Improve Gas Mileage Without Damaging Your Car

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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Many ads feature glowing testimonials by satisfied customers. There are too many variables that affect fuel consumption, such as traffic, road and weather conditions,repparttar car's condition and overall maintenance, andrepparttar 102764 driving habits ofrepparttar 102765 owner.

In one case a consumer sent a letter to a company praising its gas-saving product. But what was not mentioned inrepparttar 102766 advertisement wasrepparttar 102767 fact thatrepparttar 102768 consumers vehicle also had an engine tune-up atrepparttar 102769 timerepparttar 102770 device was installed.

Some advertisers claim thatrepparttar 102771 gas-saving device is approved byrepparttar 102772 Federal government. No government agency endorses gas-saving products for cars. The seller can only state thatrepparttar 102773 item has been tested byrepparttar 102774 EPA. Ifrepparttar 102775 advertiser claims thatrepparttar 102776 product has been tested byrepparttar 102777 EPA ask to seerepparttar 102778 results or contactrepparttar 102779 EPA directly.

If you have already purchased a gas-saving product and you are not satisfied, contactrepparttar 102780 manufacturer and ask for a refund. An honest company offers a money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied withrepparttar 102781 company's response, contact your local or state consumer protection agency orrepparttar 102782 Better Business Bureau.

Keeping your car in tip top condition isrepparttar 102783 best way to getrepparttar 102784 best gas mileage your vehicle has to offer. Every vehicle come with an owners manual. Read and follow whatrepparttar 102785 manufacturer recommends.

Three simple steps that will help improve gas mileage in all vehicles:

Getting a tune-up. Checking tire pressure. Removing any excess weight fromrepparttar 102786 car's trunk.

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Honda Accord 2005: The Weekly Driver Review

Written by James Raia

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The aforementioned navigation system is one ofrepparttar easiest and most efficient systems I've tried. The directions are simple, including destination address data entry. The system has straightforward, nicely illuminated maps and a pleasant, clear direction-giver's voice.

Through its nearly 30 years,repparttar 102763 Accord's appeal has been its overall presentation, not justrepparttar 102764 strength of some of its individual features. The 2005 Accord takesrepparttar 102765 vehicle's well-respected total package to a new standard.

Acceleration, quietness, ride quality, steering and handling and instrumentation repparttar 102766 Accord gets high marks in all categories. All gauges are keenly styled and legible and positioned well onrepparttar 102767 dash and console. The car maneuvers moves well in and out of traffic. While not a sports car, its testing rating of 0-60 mph in 7.0 seconds is hardly pedestrian forrepparttar 102768 midsize car category.

The only less-than-sterling marks forrepparttar 102769 new Accord are its fuel economy and rear seat room. The EX model has a rating of 21 and 30 mph averages in city and highway driving, respectively. Those numbers could be higher, particularly inrepparttar 102770 age of higher fuel costs.

The Accord has plenty of headroom inrepparttar 102771 front and back seats. Butrepparttar 102772 rear seat is snug for three adults, despite its five-passenger designation.

Regardless, reasons are aplenty whyrepparttar 102773 Accord is so popular. And if all is still well even when you're stuck in rush-hour traffic on a late weekday afternoon, is there any higher praise?

2005 Honda Accord

Safety features -- Driver and front passenger and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes; Traction control system.

Fuel Mileage (estimates) -- 21 mpg (city), 30 mpg (highway).

Warranty -- Bumper to bumper, 3 years/36,000 miles; Power train, 3 years/36,000 miles; Corrosion, 5 years/unlimited miles.

Base price -- $28,700.

James Raia is a Sacramento, Calif., journalist who writes about sports, fitness, travel and lifestyle topics as well as the car review colum, The Weekly Driver.

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