I tell ya, i had to have gotten 35 mpg
I went on a day trip south.
i intentionally went non-expresswasy roads.
i went some lonely-beautiful roads, my friends!
i set cruise control on 40, 45, 50 most of the time.
i put car into neutral as i was coming to lights.
i put car in neutral as i was going downhills.
BEAUTIFUL....I really think i got 35 mpg, with my
1995 buick century.....as per many specs, this
car is supposed to get about 30 on highway,
at the most. But i filled up and went on,
by the way, the gas was $1.96 a gallon........
and went on from there, and got to my destination,
and was there a couple hours, and drove all the
way back....not down to a half tank yet.
And what problems is that supposed to cause?
I'm talking verifiable, "I moved my trans from
neutral to drive while moving and it toasted the
trans, and I did it to the next trans and it
toasted that one too, and the one after that"
.....not just....another internet myth.
It's another Myth like the one about shifting your automatic your self
causing it to burn up. Sure I have nuked a few TH350's over the years. Sent
part of a second gear assembly in to the pavement, even lost every gear but
first and reverse. Yet only one was from self shifting. A weak rebuild being
a 430 Big Block Chevy with a 3,800 RPM stall converter. Too much torque
(going from 6,900 in first to second gear), only new parts were the
clutches, the rest all stock.
On the trans I lost everything except first and reverse, I slammed the
transmission pan in to the valve body, and barely limped it home. I also
killed the sump on the oil pan.
Most of my transmissions died from high heat & high torque. A few
couldn't take the driveline shake from the tires hooking traction.
If GM didn't intend you to shift thru the gears, shifters would not go
past Over Drive or Drive.
I ran between 70 and 75 on cruise control and was passed far more than I
Ok, but a little dangerous.
VERY dangerous and, depending on the state, illegal.
1990 Buick Century Limited, 156,000+ miles. I know I got 26.9 mpg down and
part way back, cold air flowing from the a/c the whole way. Drove around
town from the fill up outside Atlanta (6/29) until this afternoon and
averaged 22.9 mixed driving. No tricks, no gimmicks, normal driving without
breaking the law. In town driving generally gets me 16.7-18.2.
Popping the transmission in and out of neutral is a near useless, dangerous
and sometimes illegal exercise for the bored and the slow witted.
Almost 700 miles with gasoline from 1.819 to 1.649. Bertha Buick may be an
old gal but she only sags in the headliner. I had to replace the radiator
about 1,200 miles back and the harmonic balancer on the way back, but the
engine doesn't use oil and around town performance leaves little to be
desired. No stop light bandit, but I hold than in reserve for my next
I'm assuming it's a loss of control thing... I'm sure any law about it
has to do with heavy trucks... here in Ky... it's actually illegal to
shift a manual until you clear an intersection... but it's never
inforced. (or at least w/ light duty vehicles). I guess once upon a
time coal trucks had a problem with nuking transmissions in
I've heard this theory, but I'm interested as
to why people think that you will lose control
of the vehicle by shifting it into neutral. I've
done it myself many,many times and have never
noticed any difference in handling..etc.
The law is written specifically for engine braking, and the extra load being
placed on the braking system.
One thing I'd like to know, how the hell can the police find the car is in
I can't see a problem with it either in a LD vehicle... a 60 ton class
8 coal truck going down a 8% grade on KY80 would be an entirely
different thing... if it's an older truck with a non syncro'd or air
shifted trans... you're f*cked if you miss a gear... you'll never get
it back in gear until you stop.
By shifting to neutral you lose engine drag to help slow the car. Besides,
fuel injected cars possibly turn off fuel injectors on coast to save
pollution and fuel (not sure about this but my 92 Lumina sounds like fuel
cuts off on coast).
On Fri, 09 Jul 2004 02:30:58 GMT, "Charles Bendig"
Hazard's not that bad... you've got to go a little farther west before
it gets really bad on KY80. the worst place I've seen is on I 68 in
WV... 8% grade off ramps into a T intersection. At one point there
was a brake check stop for all heavy trucks, before a long 6 and 7%
I know of some steep grades in WV. Places like my family's grave
yard. That hill up it is over 24%. Carbureted cars have problems with keep
fuel in the fuel bowls.
I think it was Ester KY I was in when I burned the brakesup in my
truck, and over heated the engine. The idiots I was hauling for (long
story), said we were an hour out from hazzard. I had to go up a hill that
was over 15% grade. Driving my old 84 Chevy 1/2 ton with highway gears, and
a load well over the weight limit of the truck or trailer. Only time my old
truck didn't have the balls to make it. I had to get pushed up the hill!
It reminded me of some of the WV grades I have taken. Almost as bad as
Rosemount hill used to be (127 in Ohio, off SR23, short cut to SR52).
I do know about medium duty trucks and getting caught between gears.
I was driving a 99 GMC C-6500 and was about 5 tons over legal (that always
happens to me). I was going up a hill when some idiot pulls off a side
road, and comes to a stop in front of me. I was going from First low
to First high. My splitter got stuck between low & high range. Took 15
minutes to get it back in low, then hump her up that hill.
Stuff like that might be why Kentucky has that law.
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