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    Mirage fuel-economy driving tips

    Came accross this today




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    Thats a decent set of general rules.

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    Obviously, these "Mirage Fuel-Efficient Driving Tips" apply to any car. Of course, perhaps the implication is "Tip #0: Drive a frickin' Mirage".

    I think for the average driver, Tip #1 is better stated as "Warm up engine for no more than 15 seconds before starting journey". I still know people who idle their cars for 15 minutes as "warm up".
    Last edited by Alpha_One; 02-21-2013 at 10:58 PM.

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    "Tip #0: Drive a frickin' Mirage".

    Why would you warm up a car for 15 minutes in the Philippines? Am I under the wrong impression about your climate?? (Or is it to run the A/C and cool things off before getting in?)

    Jamie - where did you spot that graphic?

    I'd say it's missing 3 critical techniques:

    1) City: minimize use of the brake pedal, or brake as lightly as possible. (Practicing this has multiple effects: you "coast" up to stops & turns, meaning you release the accelerator sooner; you must increase your following distance to avoid having to brake every time the car in front does, and re-accelerate after each slowdown; no more racing toward red lights only to jam on the brakes, etc.)

    2) Highway: keep your speed as low as practical. We know that speed kills fuel economy! OK, step #2 partially addresses this, but I think it's talking more about acceleration technique and gear selection in general.

    3) Tracking: keep a record of your economy for regular trips (eg. the daily commute to/from work), to monitor progress & challenge yourself to improve. We can't manage what we don't measure. Good thing the Mirage has that resettable economy gauge!

    EDIT: of course, I fail at communicating these as short tips that would fit on a chart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
    Why would you warm up a car for 15 minutes in the Philippines? Am I under the wrong impression about your climate?? (Or is it to run the A/C and cool things off before getting in?)
    It's partly the latter, and partly a case of old habits dying very hard. We still have a lot of cars on the road powered by carbureted gasoline engines and old-school mechanical injection diesels. In the bad state of tune that they often are, they're completely undriveable when cold. In fact, brand new carbureted cars were still available up to the mid 2000's, and Mitsubishi and Isuzu still sell brand new mechanical-injection diesels.

    People buy a new car and treat it as if it were the thirty year old Toyota Corona that it just replaced, the result is that it sits idling in the driveway for 15 minutes.

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    Can't remember where i found it as i was searching mirage stuff all over the place and it was on a window so i saved it before i shut down the puter for the night.

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    I'll admit I have warmed up my car for 15 minutes on some cold days...not for the sake of the car, but but to melt all the ice off and get nice and warm for me to drive.

    Edit - though I've since discovered it takes an age for the heater to start working at idle, and only a few minutes while driving.

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    I think the most common mistake with car owners is keeping their tire pressure up. By doing this can usually help improve your fuel economy significantly. Accelerating at a slower pace instead of reeving your engine will help dramatically as well.

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    Hey Chad - welcome to the forum.

    Do you work at that Mitsu dealership? Any news/rumours to share about the new Mirage (or Colt, or whatever they're going to call it in the U.S.)?

    cheers-
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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
    Hey Chad - welcome to the forum.

    Do you work at that Mitsu dealership? Any news/rumours to share about the new Mirage (or Colt, or whatever they're going to call it in the U.S.)?

    cheers-
    Darin
    Hi Darin - I'm no longer with Mitsubishi.

    In regards to the Mirage, It's going to be a little bit smaller but apparently much cheaper to manufacture. So really it's all about profitability for Mitsubishi.



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