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    Exclamation Eco Drive recomendations

    I've had my manual transmission Fiat 500 Sport for a little over a month, and just recently installed the EcoDrive software on my computer. After a week of driving, I checked and got a pretty low score. (around 47). The biggest problem it found was that I was shifting at too high a rev. I usualy shift at around 3000 , and it wants me to shift at around 2000. I know I've seen posts here and elsewhere that say Fiat runs best when 'pushed' to higher revs before shifting.

    So, do you go for a better EcoScore and MPG, or just drive it the way you feel it handles best and makes it most fun to drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolalou View Post
    I've had my manual transmission Fiat 500 Sport for a little over a month, and just recently installed the EcoDrive software on my computer. After a week of driving, I checked and got a pretty low score. (around 47). The biggest problem it found was that I was shifting at too high a rev. I usualy shift at around 3000 , and it wants me to shift at around 2000. I know I've seen posts here and elsewhere that say Fiat runs best when 'pushed' to higher revs before shifting.

    So, do you go for a better EcoScore and MPG, or just drive it the way you feel it handles best and makes it most fun to drive?
    ecoDrive got me conscious of how to drive to get the most efficient use of fuel and is fun to challenge yourself to get the most mpg, however, it is the opposite of enthusiastic driving. Personally, I mix my driving style, I usually drive shifting around 2 - 2,300 rpm (it's hilly here so you do have to rev it out a little) to keep the mpg up, but will use the Sport button and revs when I feel like or need it.
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    Hi,

    My car was an early Pop without Blue&Me, so it does not have the USB port necessary for eco: Drive. As such, I instead try to mostly drive in accordance with some guidance for "Good Efficiency" listed in the Owner's Manual. Doing this I think I tend to shift at rpms fairly similar to what Fiat500USA listed in his reply above, though on occassion (depending on circumstance) revs may even be a little lower in city driving. However, on hill's or inclines I tend to maybe delay shifting a little as well, as Fiat500USa notes above as well. For the most part, I've experimented with the Sport button but don't really use it anymore.

    Overall, I've had no problems with the car, and my efficienvy doesn't seem to be too bad. I try and check what I've got for each tankful of gas, and I seem to average about 34-35 when doing mostly commuting to and from work, plus a little arround the suburbs on the weekends. For the few tanks where I've done more highway driving I've gotten about 42-43mpg per tankful, though on individual highway trips I've gotten up to 50mpg, driving this way.

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    PS. One big thing I've found that has helped my mileage is when getting up to speed, if I try and shift smoothly and not rev too high in the lower gears, it really seems to help. Also, another helpful thing you can do is to have the EVIC computer readout set to show you your instantaneous efficiency which may help you develop a better feel for how much an impact different driving habits may have on your efficiency.
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    thanks!

    Thanks for the replies. I drive mainly in the city, with only a 3 mile commute to work, so I'm not going to get mileage as great as those who do a lot of freeway driving. Right now I'm averaging about 26.6 MPG.
    I could improve that a bit with my driving style, but there's no getting around the fact that driving on short trips in a city with stop signs and traffic lights, I'm not going to get mileage up in the high 30s.

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    With the cabriolet and auto for 1707 miles .... 28.9 MPG... disappointing until
    (1) ECO-drive shows a Score of 66 and the coaching says acceleration and braking are areas where I could improve my score.
    (2) I watch instant mileage showing what eats gas: stop lights; stop and go on the freeway... people behind me doing Jack rabbits starts at the freeway meter (don't run over me, please! Where are you going, don't you see what's ahead?) only to be stymied by the commute slowing to a crawl.

    The car will do better but not with what I have at the time I have it.... I am gonna check the G35, lol. It must be shocking.

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    A 47 isn't actually that bad. Right about normal for my gf in her Sport Manual.

    To give you an idea of how much worse it can be, she scored a 17 once when we brought the car to a local road course (High Plains Raceway), and played with the car on the track for a couple of sessions. Try not to get that low, and you will do fine.

    To counter that 17, and the several other real low numbers she got on the track, getting to and from the track, she had scored high 50's and low 60's, at a pretty steady 80 mph for nearly 70 miles each way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PFVA63 View Post
    ..... Also, another helpful thing you can do is to have the EVIC computer readout set to show you your instantaneous efficiency which may help you develop a better feel for how much an impact different driving habits may have on your efficiency.
    REALLY makes you aware of your driving habits....bad and good. This is the greatest tool I've found to improve my gas mileage.


    FYI....my score is a 68 with my automatic.

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    I used ECO-drive for about two weeks and got tired of driving like I had an egg between my foot and the gas peddle so I quit using it. I get 33-34 MPG around town and 38-41 on the highway driving the
    way I want and having a lot more fun behind the wheel.

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    I think the eco drive thing doesn't work very well with my car. I have an eco score of 68. Sunday, I was late for work, and I have a 25mi commute. So I was driving like my hair was on fire...80MPH+, changing lanes, accelerating hard, and braking hard. on the way home from work, I though I would drive like crazy again to see how bad my eco score could get. When I plugged it into the computer, I got an eco score of 72 for the day??? Something's not right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nero View Post
    I used ECO-drive for about two weeks and got tired of driving like I had an egg between my foot and the gas peddle so I quit using it. I get 33-34 MPG around town and 38-41 on the highway driving the
    way I want and having a lot more fun behind the wheel.
    With mpgs like that it sounds like your doing pretty well with your driving regardless of what eco: Drive might say anyway.

    Regards

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