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    Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    Hey everyone, this is my first post on this forum!

    I don't own a Cadillac, but my Mom does. She drives a 2005 Escalade ESV (the 6.0 V8 I believe) and I recently found she was getting 8-11 MPG city!

    From my experience with my car (2008 Mustang GT), cold air intakes are a great way to increase sound, performance, and gas mileage.

    Especially with a bigger engine in an Escalade, I think improving airflow could be very beneficial towards performance and more importantly better gas mileage.


    I mentioned the idea to my mom, and she thinks the investment might be worth it, depending on what you all can tell me.



    So, which cold air intake would you recommend? Better gas mileage is more important than performance increase. Also, my mom won't go for the expensive ordeal of buying a tuner and cold air intake, so it would need to be "plug an play" no tune required. From what I've read, Volant has had great results, but I don't know if it requires a tune and how it will affect mpg.

    Thanks!
    -Preston

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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    C'mon guys, I need some help here!

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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    I have been chiming in on another post. Volant intake. You will see it on my threads that I have posted.

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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guyz1996deville View Post
    I have been chiming in on another post. Volant intake. You will see it on my threads that I have posted.

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...olant-cai.html

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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    More air coming in=more fuel needed to achieve proper A/F ratio. I don't see much of a mpg gain in this anywhere...maybe incidentally with a slight increase in airflow efficiency. CAI's are designed to increase power. Return on investment...not worth it. You just plain have to want a cool sound and more power...and there is never anything wrong with that!

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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    Injen Powerflow, By far looks the best out of all the Cold Air Intakes.

    As other's have said, its about looks and cool sounds, bragging rights... etc..

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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    Quote Originally Posted by DCAR-Mustang View Post

    From my experience with my car (2008 Mustang GT), cold air intakes are a great way to increase sound, performance, and gas mileage.


    -Preston



    From my experience with the past 4 vehicles I've owned, they make your intake louder, give you a negligible gain in hp and/or performance, and don't do a darn thing to improve mpg. I believe the power of suggestion is at work on people after they install these CAIs. People seem to be able to "feel" a difference in acceleration and notice "better" mpg. I think it's all creative marketing and hogwash. If your mpg improves it's a result of changing your driving habits, and not the CAI.

    They are on of the most popular add ons to late model vehicles, but don't expect the CAI to pay for itself by improving mpg. I'm just saying.
    The above post is my 2 cents....nothing more.

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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    Okay, thanks guys

    Looks like I won't be rushing my mom into buying a cold air intake. If she does end up getting one, I'll make sure its a Volant because that's what I've heard the best about.


    And just wondering, if she is getting 11ish mpg city, less than what Caddy says it should be, is something wrong?

    My mom doesn't drag race (as far as I know ) and she doesn't floor it (all the time ). That's why I think a cold air intake might help a bit more than say a Lade getting 14 city.

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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    How does she drive? Is she smooth in the use of throttle and brake? That alone can make a big difference (relatively speaking) in mileage. I'm assuming all other maintenance items are good.

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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    I seriously don't believe a CAI is the answer to you mom's MPG troubles. If your mom doesn't have a lead foot but still gets terrible mileage try: Airing up the tires, changing the air filter, cleaning the injectors by dumping a can of Sea Foam in the fuel tank (it's the best IMO). You can add 1/2 can of Sea Foam to the crank case, then change the motor oil to synthetic after another 500 miles. If the vehicle's performance seems to be effected (power loss) you can use Sea Foam to do a carbon clean to see if it improves.

    Otherwise with power loss you may have other troubles. Make sure the wheels are properly aligned, the brakes aren't dragging on the rotors, and pray you don't have a slipping transmission.

    Don't trust the little computer. Calculate your mileage manually to see what you're actually getting. Then start with the inexpensive things first: air filter, injector cleaner, and airing up the tires. You will generally see some difference after those things are done. Good luck and keep us posted on what you find.
    The above post is my 2 cents....nothing more.

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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    so much for keeping us posted... eh?
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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    Rippy with the thread resurrection.
    The above post is my 2 cents....nothing more.

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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    i couldn't help it ... was looking for an escalade cai and doing some due diligence research
    and after reading a few threads this one was screaming for a resurrection
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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    I love my volant CAI with snorkel. also added the spacer. Didnt notice an increase in Gas mileage but did see a power increase. Also has a nice lil whistle to ot..lil

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    Re: Best CAI for MPG Increase?

    It should increase mpg if you drive it right, think about it, the piston is able to travel downwards with less effort, same thing with exhaust. If you make it easier for the pistons to travel it will make the engine run easier decreasing the load on the engine. It will need less power to turn the crank. Sure it will need to correct the air fuel ratio but either way the engine becomes more efficient, maybe now applying the gas during normal driving takes less time to get up to and maintain speed. Making it easier to maintain speed should increase mpg.

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