Well I'm back from Ohio! Had a great weekend, lots of fun. Onto the gas mileage of the little saturn. On the way down, i just followed my gps, it took me through chicago.. at rush hour, and through LOTS of construction. From western wi, to columbus ohio i averaged 44.7mpg.. On the way back i was determined to get 50mpg. I changed my route to avoid the construction and chicago. I managed to pull 49.8mpg on the way back... Not 50mpg like i wanted.. but so close that it didnt matter to me.
Two things from reading your post. First you were so close to your 50mpg target that you might as well say you made it......I mean a .02 difference is so small. (miniscule even) The other thing is you gained 5 mpg going around the city/traffic on the way back. That is a big difference and shows how much impact driving through traffic does to your mpg on that trip.
Its a base model 2000 SL1 Mtx. Soo for those of you who dont know what the cars have by model name.. its a single over head cam 8 valve 1.9 liter 4 banger, attatched to a 5 speed manual transmision. Its a base model, having only tilt wheel and a/c for options. It is also bone stock except for a cd player.