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4 Bangin, Fuel Sippin, Full Tank Challenge!

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by 2TRunner, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. Oct 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM
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    91r100gs

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    Nice tank
    That's good on a 4x4.

    My last tank was a partial fill of 5 gallons, and a full fill up of 19.61 gallons. MPG came out to 24.7 Drove 607.3 miles.

    About 400 0f those miles was long trip hiway at 70-75MPH. Rest was several dozen 3.5 miles trips back and forth to work.
     
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  2. Oct 11, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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    556 miles on17.954 gallons for 31.0 mpg. Cooler weather already here, best tanks are behind me.

    Got $0.90 off with Safeway discount so $2.419 a gallon. :D
     
  3. Oct 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM
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    My last two tanks have been an improvement, kind of. I've been seeing 17-18 for the last few months.

    Two fill-ups ago I hit an even 20 and today's gave me just a tad over 19. Going slower on expressways helps a lot. If I could manage to not fall asleep traveling 60 mph I'd like to try it one day and see what happens but getting 20+ at 70 keeps me happy.

    Still searching for the ever elusive 25+ that I saw in the younger years. I'd probably have to go back to paper tires and a lean running engine for that though.
     
  4. Oct 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM
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    Colder weather - mileage dropping:mad:
     
  5. Oct 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM
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    Yep, it'll get worse 'til after Jan/Feb.
     
  6. Oct 26, 2013 at 8:58 PM
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    I noticed that someone questioned worthywads, some time back regarding the fuel mileage.

    I have had my 2003 2.4 liter automatic 2WD base model truck for approx 4k miles now.

    Tire size 205 75 15

    Best I've achieved was 36. Usually Range between 29 to 32 and probably average close to 31 mpg. 75% hwy 25% city.

    Wish I had a five speed, but I bought it used with an automatic. Still I'm satisfied with the fuel mileage.

    Note that I drive conservatively and I don't hit the throttle hard. I'm usually good at timing the traffic lights in the city, so that saves fuel since I don't have to accelerate from a dead stop. Also, drive approx 65 mph on the hwy or fwy.

    So worthywads' fuel mileage of 37 plus mpg is very believable to me.
     
  7. Oct 26, 2013 at 10:52 PM
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    Thanks Hansel, timing lights is critical to good city driving. Sure we'll get people changing lanes frantically often, but pointlessly as they floor it past us to a stoplight ahead that we don't have to stop for since we know there's no reason to hurry. So be it. It would be one thing if this wasn't commuters driving the same drive every day around the same time, but in fact it is the same every day, yet people race ahead apparently oblivious that they will have to stop at the same light they do every day.

    I can very predictably make it through the 8 stoplights on my way home hitting green on all of them. I know when to speed to make a light also. :D
     
  8. Oct 26, 2013 at 11:27 PM
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    And as the guy who actually sets the timing on the signals, it's a challenge trying to maintain flow in both directions while still making allowances for "the human factor"
     
  9. Oct 27, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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    this and that...
    i see all these high numbers. i would like to see the most effecient tank on purely city driving. some of us dont have the luxury of coasting the freeway to stretch out mpgs.

    EDIT: i ask because im debating on trading my box in for a double cab 4banger. well, ts between that and a limited awd rav LOL.
     
  10. Oct 27, 2013 at 1:10 AM
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    My driving is a mix.

    I have a 45 mile commute to work, but traffic home is stop and go.
    According to the Ultragauge, I CAN pull 24.5-26 on the way to work in the morning with light traffic.
    My trips home are down in the 20-22 range.

    100% around town? Kills it. I gassed up and did about 50 miles shopping with the wife, I was running about 15.

    Realistically, on a 2.7, I'd expect between 18 and 23 for the average driver. The EPA ratings today are much more realistic than they were 10-20 years ago.
     
  11. Oct 27, 2013 at 6:50 AM
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    good point re the city driving MPG. It really brings down the MPGs, there is almost no way around that due to traffic patterns, etc.
     
  12. Oct 27, 2013 at 7:46 AM
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    When my driving habits changed about a year ago, I have had a few tanks that have been purely small town type city driving. My speeds average about 35 MPH never over 45 MPH, lots of unsynchronized traffic lights, and my average trips are only 3.5 miles long. These type tanks have all been between 19 & 20 MPG.
     
  13. Oct 27, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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    I have about a 50/50 mix on my drive to work. I would not consider the highway portion true "highway" because there are several lights. The last 5 minutes is through residential areas with several lights and stop signs and 35mph max. I think I could get another 1 or 2 mpg if I had a manual.
     
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    I'm all city unless I venture out of Boulder, but I'm on the edge of town for the most part with 45 streets the whole way and predictable lights.

    My mpg is largely controlled by the very first light at 55th and Arapahoe. Ideally I hit that green early I'll do great, and actually it isn't bad if I have to stop for it.

    If I get through it late in the green it goes to shit, as I'll have to stop at a light a half mile down the road. This then throws off the timing at Arapahoe and Foothills, and I'll have to stop there. This then makes me hit the stoplight at Foothills and Valmont.

    32-38 if 1st light works out, 26-30 if not.
     
  15. Oct 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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    Yup, winter's a coming. Had my lowest tank in a while: 23.3. I was wondering why I was having such a hard time keeping the gauge up this week. Thought it was just the winds and snow.

    Changed the oil yesterday and when I checked the tires.... 31 psi. Whoops. I apparently got way lazy when the cold blew in! That, and it's been a rough couple months. Family issues, dad had cancer (caught it early, doc says they got it), work schedule changed, etc.

    Finally got it switched to Mobil 1 oil (finally used up my Valvoline stock last time) so I'm hoping that'll be a positive influence.
     
  16. Oct 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM
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    The cold is sneaking in all too fast. Also added the extra air for the tires last week, added 4 PSI to all of them. Back up to 35 PSI. Going to do my first oil change since last Thanksgiving. I have only driven 5600 mi since late Nov of 2012. Ironic that I am leaving Mobil 1 0w-20 and going to Valvoline 5w-20 Conventinal. Need to use it up, it has been around about 3 years. I have 2 fills of this and will change at nine months, if my driving habits don't change. Valvoline White Bottle has served me well in the past.
     
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  17. Oct 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM
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    If you are driving such short trips, I'd be changing every 3 months unless you can get the truck out on the highway once a week and put a good 50-100 miles on it.

    You're averaging only 15 miles a day. That's not enough run time to maintain the oil at operating temperature to boil off condensation and combustion acids. This is a problem with both conventional and synthetic oil.
     
  18. Oct 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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    Rich, I have been monitoring the condition of the oil. It does not have a fuel odor, Is not darker than it should be, And engine sounds are normal.

    This is sort of an experiement, and I guess we will find out how good Mobil 1 0w-20 is/isn't. I have a UOA kit that I got a good deal on and will be sending off a sample to checked out. Should have the results in mid December.
     
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  19. Oct 28, 2013 at 8:15 PM
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    No mayo in the oil cap?
    You paid for a UOA kit?
    Blackstone will send you as many as you would like for free (I probably have 20 around here somewhere).... you pay for the test itself.
    They email the results immediately. I'd ship out USPS Priority and I'd have the results within 3-4 days.
     
  20. Oct 29, 2013 at 4:38 AM
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    Mine is a Wix bought from Amazon. The price of the kit includes the price of the service. Much cheaper than Blackstone.

    No mayo, under the cap yet. That happens later when it really gets cold.
     
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