[Vwdiesel] CRX milage, etc

Hayden Chasteen dieseltdi at verizon.net
Tue May 15 12:50:32 EDT 2007

Does anybody here but me remember the size of the CRX and other Hondas, 
Toyotas and the like in the 80's?  They were much smaller cars than today. 
A big part of the loss of fuel economy over the years has been the bloating 
of the cars so that us fat butted Americans can sit in them and to give some 
protection from other fat butted Americans in their even larger SUVS.  Many 
of those cars of the 80's, which got great fuel economy, would not pass 
today's crash tests.  TMTCW  Hayden, not a fat butted American!!!!!

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Terry Briggs" <vbriggs at stny.rr.com>
To: <Vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 11:25 AM
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] CRX milage, etc

> 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
>> PFI
>> 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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