So my buddy liked my car and two months ago bought one in Illinois and drove it back to Phoenix, he has been struggling to get 50-55 MPG on it and was starting to think that there was something wrong with his car.
So this weekend I got a new 8 amp hour battery from Matt over in Suprise on the West side of Phoenix, so my buddy helped me pull my pack and we threw it in his car and took it over to swap it with Matt. He drove there and got 55 MPG with almost all freeway, I told him to let me drive it back and see how I did. It was right at 50 miles each way, reset Trip B and headed home. Running on the freeway at around 65 MPH I got 77 MPG. He just shook his head and said... "it is the driver". I loved his car, mine has almost 300K hard miles, his has 100K and it is easy to maintain lean burn and rides so much better then mine.
So two morals out of this story:
1) the driver behind the wheel makes a huge MPG difference
2) I love this better battery and expect many trouble free years ahead
You know I've thought about getting another one together but have just been busy. Rush and I sent a couple of emails back and forth on the subject, talked about wanting to have some classes or seminars to talk about batteries and such. You've got about 2 more months of good weather here before it gets to hot if we wanted to set something up.
Meet sounds good. At my place is fine with me, it's about 28 miles from Tucson, nothing around, but I have space for parking etc. I also have a seat we could recover.
I guess we should start a thread.
#1 - 2000 Silver #4965, not working now, 175k Miles, 61 LMPG - will probably turn into all Electric
#2 - 2000 Silver #4095, 212k Miles, 55 LMPG, OBDIIC&C by Peter, GCIM1 by Mike, New MaxIMA by Eli www.TucsonEV.com
Hey Rush, is there a date that works well with you? I'll fire up the email machine with all of the AZ owners that I have email addresses for. I actually have a seat cover that I need to recover, already have the new seat back cover that I got from Jeff.
Hills are tough, if they are small you can let your speed drop to keep your MPG up. You might drop of lean burn but if you won't be pissing off other traffic try maintaining 50 MPG while letting your speed slowly drop, then once over the top you can pick the speed back up slowly as you start back downhil.
If you have traffic then you don't really have a choice but to take the MPG hit going up and try and make it back on the downhill side. We are relatively flat here in Phoenix so it is very easy to maintain Lean Burn and stay in the 70+ MPG.
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