And I agree with you about aggressive drivers. I got passed today on a residential side street - specifically marked NO PASSING - and I was going faster than the posted speed limit. I do sincerely hope that nobody gets hurt when impatient drivers want to make an illegal pass.
I get it. I think it is an ego thing - not always, but usually.
Exactly who gets these lunatic drivers. They are so affraid of police also. If you just enjoy your ride and drive safely, nobody gets hurt. But I feel ya sometimes it happens to me that I drive a little past legal speeds and the lunatic beasts behind me can't wait to overtake in a safe manner, without trowing ****, roks and dhips at my car. Again, some people only think about them selves. it is not normal to overtake illegal, since you will most likely **** the safe driver's car's paint up...
Right - I should clarify. I get *your* frustration with aggressive drivers.
But yeah - I like the auto climate control of my car. I think it's a pretty cool feature.
I run the AC compressor not only to cool the passenger compartment but also to reduce the amount of humidity inside the car.
Let us know if you are able to change this on your EU market car.
In regards to hypermiling it sounds like you are already doing pretty good techniques except the coasting in gear! Do that only if you NEED to slow down anyway! Otherwise coast in neutral even with engine idling.(also let that clutch pedal go to lift the load off the throw out bearing)
As it was mentioned your car will improve significantly on it's own as more miles accumulate and things free up,tires get harder etc.
In short the slower you can go (to a certain extent) and the more you can coast,the better MPG will be. In addition to this I try to have my mirrors folded when appropriate (not in city),I have a lower grille block, warm air intake, slightly lowered front suspension and I accelerate slowly despite the BSFC thing with the high engine load more efficient engine "rule". ( one still ends up burning a LOT more fuel accelerating harder vs.slower).
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage DE 1.2 manual: 66.3 mpg (US) ... 28.2 km/L ... 3.5 L/100 km ... 79.6 mpg (Imp)
If things haven't changed in the last two years, Oregon should still sell Ethanol-free premium at a few stations scattered around. I lived in Lebanon for about 4 years myself. I know the Wilco in Tangent had E0 92, but I'm not sure what would be around Portland.
Might come back sometime, but still not sure when.
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage DE 1.2 manual: 49.2 mpg (US) ... 20.9 km/L ... 4.8 L/100 km ... 59.1 mpg (Imp)