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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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How many are using the ECO button, and when do you excatly use it. I have been doing a lot of local driving, never over 45 mph, Should I have it turned on?

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How many are using the ECO button, and when do you excatly use it. I have been doing a lot of local driving, never over 45 mph, Should I have it turned on?
CHECK YOUR RPMS AT IDLE with it on and with it off youll notice lower rpms with it on lower rpms less gas

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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 10:39 PM
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I use mine almost all the time.

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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 10:50 PM
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Leave mine on all the time too. Like said previously, idle RPM's are lower. Also throttle response is somewhat slower. Not dangerous slow, just slower on the get-up-and-go. I'm mostly driving in the city with California's untimed traffic lights. So it's go from one red light to the next for me.

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post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-22-2012, 07:06 AM
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I now use it all the time. For the first 6 months of having the car I did not engage it - wasn't sure what it was. Then started using it. My MPG has risen by 2 + since using it.
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Never use it in town. Only when going down the highway on a trip. It's really the only place it makes a noticeable difference in mpg anyway.

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The salesman said use around town. I just leave it in Eco mode. No problems with gas mileage but best mostly highway has been 29.5 with 4 people in the vehicle, luggage and cold temps. When I see gas mileage and at fill ups I reset the average speed. I never realized who low my average speeds were.
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Never use it in town. Only when going down the highway on a trip. It's really the only place it makes a noticeable difference in mpg anyway.
You idle a lot in city driving (think stop lights) and ECO mode keeps your idle RPM's lower than without it so it is effective in city driving as well.

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You idle a lot in city driving (think stop lights) and ECO mode keeps your idle RPM's lower than without it so it is effective in city driving as well.
I disagree. Especially with the idle part. It's a negligible difference in idle rpm.

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http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2...t-equinox.html

Eco mode locks up the Equinox’s torque converter at lower speeds — most automatics do this at highway speeds — and changes shift patterns in the four-cylinder’s six-speed auto. It cuts the engine’s speed at idle, too, but it doesn’t affect the accelerator pedal. The net effect? About 1 mpg more with it on, Smith said.

“It could have a broader range,” he said. “We could get a lot more out of it than we did … but drivability has to be within certain acceptable limits.”

What are the compromises? For starters, in Eco mode the engine may start lugging at 40 or 50 mph, Smith said, like a manual transmission that’s shifted too early into its topmost gear. At idle speed, the engine can come off a bit coarse-sounding.
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