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Chevrolet Equinox, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#147 of 199 Re: EPA MPG Test Proceedure [rrovernut]
Feb 04, 2012 (7:46 am)
I normally use the average FE readout. Both the instantaneous and average are simply getting data from the fuel injection system fuel metering system, so the software is making FE projections based on average fuel mass/sec per voltage and frequency signal input associated with throttle position, and other variables (temperature and altitude). Depending on the mileage, or other variables such as grade, wind, load, ect., on your vehicle, this readout will vary. I agree the instantaneous readout uses refresh frequency that might be too high for most folks. My vehicle is usually used around town and I am light on the throttle, so I get it to behave well. My wife, is another matter!
#148 of 199 Re: Expected better miles per gallon? [rrovernut]
Feb 05, 2012 (5:57 pm)
Im very interested in your new computer chip results. Are you driving a 6 or 4 cylinder?
#149 of 199 Re: Expected better miles per gallon? [n9las]
Feb 05, 2012 (8:40 pm)
Hi we have the 4 cyl , have not had a good chance to test any improvments , I used PERFORMANC CHIP , recommended and proven to get up to +6 mpg , the wires to use are LT BLUE -LAT TAN -GRD
#150 of 199 Re: Expected better miles per gallon? [rrovernut]
Feb 06, 2012 (10:16 am)
Thanks for your reply. I also have a 4 cyl, and may install a chip if you see a increase in mpg.
#151 of 199 Re: Expected better miles per gallon? [overtheedge]
Feb 09, 2012 (10:54 am)
I am clueles to the mechanical efficency of the ZF 9 Speed auto developed for moderate power FWD but the ZF 8 Speed RWD Auto is one of the most efficient trqnsmissions developed. Mazda's new 6 Speed Auto is another example of top noth mechanical eff. I'm a mechanical engineer and like to dig into this stuff.
It is in the arragement of the planetary drives and redefining what a torque converter is supposed to do. These are not traditional slush boxees, but more mechanical direct transmisions that just use the torque converter not so much for torque multiplication but to allow the tansmission to stay in gear at very low engine speeds, and along with dampeners, to mometarily ease the shock during shifts.
#152 of 199 Re: Expected better miles per gallon? [rrovernut]
Feb 23, 2012 (2:06 pm)
Well it's been a few weeks since you installed a Performanc chip. Has the fuel mileage increased? I assume the performance is a little stronger as well.
#154 of 199 Re: Expected better miles per gallon? [n9las]
Feb 24, 2012 (9:10 am)
possibly 2mpg suppossed to get up to 6mpg, ,but winter time is not the best for an true test so will try again in the spring, you can set the chip for performance or economy, but not both, I used a GTE PERFORMANCE CHIP.
We took our equinox in for some issues to be checked out , but not resolved, the electric tailgate would not operate in cold weather, the owners book states this could happen , salesmen do not tell you of course , and who looks at the owners book when buying a car!, poor economy dealership not interested , trip computer instaneous readout totally useless, remote does not always lock the doors, the service guy informed GM that I had installed a chip ( hoping it would void my warranty I,m sure)
but GM said it would not.
#155 of 199 Re: EPA MPG Test Proceedure [overtheedge]
Feb 26, 2012 (12:46 pm)
25.3 MPG over the last 15,000 miles with my doing wife 95 % of the driving. (2011 NOX AWD 4 Cly)
I can usually beat her mileage by 1-2 mpg at same speed by driving smooth and anticipating braking.
How do you change the rear wiper on this thing?
#156 of 199 Re: Expected better miles per gallon? [mike69440]
Mar 11, 2012 (3:44 pm)
Following the mileage complaints regarding the 2011 Equinox FWD has me concerned and disappointed. I've never experienced issues with advertised mileage the way that we have with our 2011 FWD Equinox. We have a 35 mile , fairly level drive to town and back. We're easy on the acceleration and have not been using A/C for the last several months. Our payload is generally 1-2 persons at a total of 170 - 220 pounds and our mileage rarely gets above 23 MPG and is usually lower after logging 7,500 miles. We adhere to the 70mph speed limit and there are no stops on the way to town. We bought this vehicle in great part due to the advertised mileage and we are extremely disappointed. I will definitely follow some of the tips I've heard here but we've been to the dealer regarding this issue and they don't seem to have had any of these suggestions. I can't help but feel that Chevy has simply lied to the public regarding their mileage claims. Why have I not experienced similar issues with other vehicles over the past 25 years that I've been paying attention to them? There's common sense and there's excuses. I've been seeing a lot more of one than the other regarding this issue.