Cool, zpiloto. Sometimes... sometimes ... I wish I had to commute, so I could play the MPG and route-finding game every day. (Then I give myself a dope-slap and smarten up.)
Just came back from a long-ish trip:
73.3 mpg (US) round trip
40 miles, 90% rural
53 mph max / 30 avg
alternator on for half, debelted for return trip
about 75 F, light rain/wet roads for half
Despite the car getting its best fuel economy on flat roads at the lowest possible RPM, I noticed that perhaps in the real world I'm able to maintain a higher average at higher speeds, say 75-80 km/h. Maybe it's because it gives me more of an opportunity to use a mild "pulse and bleed" style.
I was bleeding some really long stretches at 80+ mpg, and occasionally sustaining 100+ for significant distances. These were almost imperceptible bleeds, too, only possible with feedback from the ScanGauge. This was on mildly rolling roads.
And to think I never got to play with my Geo with additives like Acetone or Torco and only averaged 53mpg and you are almost double that YIKES! and my brother doesn't think it is worth saving. Washed it off today and of course it rained afterwards. Sticker runs out this month and registration runs out after next month . . . time to make a decission to keep it on the road or not . . . front alignment as it is patched up welding is not very good . . . tires pointing outwards . . . may need to take it for a spin on the road to see what happens to the tires and how it rolls . . . would hate to make one quick stop and break the wheel off again.
If it's anything like the patch on the red ForkenSwift, I don't think you'll like the way it drives. It really needs that suspension mount area replaced or properly rebuilt to be safe & properly aligned. Good luck!
Since my car died, I have been driving my grandfather's car. He recently(July 7) bought another car. Guess what, it's a '97 Saturn 5-speed and it's red too. *thought transmission is a success* I put my tires on it(60 psi) along with my 195 thermostat, my Halo plugs, Splitfire Dual Core wires, IAT mod, and the O2 sensor out of my car since it was almost new. The car he bought has 158,000 miles on it plus he has power steering where my car was non-power steering and only had 136,500 miles. Anyway, I filled up last night with 4.85 gallons and travelled 215.355 miles for an mpg figure of 44.4 I will be driving this car until my new one is ready. The new one is a '99 SL2 5-speed with power steering that I picked up for $2800. It has 94,500 miles. Should I add my temporary ride to the garage?
Horsepower is how hard you hit the wall, torque is how much of the wall you take with you.
The fuel tank continues to be a pain to fill. I had to nurse in every drop because the pump keeps shutting off. The MID was disconnected during inspection so I dont have good data to calibrate it. My guess it that the MID overregisters fuel consumed so my daily numbers may actually be higher than what I have been reporting. The 68 MPG assumes that the tankwas full. Since I spilled somefuel duringthe last clickand I could see the fuel at the top of the filler, Im pretty sure it was full.
Any ideas why my tank is so hard to fill? Im wondering if it is related to my HC emmissions failure. Also, I replaced thefuel cap because it alsofailed inspection. One thing I have noticed is that during the few times that I have ever removed the fuel cap, there has never been a pressure release which I normally hear on any other car. Any ideas why? Perhaps related to emmissions failure?