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Unread 06-12-2010, 04:11 PM   #1
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I went down to Modesto CA from Davis CA to an an auto wrecker and came back on 5.5 gallons of gas. I had traveled a total of 208 miles on 5.5 gallons of gas, equating to 37.81MPG from my 3.8L V6 at 60MPH in my 1989 Ford Thunderbird. This is without cruise control too.

This is amazing considering I have been getting 18-21MPG in town.
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Must be nice having fuel injectors that are stuck closed then.


Because I don't believe 37MPG when a Civic owner claims it. Let alone a 3.8L V6 in a fat thunderchicken.
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congrats, your car that is as old as me gets better gas mileage than my car does. granted I 'm hard on it.


my focus if I beyond granny it can get 50mpg, but that happened ONCE. Best I can normally get for city driving is 35, I can push 40 if I don't downshift.
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Because I don't believe 37MPG when a Civic owner claims it. Let alone a 3.8L V6 in a fat thunderchicken.
Haha, keep in mind this is freeway driving usually behind big rigs and never above 60MPH with a steep overdrive.

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congrats, your car that is as old as me gets better gas mileage than my car does. granted I 'm hard on it.


my focus if I beyond granny it can get 50mpg, but that happened ONCE. Best I can normally get for city driving is 35, I can push 40 if I don't downshift.
Thanks Cluff, I envy your city MPG, best I get in town is 20MPG...
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Maybe you were just using the draft and the Kentucky Overdrive?
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Maybe you were just using the draft and the Kentucky Overdrive?
My dad got 39MPG out of a Vulcan from a work Taurus on the same trip. Im not yankin your chain.

I do believe the draft and the overdrive helped a ton.
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i got 24mpg for a tank of gas on the highway in my 93 Lincoln TC and thats going about 75.

but i only got about 15 in town.
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i got 24mpg for a tank of gas on the highway in my 93 Lincoln TC and thats going about 75.

but i only got about 15 in town.
Yup, and was that with the 5.0?

Thats decent MPG and you would probably get 15 to 20% more MPG going 55-60MPH. Meaning you could actually get close to 30HWY ideally.
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Yup, and was that with the 5.0?

Thats decent MPG and you would probably get 15 to 20% more MPG going 55-60MPH. Meaning you could actually get close to 30HWY ideally.
I get 38 on flat ground at 60 but where is the fun in that.
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I get 38 on flat ground at 60 but where is the fun in that.
I know.

Thats the other thing TestE is central CA is a big gynormus valley, its completely flat for about 100 miles wide and 300 miles long.
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