Anyone Heard of Fuel Shark to Save on Gas Mileage?

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  1. Ms. I

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    http://www.fuelsharkusa.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1

    You plug the Fuel Shark into your car’s lighter adapter & it's supposed to:

    - increase gas mileage
    - lower emission
    - increase horsepower
    - increase battery life

    For $19.95 + s&h. What does everyone think? Do you know anyone who has it? Looks fishy to me!
     
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    Sounds like a scam. : /
     
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    Everything I've found says it's a scam and doesn't really work. The only impact it may have is the little blue light probably reminds you to drive a more fuel efficient way. My hybrid tells me when I'm driving more or less efficiently, so I think I save more gas because of that.

    Do not waste your money on this. It's a blue LED light. And that's it.
     
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    This is an interesting story on the product done by a news channel that has a "consumer helper" bit.

    In summary:
    • The product claims up to 10% increase in mileage.
    • The product is said to work best on older cars (2007 and older).
    • The idea is that it helps your electrical system work more efficiently (and since newer cars have better electrical systems already the benefit isn't as great).
    • The woman driving a 2008 car saw a 3% increase.
    • The woman drove more in town and less highway (meaning that perhaps if she had driven more highway the increase would have been more significant).
     
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    Until I see scientific studies done with repeatable results and controlled for various factors, I will not believe it. Someone send this in to the Mythbusters!
     
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    Yes, I believe the news station should have had her keep stats for at least a month. And use a couple other volunteers as well.
     
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    I think if increasing fuel mileage was this easy, Ford and all of the other auto producers that have to meet mileage guidelines, would have figured this out years ago. A 10% increase in mileage would be marketing gold for auto companies.

    Scam. I suspect all items "said" to increase mileage are a scam. Auto producers are on the cutting edge of mileage technologies because of imposed guidelines AND their market buyers.
     
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    Unless you're into conspiracy theories. :)
     
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    You've heard this one, too?
     
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    Don't worry, I'm not buying this piece of junk!
     

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