Re: My list of drastic ways to save gas.... (some drastic, some not)
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.