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Old 12-04-2012, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Battery was dead when I pulled-out of work. Plus I was stuck in stop-and-go traffic part of the way. When I finally got on the highway, I drove 70mph in 4th gear because I was in a hurry to get home. And the "charge" was dragging on my car the whole way.

Still read 62mpg on my odometer when I got home. Honda's design is amazing.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What on Earth? I wish I could get 60mpg at 70mph! How the heck do you manage that?
Maybe it's my non-stock tires. I probably need to pump them up a bit.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Without knowing all the variables, the numbers are really meaningless. You could have easily had a general downhill slope on your trip, or a tail wind. So don't read into them too much, Mario. Each individual user, and to a lesser extent each individual car, will have their own unique set of challenges that can greatly impact fuel economy.

I've gotten 92.4MPG in the 400,000 mile car over a 400 mile trip through the mountains of Colorado.

...At an average speed of 48MPH.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What on Earth? I wish I could get 60mpg at 70mph! How the heck do you manage that?
Maybe it's my non-stock tires. I probably need to pump them up a bit.
Its not hard at all. But in running high pressure stock tires...

Op, I got 86mpg commuting to work this morning with my dead rotten battery. Step it up
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Yeah well..... I'm tired of driving slow. I did that with my 2002 (life average of 89.9) crawling along at 45-50 miles an hour. I got bored. I decided with my 2006 I would drive faster and have fun. Besides every 5 minutes earlier I arrive at work is an extra $5 in my pocket so it's worthwhile to shorten the travel time.
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You could have easily had a general downhill slope on your trip, or a tail wind.
You're right. I got 59mpg on the return trip (towards work) at a slightly slower 65 in 4th gear. I wonder what I'll get after I fix the damaged hood (it sticks up half an inch). That should improve aerodynamics.
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Yeah well..... I'm tired of driving slow. I did that with my 2002 (life average of 89. crawling along at 45-50 miles an hour. I got bored. I decided with my 2006 I would drive faster and have fun. Besides every 5 minutes earlier I arrive at work is an extra $5 in my pocket so it's worthwhile to shorten the travel time.

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Yeah when I'm working. I spent the first 5 months of the year w/o a job. It's one of the drawbacks of being a contractor. Fulltime employees actually make more money overall.
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Seems like contractors have it pretty rough, but I don't feel as bad when my buddy (who is a contractor) tells me his new client is paying $250/hr.
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I do find that in certain conditions, I get better fuel economy by driving in 4th.

Being able to hold lean burn in 4th gives better mpg than no lean burn in 5th.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have never tried to drive in 4th rather than 5th to get better mileage on the Interstate.

Here in Iowa the temperatures are dropping and so is my mileage. I haven't done any warm air mods yet so I am going to have to try this 4th rather than 5th.
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