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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-27-04, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
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ECON off fuel economy?

Is there a big difference between it on/off?

I'm trialing it this week on my Au2 to see the difference in regards to fuel economy in the week (usually I sit on 500KM/60L/Optimax)

I love how the car is alot snapier when economy is off, but still smart enough to drive and change low revs when you haven't hit it hard.

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Re: ECON off fuel economy?

All turning econ off does is hold the gear change to a bit later in the revs. If you drive it calmly the fuel econ will be basically the same.


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Re: ECON off fuel economy?

As far as I know the econ (off) button changes the gearshift points for the gearbox, moves them high up the rev range. Apart from that they are the same
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Re: ECON off fuel economy?

Yep, I've noticed that. Changes around 3500 now, when I give it some gas it goes all the way up to 4500-5000..

Econ on it changes around 2500...
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Re: ECON off fuel economy?

I've also noticed with mine when its in ECON and shifts into 3rd, it will lockup the trans. I know my box is getting a bit worn down, but is this normal??

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Re: ECON off fuel economy?

last year on a 30C day drove from Melbourne to Canberra with air con on 3/4 of the way, got 700km+ to the single tank, same on the way back

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Re: ECON off fuel economy?

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Is there a big difference between it on/off?

I'm trialing it this week on my Au2 to see the difference in regards to fuel economy in the week (usually I sit on 500KM/60L/Optimax)

I love how the car is alot snapier when economy is off, but still smart enough to drive and change low revs when you haven't hit it hard.
I was advised to have ECON off in my EF back when I had it when I was driving in heavy traffic. The box would hold the gear for longer and there would be less unneccessary changes in slow traffic which would help economy a tad. Not sure how well it worked, and surprisingly my modded GEN3 is more economical (but it is manual).

Your AU2 is getting alot better economy than my EF tho, I was getting 400 a tank.
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Re: ECON off fuel economy?

If i drive around with economy off (Power Mode) i get bad fuel economy! Loose about 80-100km per half tank. Maybe its just me wanting to hear that V8 rev!

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Re: ECON off fuel economy?

Our AU Fairmont I6 only get 300... maybe up to 350km (JUST) per tank if we baby it something terrible. It's been looked at and fixed (allegedly) by Ford and they say its ok.

I guess we just got a thirsty one.
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Re: ECON off fuel economy?

My old ED would definitely drink more when the power button was on.


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