPM or gear, the better. 53 mpg - flooring it - running my battery down cramming all the electric before cruising as soon as possible, versus 58 mpg - leisurely crawling up through each gear and maybe momentarily hitting 5th before having to revert for a light, or a 'parade maker'. You figure it out.