Help me hit 25+ mpg in my '99 Camry!

Discussion in 'Start Your Journey Here' started by cameronfield, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    unless your manual specifies other wise I would not fas with your car. if there is a red light up ahead, and your at 20-25mph or less, then I would do it. the problem is not all the parts get lubricated with the engine off. Oil does stay for a little bit with the engine off, so you could take advantage of this and coast for maybe 1/4 mile.
     
  2. cameronfield

    cameronfield Well-Known Member

    I dont like turning the engine off while coasting because I love my power brakes after about 4 pumps.
     
  3. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    well if your concerned about braking that much, maybe you do it a little too much ;). Just work on that, I find that I never go out of my power brake range, even if I do though I'm usually all set by putting my weight on the brakes...that only happened once going down a curvy mountain road.
     
  4. cameronfield

    cameronfield Well-Known Member

    That's another reason I dont wanna do it.
     
  5. mintsk8er

    mintsk8er Well-Known Member

    Don't forget that you always have your e-brake. If you think you're going to need to break a bunch during a fas and you fear running out of vacuum then you can just use the e-brake for the times when you need to brake just a little.
     
  6. cameronfield

    cameronfield Well-Known Member

    I thought it was bad for my car since it's an auto? More MPG aren't worth any damage to my car at all.
     
  7. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    My car is an auto, what we recommend is that if your manual states that your car can be flat towed, then you can fas, if it says no, "I" say that if it were ME, I would fas below 25 for no more than a 1/4 mile. It's your car. Do what YOU want.
     
  8. JLrsx

    JLrsx JLrsx

    When you are on the open road you want to maintain speed because slowing down means you have you push the accelorator and use more fuel to get back up to speed. So unless you want to slow down dramatically (to stop or maybe to keep from speeding or so you can make a tur n safely) put your car N. Your engine and transmission will still be engaged slowing you down without breaking if you are in Drive. Use drive when you want to slow to a stop and use N to maintain speed. Also many cars have a feature where their fuel ejectors shut off when coasting in drive, I know mine does. A scangauge helps to show this (dont know if you have one). It will read 9999MPGs when ejectors shut off.
     
  9. cameronfield

    cameronfield Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if a ScanGauge is worth it or not for me.
     
  10. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Mine paid for itself in about 6 months, a year ago. If you drive more miles, have a less efficient car, or prices are higher, the payoff time will be much shorter. I know points 2 and 3 are true in this case.
     
  11. cameronfield

    cameronfield Well-Known Member

    Could having one really help me all that much? I just dont wanna shell out $150.
     
  12. 07mpshei

    07mpshei Well-Known Member


    2.2 miles!?!??!?! RIDE A BIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  13. cameronfield

    cameronfield Well-Known Member

    The hills and highway part make it too hard to ride a bike, especially in the Texas heat :/.
     
  14. 07mpshei

    07mpshei Well-Known Member

    well if you're looking to make a real difference, don't settle for driving a camry 25 mpg, when a little exercise (i'm talking a 10 minutes bike ride MAX) is all it would take
     
  15. cameronfield

    cameronfield Well-Known Member

    A lot of times I end up running errands before/after anyways, so it wouldn't work out.
     
  16. mintsk8er

    mintsk8er Well-Known Member

    It's going to be difficult to get good gas mileage with an auto tranny over such a short distance. I usually don't start to acheive higher than the EPA mileage until i'm about 2 - 3 miles out in my trip anyway.

    The only way you're going to be able to get high numbers on such a short trip is to Fas. You'd have to pulse and glide with Fas the entire trip to get any kind of significant gain in FE. But, if it's really hilly, and theres a lot of traffic then that could make it difficult. Also, it's your call on the Fas-ing. You have an auto so it's generally not recommended.
     
  17. cameronfield

    cameronfield Well-Known Member

    Ok, I've accepted the fact that I'll probably only average 20-22mpg commuting from work.

    I calculated that it only costs me about $4 a week to drive to work, and I'm making $9/hour so 30 minutes of work pays for a week of driving lol. I guess it's worth it.

    Could anyone help me figure out if my car is flat towable? I looked in my manual and couldn't find it :/. Whenever I'm going 25mph or less and a light turns red I've been coasting to it with my engine off in N.

    I'll see what kind of FE I'm getting next time I fill up. Last time I filled up I only ended up putting 2.2 gallons in. Could the pump have thrown my actual FE off by letting me overfill a little?
     
  18. phlack

    phlack Well-Known Member

    I was able to hit 34mpg once in my wife's '02 Camry. This was pure highway; speeds anywhere from 50-70mph, though I had my wife & two kids in the car, plus a packed trunk (vacation to Tenessee). I didn't really practice any real hypermiling techniques (didn't know any at the time), except I used control, so had a steady speed at least.

    Most recently, I was able to get 29mpg in it last weekend, though it wasn't on a full tank, wasn't all highway, and a bunch of other variables. Still, considering it normally gets in the low 20's, I didn't think that was too bad. I was able to practice P&G in it, at least.

    -Mike
     
  19. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    It is possible. Next time you fill up it should autocorrect if the reading was off though.
     

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