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Honda Accord, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#2754 of 2937 Help plugs wires filter yes it's an Accord LX corrected from previous post
Aug 19, 2010 (1:29 pm)
I called one of the major mail-order auto supply companies and wanted to order a K&N air filter for my 2000 Honda Accord that currently gets 23-24 mpg city. They steered me toward purchasing a complete intake kit advising that this would give me the most mpg improvement. Would the cost of the intake kit give my vehicle a significant enough improvement in mpg over filter alone to justify the $200 cost? Would it be worth the investment to replace my current original factory spark plug wire set with a 0 ohm resistance set?
I appreciate your feedback.
#2755 of 2937 Re: Help plugs wires filter yes it's an Accord LX corrected from previous post [bulldogbob]
Aug 20, 2010 (6:40 pm)
No,man. Run the OEM Honda air filter and the OEM wires.
#2756 of 2937 Re: Help plugs wires filter yes it's an Accord LX corrected from previous post [bulldogbob]
Aug 21, 2010 (6:52 am)
Years ago I ran a K&N air filter in a Toyota pickup. Aside from increased noise & a VERY slight increase in gas mileage, there was no difference.
Your Accord is already 10 years old. Even if the K&N increased your gas mileage by 10%, it would likely take more than 10 years to recoup the (horrific) expense, but I doubt your car would last that long--maybe it would.
So what is it you are looking for? A hot rod? Amazing mileage? You haven't told us what your goal/desire is. IMHO, you are getting acceptable mileage. Not great, but acceptable. Spending a fortune on aftermarket "hot rod" parts makes little sense unless you actually want a hot rod. Then buy a new exhaust system too & wind up deaf from the noise. You would likely be better off to save your money and buy a newer car that meets whatever need you are trying to satisfy. Good luck.
#2757 of 2937 Re: Help plugs wires filter yes it's an Accord LX corrected from previous post [rcummelin]
Aug 21, 2010 (7:28 am)
I appreciate the comments. My sole purpose is to increase mileage without causing any deleterious effects in any other area. What about the 0 resistance wires and how about e3 plugs?
Aug 22, 2010 (6:36 am)
Pump your tires up to 40 psi (measured cold). That is by far the most bang for the buck in mpg.
Skip the K & N.
Also - the slower and smoother you drive the better.
Aug 22, 2010 (6:48 am)
How about the o ohm resistance wires and e3 plugs?
Aug 22, 2010 (9:44 am)
I don't see the wires paying for themselves either. I had a Scirocco that I did that too and it really didn't make a noticeable difference. If there was an inexpensive way to improve mileage without a downside, then Honda would probably do it.
Now they won't give the MT Accord (or Civic) a tall top gear, but I guess they fear people will think the car is underpowered if they have to downshift on the highway. In 90,000 miles on my Accord I have never downshifted on the highway ever, and would really love to have a nice tall economic and quiet 6th gear (like Camry) even at the expense of the occasional downshift (after all if I didn't want to downshift I wouldn't have bought the manual).
#2761 of 2937 Re: - [bulldogbob]
Aug 22, 2010 (10:40 am)
No,man. Run the OEM spec plugs. I change my oem NGK platinums every 75-80k miles. your type of driving is the geatest determinate of your MPG. Lots of short trips/drivethrus is gonna be less mileage than your buddy who commutes 15 miles to work and straight back. Fact of mpg life.
#2762 of 2937 Re: Help plugs wires filter yes it's an Accord LX corrected from previous post [bulldogbob]
Aug 22, 2010 (3:58 pm)
If you need plugs & wires, I would only buy non-Honda parts (like those you mentioned) if and only if they were similar in price. I might pay a few bucks more, but as others have mentioned, the improvement in gas mileage is likely to be so small that you won't notice.
Practice driving smoothly and without ANY quick accellerations. If you have a manual transmission, put it in neutral and coast to a stop when you know you will have to stop. I wouldn't bother coasting downhill (illegal in some states), but if yo ulive in a real hilly area, that may help.
#2763 of 2937 Re: Help plugs wires filter yes it's an Accord LX corrected from previous post [rcummelin]
Aug 24, 2010 (4:38 pm)
Curious as to why the K&N filter would not be a good choice as the filter is more efficient and would replace the disposable filters?