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    Best way to save gas on stick?

    Ok other then the basics like keeping your tires at good level, no AC, and keeping a light foot, what other ways can you save gas on a manual? This is my first manual car and I notice my gas drops like crazy is there something I am doing wrong? Maybe the way I shift? Any advice would be great. Thanks

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    Shift under 3 grand and skip gears.
    Park car and never drive it.

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    only thing you need to know = keep the rpm's low
    i shift around 2k 1,2,3 or sometimes i'll go to 2.5k and shift from 1 to 3, or 2, to 4 i get 17mpg around town and 28 or so on the highway, 24mpg mix

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    Like said above keep the rpm's under 2000 - 2500 when shifting don't be afraid to skip gears like 1-3-5. And use 5th gear as often as possible, I'll use 5th as low as 35mph. I've done as good as 22 mpg in the city driving the car like a Granny
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    Large throttle openings at low RPM's- within reason- no lugging or pinging, but get into the highest gear you can, as early as you can-

    Lift you foot early, and coast up to stops rather than zooming up and then using the brakes- every time you brake you turn momentum into heat- momentum you burned fuel to get-

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    Thanks guys. I did not know you could skip shifts I will start doing that. What about downshifting?

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    blip when you downshift to be easier on the drivetrain. i cant think of how anything in downshifting will help MPG.
    for better MPG you could drive something smaller than a 5.7 liter, but wheres the fun in that?

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    downshifting hurts MPG. Alot of times I will just pop mine out of gear when slowing down to stop lights.

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    Use the skip shift system the car has built into it, it was designed purposely to save mpg, skip shift comes in around 1,700-2,200 rpms and for me it seems only on a slow acceleration, i.e if you take off like a bat out of hell the skip shift light won't come on and the system won't work as designed. Skip shift allows you to go from 1st to 4th at about 20 mph without dropping rpms. It locks the rpm at whatever lets say 2,000 and holds that rpm for the duration of the shift ( 1-3 secs ) the light will disappear if you don't shift fast enough however because of the rpms decreasing or increasing too rapidly, the light itself is located in the bottom right of your intrsument panel.

    Other than that, use cruise control at low rpm/speeds. 45-55 mph is best with 5th gear.

    Also avoid heavy acceleration inbetween shifts. Do all of this and you should see 22-26 mpg city driving on a mostly stock T/A with about 28 mpg tops for the hwy. And if you do a lot of city driving I would recommend you get an automatic anyway. Although autos are heavier and tend to take more gas to move them because they shift at set rpms.

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