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Reducing weight will help fuel economy not to mention acceleration. Doubt that the return in fuel savings would ever equal the cost of light weight parts though. The lightweight aluminum driveshaft can only help along with the front sway bar/radiator support removal, tubular K member and the list goes on....


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maybe a tune would pay-off

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Hey I was thinking about getting a 2005+ GT or Cobra. I see that if people baby the GT's they can get about 26 mpg. What can you do to increase mileage in these for cheap. Off the top of my head I was thinking maybe get a K&N air filter, powerchip?, diff exhaust. If you get a few of these things to increase mileage could you bump it up to 30 mpg?

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P.S. Dont tell me you shouldn't be getting one if your worried about the mileage :hihi:

Hi Tyler, how many miles do you do annually? It really would have to be quite high for any of the mods to pay off. If you just want to lean out the mixture for economy purposes perhaps a tuning unit and an off-the-shelf tune would help but even then you can buy a lot of gas for $500. I'd be surprised if you see more than 1-2mpg improvement with CAI / tune - I don't see any with my GT because I make use of the better performance. Changing axel back exhausts will do little if anything for fuel economy. The greatest variable in gas mileage is driving style.

I'm a fairly low mileage user - ~7000 a year - and the way I look at it, I've already spent ~$30k of the car and depreciation is the highest cost of car ownership so I might as well enjoy every cent of it even at the expense of gas mileage. Guess what I'm saying is, I understand your desire to improve gas mileage, but just make sure the GT still puts a smile on your face when you "baby" it around :eyepoppin Oh, and don't think about a Supercharger.


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Hi Tyler, how many miles do you do annually? It really would have to be quite high for any of the mods to pay off. If you just want to lean out the mixture for economy purposes perhaps a tuning unit and an off-the-shelf tune would help but even then you can buy a lot of gas for $500. I'd be surprised if you see more than 1-2mpg improvement with CAI / tune - I don't see any with my GT because I make use of the better performance. Changing axel back exhausts will do little if anything for fuel economy. The greatest variable in gas mileage is driving style.

I'm a fairly low mileage user - ~7000 a year - and the way I look at it, I've already spent ~$30k of the car and depreciation is the highest cost of car ownership so I might as well enjoy every cent of it even at the expense of gas mileage. Guess what I'm saying is, I understand your desire to improve gas mileage, but just make sure the GT still puts a smile on your face when you "baby" it around :eyepoppin Oh, and don't think about a Supercharger.
I dont put alot of miles on a year. Probably in the range of 7,000 is all. Less when im done with school.
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When my car was N/A with stock gears I was getting around 23 mpg highway. I installed the 4.10's and dropped to around 20mpg highway. I now have a Saleen S/C in the car and can't for the life of me get better than 18mpg highway. I don't drive 55 and would not be able to even if it gave me 100mpg. This is my 3rd vehicle but I still put 10,000 miles a year on it.
If you're going to drive it like a P***y to get better mileage don't bother getting one cause you'll be very disappointed. These cars put a smile on your face with power and not creature comforts and refined handling. (Putting flame retardent suit on as we speak)

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When my car was N/A with stock gears I was getting around 23 mpg highway. I installed the 4.10's and dropped to around 20mpg highway. I now have a Saleen S/C in the car and can't for the life of me get better than 18mpg highway. I don't drive 55 and would not be able to even if it gave me 100mpg. This is my 3rd vehicle but I still put 10,000 miles a year on it.
If you're going to drive it like a P***y to get better mileage don't bother getting one cause you'll be very disappointed. These cars put a smile on your face with power and not creature comforts and refined handling. (Putting flame retardent suit on as we speak)
well yea I know im not getting it for mileage. I drive diff from day to day. If im in no hurry at all I drive 60 on a 55. And accelerate slow and so on. Then othertimes i drive the opposide.
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Hell, mine is nearly bone stock, and I was getting 10 mpg around town last night. Shows how much fun I was having!
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How accurate is the avg MPG it gives you ?
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Nah, get a VW TDI bug, they get better....
Too true. I know this because I've driven one for a thousands of miles.


Also, it is to be noted that Mustangs are measured in SMILES per gallon. In this category, they are incredibly efficient.
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Too true. I know this because I've driven one for a thousands of miles.


Also, it is to be noted that Mustangs are measured in SMILES per gallon. In this category, they are incredibly efficient.
My mom was going to get a volkswagon TD, but now she's leaning towards a impala because impalas are safer if you get hit. Plus she would probably put gas in the diesel.
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I get about 21-22 with mine and it's mostly commuting. I don't baby the car, but I don't do burnouts either. Average speed is something like 33 mph. On the freeway I usually run between 70 and 80, and I accelerate with about 75% throttle but short shift unless I'm really in "fun mode". Most days the car never gets over 3,000 RPM. On fun days it hits 6,800.
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I get about 21-22 with mine and it's mostly commuting. I don't baby the car, but I don't do burnouts either. Average speed is something like 33 mph. On the freeway I usually run between 70 and 80, and I accelerate with about 75% throttle but short shift unless I'm really in "fun mode". Most days the car never gets over 3,000 RPM. On fun days it hits 6,800.
You hit the nail on the head. Probably the biggest killer of MPG is RPM. BMW was the first company to endorse the wide throttle opening/low engine speed technique in the 80's. The problem with the Mustang is the higher you rev it the better it sounds.

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i got a 94' cobra that gets 19 mpg in the city yes stop go stop go and i drive it hard it gets about 26 or better on the highway
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[quote= The problem with the Mustang is the higher you rev it the better it sounds.[/quote]

lol- you got that right!

only- I wouldn't characterise that as a 'problem."

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