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Wow, weird. I see the same thing, I deleted the shortcut, went to m.fuelly.com and saw it loaded in the entire window, set a new home screen shortcut, and blammo back to letterboxed smaller window.
This kind of makes no sense, we'll look into our end but I think this might be a iOS bug?
posted by mathowie October 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Every user can define it how they like, but if you want the data to be useful, just be consistent with how you describe it between all your fuel ups.
I call any non-freeway travel "city" myself. So if the speed limits are below 55mph, then I call that city, no matter if it is rural or not.
posted by mathowie April 11, 2012 at 8:19 AM
Yeah, we would be happy to add something to Fuelly if it were easy and possible to track all your electricity usage. Neither of us founders have a plug-in or Volt car to test this stuff out on. If anyone owns one and can describe how they track their own data, I would love to hear it.
posted by mathowie March 7, 2012 at 7:57 AM
We have a mobile-friendly website that has been tested in all the popular smartphones:
We are in the process of developing an API that will let any MPG-app author send their data to Fuelly, so we hope to start seeing some applications in a few months that will address this need in a way we can't currently.
posted by mathowie March 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM
posted by mathowie January 7, 2012 at 9:50 PM
We used to have "Home" in the navigation, which took you back to your dashboard, but decided to shorten the navigation slightly by just using the giant logo to take you back. If you mouse over the logo, it "lights up" to indicate it will do something if clicked, and it sends you back to the dashboard.
posted by mathowie December 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM
Ok, updated now, the links should start working in the next few hours.
posted by mathowie December 7, 2011 at 3:31 PM
Oh! We recently moved servers and I think I forgot to change the redirects. Let me fix that up.
posted by mathowie December 7, 2011 at 3:26 PM
We're back, down for just 30min. We will be moving DNS to a new server later today (the site won't go down, the old site and new server will both be working from the same data source) and once we're done moving we will have a lot more capacity for Fuelly's future.
posted by mathowie November 30, 2011 at 1:36 PM
It was probably a partial tank? Here's more info on our FAQ about those:
posted by mathowie September 6, 2011 at 9:36 AM
Most of the high-mileage Jettas are diesel powered on this site. My wife has one, and it's a nice small turbo diesel engine that really saves on gas and is hopped up enough at the factory to feel like a normal engine. They average 15+mpg more than the normal-in-the-US gas engines.
Here's a link to every other Jetta that is the same year as yours, with the diesel ones filtered out. 18-31mpg looks like the range for gas only engines.
posted by mathowie August 24, 2011 at 11:14 PM
I could imagine seeing this being an option added to your fuel up form that is off by default.
How would you want it to work? Should it be a business "slider" of percent like the highway/city one or just an absolute number? I've never tracked business miles too strictly myself so I'm unsure of what the easiest and most normal way to do this is.
posted by mathowie August 17, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Yeah, here's the FAQ item on that:
What is City vs. Highway Tracking?
posted by mathowie July 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM
Yep, we approve new vehicle models by hand, to make sure they stay somewhat tidy, so we haven't gotten around to approving your new model.
posted by mathowie July 12, 2011 at 9:40 AM
You can turn it off your vehicle preferences. More on the FAQ.
posted by mathowie July 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM
We actually improved the graphing by moving to a new visualization engine. The date axis is now way more accurate, spacing fuel ups at irregular intervals, as you fueled up. Previously the old graphs just evenly placed the dates which is a poor way to represent data.
The line smoothing is really minor and we may turn it off but we get a lot of knee jerk feedback to any changes. Our personal rule is usually to wait a week to a month before reconsidering changes.
posted by mathowie July 8, 2011 at 2:53 PM
Yeah, we're working on posting automatically to both Twitter and Facebook right now. We might even have something for everyone to test out by next week.
posted by mathowie June 22, 2011 at 1:25 PM
The total fuel-ups won't be wrong, the dealer should fill the tank before handing you the keys to the vehicle.
When I bought a new car, I put down the mileage at signing (it was more than zero, due to test drives), and said it was a ten gallon partial fuel up. Measuring by odometer, this covered every fuel up and distance I've driven while owning it.
We may in the future provide a "new car?" first fuel option so you don't have to enter slightly bogus data to get started.
posted by mathowie June 21, 2011 at 11:13 AM
JollyEnglishGent, in the US, we talk about City/Highway in regards to street driving versus driving on a large high-speed freeway. So though back-roads in the farmlands are not quite "city" they are considered as part of everything that isn't a high speed expressway. You can disable the feature on your vehicles if you like.
posted by mathowie June 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM
Erik, where do we review all our previously setup reminders?
posted by mathowie June 8, 2011 at 10:43 PM
paulo500, did you try hitting the "metric" link just below the logo in the upper left?
posted by mathowie May 24, 2011 at 9:53 AM
We moved the custom stats up, so you can get tons of info on your first screen without too much scrolling.
posted by mathowie May 23, 2011 at 8:52 PM
I don't like the new forum, however. It is nothing like any other forum I've used, and in fact is more like the comments section at the end of an article on a newspaper website.
We didn't make any major changes to the forum with this redesign, and you are correct, it is built off our blogging tools and looks like a comment section, which we're comfortable with. We were not aiming for a standard car forum type design or interaction.
posted by mathowie May 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM
@sbw, yeah, we're working on slimming it down slightly and getting that background float problem fixed.
posted by mathowie May 23, 2011 at 9:08 AM
I'd also add if there's a feature you were wanting that isn't there or something you wished was changed, it'd work best if you held off for a couple weeks while we work through new site migration bugs first. (and there are a ton of new features on the way)
posted by mathowie May 21, 2011 at 8:23 PM
Also, to people complaining about the advertising or the width of the new site, you can hit the "Collapse sidebar" link on the right to clear that out.
posted by mathowie May 17, 2011 at 9:44 AM
For those of you wishing the notes in your log were expanded, there's now a handy link to "Expand notes" to show them inline, at all times.
posted by mathowie May 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM
Yeah, we've added cost/mile to our new custom stats page.
Here's a screenshot of one of your cars showing the cost/mile for the past 30 days (look on the bottom, right-most stat)
posted by mathowie May 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM