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Old 08-21-2011, 09:27 AM   #441
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Argh, my mileage is getting worse with each fillup. Granted, traffic is really heavy where I live and it's a lot of stoplight to stoplight driving.
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:29 PM   #442
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Argh, my mileage is getting worse with each fillup. Granted, traffic is really heavy where I live and it's a lot of stoplight to stoplight driving.
I have the same frustration. You'd think with $4 gas, the DOT would time some of the lights. I understand that not all can be timed but I will travel down a major thoroughfare with only minor cross streets and get stopped at every light. I wonder how much fuel could be saved if an effort was made to time the lights on the larger arteries .
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:33 PM   #443
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My pet peeve? Driving along a main thoroughfare and a car sitting at a cross street activates the red light for me. Think of all the wasted energy in my having to stop from speed, idling, then starting back up again. Makes a lot more sense to have a sensor for cross vehicle traffic which let's them through until there's either none left or some timer has activated letting the other vehicle cross.
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:09 PM   #444
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Think of all the wasted energy in my having to stop from speed, idling, then starting back up again.
I agree, red lights and stop signs are NOT green (eco-friendly)... One of the major advantages hybrids have over gas-only cars is efficiency at low speeds - not to mention regenerative breaking.

If there were a hybrid Focus available, I would've bought it. But 100% electric isn't right for me, and I couldn't wait any longer to buy a new car.
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:05 PM   #445
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My 5-speed manual hatch is being built today. Expecting delivery in mid-September. I'd be interested in people's comments on the 5-speed especially the RPM's you're turning on the highway in the 70mph-80mph range. It seems, from the few posts I've read, that it's in the 3200RPM range. If so, is it noisy or is the engine running smooth and quiet? I have a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT with the 2.5 liter turbo. Of course, Subaru's have "flat" fours (i.e. horizontally opposed) and are inherently smooth. It has the 5-speed automatic and is turning 3000RPM at 80mph but you can't hear or feel it.
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:24 PM   #446
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I've actually plotted approximately what speed you'd be traveling in 5th gear by thousand rpm increments.

2k: 48mph
3k: 72mph
4k: 96mph
5k: 120mph
6k: 144mph
6.5k: 156mph

Note: these are estimated using a 25" diameter tire, and the 5-speed SE is electronically limited to 120mph.

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Old 08-29-2011, 08:41 AM   #447
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Just had my first fill-up.

50/50 mix between highway and city.

31.9 via the trip computer, 30.5 manually calculated.
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:15 AM   #448
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If ya get on Fuelly, we can follow your fill-ups and vice versa.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:21 AM   #449
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Titanium Hatch with handling package, Shell 92 octane, traffic-imposed limit of 60mph on freeway on flat ground = 42.6mpg over 50+ miles (highest that I've seen). Reset to test again in curvy/hilly roads with no traffic and little braking = 39.2mpg.
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:56 PM   #450
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My first measured tank came in at 33 MPG. That was with about at 60% hwy driving. Not bad as the car has not quite 700 miles on it right now.
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