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Old 03-31-2014, 04:00 AM   #1
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What gas mileage are you getting out of your SL? I have a 2002 SL 5F. I have gotten 38, 39, 40 and 41 MPG and one 41.7 MPG. This is combined driving. Running without air conditioning, keeping max speed to about 64 MPH. Feathering the throttle and early shifting. Loosing speed going up hills and trying my best to catch a green light ahead.

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Old 06-04-2014, 10:34 PM   #2
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96 SL-1. I get 34 to 37 combined driving (I drive very conservatively). I get 35 to 38 highway @ 70MPH. I have gotten 40MPG at 50MPH.
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Old 06-08-2014, 12:24 AM   #3
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I have nursed the SL 5F to get into 44 MPG. Early shifting, max 44 PSI tire pressure, shutting engine at long traffic lights. I just filled up with ethanol free to see if maybe I can squeeze 45 MPG. (never running ac, 59 MPH may on interstate)
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:41 AM   #4
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Hit 45 MPG. Fresh engine air filter, fresh oil change and ethanol free fuel. 45.3 MPG. I think this is as good as it is going to get. I have hit my number! Go SL 5F!
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:16 AM   #5
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'96 SW2 Manual

I just drove from Phoenix to Las Vegas in 100+ temps, so had my air conditioner on nonstop. I was doing the speed limit (mostly 65) except on the stretch of I-40 where the limit is 75. I probably got up to 70 on that 20 mile stretch.

I wasn't babying it and still got 35 mpg.

In the spring/fall/winter, when I'm not running the AC, I can get up to 42 on the highway (37-40 is more typical, however).
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:55 PM   #6
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those little s series cars do better then the Ions do, im looking into investing in one within the next few months.
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I have a 97' SC2 with over 150,000 miles. I drove it to Othello Wa from Portland Or last Monday and back on Wednesday. I cruised at over 70 mph with the AC running the whole trip and did over 35mpg average. That was with regular pump gas, with ethanol. Not bad for a cheap little 17 year old car.
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:58 PM   #8
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geez, that's pretty awesome!
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