Possibly but I think you'd measure the savings in single digit gallons over 100,000 miles. Learning to drive more efficiently in general will pay off a lot quicker.Would little things like turning the radio off (or simply the volume down) and turning off the headlights during the day help save a bit of fuel over time due to the alternator having to do less work?
There are a couple of reasons why I said what I did.H. Don't idle. Your car doesn't actually need to warm up for minutes when you first start it up before you leave. This only applied to older vehicles that needed a substantial amount of time to allow oil to circulate and to fill the hydraulic lifters and is not an issue with newer cars. Get on the road soon after you start your car. If you're waiting for someone, turn your car off until they get there. Basically, unless you're moving or know you will be moving soon, turn the car off.
I would have to completely disagree with you, by not allowing your vehicle warm up before taking off your doing a lot more damage then good say you do have enough oil in the bearings before you take off u will still have air pockets and such in the oil circuits, u also havnt given anything the time to expand such as piston and rings so your oil pressure will be down and everything is sloppy I don't move the car until the gauge at least moves first and then after that I don't get on it until it is fully warmed up (when the engine is fully warmed not just the coolant) your not spending that much money allowing your engine to idle for a few minutes first you will be doing more damage by not allowing it to warm up
XR made some great points in his post....by not allowing your vehicle warm up before taking off your doing a lot more damage...
Not shocking the cold transmission to a sudden 1500 rpm drop is an added benefit of waiting as well!Every time I start my Cruze, I allow it to idle until the idle drops from 1,500 to 1,000 before I begin driving. It's a habit I carried over from my V-strom where if I attempted to put it in gear and ride before the idle had dropped, the engine would die.
I figure that it idles high for ~15-20 seconds for a reason, why not let it finish?
That might be 15-20 seconds on a warm day, but when cold outside it might be 2 minutes before it comes off high idle. Best bet to not waste gas idling is to let it run for 10 seconds & get moving ASAP.I figure that it idles high for ~15-20 seconds for a reason, why not let it finish?
I've only ever seen mine hold for 30 seconds at most, even on days around 0. Then it falls to 1000 RPM.That might be 15-20 seconds on a warm day, but when cold outside it might be 2 minutes before it comes off high idle. Best bet to not waste gas idling is to let it run for 10 seconds & get moving ASAP.
I live in Canada and have the same wild temperature swings. I also get about the same mileage you do. 22 city and 35 highway. Either these guys are running the eco model or they reset the trip computer after they are moving. Even the US EPA tested these cats at 23 and 35.I got my car serviced recently from GM serviice center, on 50k km , They had changed the oil for it with synthetic. Car runs smooth but fuel economy is still the same or worse i feel. My average mpg is 21 b4 i used to get 23-24 avg. weather here is crazy hot & nt cold unlike US. So why is the fuel economy bad for me. My tire is pumped to 42 psi on all four, whereas max press was stated as 51 psi.
Whats wrong then, could it be coz i idle sometimes & put the ac to med- high fan mode ?
Honda has been making their goal to be fuel efficient, GM is just now trying to do that because cafe laws are starting to make them do that. If it wasn't for that, there's no way us Americans would see a tiny 1.4 engine. So many of us look at the 1.4 and go nope the 1.8 is bigger and better because it's bigger with a lesser price tag. 12 years ago I would have laughed at the idea of a engine less than 2 liters. The cruze in general is heavy for the crash ratings so that also hinders MPGIf Honda 1.8L auto can do 29 city & 38 Highway then why not cruze? Why are gm cars so fuel thirsty?
That's the marketing and country decisions possibly. May be the reason we can't get the cool engines like 1.6 and 1.7 here. The cost of the engine may be more than what your demographic would pay. Also where the engine and car is built may also factor in. If you had a Mazda 6/Atenza right out of Japan back in 04, you got all kinds of cool navigation HIDs and other stuff. When it was built here in America on the same line as the Fords, you had the top model almost $30k USD still missing navi and HIDs with blank plates where those options would have been.Also 1.4 T option is limited to certain regions only, here we have only 1.8L option no turbo versions unfortunately.