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Old 06-24-2009, 03:11 PM   #1
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NorCal hypermiler

Hi all,

I retired 3 years ago, and started slowing down. On long (400 miles each way) drives to my mom's in SoCal, I used to average 26 mpg going 72 mph. When I slowed down to 62 mph, my mileage climbed to 32-34 mpg. Going even slower (55 mph), I got 36-38 mpg. This is in my 2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V 6MT (originally EPA rated 22/28 mpg with a combined 24 mpg estimated mileage).

Last summer I got serious. I volunteered in some national parks in Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado, and I logged my gas tanks with the $4/gallon gas. Since then, I'm averaging 37.5 mpg over the past 9000 miles, 155% of the original EPA estimates.

This Spring I bought a used 2006 Scion xB 5MT. It has an original 30/33 mpg EPA rating, with 31 mpg estimated combined mileage. I'm getting 46.5 mpg on this car in the 1500 miles I've owned it (150% of the original EPA combined mileage).

Looking forward to meeting you folks, especially any north Bay Area folks, and exchanging ideas.

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Old 06-24-2009, 06:45 PM   #2
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Greetings! That's my old stomping grounds...was born in Fremont, lived in Milpitas, went to high school in Palo Alto (don't ask). I miss the Bay Area...and I don't at the same time.

Anyhow, glad to have you here and those are some very nice numbers you are posting. Keep up the good work!
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