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Only if you don't mind being late for everything. Turn that thing of and goose it a little will ya? But to answer your question, you can drive with it on or off with no adverse affects. Except fuel economy.
 

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Of course you can drive in Econ mode all the time. It adjusts the engine computer to change the shift points to allow for the best fuel economy. It also reduces the AC system to reduce the compressor drag on the engine. I have driven the car in Econ most of the time because I am not trying to accelerate to highway speeds like a dragster while the AC has kept the car nice and cold on the hottest 100+ day. If it saves a few cents at the pump that's just an extra bonus in my pocket. The car is peppier with it off.
 

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It seems we've found the ECON button doesn't really make that much difference in economy. It just kills the throttle response.
 

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I've started calling it the "Yaris" button because when its on it reminds my of driving an ex-girlfriends Yaris. You find yourself pushing the peddle harder and harder but you go no faster :(
 

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Ive actually wondered the same thing. Say you only use the eco button and never exceed 2k rpm in 5 years of driving. Then one day you decide to go WOT a few times.

I've heard that driving your engine hard a few times once in a while is good for the parts to set in? Myth?
 

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Ive actually wondered the same thing. Say you only use the eco button and never exceed 2k rpm in 5 years of driving. Then one day you decide to go WOT a few times.

I've heard that driving your engine hard a few times once in a while is good for the parts to set in? Myth?
Not a myth. That's very true.
 
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it's junk

In my view the Econ button configures the car for dullsville mode.

6MT drivers will not benefit from "adjusted shift points". CVT drivers will likely not notice the difference in shift points in a transmission without gears. The AC compressor operation being cycled is likely to be so minor as not to matter

As for the dulled throttle, yes it does dull the response. Most drivers will just press harder on the go petal to achieve their desired acceleraton

Bottom line - its a gimmick in my opinion. :thumbsdow

Hopefully a product is introduced that can replace it with something useful in the space it occupies
 

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Ive actually wondered the same thing. Say you only use the eco button and never exceed 2k rpm in 5 years of driving. Then one day you decide to go WOT a few times.

I've heard that driving your engine hard a few times once in a while is good for the parts to set in? Myth?
Well 2K for 5 years and when you press the skinney pedal you may not go anywhere. You do need to run up through the power band a bit to help keep things from carbon build up.

I have always been told on a new car or bike to use the gears as much as I can, and do a moderate amount of compression braking. The reason is if the gear box is going to break it will on lots of use early on, and compression braking will help seat the rings on the pistons to a point. Of course in this day and age of coated piston bores or jackets I have seen 25k cars and bikes with cross hatching still visible which is the way they hone a cylinder to help seat rings. Run it a bit but no need to abuse. I always touch red line every time I run my car, and I always hit a Ton on my bike every time I ride it but that is just me. At 56 cheap thrills are hard to find.
 

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I seem to get another 5% more kms out of my car with it on be it highway or city. But flat highway is where I see it most. Lots of hills seem to defeat Econ.

You can't just push the button on, and then floor it everywhere still. The woman does this, she complains the car isn't as fast or responsive and pushes gas Pedal harder to compensate...defeating Econ.

I have V6 Auto, no paddles. So when I put it in Eco, she's still quite powerful. I never tried ECO in the 4cyl models.
 

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Also, keep in mind that the difference in real life fuel economy between regular and ECO modes is fairly minimal. Many members here, including me, have reported virtually no difference, especially if you drive on the highway quite a bit. I have a V-6. Meanwhile, the decrease in the car's drivability and fun is quite noticeable.

Experiment on your own for a few tankfuls, either all on or all off. That's the best way to figure this out based on your individual driving habits and highway/city split. However, if your car is just a transportation appliance, then keep the ECO button on.

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Ive actually wondered the same thing. Say you only use the eco button and never exceed 2k rpm in 5 years of driving. Then one day you decide to go WOT a few times.

I've heard that driving your engine hard a few times once in a while is good for the parts to set in? Myth?
A load of BS. Your engine is made up of mechanical metal parts that don't have a memory. You can run the engine continuously at 2000 RPM amd all of the parts are being lubricated. If you suddenly increase the RPM to, but not exceeding the red line, the engine will perform the same as if you ran it at 5000 RPM all the time. The engine is not human it has no memory nor does it form a bad habit. Even at the redline you are not exceeding the metal's ultimate limits just their design limit.

Econ mode on or off makes no difference to the engine.
 

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Sometimes you gotta feed a little speed to your ride.
 

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It's gas PEDAL, not Peddle.
 
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Honda claims the econ button can get you up to 5% better MPG - which isn't very noticeable to the "naked eye" when filling up a tank or two.

It comes out to around $75 a year savings for me based upon the miles I drive - which is a nice meal for the wife and I.
 

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Run her hard every once in a while to clear/burn out any carbon build up.
 

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Honda claims the econ button can get you up to 5% better MPG - which isn't very noticeable to the "naked eye" when filling up a tank or two.

It comes out to around $75 a year savings for me based upon the miles I drive - which is a nice meal for the wife and I.
In legalese, "up to 5%" means somewhere around 1.5% in real life. :)

Isn't a smile on your face while driving every day (like that guy in Enzyte commercials) worth more than a meal at Outback once?
 
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