I've had this car since Mar '06 and bought the loaded model. I was
wondering if anyone knew how the program calculates, in my case i.e.
Liters per 100K? Is it a simple program that uses your distance
(odometer) with gas consumption (what's left in gas tank)? That means
that idling would have an effect. Or does it actually measure the
distance, speed, and actual consumption occurring at the moment?
By-the-way, aside from some minor issues, I love the car. It came with
7years bumper-to-bumper guarantee and 7 year road-side-assistance.
Well worth the price.
Fuel used at idle is counted in the calculations. Now that the weather has
turned to real winter, I dropped about 1 to 1.5 mpg due to warm up (I love
the remote starter) and leaving the engine running more that if it was mild
weather. I've also calculated the actual miles and use at the pump and
compared it to the trip computer. The computers is optimistic by .5 to 1
mpg every time.
I don't know if the fuel gauge is used or some sort of flow meter though.
Thanks. I use my remote often, too especially at this time of year
with our cold weather. I did the same with trip meter and found the
computer was a little optimistic. I still love the car and it really
has a lot of get-up-and-go when passing. There is one thing that I may
mention in my next servicing, it seems to be a bit spongy on the peddle
from a standing start. Feels like there's a bit too much play at the
puddle. I know it's all electronic, but can they re-program it to
respond quicker, not sure about how this works. Does anyone know?
I don't know about changing it, but most of the complaints are that the
peddle is too sensitive. I know of one person that traded his wife's Sonata
in for a 4 cylinder Camry for that reason. Too many times she spun the
I can see that happening. It's as if you can't gradually increase when
at a standing start. When you press the peddle down it doesn't react
right a way but then it accelerates as if you floored it. I've learned
to find that spot and can deal with it. But I can see it causing
someone a problem especially in winter.
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