A 5.2l V8 99 Dodge Dakota is at the modest end of trucks but still delivers an impressive 230bhp. The downside of this is that the gas mileage for the vehicle is very poor. Offering only 13mpg in the city and 18 on the highway, it is expensive to run. However, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your gas mileage.
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Drive more slowly. Stick to the speed limit and resist temptation to put your foot down. Accelerate gently and keep your revs low too. Exceeding the speed limit is illegal and will return very poor mpg.
Change your oil and filters every 3,000 miles. Clean oil is more efficient and helps the engine work better, and clean oil filters remove impurities that make the engine less efficient.
Install a cold air intake system. Stock air intakes have a very limited performance because they suck air from the engine area rather than cold air from outside. Cold air contains more oxygen, which allows the gas to burn more efficiently in the engine.
Keep your vehicle maintained. Regular servicing will drastically improve your mpg and running costs by keeping your car running at its optimum efficiency.
Do not coast. Many people believe that coasting saves gas, but this is incorrect. Coasting is detrimental to gas mileage because when the driveshaft is disengaged, the fuel injector pumps gas into the engine to keep it ticking over. Leave the car in gear and take your foot off the gas if you do not need to accelerate.
Install a supercharger. A supercharger can save up to 28 per cent on gas costs and additionally give you up to 7 per cent extra power. A supercharger works by forcing more air into the engine, which means that less gas is needed to drive.
Anticipate every junction. Easing off the gas when you approach junctions and lights, rather than accelerating towards them and then hitting the brakes harder, will save you gas.
Do not idle when parked. Switch off the engine if you are parked and waiting for a passenger. Idling your engine while parked uses gas and you are not even moving. This equates to zero mpg.
Tips and warnings
- Search for the cheapest petrol station in your area, but do not go out of your way to finder a cheaper petrol station because it may cost you more than you save.
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