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Traction Control off = Higher Mileage?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 3:03 am    Post subject:  Traction Control off = Higher Mileage? Reply with quote

Hello all,

I just bought my parents 2000 Impala, 170K on the clock. It was a program car, they bought it with 30K on the clock. They have had it since '02 IIRC, and it has been a great car for them. Sometime not long after they got it, my Dad commented that he got higher mileage if he turned the traction control off each time he started it. He has kept mileage logs since I was a kid so I have no reason to doubt him. What I don't understand is why in the hell this would be the case? It could be as much as a 3 mpg increase with it off (HWY).

Has anyone else noticed this?

Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Sounds like a good science experiment.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Well I did try this when I first got the car. 500mi trip,, t/c on going,, t/c off coming back,,the mileage was the same. Not saying it would be the same with your car.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:54 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

thats all in his head lol

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I hear you, I thought the same thing. I couldn't for the life of me understand WHY in the WORLD it would do as he describes. I will test it myself. Thing is, testing it right now is silly, since this car is more responsive and handles better than anything else in our fleet... Any chance I get, and WOOOOHOOOO I'm off. Yeah, Mr. Cobalt SS? Want to race? Sure, NP. You too, Mr. Dodge Ram? You're next.

He had the mileage logs to show for it, about 2.5-3mpg difference. He is a conservative driver, of course, unlike myself.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

FahrRollinImp wrote:

He had the mileage logs to show for it, about 2.5-3mpg difference. He is a conservative driver, of course, unlike myself.


My guess is he wanted to increase the mileage by simply pressing the TCS off button and either intentionally or subconsciously took it easy while he was 'testing' it. I can tell you if I really take it easy I can pick up between 4 and 6 MPG simply by not driving like a jackass...

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:39 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Head games. Nothing more, nothing less.

Given the time of year this is, it'd be prudent to mention that winter blend fuel is probably no longer being put in the pumps - this does have an effect on mileage (winter fuel sucks)

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