Re: [DML] Best way to shift for better fuel economy?
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Re: [DML] Best way to shift for better fuel economy?

Depends. I have a 5 speed Saturn Vue and have found that a 1-3-5 shift pattern improves mileage IF you are driving in a flatland area. I have found that this will not work in hill country. For some reason my Vue's manual shift just seems to feel comfortable in this pattern on flatland. I have tried it in the DeLorean and did not think it felt as natural and I don't do it.
--- On Tue, 1/18/11, daviddelorean <daviddelorean@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: daviddelorean <daviddelorean@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [DML] Best way to shift for better fuel economy?
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 11:51 AM


I always assumed that starting in 2nd gear, skipping gears, and keeping shifts low was the best way to get better gas miles. However, in chats with other car enthusiasts they told me that makes fuel economy worse, because the car is struggling in lower gears.

So what is better to save gas?

Shifting in a patter 2-4-5


Shifting in a pattern 1-2-3-4-5

Also what RPM should shift be kept at or under?


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