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Old 08-05-2012, 01:31 AM   #1
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Not very precise mpg calculation

Anyone else notice the formula is off? I do not know precisely what is wrong but I could figure it out if I thought hard about it. Basically, it's always one fill up away from being absolutely accurate though. Quick guess is that it needs to use previously entered mileage for new fill-up mpg computation. That might not be exactly correct, but I'm close.
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:34 AM   #2
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I didn't mysteriously get better mileage this week. It all averages out in the end I guess.
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:42 PM   #3
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Why do you think the formula is off? Are you looking at miles-driven versus dispensed-fuel, or are you comparing with a trip computer showing MPG, or what?
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:51 PM   #4
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What did you do for your very first fill up? For example, if my car came filled from the dealer, I'd add my very first fuel-up at whatever mileage it had when I got the car, check "I missed a fuel-up" and if it didn't come with a full tank, "this is a partial fuel-up". That should correct things if you're always one fuel up from being perfectly accurate.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:03 AM   #5
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The formula isn't off... The first fuel up doesn't mean anything except to mark when you first gave the vehicle a full tank and the odometer reading if you use that (the amount of gas you added there won't affect your mpg). When you fuel up the second time to a full tank, the amount that you fill up is how much gas you used to go the distance that's on your odometer or trip.

The only source of error could come if a "full tank" is different each time you fill up.
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