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Old 11-09-2013, 01:33 PM   #1
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Fbody as a commuter car?

Just wondering what everybody's thoughts would be on this, or does anybody commute around 50 miles with one? With a bad coil I got 37 mpg highway on my last long trip with my firebird (calculated with distance and fuel use, so it's not extremely accurate.)
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I daily drive my car maybe 8 miles a day. My fuel economy sucks because it's all stop and go, the roads here suck so it's not enjoyable to drive.
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When the weather is nice I try to drive my camaro as often as possible, but like Awsmguy said, the roads around here also suck so I try to stick to mainly highway driving. In that case, it's a nice smooth ride and I get just as good mpg as my V6 accord.
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I daily drive my car maybe 8 miles a day. My fuel economy sucks because it's all stop and go, the roads here suck so it's not enjoyable to drive.
8 miles is my commute to work, but its half back roads and half in town, stop and go. I'm thinking about commuting to college but really cannot afford a third vehicle. That would be 53 miles at highway speeds.

Edit: 53 miles one way
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I daily drive mine round trip is aprox 20 it varies a little bit. I get about 25 mpgs combined city and highway. I dont mind driving mine year round but if theres a ton of snow or ice she stays parked. other than that I love mine.
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8 miles is my commute to work, but its half back roads and half in town, stop and go. I'm thinking about commuting to college but really cannot afford a third vehicle. That would be 53 miles at highway speeds.

Edit: 53 miles one way
The V6 is a much better commuter car honestly.
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If i were you, id save up for a cheap beater honda civic or something like that. No sense getting mid 20s when you could get high 30s highway mpg
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I'm still trying to figure out the details, I don't know if I want to deal with commuting yet. thanks for the input

And I do get like mid 30s highway with my v6, but I dont know if my car will handle 100 miles a day. I was thinking about getting a beater car but theres no room for another car in my driveway
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I DD my Firebird. Have been since I bought it. This year I luckily work less than 5 minutes from work, so my drives are much shorter (I work across the street, literally).
However, I still think if you can keep up with regular maintenance and put some funds away in an emergency fund in case something decides to break, you'll be fine commuting in your V6.
When I was in school (after I had moved out of the dorm) so like 2 years ago(?, idk whatever) I commuted to a few classes every other day in my car with no issues. ~20 miles, primarily all highway, and it was just fine. Allowed me to actually wake up in the morning before class.
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I'm still trying to figure out the details, I don't know if I want to deal with commuting yet. thanks for the input

And I do get like mid 30s highway with my v6, but I dont know if my car will handle 100 miles a day. I was thinking about getting a beater car but theres no room for another car in my driveway
What method are you using to calculate your mpgs? I have trouble believing that you are getting mid 30s mpg on the highway. That is what I used to get with my old 5spd 2.2L Cobalt.
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What method are you using to calculate your mpgs? I have trouble believing that you are getting mid 30s mpg on the highway. That is what I used to get with my old 5spd 2.2L Cobalt.
Agreed. I ran my 3.4 Camaro for a few years as my daily driver, often straight down the thruway and never came even close to mid-30s. My 2009 Fusion doesn't even get that if I'm crazy about it and all highway as well.
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What method are you using to calculate your mpgs? I have trouble believing that you are getting mid 30s mpg on the highway. That is what I used to get with my old 5spd 2.2L Cobalt.
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Agreed. I ran my 3.4 Camaro for a few years as my daily driver, often straight down the thruway and never came even close to mid-30s. My 2009 Fusion doesn't even get that if I'm crazy about it and all highway as well.
Yeah my old 3.4 camaro go like 17mpg all around
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I just recently ran a tank in my 3.4 and got 21mpg, combined.
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I DD my SS not great gas mileage and it's about 50 miles a day but I love it.
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100 miles a day on the highway will do the engine some good actually.
Clean out all the crap.

I don't see why she shouldn't get 30 or so on the highway.
I get 27 with my LT1 on the highway and always have.
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100 miles a day on the highway will do the engine some good actually. Clean out all the crap.
I agree, I've noticed my trucks are running better since I started this 55 mile one way commute for my current job.
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What method are you using to calculate your mpgs? I have trouble believing that you are getting mid 30s mpg on the highway. That is what I used to get with my old 5spd 2.2L Cobalt.
I just went by mileage and fuel. I went 242 miles, (my last long trip) and then put 7 gallons back in the tank to fill up. I took 242 miles / 7 gallons = 34.57 mpg

Idk where I got 37 in my first post, but it's the whole idea.

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I never thought of it that way.
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Getting another beater will do nothing. If you don't think your car would make it, use the money for maintenance. And what makes you think a beater would make it? Lol

I DD my camaro to school. Roughly 40 miles each way. Just keep up with maintenance.
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I just went by mileage and fuel. I went 242 miles, (my last long trip) and then put 7 gallons back in the tank to fill up. I took 242 miles / 7 gallons = 34.57 mpg

Idk where I got 37 in my first post, but it's the whole idea.



I never thought of it that way.
Well looks like you did it right. I just can't understand how you got 34.5mpg. I think you are the first person I have seen have this high of a mpg claim in a Fbody in my 4 1/2 years on forums.
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Getting another beater will do nothing. If you don't think your car would make it, use the money for maintenance. And what makes you think a beater would make it? Lol

I DD my camaro to school. Roughly 40 miles each way. Just keep up with maintenance.
A beater saves you from racking up the miles, and if you get something like a civic their more reliable. If your putting tons of miles on an f body and shit keeps breaking its going to get expensive. Not to mention with a 4cyl youll save on gas
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