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I read that some of you are getting over 40 mpg on the HighWay.

I would like to know: To what do you attribute the economy... and what year and engine do you have?
 

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94lx 1.9 4 spd auto

-keep vehicle well tuned
-keep tires properly inflated
-drive conservatively - usually accelerate at about 2250-2500rpm unless merging on a freeway
-around town drive in overdrive (auto's)
-keep off the brakes - after you brake you usually have to get on the gas right away, know how to coast and control you cars speed without excessive braking
-a bottle of injector cleaner every now and then doesn't hurt either
-don't drive like Paul Tracy
-I usually take corners in town a bit faster as well, the more momentum you hold in the corners, the less you have to accelrate coming out of them saving gas. I also like taking corners fast, it's fun :wink:

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I've gotten 37mpg with my escort GT with ~365 pounds of cargo (2 passengers and luggage) and A/C. That was on the drive down to maryland to pick up my 3000GT. It's got a manual tranny and the 1.8L BP motor. The best mileage I've gotten in that car is 41.6mpg, that's just me and a backpack (about 150 pounds cargo).

I tuned the GT to run a pretty lean mix. It runs leaner than stock, which is why the fuel economy is so much better than most stock EGTs.

My mom's LX wagon (1.9L SEFI) usually gets about 38-40.5mpg on the highway. That's with about 300 pounds cargo. And a manual tranny, of course.

My 3000GT, before I tuned it at all, got 30.4mpg on the highway. If you drive it hard, it can go down to like 16mpg.

And the festiva. 1.3L engine, completely gutted inside and out, the thing probably weighs 1600 even... I just installed an EGT 120mph speedometer last week, and I'm currently testing mpg for city driving. Everything about this car is lightened... even the gas tank has been brought down from 10 gallons to 8.5 :)
 

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95' LX 5spd.. i get bout 35 mpg... thats with 2 ppl, a/c on and off.. and traffic.... i drive alittle fast sometimes... well ok most the time so it can go down to like 25..if i'm drivin hard.... but mostly i get decent mpg just regular oil changes and whatnot...

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My 88 lx gets about 27 in town and about 34-36 on the highway and it has 184,000 miles on it. But, I just changed all the filters and cleaned the "one" injector.
 

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What really will help out out is gapping your plugs once a month. An MSD ignition also helps out a lot... so does weight reduction, and also good gas. Always buy from a reputable company. I only run sunoco in my cars. What else helps... good ignition timing helps, advancing it a little helps. Also, lighter weight fluids will generally help economy. Properly inflated tires make a huge difference. Hrm... and that's about it. If you're really feeling funky like me, you can datalog and lean out your mix, but you have to be really confident that you know what you're doing, or you can kill your engine.
 

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My 86 5 speed wagon got around 34-35 highway and my 92 automatic wagon gets maybe 30 mpg. Around town my 86 wagon did much better than my 92 wagon. The 86 was a carburater car and is still on the road with 210,000 miles. Original clutch and getting sorta rusty.
 

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Ignatz said:
My 86 5 speed wagon got around 34-35 highway and my 92 automatic wagon gets maybe 30 mpg. Around town my 86 wagon did much better than my 92 wagon. The 86 was a carburater car and is still on the road with 210,000 miles. Original clutch and getting sorta rusty.
Strange... the Auto should tend to do better than the Manual... and I have 93 (92 build date; Fed Std, but with EGR delete) Manual 1.9L Wagon, doing about 37 before I improved it.

(Changes: Tornado air-thing; Ion magnets on fuel line; K&N Air Filter; nos EEC; 95 PCM.)

Is yours configured for Calif Emissions?
 

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the Auto should tend to do better than the Manual...
Until recently, manuals have always surpassed auto's in fuel economy. Now many auto's are at par or even exceeding their manual counterparts.

Matt 8)
 

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i don't mean to "steal" this topic, but it was getting low on replies ANYWHO.... so i just put my cone air filter on my car... still on the first tank of gas.... my car actually has a decent sound now... even my ex, who hates escorts mind you says it sounds good, and he noticed alittle bit of a difference driving it... well anywho... i thought it was going to make my car guzzle gas alittle more, but it seems to be running leaner.... am i trippin or something?...LoL

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Makes sense... More Air = More HP = less relative RPM at a given Speed = Better MPG, under typical conditions = a Leaner Mix, given everything else remains relatively constant.
Laci's observation seems to fit.
It would be nice to know what improvement that you obtain after a couple of tanks of Gas.
 

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i'll tell u one thing... shell gas station thing lied to me.. i drove.... all the way til i knew i musta been running on fumes... NOT REALLY... i know i had prolly a gallon left.... and the shell thing said it put over 13 gallons of gas in my car.. liar!..LoL... tank is 11.9 so if i was completely empty(which i wasnt) it should put 10-11 gallons... now i know they're rippin us... f**kers... i know it can be over 12 gallons from filling it COMPLETELY.. but this eeemed alittle too much over to be over 13 gallons!... well it isnt running too much leaner than i thought, maybe a few miles.... the air filter that was in b4.. was only 2 weeks old, so i know it wasnt cuz it was a new filter, but i'll keep tabs on it and let ya guys know.. ne ways im done bitchin.. hehe

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About the Tornado Air...if you go to google groups and do a search for tornado air...youll see that the thing really is a worthless $70 piece of metal.
 

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After my recent clutch swap and tune-up I got 35MPG (Highway & city mixed) on my last road-trip (Red Deer-Calgary-Edmonton-Red Deer) travelling between 120km/h (75mph) and 200km/h (125mph). I know I speed excessively, but I just cant help it. Young + Radar detector = speed. I slow down when I catch up to traffic. I only go really rast on long open streches. The only harm is to myself, and anyone blind if I crash.
 

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Holy thread revival batman!!

sqeeter said:
About the Tornado Air...if you go to google groups and do a search for tornado air...youll see that the thing really is a worthless $70 piece of metal.
Finally, a noob that gets it. :)
 

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Hi, I just did a trip from southern ontario (Toronto area) to Thunder Bay. I have a '92 lx hatchback that I was towing a trailer with. I got 7.5L/100km doing about 60mph. My wife and a friend was driving behind me, doing the same speed, and got 5.9L/100km and 5.2L/100km on two successive fill-ups.

Doing the conversion, I think that works out to about 31mpg for the '92, and 44mpg for my wife's wagon.

Both cars are standard, mine is a '92lx with 270k, and my wife's is a '95lx wagon with 294k. Both were loaded up quite a bit, yet the trailer was nearly empty (just a mattress). Tire pressure was checked each stop and it was kept at 35psi.

YMMV, of course.
 

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Josh_LX said:
Holy thread revival batman!!

sqeeter said:
About the Tornado Air...if you go to google groups and do a search for tornado air...youll see that the thing really is a worthless $70 piece of metal.
Finally, a noob that gets it. :)
Being an ex-gamer, that term really hurt. But, I'm going to take it as the compliment it was :D
 
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