is it possible to improve Pilot gas mileage?

Discussion in 'Pilot' started by Random Electron, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. Are there any aftermarket products that improve gas mileage by at least
    10%? Computer chips, carbuerator add ons...

    Random Electron, Sep 17, 2008
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    M.M. Guest

    Add-ons are snake oil. Gas mileage is most affected by the way you drive.
    M.M., Sep 17, 2008
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    Tegger Guest

    I guarantee that carburetor add-ons will do exactly zero for your Pilot's
    gas mileage.

    The best thing you can do is keep up your maintenance, and follow the fuel-
    mileage driving tips that are easily found with Google.
    Tegger, Sep 17, 2008
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    Dan C Guest


    Trade it in for a Civic.
    Dan C, Sep 17, 2008
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    SMS Guest







    So far you're up to 98.1% savings.

    Let us know how it works out.
    SMS, Sep 17, 2008
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    Leftie Guest

    You can probably get 10% by inflating the tires to 2-4psi below the
    maximum pressure that's printed in the tires, and by accelerating a
    little more slowly. If you want to spend money, though, look for more
    fuel efficient tires. You'll get more savings that way than by trying to
    improve on an already efficient engine.
    Leftie, Sep 17, 2008
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    Tony Hwang Guest

    Practise hypermiling.
    Tony Hwang, Sep 18, 2008
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    Justbob30 Guest

    Errrr no, try SOME hypermiling techniques, some are just insane.....
    I would suggest inflating your tires, as mentioned earlier, within about 4
    or 5 psi of sidewall rating, a little less if in a hot climate (az).
    Try to keep your RPM below 2,000 (if it doesn't make you a menace on the
    road) slow down sooner try to gauge stoplights so you don't come to a
    complete stop, use brakes sparingly, let Newton's law help you (0-20 SUCKS
    gas) coast a much as possible.
    Reduce a/c usage (park in the shade) minimize short trips, remove any
    "stuff" that doesn't belong in the car.
    Drive the speed limit (also saves tickets).
    Don't let the car sit and idle either warming up or going through drives
    Walk (good for you & great for reducing the gas bill each month) ride the
    bus or other public transportation.
    Plan your trips, eat lunch at work.
    Insure your car is in good tune and repair.
    Pay attention to traffic around you, anticipate don't react.

    Hypermiling techniques to avoid: impeding traffic, turning your engine off
    while the car is moving (EVER), taking corners too fast, driving in a 100
    degree car in a hot use less a/c involves using shade and
    turning on the a/c above 75 or so....Drafting or tailgating (don't be
    stupid!) don't run yellow lights, don't speed up to "make the light"
    Justbob30, Sep 18, 2008
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    Leftie Guest

    I've found, over many years, that the A/C only hurts fuel economy
    significantly when used while accelerating or climbing hills and grades.
    It takes some practice, but if you run it only while slowing or cruising
    on level or downhill roads, it makes little difference - less than 1
    MPG. I agree that many 'hypermiling' techniques are dangerously crazy. I
    get 41 mpg in mixed driving without them.
    Leftie, Sep 18, 2008
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    Tony Hwang Guest

    Not really. In those conditions a/c compresoor clutch is disengaged.
    And inflate tires too much, you lose handling and good ride.
    Tony Hwang, Sep 18, 2008
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    TE Chea Guest

    In USA, solar panels are affordable & can power hydrogen
    extraction ( fr water ), to save fuel.
    TE Chea, Sep 18, 2008
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    Leftie Guest

    The compressor clutch may disengage under full throttle, but not
    under normal acceleration. As for tire pressure, if "good ride" is more
    important to you than good gas mileage, that's fine - for you. I have no
    problems with handling at 39psi cold. And I just got another 41mpg
    average on my last tank of gas.
    Leftie, Sep 18, 2008
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    tww1491 Guest

    We kept our 03 Pilot with 75k miles on it rather than trade since you can't
    get anything for them -- the quote we had was $8k. We bought a Civic EX
    which my wife loves and drives most of the time. The Pilot is used when we
    need a big vehicle. I agree the mileage is not great -- around 15 in town
    and 21-22 on the road. That's why new Pilots are sitting on the dealers
    tww1491, Sep 19, 2008
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    Tony Hwang Guest

    39psi? Holy cow! I guess you never drive unpaved road or gravel road.
    I am fine at 32psi. Spec calls for 28. There is 2 things I do when I buy
    new car. Replace spark plug with Iridium ones, replace shocks/struts
    with Bilstein. When there i a sign of oil leak on the garage floor, it's
    time to replace the car. My '98 CRV logged ~170K miles so far, still
    runs like new.
    Tony Hwang, Sep 19, 2008
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    jim beam Guest

    not to mention that with radial tires, the fuel economy "benefits" of
    high inflation pressure are trivial. it works great for bias ply, but i
    guess that like we have people still think 3k miles is necessary for an
    oil change like in the 50's, we still have people that think
    overinflation is necessary for rolling resistance reduction.
    jim beam, Sep 19, 2008
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    Tony Hwang Guest

    Whatever you say.
    Tony Hwang, Sep 19, 2008
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    jim beam Guest

    no, radial tires don't have the cords work against each other like bias
    ply do.

    if you're driving a honda and using the recommended oil, you're wasting
    your money.
    jim beam, Sep 19, 2008
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    Leftie Guest

    See, if it were me, I'd have the oil changed instead of getting
    iridium plugs, and a tuneup instead of aftermarket struts. I'd also
    replace an oil seal before the whole car. Clearly we have different
    Leftie, Sep 19, 2008
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    Leftie Guest

    I guess the 2-3 mpg improvement I get from inflating them to 39 psi
    is from positive thinking! You folks can't have it both ways: if high
    inflation ruins the handling, it must also be affecting the rolling
    resistance. ;-)

    Depending on the type of oil, I change it between 3500 and 5000 miles.
    Leftie, Sep 19, 2008
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    Tony Hwang Guest

    He saves little on gas at the cost of uneven tire wear and waste it on
    oil change, LOL!
    Tony Hwang, Sep 19, 2008
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