You're absolutely correct.
But even very slight knocking that would cause no damage to the engine
will dramatically increase NO emissions. Knock sensors, once rare,
became ubiquitous as part of the OBD-II emissions management system.
Bedtime reading, anyone? I was fine until I got to the flowcharts. :^(
Sheesh guys, it's not that horrible! :)
With a manual transmission, you DO get to apply the gas. Peak
efficiency with a fixed valve timing engine generally occurs in the
middle RPM range, at 30~70% of full throttle. This gives you more than
enough power to hold your own vs. average traffic. Driving the 40MPH
multi-lane streets, I short shift with moderate throttle, and work up to
a 'good shove in 4th' that equates to ~45mph. From there, it's all
about second guessing any upcoming lights. If I'm likely to catch a red
light, I'll slow (or occasionally speed up a little!) so as to maximize
the odds of it being green when I arrive. This has more to do with
paying attention than putting along at absurdly slow speeds.
Oh, dear! You've been watching those poor OCD afflicted hypermiler
fools on the news. I try not to torture myself, my car, or anyone else
on the road.
Mother Earth was screwed the day we made fire. :)
I'm getting ~50+% better mileage than several people I know who also own
4th gen. Accords. At 4$ a gallon, the savings was about $20 a tank.
Why prematurely blown tires? Higher pressure results in less heating
and lower operating temperatures. As mentioned, my tires wear more
evenly at 36~38PSI than at the factory suggested pressure. Tire life is
And why on earth does everyone assume that 'over' inflated tires have no
grip in the rain? =:o
I keep a mile log of each fill up for my 2004 VP.
Pretty much 34 mpg whole year over last three years-
includes winte/summer ethanol mixes and city/highway/mountain driving.
On a summer road trip I might get 42.
I have to watch out for single-fillup numbers.
I just let the gas pump shut off when it does. Sometimes
it might shut off early or late, skewing the single tank
number by up to a gallon wither way. It might take three
fillups to average out.
You are so ridiculous...
Why 35mpg and not 55mpg?
Because your junky honda happens to be just over 35 line?
I drive 2004 honda accord coupe...
In what way am I a leach on society more than you are?
At least I am not cheating Carfax to get my fee back...
Then why aren't you on a scooter that gets 65mpg?
Oh, I see--YOU get to set the qualifications for what KIND of car people
should be driving, and--interestingly enough--that would be YOUR car.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Go ahead, put your money where your mouth is--buy a scooter and quit
being a "leach" (sweetheart, you meant "leech") on society.
OK, I'll make it easy: name 5.
Now name 5 that people want as their sole car, to do everything from
grocery runs to driving over the mountains and through the snow to see
their parents/children, or to take their children to see grandma.
If it's an "EASY matter" then there must be choice involved.
If there's no choice involved--that is, if there's only one--then it's
not easy. It's like Russia during the cold war. You want something?
We have one--whether you like it or not.
Now YOU make sense or be ignored. Name 5 coupes/sedans that get 35mpg
or more. We'll start with the easy part.
Then we'll move on to "name 5 that people want as their sole car".
Because as you know, it doesn't make sense to have more than one car.
You buy the one that makes the most sense overall for your situation,
and which minimizes to the greatest degree your need for renting or
borrowing something different to do a specialized task.
Now, make sense or be ignored. (My guess is you're already being
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.