FE Challenge 11 - Fall 2010

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by PaleMelanesian, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    Yes, and no. I'd love to be higher in the results, but I would prefer to actually earn it...

  2. VegasDude

    VegasDude I remember you from the last light

    I'm taking a lot more short trips, spending time in traffic, parking lots, and construction zones. It will likely continue. This tank experienced a downward spiral that began with a 20 minute stop and go traffic jam and a valet who must have let it idle for a half hour, judging by the MPG readout when I got it back. I'm below 42 MPG with about half a tank left.
  3. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Or the valet may have tried some 0-60 mph runs ;-)
  4. VegasDude

    VegasDude I remember you from the last light

    I should have noted the trip readout before handing it over.
  5. Mr. Pancake

    Mr. Pancake Well-Known Member

    I'll have to check the hypermiling rule book but I'm pretty sure valet parking is strictly prohibited.
  6. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Say it's not so! We had a parking valet park my xB last Tuesday. And my current tank mpg is also at 42 mpg, although it's only 1/4 tank down.
  7. groar

    groar X-Frenchy: very

    Next week I have to take my car to drive a 375mi highway trip for work, so I filled-up this afternoon.

    660.0mi @ 60.85mpg.

    The virtual 60L (15.85ga) tank corresponds to 964mi, far from the kilo-tank :(
    Last 2 weeks have been very hard with heavy traffic nearly once a day...

    At least I kept my autumn challenge average over 200% and stayed over 2009 average :)

    I reduced the opening in the grill block again as the higher speed will cool the engine more. Hope I will wake up soon enough tomorrow to not have to drive too fast ;)

  8. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    I filled up today. I drove 757.0 miles and put in 8.82 gallons for 85.8 mpg. Near the beginning of the tank, I had a highway trip that was a bit more rushed than I wanted and, for 140.? miles I was only able to manage just over 80 mpg. The weather turned a bit chilly right about then and, combined with my relative inexperience with the Insight, I was never able to really recover.:( I did however get a bit of redemption on the way home from the station when, with my daughter in the car with me, managed 144.9 mpg over 8.5 miles...a new PR for me!:woot:
  9. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    Ugh. The cold (OK, cooler--we don't actually get COLD weather here!) and rain have put a hurt on this tank, I think. Plus the one near-bald tire can make things a little "interesting" in the rain. (Yeah, I have to get that suspension problem figured out....) I'm thinking that I won't even make 45 MPG with this tank. :(

  10. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    Re: FE Challenge 11 - Fall 2010: DOH!

    I was having trouble last week with the transmission not wanting to up-shift briskly or lock up, and the trans shop said that all of the diagnostic codes were ok. It was worse at some points better at others, but causing the mpg to drop.

    Today I am on my way to work, about 1 mile away and the engine whirrs down and stops. No sputtering no hesitation, just cuts out, no power and I am able to glide to a parking lot. I usually go down to the the last gallon and was sure that's where I was. I had road service and they brought a gallon of gas. Cranked like mad, but it wouldn't start.

    A tow truck came, and the driver inspected a fuel port near the intake.... no gas coming.

    The fuel pump had shorted out in the tank and blew a fuse. They had to drop the tank and replace it. I don't really know how much they lost or added doing the replacement so I have to scratch the tank.

    The only good news is that replacing the the fuel pump also replaced the tank sending unit so I have a gas gauge back. And interestingly enough the upshift/lock up problem has gone away, so my mileage home was good.
  11. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    bad news / good news

    Don't worry about the missing tank. That's clearly a special case.
  12. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    Crap. My average continues to deteriorate. It was only 42 MPG at my fill up last night.

    Time to re-check the tires, and put some more thought into what I'm doing right or wrong!

  13. groar

    groar X-Frenchy: very

    Filled-up after my highway trip for work : 331.6mi @ 57.4mpg.

    The result is much under my 60mpg challenge for this winter and my challenge average went down to 197.6% :(

    Compared to my last highway trip this summer, I lost 15% mpg because near freezing temps and lights.

    The additional grill block was definitively too much. Even at 41°F/5°C and 62mph/100kph I could see the temp gauge oscillating between "normal" and "over normal". Even if it was oscillating by only 2 needle thickness, I could feel the car less responsive.
    I removed the additional grill block during the way back. The temp gauge quickly came back to a stable "normal" and the car seamed to be more responsive. I got afraid by the battery voltage going down to 9.0V... but the multimeter battery was simply too low to give correct results :)

  14. VegasDude

    VegasDude I remember you from the last light

    I might be able to pull out 40 MPG. The temps and short city trips are taking a toll. EOC is making the car ride home chilly.
  15. Sulfuric

    Sulfuric Well-Known Member

    I added a coroplast air dam in the front. It looks like a ghetto body kit :rolleyes: but it actually looks good IMO because the coroplast is a clean white while my car's white paint has turned slightly off-white over the years. I cut a hole for cooling but I can cover it at any time, thanks to wingnuts! :D
    This tank is looking to be 45-50mpg.
  16. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    I started my current tank with a 42 mpg average after 120 miles traveled. I'm currently up to a 49 mpg avg after 260 miles.
  17. Sulfuric

    Sulfuric Well-Known Member

    Low speed highway driving (50-55mph), crossing my fingers for a 50mpg tank!
  18. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    Gonna be another crappy tank for me, I'm pretty sure. Why? FROST! It has returned to the Bay Area in force again. And I had an early-early drive to take the wife and myself to the airport on Thursday, which required idling the car to get the frost off the windshield. Had the defroster on full-blast, while scraping, and even that wasn't quite enough.

    Plus we left later than we wanted to, so I was prodded to drive faster than I wanted to go.

    Looks like I'm headed straight for the bottom of Div B!

  19. Sulfuric

    Sulfuric Well-Known Member

    Well, thanks to 50-55mph highway driving, a front air dam, and a tiny bit of underbody smoothing (both added about 2/3 through tank), I got a ~51 mpg tank, WOOT :D
    Now to see how the next tank works out, with the aero improvements and all . . .
    Have fun Div. B :p
  20. Mr. Pancake

    Mr. Pancake Well-Known Member

    Any pics of your modifications? I need to fashion an upper grill block for my car. And I'll have fun as soon as the warm weather comes back.

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