It looks like I'm on my way to another record tank. My last tank (56.29 mpg) had about 270 miles when my gage read 1/2, this tank was more like 285 miles . 1/2 tank as shown on the gage = roughly 4.75-4.8 gallons. I just need to keep it up till the next fill up. 60 mpg for the tank would be great! I just added some rear under tray work, along with a little duct tape on some seams last night too. I removed a section of my grill block above the bumper because I noticed the rad fan was coming on sometimes. The weather is finally flirting with freezing now, so it seems warm outside again.
Best tank= 81.23 mpg on july 1st 2008
SAVE SOME GAS, SAVE THE WORLD!
This tank has had quite a few highway miles at higher ambient temps, so I've been on track with a 200 "miles at half", which gets me in the mid-30's (pretty good for this car) -- especially with the harder mixed-driving to work thrown-in. BUT, the colder weather rolled-in along heavy winds and some snow today. The rest of the tank will probably average-out to slightly above usual.
Just when you think you're making some progress...
Time for my once-in-a-blue-moon update. Winter killed me, and I went from getting 50-55mpg tanks to getting 40-45mpg tanks in the blink of an eye. Frigid weather and a brand new Prius do not play well together . However, things are looking up. The MFD shows 49.6mpg @250 miles right now, which translates to something like 47.5-48mpg at the pump. Not too bad, considering. I think she's really starting to loosen up, as any time the temp gets above freezing she can do segments in the high 50s. That's with snow tires and the original oil still in place. I'll swap them both out as soon as feasible.
This morning I used my old route to school (didn't use Assiniboine Ave.) using Red's method of driving: 'perky' acceleration, speed, and didn't do EOC until I exited the TC Highway. 34.9mpg for the 3 miles to school.
Also, after class I went for a drive outside the city. Very icy conditions, 17*F with north winds @ 22mph. When I was driving into the wind on a rural highway @ 35mph with cruise control, the SG showed only 50.0mpg average! However the usual 70+mpg showed up when I entered the city driving at the same speed. Overall driving today netted 47.8mpg.
This past week has been an eye opener. I have been learning that every little bit counts, only in the wrong direction.
A freeway trip with a full load of passengers (no EOC) in the rain.
Dealing with 6 inches of new snow and freezing weather.
Plus, I found out why my Peug does not coast as well as my Jetta, a massively dragging rear brake. Noticed it when I was driving in the snow, the car would not get moving and was a bit squirrelly. A quick inspection revealed a long trench dug in the snow from a completely non-rotating wheel dragging along.....will have to get on that quickly!!!!
This tank is moving down quickly (relatively anyway) only about 180 mile for the first quarter compared to nearly 200 last tank.
I have a dragging LR brake too....on my 405....and the caliper slider pins are not the cause. Let me know what you figure out on it, because I'd like to have a go at mine without replacing brake hoses, caliper, etc...