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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:57 am 
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Hello

My current problem is that I have no driverside window. I drive currently 110mi per day, and driving on the freeway at an avg of 70mph will this hurt my mpg pretty bad, causing a parachute type of effect??

Thanks for any info

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:53 am 
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Yes it will hurt your mileage. Especially in a lighter vehicle. I would say by up to 15 - 20% at highway speeds.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:16 am 
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Wow I cant wait to get my window in, because I am averaging right now about 38mpg with no window. Wonder what I will get with the window and being more aero

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:51 pm 
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If it's a 5 spd, ~40mpg.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:29 am 
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I finally got my window in Big Thanx to Phil N Ed. Stopped by his house today and he help me put my window in.

Thanx Phil

I will update later with the mpg increase #'s

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:17 am 
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Well I finally filled up the tank again and this allowed me to calculate the mpg I got without the window.

And the Grand Total is

Starting Mileage 134609
Ending Mileage 134984
Distance Traveled 375

Price paid per Gallon $3.839
Gallons used 8.876
Price paid 34.25

Miles Per Gallon Grand Total
42.2mpg

Not bad I think for not having a window and driving the freeway everyday at 70mph.

Now I have a window I will post up later with the new results with having the window in and having the rear seats removed

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:52 am 
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Ha!
Ray,
Remember you have to put on side view mirrors.
That will decrease your mileage...hahahahaha
Seriously, Ray seems like a regular guy, pretty impressed with him, actually. More of the Geozukimetro type age group, but fairly mechanically inclined.
I think you're going to like him and what he does with his car.

For $100 you s t o l e that GA.

=) =) =) =) =)

Good find.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:45 pm 
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I find that if you can get in behind those big trucks and draft off of them, you can increase your mpg ratio on your little car. I just drive around 65 if I can't get in behind one of those big trucks. Sometimes it's hard for my little car to keep up with them, I have to find one that is only going 70 mph or 72 mph. Also if I go over 75 mph my car seems to use oil, but if I keep it under that speed, it doesn't use any oil.

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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 8:56 pm 
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At around 50-60 miles per hour is where you will achieve the best miles per gallon.

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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 9:35 pm 
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Update on my MPG

I halfway gutted my interior

removed rear seats and all rear panels, removed the rear seat belts, and ofcourse the spare tire and jack with tire iron


My final total milegae traveled this time was

422 miles
Mixed Driving MPG of
44mpg

Average driving of 60-65mph on the freeway

Getting better, I hope to make that 50mpg mark some day

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