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Old 05-24-2001, 02:13 PM   #1
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Accelerating faster can help your fuel efficiency.
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Old 05-24-2001, 02:45 PM   #2
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always felt this was true from the seat of my pants..atleast I was trying to justify it one way or the other.
Nice read thanks
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Old 05-24-2001, 03:08 PM   #3
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I'm not sure about that one.....Just doesnt seem to make sense, but maybe that is just me
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Old 05-24-2001, 03:16 PM   #4
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umm.. it sorta works. You have to short shift like crazy at WOT until you reach your desired speed.

The faster you get to your desired speed, the longer you coast along at that desired speed.

Any benifets you gain from this is imediately lost on those red-line RPM shifts
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Old 05-24-2001, 05:27 PM   #5
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The article is trying to say that if you accelerate quickly (not redlining or anything) you actually spend more time/distance in the highest gear, which is more fuel efficient.
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Old 05-24-2001, 06:36 PM   #6
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It can help your fuel economy, by getting you to the next gas station before the price jumps another $0.30/gallon like it did here yesterday
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Old 05-24-2001, 06:38 PM   #7
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here gas is like $1.40 what is it like everywhere else????????
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Old 05-24-2001, 06:42 PM   #8
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I love how everyone is all crazy about the 2.00 per gallon gas prices...think about europe...where its like 5.00 per liter....yes, liter, not gallon...ah well...we'll soon know what that's like
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Old 05-24-2001, 06:48 PM   #9
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i cant imagine, i will be broke
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Old 05-24-2001, 07:33 PM   #10
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It works, IMHO, only for big engines like V6/V8 not the small engine like Subarus. The only way to accelerate fast in a Subaru is to reach almost readline which burns a lot more gas than you save.

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Old 05-24-2001, 07:39 PM   #11
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That article can't be real....

...can it??....


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Old 05-24-2001, 08:24 PM   #12
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SubaruLover, Gasoline here is $1.95.9 and finally levelling off!! The price of the priveledge of driving in the Golden State just keeps on climbing!! Thank God for fuel efficient 4 cyl cars!!

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Old 05-24-2001, 08:31 PM   #13
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I didn't read the article. Sorry, too lazy. But, I do remember reading somewhere that accelerating at about 3/4 throttle to your cruising speed, then (of course) cruising in as low a gear as you can without bogging the engine is IN GENERAL most efficient. I'm sure that varies quite a bit from car to car. It might be a throwback from the V8 days, I'm not sure.

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Old 05-25-2001, 04:34 AM   #14
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Quote:
Thank God for fuel efficient 4 cyl cars!!
Except we don't drive fuel efficient 4 cyl cars... the v6 accord gets about twice the gas mileage i've heard reported for impreza's, both 2.5rs and WRX...
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Old 05-25-2001, 05:54 AM   #15
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I had a friend who wanted to see how good he could get the mileage on his corvette, so on a trip from Detroit up to Mackinaw (about 250-300 miles for non-michigan people) he was very nice to it, didn't drive it at all like a corvette should be driven, and got 38 mpg! And yes, was going 70 on the highway. I guess the moral to the story is: It isn't always the car that is a gas hog, it is the driver.
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Old 05-25-2001, 06:17 AM   #16
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Who said a v6 accord gets good gas mileage? I had a 98 ex V6 and got ~22-24 MPG
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Old 05-25-2001, 07:23 AM   #17
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Now if only someone would show this article to the "egg under the gas pedal" types that are always in front of me

This makes alot of sense...
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Old 05-25-2001, 07:36 AM   #18
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$1.85/gallon here for 89octane: Worcester County area, MA.

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Old 05-25-2001, 07:42 AM   #19
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Premium gas here in the Chicago Suburbs is on average about $2.30.
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Old 05-25-2001, 08:02 AM   #20
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Man I don't know why you guys in the states are complaining so much, for 87Octane here in Calgary it's about $2.10US/Gallon. It's $2.40US/Gallon for 91Octane (here in Calgary). In Vancouver it's $2.24US/Gallon for 87Octane! :ekke: Funniest thing is that here in Calgary we're known as "Houston of Canada", but our gas prices are more than some places that don't even drill for oil in the US!
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Old 05-25-2001, 08:21 AM   #21
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They had an article about this in Road & Track based on a study BMW did with one of their cars.

As others have said, you don't wait to redline, buy say 4-5K rpm shifts and 3/4 throttle, until desired speed reached, then cruise in highest gear possible at that speed.

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Old 05-25-2001, 08:47 AM   #22
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Someone please tell all the slow bastards I have to follow around everyday about this!!
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Old 05-25-2001, 08:52 AM   #23
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Gas here in St.Louis is $1.73 for regular...it sucks....
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Old 05-25-2001, 09:02 AM   #24
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I don't want to hear any more Canadians or Brits pointing out that gas is so much higher everywhere else and that Americans are babies for complaining.

When you're used to a certain price (way below $2) and then the prices jump, of course we are going to complain! If your $5.whatever gas jumped a proportional amount, say $6.50, you'd b!tch too!

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Old 05-25-2001, 09:28 AM   #25
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mms4ba, our gas prices did jump quite a bit too.

Went up almost 15cents/litre in just the last few weeks.

Are you sure your calculations are right GTB? When you put it that way, it makes it sound even more expensive that I thought
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