Fuel Economy Challenge 8 - Winter 2010

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by PaleMelanesian, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Well... I did the trip out and back, starting with 1/4 tank. Disappointing 64 mpg round trip.

    Then I filled up, and the Scangauge was underreporting my mpg. :D I topped it off and drove around the block and came back to top off again - I've never filled it this high before. I can be sure this was not a short fill.

    886 miles, 12.2 gallons = 72.6 mpg!

    And that means 1st place in the challenge. I was expecting to need 73, but the extra distance and better-than-expected fillup made the difference.

  2. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Great work, Andrew!!! :D:thumbs_up: :woot:
  3. jimepting

    jimepting Well-Known Member

    Great work Andrew:Banane06:

    I expect to top off on the 31st and finish the Winter quarter. Not expecting to maintain my current average, since I've been stuck in suburban Richmond:( But should be good enough for the win in Division C. I won't be much of a threat in the spring quarter.
  4. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    I thought I was going to make it but i had to fill up today since I was already near the station while running an errand. I filled up after 722.3 miles and used 8.900 gallons for 81.157 mpg. I guess I'll have a couple day head start on Round IX.
  5. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Nice work with the 80, Larry.
  6. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Thanks. I hope that is as low as I ever go after I get done with my wiring project.:)
  7. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Larry and his batteries. <shakes head>

    Look out!! :eek:
  8. lxmike

    lxmike Well-Known Member

    I've never had much luck doing any wiring in my cars or house. never worked out right and would have to get a pro to make it right.
  9. GaryG

    GaryG Well-Known Member

    Just added my last tank of this FE Challenge 8 and had my best tank so far. Went 790.7 miles on 13.604 gallons of E10 for a 58mpg tank.

  10. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    That's super impressive from that monster vehicle, Gary!! :eek:

    Sorry, Andrew -- looks like you missed out again. :p
  11. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Ah, um, !@#$@#!

    I mean... Well done, good sir. Congratulations, Gary.

    ;) At least I didn't let you just walk away with it.
  12. GaryG

    GaryG Well-Known Member

    Thanks Andrew

    I expected cpeter38 to win but I guess it was to cold for him without a heater or something. I thought you were planning on a big move because you seemed to want to know if I had logged my last tanks. All I can say is I've mastered the wind and rain this last month because I sure had enough of it. Good thing I had my goal set on a 60mpg tank for this last fill or I never would have made the 58mpg tank.

    Thanks Sean, the FEH is a monster compared to your Insight but Ford did an excellent job on that 2.5L engine. I do most of the shopping at Publix, Costco, Sams Club, Walmart and BJ's, so I carry a 165Qt Igloo cooler in the back just in case. The cooler fits nicely in both the '05 and '09 FEH and I keep a 20lb bag of ice in it when I go out. I keep the ice in the bag to use over and over again and just put it back in the freezer when I get home. Being 280 pounds myself, I never worry about carrying around extra weight so I need a monster that gets great mileage.

  13. jimepting

    jimepting Well-Known Member


    What are the rules on final fill and reporting? Got under time pressure today and haven't gotten filled.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2010
  14. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Not much in the way of rules, really. I don't think it's a problem if you fill tomorrow.
  15. jimepting

    jimepting Well-Known Member

    Ok, thanks.

    On a more serious note, I think this is something that also needs a "simple" rule change. Something like, "The final fill must be reported within 10 days of the challenge completion."
  16. Sulfuric

    Sulfuric Well-Known Member

    I second that motion.
  17. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Noted. I will add it to the next challenge.
  18. jimepting

    jimepting Well-Known Member

    Topped off the tank last night to finish Winter Challenge. 326 miles and 4.104 gallons for a 79.43 MPG. A bit worse because of shorter trips, more traffic, more starts/stops.

    Still a great Quarter for me:woot:

    Now have another car for DW so I am feeling better about Division B in the Spring Challenge:)
  19. Kacey Green

    Kacey Green Well-Known Member

    updated the final 2 tanks, rolling the current one, well over half

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