Originally Posted by chadhumm
I really appreciate the tips and will try them all. I wasnt sure about the tire pressure but consensus sound like its safe. I hear a lot about the radio pin code. Where can I find that. Im installing an aftermarket stereo in the near future so not a big deal. Thank you!
...aah tire pressures. A topic of great discussion here, in the past. Here is my experience.
Before getting the I2 ("Blue Bird"), for 10 years I drove a Saturn SL. EPA numbers were 27 city 36 highway. I recorded all fill ups and actual mpg. My average annual mpg was 36 mpg. I achieved this by driving slightly faster than most of the traffic but rarely over speed limit plus 5 mph. I used basic high mpg driving skills, checked my tire pressures monthly, and set them at recommended levels plus 3 psi, during the coldest time of day.
After fly'n the Blue Bird for awhile I slowly got persuaded, by the discussion here, of the profound importance of higher tire pressures, for best mpg. So I did a series of experiments to test handling characteristics, at various cold tire pressures in the high 30's to low 40's psi. I found that in the low 40's the car would not travel in a straight line at 60 mph with out constant small / subtle changes of the steering wheel. On curvy roads, at a relatively high 40 - 50 mph, I had the constant fear that the slightest steering error or inattention on my part, would lead to a roll over. Thus tire pressures in the low 40's was too much effort for mpg gained.
Further experimentation lead me to my current 39 psi cold tire figure. This allows me to enjoy the scenery while traveling at 60 mph in a straight line, on 2 lane roads; and to smoothly flow from lane to lane on the freeway at 75 mph, without constant fear of roll over.