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Old 10-01-2006, 12:35   #1 (permalink)
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My list of drastic ways to save gas.... (some drastic, some not)

Obviously this is a list of potential ways to save gas. I don't do anything too drastic, i just keep my car tuned, air filter, oil changes, spark plugs and wires, tires inflated, remove excess weight, use fuel cleaner once in a while, drive very conservatively and sensibly, and always maintain momentum of my car.




I was thinking that if you were someone that never had to transport anyone around, you could strip your interior down, so that you just have a very light drivers seat, possibly put in a racing seat, take out the air conditioner, radio, pretty much everything that doesn't help the car drive.

That would definately save some weight. You'd look like a freak, but i think it would help slightly.

Another thing, is to just fill your gas tank up halfway. Consider how heavy a gallon of milk is. Then think if you had 8-5 extra gallons of gas in your tank just sitting there. Certainly it is nice,but just adds unnecessary weight.


Both those things are probably not done by anyone, but it's just little things i thought of through the day.

One thing that was interesting is a company, i think firestone said that having nitrogen in your tires can improve gas mileage slightly. It sounds plausible, but considering there is already nitrogen in our atmospher, i'm not gonna pay any money to have them fill my tires.

Anyone else have any crazy or practical ideas for cutting back on gas consumption?
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Old 10-01-2006, 21:16   #2 (permalink)
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Re: My list of drastic ways to save gas.... (some drastic, some not)

Narrower Tyres
Larger diameter wheel/tyre combination
Higher tyre pressures
Windows up, air con on over 45mph
Lower suspension
Fit front air dam
Fit tallest Diff available
Manual gearbox with tallest overdrive available
As much timing advance as the fuel you are using will handle (pinging means too much advance)
New Air Cleaner
New oil and filter
PTFE oil additive for run-in and older engines
Ensure carb/fuel injection system is in good order, not leaking fuel or air etc


And then drive like you want to save fuel - loads of savings there...
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:53   #3 (permalink)
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damn, never wouldve thought of that. I do drive with the windows up, even in extreme heat of july and august. I never ever use the air conditioner. Windows always stay up to reduce drag.

Is it crazy? Somewhat, but every little bit counts. Most people want to go out and buy a car that gets better mpg than their current car, but first, you have to look to see that you're doing everything you can to get the max mpg out of your current car. If that isn't good enuf, then yeah, buy a new car.

For sports cars, i could give a shit less about mpg. If you own a corvette, a porsche, mustange, etc... The last thing you're worried about is fuel economy.
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Re: My list of drastic ways to save gas.... (some drastic, some not)

It is not just as simple as the new car that uses less petrol is better for you and the environment.

For example, I have a 1970 Fairlane that is our main car - it uses about 12 litres per 100km

Now I could get a newer Fairlane (and take a huge hit in boot space) and I'll be getting 9 to 10 litres per 100km

I will have spent between $5,000 and $30,000 depending on the model

At $1.20 per litre, the 1970 costs $2.40 more to run per 100km

At that rate, I'd have to drive 208,300km to pay back upgrading to a $5,000 car and 1,250,000km to pay back a $30,000 upgrade

I could probably get the 1970 Fairlane fuel consumption down a fair bit by fitting a 5-speed gearbox (it already has a 1986 Alloy Head Crossflow 6 cylinder engine)

There is also the matter of the resources consumed in 1970 to make the Fairlane - making a 1.5 tonne car consumes about 140 tonnes of water, lots of electricity, iron, plastic etc...
By continuing to use and maintain the old car, I am in fact ensuring that the original investment of resources does not go to waste...
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couldn't agree with you more on that one. On my probe, i have the electronic gauge for fuel consumption, i can switch between gallons or i can go to liters per 100km. I will say it is below 9.

Yeah, I think it's alot cheaper to just keep running the same car you have. Just make sure it's fully tuned to get the most out of it. If it's a reliable car, keep it. For instance, a mercury grand marquis, which for those of us that know the car, is a very nice car. It has a 4.6L engine, rwd of course, 4 door, just like the crown vics.

It's extremely fast, very good accelaration, a true sleeper. Anyways, EPA estimates for this car, (my family has a 92 and a 96) are around 22-23mpg combined.

It's very easy to install dual exhaust on these cars, we did it on the 96. That right there will increase Hp and decrease fuel consumption. Not sure of how much exactly it decreases the fuel consumption, but it does help.

Also, for about $40, you can replace the air filter with a k&n filter, which also increases hp and decreases fuel consumption.

So then if you drive extremely conservatively, keep the car fully tuned, and keep excess weight out of the grand marquis, you're looking at 24-25mpg.
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So then if you drive extremely conservatively, keep the car fully tuned, and keep excess weight out of the grand marquis, you're looking at 24-25mpg.
Exactly

And you are lounging in comfort with loads of boot space

And it's really hard to get hurt in a crash because you sit so far from where the crash is happening :-)

And if you are smart, you pull the engine apart after 200,000 miles or so and replace the rings, bearings, cam chain, lifters, maybe cam etc while the engine is still in good nick
No need for boring or crank grinding that way - do it yourself and you can get out of it for mid hundreds of $$ instead of thousands - it's like scheduled maintenance for aircraft...
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heh, we plan on doing that, right now the 92 has 145,000 on the clock, and the 96 has over 160,000 miles.

Both start every single time. Never been stranded. Great, comfortable cars with plenty of space and power.
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Re: My list of drastic ways to save gas.... (some drastic, some not)

a few things sum might be interested in.

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and they do work. if your buying them for performance, chances are your fuel mileage is already bad lol.
even with just baseline advertised gains thats still 10% more ecomony almost gauntreed.
i can vouch for it.
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Old 01-20-2007, 23:56   #9 (permalink)
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Re: My list of drastic ways to save gas.... (some drastic, some not)

The basic of all still works. Will all those in favor of fuel savings please raise their right foot.
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