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Anyone hypermiling an MX-5 (Miata)?

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Old 12-21-2008, 10:40 AM
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Re: Anyone hypermiling an MX-5 (Miata)?

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101744]I'm currently driving a 2000 MX-5 Miata LS ?)
2006 2.0 Liter MX5. While I'm not hypermiling it, I do have a scangauge II mounted in it for informational uses, and I do drive it year round )in New England, no less!(.
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Re: Anyone hypermiling an MX-5 (Miata)?

08 MX-5 which I've averaged 26 mpg over a couple years tho half my miles are in town w/ traffic lights every couple blocks at least and includes some winter driving.
I use Mobil 1 0-30, and tire pressure @ 29psi which is about as high as comfort allows on 205 width tires on a 2600# car.
I have a SGII that does keep me aware and I did own a Prius before when my commute was longer so generally aware of Hypermiling techniques from prius.chat forums. I can get low 30's on longer trips pretty easily but the relatively low gearing of the MT models hurts plus it's too much fun to drive sportingly once in a while.
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Re: Anyone hypermiling an MX-5 (Miata)?

There is really good SGII support for Miata's from SG's James DeLong over on miata.net .
Here's a link to an 19 page thread of codes that have been developed for NC model Miata's if there are any Miata owners here interested:
http://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread...304988&page=18
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Any Miata owners out there ?
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Re: Anyone hypermiling an MX-5 (Miata)?

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Miata is a crappy car to be hypermiling as it defeats the whole purpose of the car which is spirited runs through the twisties at high rpm's.
I highly disagree. The Miata is a great car to hypermile with. You can get the best of both worlds with it. Sporty, agile fun as well as serious and decent mileage, all in the same tank!

When buzzing along with traffic (75-80mph) and doing a few spirited blasts around town, I still averaged 30mpg. 90% of my driving is on the highway, 50 miles each way on mostly flat ground which is typical of Florida.

Just by doing a few minor hypermiling techniques over the last five tanks, I'm now doing between 36-38mpg while also slowing my cruising speed down to 60mph. I don't do any P&G on the highway simply because there's too much traffic. Even my coast times aren't all that great, maybe 2-3 tenths of a mile, with one 1/2 mile coast.

Now the 3 mile trip I make in town four times a day, I can coast about half of that each way, but still with the engine on. So that makes 112 miles round trip every day.



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Any Miata owners out there ?
I'm one! I have a '91 British Racing Green with the factory original hardtop. I've shaved roughly 135 lbs off of it so far (looking to shave another 30 lbs or so as well as at least 50 lbs off of myself), lowered by about an inch and a half, full exhaust, all synthetic fluids and a big-ish front lip (Garage Vary) to cut down on the underbody air flow.

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Re: Anyone hypermiling an MX-5 (Miata)?

Very nice Miata, Chops. Good numbers too!
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Re: Anyone hypermiling an MX-5 (Miata)?

Thanks Brandon. I love this car. I had a 2002 for five years and didn't like it nowhere near as much as this '91.
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Re: Anyone hypermiling an MX-5 (Miata)?

I would go buy a brand new one right now if I could drive one with the top up without busting my head and jamming my neck. Thus my MZ3. And if it was RWD and was a Speeder. There would be no other reason to look for another fun, mpg getting drivers car.

One does not have to drive a boring car to get, enjoy and like good mpg.
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Re: Anyone hypermiling an MX-5 (Miata)?

I'm giving serious consideration into picking up a SPEED version of one of these, an 04-05. Too bad they're about 10-12k for one.
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Re: Anyone hypermiling an MX-5 (Miata)?

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One does not have to drive a boring car to get, enjoy and like good mpg.
Exactly. Not to mention that in town, I can take the corners at intersections at near the speed limit, thus keeping up my momentum and saving fuel, AND enjoying the excellent handling of the car. Then again, this car is far from stock as far as the suspension is concerned which helps greatly!


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I'm giving serious consideration into picking up a SPEED version of one of these, an 04-05. Too bad they're about 10-12k for one.
The heck with the overpriced "Speed" versions. You can get a really nice NA, dump a couple grand into it with a nice turbo setup and do better than the stock NB MazdaSpeed. And as far as I'm concerned, this little 1.6L is better and more fun than the 1.8L!
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