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Old 03-29-2006, 05:24 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I've been reading alot about increasing the stages, but there isn't alot of information on the Cobb website and this forum about the economy maps. Got a few questions:

1.) once stepping up to Stage I or II, does the economy map work? In other words, is it backwards compatible?

2.) how is your gas milage when using the economy map?

3.) in your opinion, is the gain worth switching maps?

I drive alot during the week for work, and would like to use the econ mode to save gas.

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Old 03-29-2006, 06:02 PM   #2
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1 yes it works. 2 About 2MPG better. 3 Not when you decide to step on it and it's a dog, Cobb should have allowed it to reach stock boost levels for when you are at 100% throttle... this 8PSi sucks. Other than that it does everything claimed.
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Old 04-02-2006, 09:52 PM   #3
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I simply load the economy real time map over my Stage 1 map. Works great. I get about 2 to 3 mpg better. Given that the real time map takes 20 seconds to change, it's worth it. I also didn't find the power as bad as you might think. It was more than enough for a road trip. I wouldn't use the econo map in the city, however...
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Old 04-13-2006, 12:05 AM   #4
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so i'm guessing the econ. maps are worth it?

anyone else?
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Old 04-13-2006, 02:38 AM   #5
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The econo map is designed for the city, not the highway. On the highway at cruising speed, you aren't even on boost. Stop and go is where the econo was meant to be used.
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Old 04-13-2006, 07:33 PM   #6
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Made an almost 400 mile roundtrip combined hwy/city. In econo mode I averaged 25.6, with stage 2 almost exactly the same trip two months earlier I averaged 25.3. The drop in power can make things more exciting city driving. Let me mention, for the most part I drive with a very light foot and seldom hit boost. For me the econo map was a waste of time, even if it only takes 30 seconds to load. Now if you are a person that likes to hear the whine at every stop light it might make a big difference.
I can't find the paper I wrote the #'s down on so the mpg's could be 23.6 and 23.3, still it was only .3 mpg's difference.
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Old 04-13-2006, 09:59 PM   #7
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Sounds like its not worth the drop in power for such low mileage gains. I didn't even load those maps on my AP.
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Old 04-13-2006, 10:06 PM   #8
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i've found the economy map makes too little of a difference to be useful. in order to get better gas milage, keep off boost. not quite a hard concept, but i've seen stage 2 STi's getting 25 mpg.. because they don't race around with their car. sometimes on economy map while driving through the city, i really regret it. its slow as sin. use it if you need that extra "kick in the ass" to make you drive slower.
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Old 04-14-2006, 01:20 AM   #9
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I agree that it's not worth the 30 seconds to load. If you want to save gas, drive gently. With average driving on my last tank, I got 26 mpg on the OTS Cobb VF34 map. Living in the flat desert helps too. Some people refer to things called "hills" and "mountains" that seem to lower the milage. Not too sure what they are refering to though.
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Old 04-14-2006, 09:22 PM   #10
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I used the econ map for the last 2 tanks, I do mostly 'highway' driving but there are alot of hills and curves and you always have to stop for a tractor or something with the econ map I got about 26 mpg, when I leave it on stage 1 I usually get about 28mpg.
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