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Vibe03

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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2010 9:12:55 AM

When it is not steep downhill and you don't need to brake the car to slow it down, coasting down around 55 mph at idling gives the engine a rest also save gas. Just not sure if the vacuum and other stuff are operating at normal level
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realpuddle
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 4:02:13 PM

No. You can still get pulled over in neutral and dangerous.
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 2:32:58 PM

6th gear
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 8:35:13 AM

no
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 8:12:36 AM

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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 5:02:07 AM

Stupid, dangerous idea.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 2:54:22 AM

I'm just trying to remind some drivers that there is a possibility that to better their mileage savings at the refuel pumps, often a few bad habits need to change toward good ones.

Not serous habits but wasteful ones, most get ignored, the fast pace of life does that when in the drivers seat, and traffic conditions adds to that also. Habits like paying more attention to tire inflation first, with good weather permitting>>> then doing routine mirror/seat adjustment, Human vanity corrections, whatever ETC. even selecting the program for audio/entertainment, and buckling up all before starting the engine.

Remembering any downgrades are then better areas to reaccelerate your speed back to normal when possible, instead of using upgrades(terrain)in order to regain cruise travel speed without impeding other traffic.

Neutral mode while on level surfaces while waiting for a longer red light saves me fuel when driving the econo four cylinder, other size engines/vehicles may not respond to any savings doing that. It's not an instant savings habit, but works for me over a time interval, say three refueling and I normally only do a 1/2 tank each time, then if prices drop I top off all vehicles. Mowers and utility Stuff... Wife...& with(good Ice Cream)!

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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 11:36:24 PM

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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 10:41:55 AM

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FocusSVT
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 3:51:58 PM

dontuknowOH

Great lines !
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 9:11:39 AM

I once asked a Dentist Why does a car have a transmission and a motorized mini bike doesn't, both can go above the speed limits in town. he said Why must I drill into your tooth and you must pay me for that?

It's about saving something to be used later on again, and again, and again! Mini bikes wear out Quickly, Quicker when adults ride them!

Motto; Saving fuel is easier going up or down hill ask your Dentist first!
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 8:54:44 AM

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twt
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 5:13:54 AM

Hair brained idea.
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 3:28:54 AM

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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 12:49:15 AM

With automatics, it takes a very good driver's memory recall to often get it back into drive mode, led astray by watching the speedometer and multi tasking the windshield view ahead/finding the brake pedal instead of that adjustable temp. footrest.

I love those handy side mirror adjusters that work on the move just as well as when stopped also no fumbling in the dark, every button almost is lighted for ease of touch now-days.

The extra fuel savings I apply toward weekend fair weather county yard-sales, large ones!
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Awing1
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 11:02:54 AM

No.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 7:40:26 AM

I do it all the time, but I drive a manual transmission, so it's not that big a deal.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 6:30:09 AM

Rarely . . . .
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 5:52:28 AM

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Jay4Runner
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 2:34:30 PM

I used to coast a lot but my commute has changed where it would not make a difference.
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Jetta_Pilot
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 1:30:56 PM

Dumbest thing I ever heard of in an automatic tranny car !!
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 9:58:33 AM

DEFCO tune-up may be needed, when running oversize tires, check....even on level ground with non windy travel. Drastic total wheel size diameters may change your drive axle torque spec. and speedometer readings/motion dynamics. Barometric sensors seldom act up if not in the mountains or at sea level(power levels) will vary sometimes (towing). Tire pressure very important check all tires. HAGD!
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 7:29:17 AM

Never.....
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 10:33:16 PM

No.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 10:21:58 PM

No hills ,but I did a neutral coast making 5 green lights at an even steady speed nearly 2.5 mile in the econo vehicle today. Traffic for a change was a Charm!
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 10:11:32 AM

No,
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Never.....
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 10:02:20 PM

too busy driving
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 5:16:33 PM

Practiced this for over 2 years now and can see the savings. My fuel
consumption went down a full liter per 100 km and the car is running ever
smooth. Over 11 years and over 1/4 million km. I use synthetic oil
religiously and never over 8000 km for oil change
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Never...........
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Never........
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 5:53:04 AM

No need for the small savings in my case.
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 4:19:40 PM

no.
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never............
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 10:46:20 PM

After 60 years of driving, I can only say that I know what works for me in a personal way related to my driving career. Safety in the first thing in mind, keeping tension to a decent level is important as a driver, also being alert for the unknown which depends on ones 5 most important blessed senses/reflexes/coordination.

Saving fuel is important but not as a risk to any of the above mentioned decisions by any driver.

I find that anytime a driver releases the go pedal the vehicle will attempt to slow nearly to a stop, nearly by say 6-12 MPH. when in gear mode(Drive)with engine running/idling. Most final gearing drivetrains are near 3:1 ratio or thereabouts.

The final gearing is subject to driveline resistive forces(internal friction) therefore no total free wheeling and the that OEM system had an advantage of 3 to slow or reduce momentum to a near stop with no brake application, anytime the go pedal is released/cruise off.

The topic if read carefully states the conditions for a possible fuel savings with regard to a somewhat coast event in neutral at engine running at idle or near that rpm speed when encountering a down grade. I took that to mean not a mountain, a winding decent steep decent, dangerous road with no guard rails/ravines and many caution signs, and gobs of other warnings
present.

Again knowing your daily driven vehicles details/design/operations is a good thing to help any beneficial advantages for saving fuel and not being a hazard to anyone by habit. Happy Motoring!
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Never......
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 5:00:25 AM

If I have got to resort to that, guess I'll have to sell the car.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 12:39:48 AM

Mine sort of rests in the N mode no heavy torque going in or out, like gliding on my bike, body resting, every things corollary/cooler.

Minimum fuel for an older type vehicle per ground coverage(mileage),shows at the refuel pump, depends monthly on the terrain covered.
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46chief
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 1:55:54 PM

I would like to but isn't that hard on today's automatic transmissions?
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