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With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: May 18, 2009 08:20PM
Since last summer's $4 a gallon plus prices, I like millions, tweaked my driving style to save gas.

My round trip drive to work, 6 days a week is about 44 miles, split 65% city/35% highway.

My 2000 Intrigue (with the 3.5 DOHC V-6) averaged between 23 to 25 mpg, consistently.

The 2000 Buick LeSabre I bought from my mom, (with the 3.8 V-6) has averaged 24 and 25 mpg on the last two tanks.

One thing on the Buick that I think helps keep my mileage up is the Trip computer with the Instant Mileage readout. Trying to keep it pegged to 70 mpg as often as possible makes it a little more fun to drive less aggressively.

I think I can wring out another 1 mpg with a new air filter and a synthetic oil at the next service.

That isn't too bad for a car this size.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/18/2009 08:22PM by Grumpyguy.
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: May 18, 2009 08:24PM
About the same as always - roughly 150 miles to the month. smiling smiley
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: May 18, 2009 08:28PM
15 miles four days a week. 60 miles total.

zero gallons. i bike.

(well, when i had a job a couple of weeks ago)



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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: decocritter
Date: May 18, 2009 08:28PM
Average of 40 - 43 mpg. 2007 Prius.

If I drive like a bat out of hell - 35 mpg
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: May 18, 2009 08:29PM
Which one I'm up to 7 vehicles as of today?



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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: AAA
Date: May 18, 2009 08:54PM
most recent full tank 54 mpg
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 18, 2009 08:55PM
Consistently 44+ mpg unless I drive like decocritter, then I get down to nearly 40. 48+ if I strictly obey the speed limit. Jetta Diesel.



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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: dmann
Date: May 18, 2009 08:57PM
2007 Honda CR-V. About 28 hwy if I lock in the cruise control at 70. About 22-24 city (Chicago.)

I cover 4 states for work, so I average between 15,000 and 20,000 miles per year.

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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: May 18, 2009 09:04PM
Quote
Grateful11
Which one I'm up to 7 vehicles as of today?

Hrs per gallon ... on the new Deere

: -)



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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: pdq
Date: May 18, 2009 09:05PM
VW Beetle
Diesel (TDi)

40 mpg year-round

~42 in summer, ~38 in winter.

It's an automatic. Those with a manual transmission are supposed to do better.

What was really cool was two summers ago, when someone in town was selling B99 biodiesel fuel. Mileage went down to around 37-38 mpg, but the car ran fine, and the exhaust smelled like french fries. Yum.

The TDi's went away for a year or two, I think, but they're back now, and you can also get them in a Jetta. They're reasonably peppy.

Diesels are generally about 30% more efficient than gas engines. They have greater emissions, but the newer ones (with the newer low-sulfur fuel) are now cleaner.

I still think my ideal car is a plug-in diesel-electric hybrid. It seems like it's all off-the-shelf technology, and I bet they could get 60 mpg, even without the plug-in.
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 18, 2009 09:23PM
diesels aren't very effecient until they are fully hot. Not sure how they would work in a hybrid. However, I do agree. They could make one hell of an aluminum blocked small diesel. Lots used in small equipment already.
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: chopper
Date: May 18, 2009 09:50PM
Banged 39 mpg on the hiway for a few tanks last summer. In town maybe 30. Civic.
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: microchip
Date: May 18, 2009 10:09PM
Depends.
I've been driving like less of a Bat Out Of Hell and have been getting about 29. I normally get around 24-26 though. I'd like to point out, I'm not driving like less of a Bat Out Of Hell for any purposes close to saving money or conserving gas. I've just been taking it fairly easy. Haven't gone on a drive recently.

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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: goosegunner
Date: May 18, 2009 10:40PM
2003 VW jetta Diesel 5spd I check every tank since I got it with 40,000 miles it now has 136,800 miles.

Consistently 50mpg

Worst tank 47 mpg

best tank 54mpg


Many people here bash the VW's but it is the best car I have ever had out of (Pontiac, Subaru, Toyota, Ford, Chevy, Chrysler, Honda)


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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: Mr. Ed
Date: May 18, 2009 10:50PM
2004 Toyota Corolla with Manual transmission. Last time I checked: 37 mpg in "town" (I don't live in a Metropolis) and 48.5 mpg on a trip.
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: decay
Date: May 18, 2009 10:54PM
83 turbo diesel 300sd, big-ass car.

found diesel at a BP for less than regular unleaded, 2.20/gal.

30 MPG avg, mostly highway driving.



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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: Black
Date: May 18, 2009 11:22PM
1 mile per cup of coffee.






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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: May 18, 2009 11:42PM
Same kinda milage I was getting when the prices were going down...



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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: dochocson
Date: May 18, 2009 11:44PM
2001 Outback, commute is 50 miles, with an overall 60/40 mix of Highway/City. Generally get 26 mpg.
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: May 19, 2009 12:04AM
AWD Matrix gets 32-34 mpg (winter commuter)
92 Miata gets 34-37 mpg (summer commuter)



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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: threeprong
Date: May 19, 2009 03:26AM
I get 19 MPG... but my commute is .75 miles with 6 stoplights.

I bike about 20% of the time too.
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: May 19, 2009 07:52AM
Usually 1/2 to a full tank per rental.
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: billb
Date: May 19, 2009 07:55AM
When they added ethanol my mileage dropped 1 mpg. Maybe a tad more.
22-24 highway, average about 18.
I used to be able to squeeze 20mpg average if I didn't turn on the defrost / air or 4wd, and drove with a figurative egg between my foot and the pedals. Tacoma Extra Cab TRD v6

2 hrs per gallon on the John Deere.
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 19, 2009 08:51AM
18-19mpg before the gas hike, ever since it's been 24-28mpg, 50-50 street and freeway.




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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: the_poochies
Date: May 19, 2009 09:44AM
1997 Subaru Legacy GT, mostly used for local driving (taking Little Poochie to school) only averages 20 MPG. The newer Subies get even worse mileage...I guess the AWD takes away from the MPG.

I only put 5,000 miles/year on this car, so I only fill the tank once a month or so.
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RacerX:
Posted by: pdq
Date: May 19, 2009 04:15PM
Re diesel-electric hybrid

I figured one could figure out the minimal HP needed to drive, say 70 mph, and size your diesel engine that way. Run it at a more-or-less constant throttle, with it charging the battery/supercapacitor bank when the actual HP need is less, and borrowing from the aforementioned battery/supercapacitor bank for short bursts when needed (acceleration, passing, etc). I'm not sure the diesel would even need to be connected to the power train directly- basically an electric car with a portable diesel generator. (Isn't that how trains work these days?)

Car design is so easy when when you're doing it for a web posting!
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Re: RacerX:
Posted by: AAA
Date: May 19, 2009 04:24PM
sounds like a Chevy Volt
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Re: With gas prices going up, what kind of mileage are you getting?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 20, 2009 10:28PM
Yup.

> (Isn't that how trains work these days?)



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