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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:18 pm
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Default How can I get more miles per gallon from my Honda Pilot?

Hey guys, I drive a 2003 Honda Pilot 4WD EX-L (used to drive RAV4, but dad made me switch!) This thing basically weighs as much as a dead whale and handles like one, but my biggest complaint with this 5000lb behemoth is its poor gas mileage. My dad expects me to pay for gas, and I really don't wanna start shelling $50+ everytime I gas up (I really put on the miles, driving to school and back, work, etc. Gas prices are above $3.15 in Connecticut). I drive conservatively (don't want a ticket), yet the gas mileage leaves much to be desired.Is there anything else I can do for more miles from my Pilot?In case you're wondering, no, I can't trade it in for something for fuel-efficient.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:22 pm
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Stop going hoggin and bringing home fat chicks.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:24 pm
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drive slower with windows up
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:27 pm
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make sure the tires are filled to the proper PSI, Buy gas that does not have ethanol even if it costs more. don't drive faster than 55-60 (this will be tough to do) accelerate slowly. That's about it though, even doing all these things won't help too much
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:30 pm
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i own a repair shop and some of my customers have asked me the same question before ,you really aren't going to get much mileage from that one,they do fair at best,and this is when there running right,all you can do is keep the fuel and air filter changed in it,and keep it tuned up really good,that's about all you can do for it,they never really got that good of mileage when they was new,and when they get broken in good they don't do much better either,but all i can tell you is keep it tuned,and keep all the tires inflated to where the should be at,and this will help it a lot,over 1 million gallons of gas a year is wasted because of under inflated tires,its hard to believe but its true,and getting worse also,good luck hope this helps.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:33 pm
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The #1 thing you can do is drive even more conservatively. Gentle starts, trip linking, and slow down your top speed. Aerodynamic drag really starts stacking up above 50-55mph. I gained 25% fuel economy on my car just by going 50-55 instead of 70. Also make sure you've removed all the extra dead weight that you possibly can, don't carry junk around. It's going to be the same amount of money everytime you gas up, but if you get better fuel economy, you'll gas up less often.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:36 pm
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As everyone as has keep the tires are the correct pressure. Take anything out of the Pilot that you do not need. If less weight you have the better it will run. Find a route that has less stop lights and keeps you moving. It takes more fuel to get a car moving again then it does to keep it moving. You also have to take in to consideration that when your stopped your getting 0 miles to the gallon. So the less you are stopped the better. Take the time to predict light changes and start to adjust your speed accordingly. You doing pretty much everything else just fine. If you have AC try to only run it while your on the highway. When you get off on to the side streets roll the windows down. Don't run the motor any more then you need too. I shut my engine off when I go to the drive thru at the bank or any drive through. If I see that I am going to be stuck in traffic and it is hardly moving at all. I shut the car down. No point in spending the gas when your not moving. Problem is this is one of Hondas blunders when it came to building a car. I am really disappointed in how they designed this. Like you said it's a Behemoth of a car.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:39 pm
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buy a new air filter it should give you a few more mpg
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:42 pm
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Here are a couple more things you can do. 1) install a "tornado" or similar product. and 2) polarize your fuel's molecules with a magnet. With these 2 things in place, you'll get more miles per gallon without changing your driving habbits. Of course, if you drive more conservatively, you'll save even more gas! Check out the sources below.
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