[Vwdiesel] CRX milage, etc

Terry Briggs vbriggs at stny.rr.com
Tue May 15 12:25:27 EDT 2007

The main issue about high mileage cars, well to put it bluntly, it's  
not cost effective. By that I mean the car manufacturers are in bed  
with big oil. They pay a lot of money to them to keep things going at a  
slow pace. If we are buying less fuel, the oil companies don't make as  
much money. Simple economics really.
On May 15, 2007, at 12:11 PM, Tony and Lillie wrote:

> I don't see how what you are describing is any different than a diesel
> Jetta/Rabbit. Or, for that matter, a modern day compact that gets  
> nowhere
> that kind of milage.
> I jsut found the article. This is a US spec car. in 1985 the CRX  
> 1.5(76hp)
> got 44.55 mpg. The Base (1.3L-60hp) car was rated at 51/67. The later  
> CRX SI with 91hp got 32/36 mpg. .
> At any rate, all I was saying is that these type of cars have  
> disappeared.
> To get over 50mpg, you have to get a complicated, expensive hybrid.
> Tony Hoffman
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "madmedix" <madmedix at yahoo.com>
> To: <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 10:18 AM
> Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] Vwdiesel Digest, Vol 43, Issue 20
>> They've rusted to death. Yes, it got phenominal milage. In my limited
>> experience with it, it was an absolute dog at highway speed. Passing a
>> transport truck and once you cleared the nose and entered the wind  
>> vortex
>> you used to be drafting in would force a downshift; or you'd a) become
>> street pizza due to oncoming traffic or b) bog the engine fiercely and
>> risk getting run over by what you just passed. The secret was the  
>> wildly
>> tall 5th gear. Along with the low cD of the body, skinny (tall) high
>> pressure tires and relatively light GVW, this produced what you were
>> after. On flat two lane doing 55 mph the engine was turning about  
>> 1100 rpm
>> (one person, 1/4 tank fuel, no cargo or extraneous weight). So you  
>> can see
>> why passing someone required serious pre-planning.
>> They were funky cars though.
>> Andy
>> ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
>> ----------
>> Thank you, very well said. Interesting, I was reading an article on  
>> the
>> mid
>> '80's CRX recently. No hybrid, gasoline engine. Rated for over 50MPG
>> highway, IIRC. The HF I do know was rated for 67 highway. Where are  
>> those
>> cars now?? I know the rating method has changed with higher speed  
>> limits
>> and
>> whatnot, but still, this is pretty comical. I would have to agree,  
>> big oil
>> doesn't want it, combined with American's propensity to want big  
>> "safe"
>> vehicles with plenty of power.
>> Tony Hoffman
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