It was -33 Thursday morning here in beutiful (?) Merrill Wisconsin. My van doesn't even get up to full operating temp on my drive to work. I guess a 220 degree temp swing is too much to ask in 3.6 miles.
I was planning a road trip to Vero Beach Florida all this month . . . when the weather gets warmer. No point in getting my xB windshield blown out by road sand. Yesterday morning my short trip from a friends house to my house got be about 33.2mpg but it is mostly up hill from sea level to about 320 feet. Started out at about 11 degrees outside. The restart after an hour and a half rest and cool down yielded 45.6mpg on the trip from Tiverton to Newport however. The trick is just go slow - highway speeds in cold weather is a real mileage killer because of the increased air density - it effectively increases the frontal area of the vehicle as well as reducing the combustion temperatures unless you have warm air intake heaters.
Wile-E hated it, coldest day the transmission was acting flaky due to fluid not getting warm enough. Kinda forced into a lot of warm-up idling as well, just to get fluids moving and get the screen warm enough not to ice up inside from breathing. So mpg sucked too, have a ~26mpg tank to post
I remember The RoadWarrior..To understand who he was, you have to go back to another time..the world was powered by the black fuel & the desert sprouted great cities..Gone now, swept away..two mighty warrior tribes went to war & touched off a blaze which engulfed them all. Without fuel, they were nothing..thundering machines sputtered & stopped..Only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage would survive. The gangs took over the highways, ready to wage war for a tank of juice