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Old 06-01-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Hey, I just got a 14' GT with the six speed yesterday. My last car was a stick but it was a honda civic si that had to go around 3,500-4,000 RPM just to stay up with traffic. The mustang seems to never need a downshift. What RPM do you all shift at for best EPA gas mileage in your 5.0's.
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I got a 4.6 but i shift around 3 and stay in higher gears and keep up. And get about 20mpg
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I have a 2011 5.0 and I shift at 2k rpm for gas mileage.
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If you really want better MPG, A. you got the wrong car....B. shifting 2-4-6 works best shifting around 2500-3000.
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If you really want better MPG, A. you got the wrong car....B. shifting 2-4-6 works best shifting around 2500-3000.
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I got a 4.6 but i shift around 3 and stay in higher gears and keep up. And get about 20mpg
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If you really want better MPG, A. you got the wrong car....B. shifting 2-4-6 works best shifting around 2500-3000.
I bought the car for performance, 15 mpg around town isn't bad for 420 HP. I just bought the car yesterday and want to break in the engine properly.
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I got a 4.6 but i shift around 3 and stay in higher gears and keep up. And get about 20mpg
Is that city miles?
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I bought the car for performance, 15 mpg around town isn't bad for 420 HP. I just bought the car yesterday and want to break in the engine properly.
Drive it like you stole it then. Engines are broken in before they go in the car!

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Is that city miles?
Doubt it.
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If you really want better MPG, A. you got the wrong car....B. shifting 2-4-6 works best shifting around 2500-3000.
I've always wondered, not bad for the motor to go 2-4-6? I hate going through 3/4/5. but I've yet to ask a reliable mechanic or anyone for that matter haha
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I am in the middle of a road trip from CA to NY and I am averaging 26-27MPG doing 80 to 85 on the I-40. Pretty awesome.
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I've always wondered, not bad for the motor to go 2-4-6? I hate going through 3/4/5. but I've yet to ask a reliable mechanic or anyone for that matter haha
You won't hurt anything, thats why its manual. If an auto did that, there's a problemo.
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I am in the middle of a road trip from CA to NY and I am averaging 26-27MPG doing 80 to 85 on the I-40. Pretty awesome.
Are you moving to ny? That is a long trip how long is it going to take you
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Are you moving to ny? That is a long trip how long is it going to take you
No I'm moving to Florida but my parents live in NY so we are stopping there to see them for a few weeks. It has taken far too long. A few setbacks and traveling with a 2 year old have not made it easy.
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No I'm moving to Florida but my parents live in NY so we are stopping there to see them for a few weeks. It has taken far too long. A few setbacks and traveling with a 2 year old have not made it easy.
Are we there yet, I gotta pee! Lol
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Haha pretty much. This is my 4th time making the drive and it has been the most painful.
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You won't hurt anything, thats why its manual. If an auto did that, there's a problemo.
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If you really want better MPG, A. you got the wrong car....B. shifting 2-4-6 works best shifting around 2500-3000.
I disagree, the 5.0 is the first v8 mustang to have no gas guzzler tax because of its impressive mileage considering how powerful it is... Best daily driver out there IMO

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I am in the middle of a road trip from CA to NY and I am averaging 26-27MPG doing 80 to 85 on the I-40. Pretty awesome.
Just drove from Hollywood to San Francisco and got the same, I drove 435 miles before filling up again cruising at 80-85
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If you really want better MPG, A. you got the wrong car....B. shifting 2-4-6 works best shifting around 2500-3000.
Sick of hearing this - I didn't buy the car to race constantly - it's a daily driver. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get the best mileage possible when you aren't having fun getting on it.
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I disagree, the 5.0 is the first v8 mustang to have no gas guzzler tax because of its impressive mileage considering how powerful it is... Best daily driver out there IMO

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Just drove from Hollywood to San Francisco and got the same, I drove 435 miles before filling up again cruising at 80-85
Well you can drive how you want. I don't drive like that. Unlike others I floor it constantly and deal with the gas money. I got the car to have fun. But does seem to get the best gas mileage that way.
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I usually shift at around 2500-3000
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I wasn't too concerned with MPG when I bought my Mustang, BUT, when I'm not having fun with her, I do drive to conserve fuel. Why waste money? Sometimes I need to stretch a tank, so I drive conservatively. I average 23mpg with on/off highway driving and that's shifting around 2k rpm.
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I typically shift between 2000 and 2500. I go by the sound of my exhaust, (Roush axle backs ) rather than the tach. With a good mix of city, highway and spirited driving I've averaged 19.6 mpg since I bought the car and I've got about 4300 miles on it now
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I also shift around 2-3k rpms. I drove two hours away this weekend and back this morn. On the way there I was going 80-85 the whole way without cruise. On the way back I went 75 with cruise. Got better mileage doing 85, go figure.
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I shift around 2500 to 3000 RPM but never ever went higher than 16 mi/gal. I like down shifting I guess because I have 3.31 gears. I wonder if I'd go higher MPG if I switch to 3.73.
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I also shift around 2-3k rpms. I drove two hours away this weekend and back this morn. On the way there I was going 80-85 the whole way without cruise. On the way back I went 75 with cruise. Got better mileage doing 85, go figure.
Me too isnt that weird. When we went down to ft.knox. doing 80. I was getting better gas mileage than at 60 haha. But I never set my cruise either I guess cuz its weird to me with a stick. I shift around 2 or 3K and average around 22mpg. My car has about 1900 miles on it. And ive been giving her more hell lately and shifting a little higher. Doesnt seem to really affect my gas mileage.
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I guess by the time you're doing speeds like that, inertia is helping the engine to do less work.
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Me too isnt that weird. When we went down to ft.knox. doing 80. I was getting better gas mileage than at 60 haha. But I never set my cruise either I guess cuz its weird to me with a stick. I shift around 2 or 3K and average around 22mpg. My car has about 1900 miles on it. And ive been giving her more hell lately and shifting a little higher. Doesnt seem to really affect my gas mileage.
Driving at to low of an RPM will decrease gas milage because you are basically dumping fuel into the motor and causing it to bog. Driving in 5th gear at 2500rpms and coasting when possible will probably get you better milage than driving in 6th at 1500rpms and bogging the motor.
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Well you can drive how you want. I don't drive like that. Unlike others I floor it constantly and deal with the gas money. I got the car to have fun. But does seem to get the best gas mileage that way.
The point you missed is that it's the best of both worlds, I drive it like it was meant to be driven every day. But I also cruise it and take advantage of those benefits as well. Just because its fast doesn't mean it has to drink like a hemi.
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Driving at to low of an RPM will decrease gas milage because you are basically dumping fuel into the motor and causing it to bog. Driving in 5th gear at 2500rpms and coasting when possible will probably get you better milage than driving in 6th at 1500rpms and bogging the motor.
Hmm, this is good info.
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Sick of hearing this - I didn't buy the car to race constantly - it's a daily driver. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get the best mileage possible when you aren't having fun getting on it.
What's the best way to get my car to fly like an airplane?You should have bought an airplane. but i didn't buy my car to fly all the time, it's a daily driver. There's nothing wrong wanting it to fly when it's not on the ground...
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2500-3000 is your best bet for any car.
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The lower the rpm on the highway the better the mpg. With over 400hp and over 55mph you will never big the motor.
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The lower the rpm on the highway the better the mpg. With over 400hp and over 55mph you will never big the motor.
Did the opposite for me.
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The lower the rpm on the highway the better the mpg. With over 400hp and over 55mph you will never big the motor.
Not true. Hp has nothing to do with bogging. Try this. Go out and put your car in 5th gear at 15mph and tell me it doesn't bog. I try to keep my rpms at ATLEAST 1500 to prevent bogging down and flooding the motor with fuel.

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Did the opposite for me.
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