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Old 03-02-2010, 12:09 AM   #1
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need advice from manual v6 owners

i bought a 2lt camaro about 2 weeks ago and i and having a problem with gas economy. the sticker says that the car will get around 17 city, and 23 combined city and highway, but i cant get higher than 14 city and 18 combined. i mean the first week i owned the car i was driving it like an excited 12 year old boy, but this past week i have been driving it like a grandpa and i just needed advice on when to shift and at what rpm or anything. i guess my main question is how do you drive your camaro and what kind of gas do you get.
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Listen to the engine, figure out when to skip a few gears or start in 2. Do not frag the clutch .. My father always said brakes are cheaper than gas or transmissions.
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welcome to C5 both of you theres a thread somewhere here about this brb in a sec with a link
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Give it time. I just now hit 2000 miles. Minus the first tank I've been averaging 21 combined. I do alot of highway driving and can consistently get 27 to 32 mpg. In the city i stay about 17-19.

Like Lbness said, listen to the engine. When not accelerating I try to keep the RPMs around 2000. Sometimes I'll skip from 2 to 4 to 6 if the RPMs and speed are high enough.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:29 AM   #5
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:31 AM   #6
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i bought a 2lt camaro about 2 weeks ago and i and having a problem with gas economy. the sticker says that the car will get around 17 city, and 23 combined city and highway, but i cant get higher than 14 city and 18 combined. i mean the first week i owned the car i was driving it like an excited 12 year old boy, but this past week i have been driving it like a grandpa and i just needed advice on when to shift and at what rpm or anything. i guess my main question is how do you drive your camaro and what kind of gas do you get.
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Listen to the engine, figure out when to skip a few gears or start in 2. Do not frag the clutch .. My father always said brakes are cheaper than gas or transmissions.

Hello and Hello! Welcome to Camaro5!
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:34 AM   #7
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Give it time. I just now hit 2000 miles. Minus the first tank I've been averaging 21 combined. I do alot of highway driving and can consistently get 27 to 32 mpg. In the city i stay about 17-19.

Like Lbness said, listen to the engine. When not accelerating I try to keep the RPMs around 2000. Sometimes I'll skip from 2 to 4 to 6 if the RPMs and speed are high enough.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:39 AM   #8
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:55 AM   #9
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Welcome to the site I had the same problem. Drove it like a prius and only averaged a whopping 14mpg. I was pretty bummed out by it to be honest, especially because the SS guys were getting better gas milage with even less miles on it. ANyways, i started driving her hard, and i mean HARD and the mpg began to increase. The v6 just needs to be get more miles under that hood and drive it HARD. Trust me, try it out and let us know how it works for you. Worked for me but i also put on alot of miles doing so anyways try it out. Good Luck
Oh i use 87 octane.
I was getting 14mpg and now get 14L/100km which i think is about 17mpg or so combined.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:31 AM   #10
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you can do the gear skip in the v6, ill do it from 1st to 3rd then to 5th but youll get the best fuel econ when going 60ish mph
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:27 AM   #11
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Accelerate moderately and when coasting try to keep it under 2000rpm's. In my CTS with the 3.6 6speed I could get 17mpg with mostly city and 22+ with highway, and that was while driving "spirited".
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:56 AM   #12
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Depends on how hard you accelerate and what RPM you shift. In my regular driving, I shift between 2000 & 3000 RPM''s and I'm giving it maybe 1/4 throttle. That gets me 23 MPG with about 50/50 city/highway. Welcome to this awesome site.
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Try resetting it. Then start driving like your gradpa.
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:29 AM   #14
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Try resetting it. Then start driving like your gradpa.
actually i wouldnt recommend that. yes reset it but then drive it like its your last day to have fun. break the engine in properly -> get better fuel economy in the thousands of miles to come
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:30 AM   #15
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...Keep the RPMs low.

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Old 03-02-2010, 04:43 AM   #16
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actually i wouldnt recommend that. yes reset it but then drive it like its your last day to have fun. break the engine in properly -> get better fuel economy in the thousands of miles to come

YOU'RE right! I forgot about Darin's post on the proper engine breakin which me myself have followed. I must add, it's a lot of fun!


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Also remember that's an average MPG. If you reset your average speed and your average MPG you see better numbers. Driving the $h!t out of it though, 17 is about right, lol.

I've never seen more than 23 MPG on mine, but I do a lot of town driving.

But ain't it cool you can drive like a giddy kid and still get those numbers? Remember when driving a muscle car you would turn about 7 MPG, or 5? Less? Okay, now I showed my age.
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what ravirn is saying is true and also what TJ said is true. to get the best possible 'at the minuet' mpg drive in low rpms. to break in the engine properly for future better mpg numbers drive it hard. once the engine is broken in (1500 miles on it i believe?) then you can drive with low RPMs to get the best mpg out of the car.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:48 AM   #19
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. . . But ain't it cool you can drive like a giddy kid and still get those numbers? Remember when driving a muscle car you would turn about 7 MPG, or 5? Less? Okay, now I showed my age.
yes I remember that . . . my 442 got about 6 MPG driving it easy, I think it was gallons per mile when the 4-barrell was moaning
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:58 AM   #20
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khabboub, is not the car. it's your crash coarse on your new ride. In time you will learn the proper shifting to get the best fuel economy and you will go back driving like an excited 12 year old boy again.
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Give it time. I just now hit 2000 miles. Minus the first tank I've been averaging 21 combined. I do alot of highway driving and can consistently get 27 to 32 mpg. In the city i stay about 17-19.

Like Lbness said, listen to the engine. When not accelerating I try to keep the RPMs around 2000. Sometimes I'll skip from 2 to 4 to 6 if the RPMs and speed are high enough.
ewynn9, when you say you do a lot of highway driving, how much is that? I'm a medical salesman and i'm on the highway / interstate around 30,000 miles a year. ( I know, camaro is the least practical vehicle for me, but what can i say, i'm in love) But i would love a similar highway drivers real estimate on hwy MPG before i sign on the dotted line,

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ewynn9, when you say you do a lot of highway driving, how much is that? . . . .
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also, do you have the manual or automatic transmission?

(yes I know the original thread was for manual owners, but just checking)

it seems the automatic might get substantially better mileage than the manual . . . I did my own short test with a rented automatic 1LT, and I got 26 MPG measured average, close to 20 in heavy stop-and-go city driving, and a little over 30 according to the computer on a simulated commute (about 1/2 freeway, 1/2 country roads) . . . so I am a little surprised to see all these reports of mid-low twenties with the manual transmission
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