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Old 04-05-2012, 02:58 PM   #711
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My manual SE is rated 36... Bought it 2-3 weeks ago. Is there any chance I have the shutters? How can I tell?
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Do you think the active shutters are the reason for the +1mpg?
Actually it seems to me they figured out how to handle the select shift differently in testing so as to get no drop in the EPA rating. Previously the select shift equipped cars got 27/37 and the non SS equipped cars (S and base SE) were 28/38. Now it appears all are rated at 28/38. I would've thought that if it was due to the shutters, and the base SE's also got the shutters that they'd increase to 29/39. But recent SE arrivals at Brandon Ford near me are still at 28/38. So either the base SE's are not being equipped with the acitve shutters now or they're now somehow getting around the select shift penalty they used to get.
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My manual SE is rated 36... Bought it 2-3 weeks ago. Is there any chance I have the shutters? How can I tell?
I've never laid eyes on them myself but I presume you'd be able to see them through your grille. Look for a bunch of horizontal slats that look like they rotate on a shaft to close.
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:05 PM   #714
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I wonder if I put duct tape on the front end like in NASCAR if I'd pick an extra few MPG??? She might run a lil hot in town though..............
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I wonder if I put duct tape on the front end like in NASCAR if I'd pick an extra few MPG??? She might run a lil hot in town though..............
Absolutely. You should also clay bar and polish once a month to minimize resistance.
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Absolutely. You should also clay bar and polish once a month to minimize resistance.
Now you're talkin.........
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My manual SE is rated 36... Bought it 2-3 weeks ago. Is there any chance I have the shutters? How can I tell?

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Wonder if anyone really gets the rated mileage during daily driving?
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Wrong again buddy. I will be you I get better fuel economy going 45 in a 45 than some jacka$$ in the same car going 35 in a 45.
Well buddy, generally a vehicle will deliver it's best fuel economy at the lowest speed possible in the highest gear.
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I've never laid eyes on them myself but I presume you'd be able to see them through your grille. Look for a bunch of horizontal slats that look like they rotate on a shaft to close.
I just confirmed they are there in the lower part of the radiator grille opening below the license plate mounting area.
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