I took the GT out for a run today. Rural back highway, cruising at
about 55-60, windows up and A/C off. Got 27 mpg. Now when I cruise
75-80 mph on the expressway, with the A/C on, I get about 21 mpg.
Manual, 3:73s, Brembos, Unspoiled
Yesterday, I filled up CFrog, did a little math, and figured that I'd
averaged 17mpg on that last tank. And 17mpg is better than I'd gotten with
the previous three fill-ups.
Seriously, I started a spreadsheet, and I'm running between 16.5 and 17.5mpg
over the past month. I'm wondering whether trading CFrog for a new V6
convertible would pay for itself in just savings on gas...
When you were doing your "rural cruise," were you trying for mileage, or was
this just a happy coincidence? 'Cause whenever I do a fuel mileage test,
trying to keep the revs down, drive sensibly, constant highway speeds, etc.,
I get fouled up by the skinny pedal on the right. Seems I'm going to be
stuck between 16 and 17mpg, no matter what my intentions are.
It may have something to do with my commute.
In the morning, I take the back route, because the highway (the direct
route) is a parking lot. The back route now has two back-ups, each a couple
of miles in which we do the ten-foot crawl. In the evening, it's the same
going the other way. At lunchtime, it's mostly highway miles, but almost the
entire stretch is penned in now with cattle schutes - miles and miles of
highway construction. Where it's not under construction, I normally run at
75 to 80, with occasional gusts to 90 and above.
Otherwise, I have no idea why I'm getting such poor mileage.
More city than highway driving?
You will never save money replacing any well-operating, paid-off
vehicle with a new[er] vehicle that gets better mileage. Period.
It was just a relaxed cruise down an open stretch of highway. (The
new GT has a little electronic mileage counter.)
Yes, I too often have that problem. But, so far, for the most part,
remarkably, and uncharacteristically, I've been civil in this car. No
drags, no good street racing, not much of nothing. Must be old age
if your closed loop, you should get good gas milage.
your gas mileage suffers greatly below 30 mph, in fact it is nearly
equivalent to the speed you are going.
10 mph => 10 mpg
if you drive in city, your speed varies quite a bit and much time is spent
below 30 mph, and eats gas
search for graphs of mpg vs. mph, or fuel economy vs speed.
there is a new care coming out of Korea the shuts down the engine if the
vehicle speed drops below 8 mph, and the car gets about 100 mpg.
I dont know why the Gov and industry here seem to be missing this. Rush
hour traffic => very poor gas milage.
like this site here, they talk about fast speeds but miss the low speeds,
checkout the curve.
ckout low speed for this Z06
another see the gray line below 20 mph;
a bmw, if your average speed is low, so is your mpg
More rush hour than free time.
Now THAT explains why I've never bought a Honda.
On my romps out and about, I can get 22mpg or better. I've never been able
to do better, even on extended highway trips with cruise control. And the
convertible is a pig - an overweight, hardly aerodynamic piece of 5.0 with
an automatic transmission that could use one more gear.
Tell me about it. I'm looking 60 in the face (sooner than I care to think
about), and I can't even think about doing some of the things I did 20 years
ago. And the older I get, the more seperation I leave between me and the guy
ahead. I'm off the gas pedal as soon as I see the next light turn yellow
(although that may have something to do with driving stick, not age - I'm
never in a hurry to stop). I no longer pull out into traffic when I see a
gap of 3 car lengths ("threading the needle"); now I wait for a much larger
margin of error.
My reaction time isn't what it was. I know that and account for it. I don't
drive like I'm always in a hurry any more. And, yes, I don't feel like I
have anything to prove to the other guy. I figure that the average stoplight
race costs about $25.00, and I'm a lot thriftier these days.
And I meant to ask - this scratch cleaner thing you talked about... Was that
for the GT? Please say it ain't so!
Because either actual mpg increases is not government's real goal or
because they are totally incapable (because it's impossible) of managing
the diverse lives of 300,000,000 people, or both.
*It might be possible to get freer flowing traffic but that would mean
giving up a lot of control so instead they come up with teachings and
schemes that worsen traffic.
I'm a decade behind you, so I'd appreciate it if you told me you still
feel like you did when you were 30. :-)
I'm also more patient now.
I'll still scrap if the road ahead is clear.
Yep. I've never owned a car that hasn't been vandalized. My old
beloved '76 stepside Dodge pickup --scratched at a party, only a few
months after a supreme [re]paint. The LX, at a laundry mat, 5 of the
7 panels within 2 months of ownership. My wife's Accord, at work,
egged & dented. The Cobra, at work, the cobra badges were peeled off,
and years later scratched a few times. And now, at work, the GT keyed
twice. The only one unscathed, so far - my wife's Element.
Needless to say, if I ever come upon a car vandal, and the vandal
won't even have to be "working" on my car, I will snap.