Originally Posted by SewbDude
Thanks for the help! I have an 5 speed with AWD. I've talked with other people who said that Subaru's drive train has a lot of friction that causes lower mileage. I'm hoping that more advanced hypermiling will help. Thanks again!
I missed your use of the SG2 over on the DWL thread. Love mine also. Just sent it in for the newer firmware as it is a 08 and it just tossed a bunch of BS codes that the new firmware supposedly fixes.
Raised in your area. Watched MSP area grow.
The next time you need fluid changes in the 96 you might look for the lowest friction products available. I don't believe in liquid magic but there are definitely some of the synthetics that seem to be helpful. See what Subaru allows and fight that friction in the drive train. MT, transfer case if it has one, and rear differential might all benefit. It won't be much but it will certainly help if it ever gets cold around there.
Hard to remember -20 after last week.
My son commutes 43 miles each way on I-80 (Davis to Vallejo CA) driving a 97 MB C230 automatic. I80 around here is from my experience much faster than I-35/494 in your area and he really has no other route. He weened himself out of the go fast pack 1 mph at a time. Took about a week or two. He was a 65-70+ CC driver and now he is down to 60. Said it was tough but now he is a courteous right laner. Going from 65 to 60 in the MB improved his tank averages from 30 to 35. With tanks above 36 on occassion. He is still far from a hypermiler, uses CC way to much and a lot of other things that hurt getting that 40. But he is in his comfort zone.
I took the lazy way to efficient driving around town and went with a BEV. BTW there is nothing much better for teaching a driver how to be efficient than a BEV.
Have you checked out ecomodder.com.........might find something you can do to help a bit with the aero as you're in that speed hurts mpg zone.