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Forum: Fuel Economy 07-15-2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By billy
My New Car Wish for high MPG!

With Wayne and Roberts' recent achievement in the 2015 Golf TDI, it further enforces the viability of my wish: For VW or someone to design and build a new Car:
1) Front wheel drive
2) 995cc (about 1...
Forum: General 04-26-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,337
Posted By billy
Re: Jetta World Record Drive

In my local region of the country, Diesel fuel is aprox 55 cents per gallon higher.....
Forum: Fuel Economy 04-26-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 595
Posted By billy
Help requested: New Prius hypermiling event!

Hi All, Wayne has been helping to get me up to speed (by cell phone) with this methodology, but I thought I'd post this for mutual benefit.

Here in Eastern WA, I have a friend who's the General...
Forum: Fuel Economy 02-28-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 691
Posted By billy
Honda has proven they could do it.....

If there was a demand for it. Let me explain:

My preference for a vehicle is a small, streamlined, super-low c/d, front wheel drive, 2 door hatchback, large fuel tank, tall geared car.

The 2014...
Forum: Fuel Economy 08-06-2013, 06:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 883
Posted By billy
Had a super nice segment today!

Today I drove non-stop from Seattle WA to Lewiston ID. (2003 Honda Insight) Posted 118.63 mpg over a distance of 320.2 miles. My gas gauge still says full.

Taking full advantage of extremely...
Forum: Honda Hybrids 07-09-2012, 09:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,699
Posted By billy
Re: Insighter Needs Immediate Help/Favor

Hi everyone; hey, I do NOT want a wheel; just an old tire! Anybody have a near worn out Insight tire?

As Wayne said, I am driving from WA to Roanoke, VA and then on to Raleigh NC for a business...
Forum: General 04-11-2012, 12:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,257
Posted By billy
Re: Chasing Prius owners around town

No, you don't need a Prius to attend. Everyone is welcome! The focus, however, is for Prius customers of Bud Clary Toyota in Yakima to benefit from personal driving clinics with Wayne, and the...
Forum: General 04-10-2012, 12:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,257
Posted By billy
Chasing Prius owners around town

Wayne (Xcel) will be in Yakima, WA this weekend, April 14-15. The local Toyota dealer is putting on a Prius event. gives the details. I live 85 miles away in Kennewick, WA and...
Forum: Ford 01-28-2012, 09:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,642
Posted By billy
Re: REPORT: bought new Ford Ranger yesterday!

Hi Mr. Rackster...

On your 2000 Sport Ranger, your axle ratio of 4.10 is hurting you a bit when highway driving for economy. The standard 3.73 ratio affords a lower engine rpm at cruise.

Do you...
Forum: Ford 01-28-2012, 09:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,642
Posted By billy
Re: REPORT: bought new Ford Ranger yesterday!

Hi Mike, good to hear from you..

Your friend, if he has a v-6, has the 4.0 liter in his new Ranger.....the 3.0 was discontinued.

You are correct on the speedo error calculation, however its not...
Forum: Ford 01-27-2012, 10:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,642
Posted By billy
Re: REPORT: bought new Ford Ranger yesterday!

hi fordman....
no warranty issues. As i posted earlier, with stock tires the speedo was reading too high. These new rear tires are only slightly taller. It has corrected the speedo, and taken...
Forum: Ford 01-22-2012, 01:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,642
Posted By billy
Re: REPORT: bought new Ford Ranger yesterday!

Hi Charlie,

According to my GPS, the truck with stock tires is showing a speedometer error of 2.50%to the high side. (speedo says 50 mph, actual gps speed is 47.5) These taller tires will correct...
Forum: Ford 01-22-2012, 11:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,642
Posted By billy
REPORT: bought new Ford Ranger yesterday!

Wow, took the plunge and purchased a brand new Ranger yesterday! Reasons were: 1) last yr of Ranger, St Paul MN plant closed down, 2) Ford rebates & incentives were very tempting. 3) Selection...
Forum: Street and Performance Bikes 11-26-2011, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 12,228
Posted By billy
Re: REPORT: New Suzuki DR200 SE

......This Suzuki model is not manufactured anymore....likely waiting for a new generation version with fuel injection and other electronic updates. Although mine was brand new when I bought it in...
Forum: Street and Performance Bikes 11-23-2011, 02:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 12,228
Posted By billy
REPORT: New Suzuki DR200 SE

A few months ago I pulled the trigger and purchased a brand new Suzuki DR200 SE. I did this only after a very long, thorough study and evaluation that included many factors. Finally it was narrowed...
Forum: In the News 12-29-2010, 06:54 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 72,578
Posted By billy
Re: The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Transcontinental Challenge

In answer to Waynes previous question or quiz? Regarding the White Sands area of NM?

The sand is white because it is 95% gypsum! (5% calcium sulfate) Gypsum in a common compound, but rarely seen on...
Forum: In the News 12-28-2010, 02:33 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 72,578
Posted By billy
Re: The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Transcontinental Challenge

Hi Wayne; As of about 1:30pm CST I assume you are near Hobbs NM headed toward Snyder and Abilene? Anyway, a thorough wind chart examination reveals no tailwinds ahead through north-central TX,...
Forum: GM 12-27-2010, 01:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,004
Posted By billy
Re: 2011 chevy cruze eco ? BUYER BEWARE!

Hi Joe; From what you have described, I would wait about 1 month, then do a nationwide search and locate a Cruze Eco 6MT, fly to that city and make your best deal. I've studied everything I can...
Forum: Fuel Economy 03-11-2010, 01:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,395
Posted By billy
Re: 2006 Ranger, 1000 mile tank

Right when I bought the Ranger, I switched from the stock 225/70/15 tires to slightly taller and skinnier 215/75/15, as I recall. The difference was not hugely substantial, but did afford a bit...
Forum: Honda Hybrids 06-18-2009, 01:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,298
Posted By billy
Re: Insight 1 Hill Climbing, BSFC, etc.

Hi Jimepting; sounds like you're doing it about right! I have often told folks that a good, efficient way to ascend hills is to "go as fast as you can NOT using any assist".

Of the two scenarios...
Forum: General 06-09-2009, 12:37 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,061
Posted By billy
Re: Hybridfest 2009

This year my sister is having a large party on Sunday, July 12. She lives near Bellingham, WA (just south of Vancouver) so I plan on leaving her house Monday A.M. for the long drive to Madison (2070...
Forum: In the News 05-06-2009, 12:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,122
Posted By billy
Re: Million-mile Cars

504,000 miles on a 1987 Honda CRX HF; I bought it new. Nearly all highway miles. I kept the car perfectly maintained and beautifully clean. Never had ANY mechanical problems during all those miles.
Forum: GM 04-29-2009, 12:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,264
Posted By billy
Re: What a guy would do for a Geo Metro XFI !

Dale --- nice info, thanks. Where did you purchase the rebuild kit from?

On my '92 XFI, the tranny shifts very well, but there are 2 problems: it pops out of 4th gear when under acceleration,...
Forum: GM 04-29-2009, 12:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,264
Posted By billy
Re: What a guy would do for a Geo Metro XFI !

....Exactly right, Sean. All Metro XFI's are 5-speed, and indeed ATF is specified for the tranny. Red Line makes a super slippery synthetic ATF, and many of the other brands are excellent also. ...
Forum: GM 04-28-2009, 01:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,264
Posted By billy
Re: What a guy would do for a Geo Metro XFI !

....This car is a 1992 model. And as far as I can tell, there is no rust anywhere. It was a southern New Mexico car. Yeah, I hope to make it a show-quality car with a beautiful base coat - clear...
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