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    Low gear or High gear

    Sorry if i sound like a noob, but when you travelling on the motorway and lets say traffic is almost at a standstill, around 40 miles per hour, which is better 5th gear of 4th? I always stay in 5th, but is that economical?

    I just managed to do 30 miles with my light on in my astra G T reg. 1.6, and about 10 of those with the light flashing.

    Any tips?
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    Er put some petrol in. Sorry had to be the first to say it lol.

    As for the 40 mph part i would prob put it in forth

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    Surely if the engine is in a too higher gear for the speed it will strain more and so use more fuel?.
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    And if its in fith when you accelerate its bogged down so your put your foot down more to pull away. Thus using more fuel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harty View Post
    And if its in fith when you accelerate its bogged down so your put your foot down more to pull away. Thus using more fuel.
    on a non-injection fuel system maybe, but the ECU and injection system doesn't suck as much fuel as it can when you plant your foot, like a carb system does..? Straining the engine is bad though

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    My astra 1.6 16v seems best in 5th at 40mph, as in 4th it revs alot

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    5th, except while I go up the hill
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    i would be in 5th mate to go 40.

    you dont have to labour the engine when you need to speed up. just put it down a gear.
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    The most important thing is to not labour the engine.

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    If i was accelerating i would likely be in 4th at 40 but when sitting in traffic moving at around 40 i'd be in 5th. I would think. But then would change down to accelerate again once the traffic starts moving again.
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