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Old 10-04-2013, 10:35 PM   #1
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I Need An Economy Tune

I need an economy tune for my 2003 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0L Zetec ATX.

Does anyone know where i can get one and how much it will cost?

FYI: Im doing this on the cheap cause my wife thinks our focus cant get any better then 30mpg. So she challenged me to do it without using alot of money. She gave me a $1000 budget but i want to go as cheap as possible.


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Old 10-04-2013, 11:12 PM   #2
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Go to tom for a tune 400$ + 20$ shipping. I have his still working on the tuning process but my car already runs waaaaaay better than it did.
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Fill the tank up, jump on the highway and do 65mph. Drive 50 miles out and then back to the gas station, fill it up, calculate the mileage, it'll probably be over 30mpg. You win and you get to keep 1000 bucks.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:26 PM   #4
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Fill the tank up, jump on the highway and do 65mph. Drive 50 miles out and then back to the gas station, fill it up, calculate the mileage, it'll probably be over 30mpg. You win and you get to keep 1000 bucks.
Thanks but i think my wife would know that i did that. She is smarter then most.(Me) (Sometimes)
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:31 PM   #5
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kchevy, your focus can get higher than 30 and you should be able to with technique. In town will be a little more difficult but check out the hypermiling thread and practice. I was getting 30+ intown with a 5speed because I was more conscientious about it. With my atx I just romp around burning gas because i'm bored. Even so Highway it jumps right back up.

Also: driving like a 'grandma' =/= best MPG.

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Fill the tank up, jump on the highway and do 65mph. Drive 50 miles out and then back to the gas station, fill it up, calculate the mileage, it'll probably be over 30mpg. You win and you get to keep 1000 bucks.
Your going to need a tune to break into the 40's
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Inflating tires to over recommended pressure can increase mpg by reducing rolling resistance. However its not the best for a regular tire wear pattern. Also could be potentially hazardous.
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Inflating tires to over recommended pressure can increase mpg by reducing rolling resistance. However its not the best for a regular tire wear pattern. Also could be potentially hazardous.
It recomends to inflate the tires to 34psi. I inflate them to 40psi. It doesnt hurt them but you do notice a difference.
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max inflate does mean its ok. The car was designed with the pressures in mind. It could shorten the life of the tire and change handling characteristic.
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Hazardous = possibly more traction loss in wet conditions.
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Hazardous = possibly more traction loss in wet conditions.
Ok well my tires fine. Let's not forget the task at hand here. I need a tune for my car so I can get better gas mileage.

Here is what I allready have at my disposal. I have a laptop that I can use and I have the electrical and mechanical know how to make something work.

I'm really good at learning things really fast and do them really well.
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