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Old 01-03-2002, 13:56   #1 (permalink)
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Question ECON button on autos

Has anybody noticed any difference in fuel economy when you have the 'economy' button turned on, in a Falcon auto?
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I always have my EL 6 in Economy mode. I've tried Power mode a few times and the car does go better but it also drinks a lot more.
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BTR claim that a Falcon running in Power mode constantly will learn to run economically (sounds odd, but thats what they reckon) if you switch between econ/pwr it wont learn.
Cant stand driving in econ. the shift points really dont suit Mrs PG's 'style' (read leadfoot, PG has fears of the next car, especially if its a V8!):oo1:
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Thanks partsguy. That's good to know. Might have to try it!
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I was running it in econ mode during the xmas/NY break. Can't say I noticed much difference. Feels like you have to give it more to make it do what you want so you probably end up using just as much fuel.
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I always run my EA Ghia in power mode, can't stand the sloshy changes when in economy mode, I did try it though, once for a whole week and checked the readings on the trip computer, in economy mode it actually used more gas as I was tending to put my foot down more to make it kickdown to a lower gear.
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My understanding of the rev limiter was to change at lower revs and therefore be more fuel efficient - however for anyone that carries a load in their wagon, she'll rev her guts out, but you'll still only be crawling along - curse power to weight ratio when you've got to carry a load !!!...Of course this probably isn't a problem for the 5litre 8's out there - hehe

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Well when i'm in an auto i tend to use both econ and power according to situations. If i need to overtake in the city around traffic and get up and go then i'll use power as econ will use more fuel by relatively straining in a higher gear. But when i'm cruising in relaxed mode or highway driving i use economy as power will kick down gears too urgently.
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the shift points really dont suit Mrs PG's 'style' (read leadfoot, PG has fears of the next car, especially if its a V8!):oo1:
My missus drives the XR8 like a woman possessed!
Better giving them a gutless pos like a Diahatsu or something.
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Has anybody noticed any difference in fuel economy when you have the 'economy' button turned on, in a Falcon auto?
I haven't noticed the difference other than the shift pattern and I doubt there is a substantial difference in economy when it is a V8 or it is driven by a lead foot.
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