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should freewheel be reintroduced?
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Posted by chuck [Email] (more from chuck) on Tue, 6 Jul 2004 16:18:29 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Thanks for all the great info; neat feature. n/m, K-Saab [Profile/Gallery] , Sun, 15 Jun 2003 06:00:47
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Maybe free wheel should be reinroduced to ALL cars. Here's why: the gas savings can be very, very large, and that could make a difference as gas prices continue to rise.

Here's how I know: I have a Nissan 1991 small pickup truck. I was getting a combined 25 mpg by carefully accelerating and keeping highway speeds at 65. Highway mpg was 30. Then I decided to coast every chance I get by putting my standard transmission in neutral. Now I get a combined 30 mpg - which means I get 30 mpg in both highway and local driving. That's a 20% increase.

I'd like to know why this system had a tendency to break. Is there a way to fix it? How much extra did it cost?

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