Week of December 4 to December 10 (Nat’l Avg $2.476)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 20 deg F , wind WNW12 , light snow. 16.2 miles , no highway , 58.78 MPG.

    At no time did I attempt to extract any heat from the engine , which barely maintained 155 F.

    Tank is at 332.0 miles , 61.66 MPG. Brrrr. Boy , it's nice to wrap my paws around a hot cup of coffee.
     
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  2. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    We're you parked outside as well? Double whammy.
     
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  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Parked outside , no block heater , no grille blocking ! Triple whammy. I can correct part of that tonight.

    When I move , which may now happen in February , I will be much closer to work. A six or eight mile trip is not long enough to get high MPG #'s.

    But it will certainly reduce the amount of fuel I burn now with a 35 mile trip. In the summertime , I might still get some decent numbers. But summer is farrrrr away.
     
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  4. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Just made it to detour #2 last night but needed 2 up and down the junction tricks to avoid some standing traffic, 49°F, 15mph cross/tailwind SSW:
    46.5 / 20.1

    As soon as I got home, took youngest to Youth Club, slightly downhill - did loads of low speed engine off coasts, perfect run :), no stops, no people behind me
    wanting to go faster than 10 - 20mph :rolleyes:, first time over 100mpgUK on the FCD over 32 tanks and 29 months of ownership of the Audi:
    82.6 (FCD 87.0mpgUS = 104.5mpgUK) / 1.8 :D:D:D

    44.1 / 1.7 - return making it an adjusted 58mpg for the 3.5 mile round trip

    Picked her up later in the Jazz/Fit but only managed 45mpg for the round trip.

    This morning, big queue to traffic light section in right hand lane so carried on down the left and a nice space opened up so I took it ;), 53°F, wind is building - 19mph cross/headwind SSW:
    45.3 / 22.5


    Tank down 0.2 at 43.6 (FCD 46.0) / 303.6 / Range 300 . Guess gauge F___«|««««E . UG down 0.2 at 45.5 / DTE 311

    Lost 3rd pip @ 270 miles
     
  5. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Way to go, Gord!
     
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  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I took the short route home. Uses about the same fuel either way. (50 mpg / 5 mi or 40 mpg / 4 mi) The 5 mile route is calmer traffic.
    42.6 mpg / 4.2.

    51.8 / 11.5 - school and work this morning

    Tank 52.1 / 71 mi.
     
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  7. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    That's awesome Gord, well done. Goes to show what's possible without traffic to contend with.

    Edwin, I feel your pain (from your frostbitten fingers ;) ) driving in the cold, but considering the circumstances, you did really well. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you really need to get that grill block done. If it doesn't have one (I've never seen under a Prius), a front belly pan as well. Wrap it up tight, then you can use your heater for engine cooling and heating you. I think you should be able to get engine temps up to 180+ at those temps with a commute that long. My Echo gets warmer than 155* on my short commute. One day I'm going to post a picture of my engine bay on the Echo.

    41.1 - 4 miles yesterday morning, 20*F, brought the work van home last night.
    60.2 - 4.7 miles home today, 37*F. Beautiful day today, got to 47*F. Hard to believe it's this warm in December.
     
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  8. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 16.5 deg F , wind SW10. 35.1 miles , 57.47 MPG. Puddleglum , you are absolutely right about the grille blocking.
    As far as a belly pan , I'm pretty sure the Prius has one , but I was never actually under there. :)
    Tank is at 401.2 miles , 61.19 MPG. I kept coolant temp in the 175-180 F range while on the highway ( less on secondary roads ) ,
    but I do want to be warm for PART of my trip. When not on the highway , I don't use heat. Period.
     
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  9. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Pretty sure the Prius does have a smooth belly pan already. I've seen discussions about oil changes being harder because you have to remove it first.

    50.9 / 5.6 - home last night. No heat.
    50.7 / 11.4 - school and work this morning. Temps right at freezing. Had useful heat about halfway through.

    Tank is at 52.0 / 106 mi.
     
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  10. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    42 - 4 mi. this morning, 19*F. Engine temp was 140* after first mile and 185* by the time I got to work, even with at least 25% EOC and no highway.. Car was plugged in, heater on but fan off. 56.3 - 4.7 miles home.
     
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  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 27 deg F wind WNW 12. 35.1 miles , 57.75 MPG. Tank is at 470.5 miles , 60.54 MPG. I may get 600 miles from this tank , but I'm reluctant to go more than 35-40 miles after the last pip starts flashing. It never takes more than about 10 gallons , and "theoretically" the tank holds 11.9 gallons. I never stuff the tank , and when the pump shuts off , I'm done. Too much work ! I'm obviously lazy ; I have a Prius.
     
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  12. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Not exactly. The engine under-cover is only under the engine compartment. Much of the remainder of the underside is not nearly as smooth as I'd expected.
    You don't have to remove the entire engine under-cover to change the oil and filter, although some people do. For oil and filter changes, there's a trap door within the under-cover that can be folded down or made removeable. (I chose the latter, so I can change oil without removing the entire cover or lifting the car high enough for the trap door to open.)
     
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  13. First real accumulation of snow on the roads today. Got the first round of cars with bad tires and texters in the ditches
     
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  14. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Same here.
     
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  15. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Sorry you guys have deal with the dreaded white stuff, guess it can't be avoided though. Unusual weather here this year. Really cold in October/November and now unseasonably warm. Then I hear Mexico got snow.
    Lots of running around today, mostly with the family. 47.5 - 19.7 miles total (daily trip on SG finally reset) for 8 trips.
    Got a couple of really nice runs in the midst of it. 70.3 - 1.8 miles, 64.9 - 4.8 miles.
     
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  16. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Not perfect for Aero drag but goes a long way toward keeping the engine bay warm. A grill block is easy to do, a belly pan is a lot more work.
     
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  17. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks guys :D

    Detour #2 again Thursday night, needed 2 up and down the junction tricks again - I'll be glad when December is over! 43°F, 11mph tailwind W:
    38.9 / 20.3


    Friday morning, bad start - hampered by a car waiting in a stupid place on car sharer's dead-end street meaning I couldn't do my usual reverse coast to his 41.3 / 22.6 - Poor


    Tank down 0.5 at 43.1 (FCD 45.5) / 346.5 / Range 235. Guess gauge F____|««««E . UG down 0.6 at 44.9 / DTE 260

    Half tank @ 335 miles
     
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  18. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Home Friday lunchtime, 2UP, motorway route - no detours, great run, 37°F, 12mph tailwind W:
    55.7 (indicated 55.7) / 22.3


    Tank up 0.3 at 52.1 (indicated 54.9) / 368.8 / Range 220 . Fuel gauge F____|««««E . UG up 0.2 at 54.1 / DTE 240
     
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  19. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Sunday , I filled up first thing in the morning, since I knew I had to drive about a hundred miles before getting back to my Shell. So , it wasn't a long-distance tank.
    510.0 miles / 8.498 gallons = 60.014 MPG. Fcd = 64.0 I REALLY didn't expect to crack 60 in December, not with all the highway driving I've been doing.
    Sunday's driving was about 95 miles and about 59 MPG.
     
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