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Old 07-18-2013, 08:55 PM
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My first car was a 1939 Rover 75 in England it had a switch nob which allowed you to drop out of gear and coast down hill but physically one was still in gear the gear box was a manual so it was not just dropping into neutral if that makes sense even in those days fuel economy seemed to be an issue.Because of my present financial situation I am doing the same thing now by knocking my Ram into neutral going down hill I will say not at the expense of my brakes.
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So you need to save some money, fuel being the easiest I take it. Well depends on how much you want to save. What your doing is illegal in some places (Komifornia), though getting caught would be another story.

Start with your basics, tires at right pressure, drive conservatively, don't brake hard. Coasting will save you some gas, but not a lot. Clean all the crap you don't need out of the truck, figure 100lbs equals 1mpg roughly. If you like gambling or have towing you can drop your spare in the garage.

I really don't think you are doing much damage going to N and back, at least in the short term. Long term, maybe increasing the wear on internals.

Not sure of your situation, but in the past I have bit the bullet, dropped $800-1000 on a beat up old Toyota tercel (yes you can live off ramen noodles), run the crap out of it for a few months at 40+mpg then dumped it for the same or more (I washed it) when I was done.
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