I don't know what's up, but I've been laughing at a lot more of what you guys say here lately. These last couple posts about mpg vs color theory are so right up my alley, we would have been perfect for Seinfeld. I think you guys are geniuses, and think you're right. The more light that must be shoved out of the way as one is motoring along MUST affect (affect / effect, I give up) drag.
Originally Posted by MetroMPG
I pussed out on Monday night. I left the house with 3 bars, and thinking I was going to make it all the way to my dad's house, ~142 miles away). And I was going to "calibrate" the trip meter / odometer while doing it. But I pussed out. I like to get gas at one particular brand, not because of fuel quality (or maybe the lack thereof), but for the overall cheapness as well as I get points and free coffee / drinks everytime, and other free crap too. Anywho, I was just getting north of Atlanta, and there is a long gap between available preferred gas stations, so I pussed out when it said I had 50 miles range left.
The things I observed:
- The range left distance couldn't get its story straight. It went something like this: 110, 100, 110, 100, 80, 90, 90 for a long time, 80, 90. Then within maybe 5 miles it went 80, 70, 60, then 50.
- The fuel bars went down to 1 but didn't start blinking before I stopped.
- I had 68 miles left, so the problem was that I was concerned I might not make it to the preferred station near my dad's house, and either stop some place I didn't want to, or run it out of gas.
- When I stopped for dinosaur squeezins, I only took on 7.144 gallons.
- Theoretically, I could have made it to my dad's house since we have a 9.2 gallon tank, I had 2 gallons left. I was getting probably 48+ mpg, so I could have gone another 96 miles or so, and had only 68 miles to go.
I wasn't feeling the risk though, and juiced up.
View my fuel log 2020 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 42.2 mpg (US) ... 17.9 km/L ... 5.6 L/100 km ... 50.7 mpg (Imp)