I just push the button for the first time on my last tank fillup (waited till I passed the 1000 km break-in period) to see what it did and make sure it was working of course. You can feel the difference in some cases but for our type of driving nothing that dramatic. What I like, is the fact is does not kick-off when you shut off the engine only when you push the button again, so you don't have to remember to push it each time you drive. Going to see if I notice much difference in the fuel mpg when I fill up next. This is only my third fill up so haven't travelled too far.This is not a question about a problem but I was just wondering how many of you guy's, or girls use the "Active ECO" on your Soul's? I'm almost afraid to push the button. Thanks! Don
Now there's a testimonial that's gonna make me want to use it!I pushed the ECO button just before I got home one day. A couple of days later I fired up the car and headed off to work, forgetting the Eco was still on. I soon realized something bad must have happened to my car, it acted like the motor had lost half it's cylinders, I had to push the throttle pretty hard to get it to accelerate. I looked for a check engine light, wondering what was wrong. Once I noticed the Eco light, I pushed the button and voila, my car was normal again.
That's in the pre-'12 models. The 2012's have a button over the radio that you push that changes the shift points, etc, as discussed above. The OP has a 2012 Soul+, so the discussion is about that type of ECO, not the old-style light that says "you're now driving with a light foot."Lol ....eco mode doesnt change anything in or on the car ...its just a light that comes on when you are driving the most economically that you can . If you can keep it lit by driving easy 75% of the time (not hard to do) you should see 1.5-2 mpg increase over it only being lit 25% of the time or less .
What transmissions were in your Slowbalt and Soul?The car just feels so responsive compared to my previous Cobalt it does feel like a let-down when in ECO mode. However the fuel economy so far is less than the Cobalt so I do plan on trying the ECO again next summer to see if it does improve my back and forth to work fuel economy. But since I bought the car because of how it feels to drive compared to the Cobalt I am not going to spend a lot of time in ECO to save 1 or 2 mpg.
Automatic transmissions in both. I only have 3000 miles on the Soul so a real comparison can't be made yet and checking gas mileage during our winters does introduce a lot of variables. I do drive around 70 mph on the highway so the aerodynamics of the Soul will make it tough to reach the mpg of the Cobalt.What transmissions were in your Slowbalt and Soul?
I too traded in a Slowbalt (Pontiac G5) for a Soul, both with manual transmissions, and the mileage so far has been nearly identical. I got between 28-31 MPG with the G5, and I'm on my second tank with the Soul. First tank was 31.8 MPG and this tank so far is averaging 31.6 MPG.