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First Drive in the Mountains

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First drive in the mountains yesterday. Car load of people and gear. If you have ever driven I70 West out of Denver you will know it is a steep grade uphill for miles. The car did great and handled the mountains much better than I expected ... with the car being full.

Gotta love that torque. Great little motor.
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My ECO MT just loves our mountains. Were you running 87 or 91 octane?
 

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q2 drives a CTD
Whoops - I didn't see we're in the diesel area. Obviously octane isn't an issue. :eek:ccasion14:

Remember, in Colorado a gallon of gas doesn't go as far but a pint of beer goes further.
 

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How's the CTD handle the down slopes from the Eisenhower tunnel and Vail Pass? I have to keep my ECO MT in 3rd gear and still use my brakes.
 

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where i live there is a 8 mile 8% hill, to keep it under 70 mph, 3rd gear and hardly any brakes
So the CTD actually has engine braking - cool. There is almost no engine braking above 2nd gear in the ECO MT and even in 2nd it's iffy.
 
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