If that's the case, then say "Look at user submitted mileage reports on FuelEconomy.gov", not "Look at my gaslog"
I was rebutting this guy's comment:
Originally Posted by Fetch
...says the per son with a 30.02 mpg 90-day average in his 1998 Civic. Was it loaded with 4 people and luggage the entire time you achieved this "terrible" fuel economy? Also note that the EX has more power and shorter gearing than your LX.
32 MPG is within the normal non-hypermiler range for a Civic EX, especially when loaded down. Ditto the Accord.
I said read the fuel log because of the comments I made, not because of the fuel economy numbers. It should have been obvious there was something wrong with the car considering I had lots of stuff to say and how I only accumulated 2 tanks of gas over the course of a year.. Not to mention the whole I left the car parked for over a year thing..
I wasn't trying to tell OP that my fuel log is an example of the great fuel economy he could be getting..
I already know for certain the fuel economy these cars get. Just go to fueleconomy.gov and see the user submitted fuel economy numbers. The LOW for the M/T '99 Civic EX is 31mpg with a high being 42 which is very plausible thanks to the shorter gearing. Not saying the OP should be getting my fuel economy but definitely should be getting better than what he got.
A "loaded down" car doesn't affect highway fuel economy as much as city fuel economy, so the fact that the car was loaded isn't really relevant unless you're climbing huge hills.
I just visited fueleconomy.gov. Note that the Civic EX 5-speed had an identical powertrain from 1996-2000. The average FE reported for those years:
1996: 34.2 (range: 26-42)
1997: 35.2 (range: 33-36)
1998: 31.7 (range: 19-39)
1999: 35.4 (range: 31-42)
2000: 31.8 (range: 26-36)
The average of these results is 33.66 mpg.
The weighted average, taking into account the # of vehicles reporting for each year, is 33.47 mpg.
I said it before, and I will continue to do so: 32 mpg is reasonable performance for a loaded 1999 Honda Civic EX 5-speed driven by a non-hypermiler at freeway speeds. 32 mpg does not mean there is something mechanically wrong with the car.
Even so, I think the OP lost interest in this thread long ago.