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Old 02-08-2014, 11:22 AM   #21
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It sounds like the biggest improvements I can make are to reduce the drivetrain weight. This increases my mpg without changing my driving style. Ill look into it. Thank you guys for all your input
Your driving style will still be the biggest factor in increasing mpgs. Its kind of like a tune, exhaust, intake and such actually increase efficiency and yield better mpgs. But then you here people complain that they saw little to no improvement of mpgs when doing these mods. Its because they no punch it more often due to the additional power and the louder exhaust

It all comes down to how you drive. Check out ecomodder.com for some recommendation on how to improve mpgs.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:39 AM   #22
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I like how you went from your side, reducing drive train weight to myside of driving style. Lolllllz.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:02 PM   #23
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I like how you went from your side, reducing drive train weight to myside of driving style. Lolllllz.
At no point did I say a single factor such as driving style or weight is the only way to increase mpgs. I also never stated that less weight at the wheels and such would yield better results than driving habit.. Please stop trying to start arguments and such here on the forum as well as trashing up threads.. You remind several of us of another member that should have been banned a long time ago for constantly starting crap with other members.... Do what you'd like in your personal life. But please keep it off the forum..
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Most of my driving is rural and hwy. I find my MPG goes up as outside temps go up. If I shift between 1500 and 2000 and drive like an old man (lady) I can get 40MPG 2 tanks a year.
My mileage is over 35 every tank.
I use cruse control on the HWY. I dropped my speed from 65 to 64 and gained 2 MPG. I have 106,000 so I guess it is time to look into replacing plugs. Changed the air filter at 100,000.
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:13 AM   #25
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Idk what they did in 2008, but it seems like 08-current focus' get around 35 while 00-07 get around 30mpg
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Idk what they did in 2008, but it seems like 08-current focus' get around 35 while 00-07 get around 30mpg
Different aerodynamics and many other things such as gearing ratio and such.
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Different aerodynamics and many other things such as gearing ratio and such.
Can one swap manual transmissions from an 08+ to a 2007 without any issues? Not intending on doing it anytime soon. Just info for when the transmission (or clutch) finally fails.
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Drivetrain I believe is the same. I don't think you would gain anything though.
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Just to give you an example of how much driving environment effects fuel mileage:

I am originally from a rural area and have to drive on the highway for at least 10 minutes to get anywhere. I averaged 36 mpg, running a 93 octane tune, CAI, exhaust, and a header (for a little while). My best tank I ever had was 42 mpg during a 200 mile (one way) trip.

I moved to Alabama for college, I drive 99% in town. I'll get on the highway maybe once every month or two. The highest speed limit I see is 45 mph, but I will go up to 50-55 mph. My average fuel economy has dropped all the way down to 20-22 mpg. Of course, my tanks last longer because I only drive two miles or so a day.

Also, if you have a fuel mileage display on your dash, do not trust it. You must calculate your mpg by hand. The display could be either above or below, it is not always off by a certain amount.

Check out hypermiling forums if you want to get funky with the mileage game. Ecomodder is one that I hung out on for a while, they also have a tool that tracks your fuel usage. The only downside is you have to save your receipts, so my center console looks a mess. It shows a bar graph of how your mileage fluctuates and lets you know your overall average.
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Just to give you an example of how much driving environment effects fuel mileage:

I am originally from a rural area and have to drive on the highway for at least 10 minutes to get anywhere. I averaged 36 mpg, running a 93 octane tune, CAI, exhaust, and a header (for a little while). My best tank I ever had was 42 mpg during a 200 mile (one way) trip.

I moved to Alabama for college, I drive 99% in town. I'll get on the highway maybe once every month or two. The highest speed limit I see is 45 mph, but I will go up to 50-55 mph. My average fuel economy has dropped all the way down to 20-22 mpg. Of course, my tanks last longer because I only drive two miles or so a day.

Also, if you have a fuel mileage display on your dash, do not trust it. You must calculate your mpg by hand. The display could be either above or below, it is not always off by a certain amount.

Check out hypermiling forums if you want to get funky with the mileage game. Ecomodder is one that I hung out on for a while, they also have a tool that tracks your fuel usage. The only downside is you have to save your receipts, so my center console looks a mess. It shows a bar graph of how your mileage fluctuates and lets you know your overall average.
Time of year makes a huge difference on fuel economy too if you live somewhere with cold winters.

Also, totally agree with not being able to trust the computer on these. I always check my mileage when I fill up. Best I've got so far was on a trip with a favorable elevation drop and got 39.4mpg(almost 500miles to one tank).

www.fuelly.com is a site you can use to track your gas mileage, you can ad your fill-ups from your phone.
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