1986 ford mustang how can i get better gas mileage (no i cant do anything to catalytic converter).. it is mandatory in calif.

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Asked by Jun 10, 2012 at 02:22 PM about the 1986 Ford Mustang LX Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

thinking of selling this car unless i can figure out how to get better gas mileage

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The only thing you can do is keep the car tuned up and properly inflate the tires. I put in 2 more lbs. in my tires. But all this will get you is your MPG will not get any worse, and you won't notice any real difference. Sorry. So you have to decide, no car payment and low MPG vs better MPG and car payment ? Good Luck!, Run the numbers and see? My '87 5.O gets 18 MPG doing a combinations highway and city.

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i dont know how i can calculate the numbers to figure out whats best. do you have a formulation to figure that out?? i am not very mathematical. thanks

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How many miles do you drive a month? ex. 1000 miles per month, at 18 MPG. So that's 55 gals. @ 3.50 a gallon = $192.50 in gas. Say new car gets 35mpg. for the same miles, that's 28 gals @ the same $3.50 a gal. = $98 a month. So you will save approx. $95 a month less in gas with a more fuel efficent car. But if your new car payment is $300 a month, vs no car payment, it doesn't pay. In the long run it might work out, but I'd drive the Mustang until you have other costly repairs or it becomes unsafe,and or you just don't want to drive it anymore. HTH's!

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thanks i could never have figured that out myself!!! good thing to think about. i know a 1986 car was made to last more than the cars made today are. but sometimes i do feel like i stuck in the 80's when driving it and think it would be nice to get some of the newer features plus the better gas mileage. thanks for all your help!

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Opening up the air, k&n airfilter system and opening the exhaust does help with fuel economy and helps with performance. Good maitenence, tune ups, and preium fuel will help. The higher octane with the will also lengthen the motors life. Hope that helps.

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would you be able to go from a 4barrel carb to a 2barrel or less I don't know much about Mustangs other than someone I know has/had a 1970 & 1986.

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1986 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 EPA; 15 MPG City 22 MPG Highway Combined = 18.5 Not bad for 200 HP and 26 years young!

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CHANGE YOUR CARB{S}. DO YOU HAVE A BIG BLOCK OR SMALL? AUTO TRANS OR MANUAL? THERE ARE ALOT OF VARIABLES. AND PEOPLE ON HERE ARE LIKJE ME, WE DIDN'T CARE ABOUT MPG JUST MPH.

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pretend there is an egg between your foot and the accelerator

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Denis... 1980's Mustang? WHAT BIG BLOCK YOU ASS. As far as the 80's cars built better what fucking planet are you on.

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