Week of January 22 to January 28 (Nat’l Avg $2.538)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    I was wrong in saying my truck is indifferent to the cold. I have spent a lot of time in sub-20*F weather since the start of the year, including one night at -1*F. I can tell you that Diesel anti-gel works, and that modern diesels are a work of art, starting just a couple of revs slower than in summer.

    But, I have had to fight my way up to 6.9mpg in the last three weeks. Plenty of snow didn't help, as that's naturally more RR, but it seems even lighter loads kept my mpg down. I have near 500 miles to clear down to Dallas tomorrow and I'm finally seeing more mild temps and a wind at my back, but I doubt I'll see 7.0mpg.

    My DEF mileage is even more horrendous than the actual fuel...
     
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  2. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    49 - 4 mi. 13*F to work this morning.
    64 - 4.7 mi. 26*F home this afternoon.
    Tank shows 46.6 - 223 miles.

    I didn't realize the Prius had a in car back up alarm. Does seem it would be annoying. I've never had a factory TMPS either but it sounds like a pain as well. I prefer my TMPS (tire pressure gauge and an air chuck). Much simpler with two sets of tires.
     
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  3. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    TPMS is a pain. I'll face the light and concur with you on using my gauge and a few minutes of my time.
     
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  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Here in America, we have a wonderful Uncle who protects us from our own stupidity. He knows that we are incapable of monitoring our own tire pressure and was kind enough to
    make TPMS mandatory for the last ten years. Whatever would we do without Uncle Sam and his safety nannies ?

    Today , 25 deg F , wind SSE8 , no highway , clean roads. 16.3 miles , 61.1 MPG. Tank is at 446.2 miles , 57.85 MPG.
    Scenic route home tonight + mid-40s temp should = about 63MPG. Three pips remaining , I should fill up Friday morning.
     
  5. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    53.5 / 5.2 - home last night
    49.8 / 14.9 - home-school-home this morning, frosty. Got a sick kid so I'm working remote from home. Software engineers can do that. ;)

    Tank 50.1 / 57 mi.
     
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  6. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Sure, and the next requirement that I happened to look into is the rear view camera on all new cars by May 2018, unless something changes. There's already a 50%+ adoption rate and it is a good thing, so hopefully it'll just become the norm. I'm tired of the mention of a rear view camera as a feature on some new cars, or an option. Just do it already.


    http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/31/autos/rear-facing-cameras/index.html
    https://www.autotrader.com/car-news/new-backup-camera-rule-cameras-will-be-mandatory-by-2018-223739
    https://www.ceoutlook.com/2017/06/26/trump-admin-may-change-backup-camera-law/
     
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  7. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Puddleglum, I saw the photos you posted of your Echo. That's the best looking Echo I've ever seen! And the wonderful mods! Clean and flush grill block, full underbody cover, insulation in the engine bay, and was that an 8-track I saw in the cockpit? Kidding on the last bit. :D What's the button on the gear shift? Engine kill?
     
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  8. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    I agree! Never seen an Echo before, pretty sure they never sold it in Europe...
     
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  9. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Thanks, but honestly it looks better in the pictures than in real life. There is a lot of rust underneath that body kit (fixed some of it last summer) and the front bumper cover is held together with Gorilla tape. Nevertheless, it is perfect for my needs as a city commuter, simple, reliable, room for four adults, a large trunk, and cheap. The belly pan only goes part way back, but it is insulated as are the sides of the engine bay. Yes, the button on shift knob is a kill switch. It has made EOC really simple.
    Gord, I think the Echo was called a Yaris
    In Europe, but it may have only been the hatchback version.
    47 - 4 mi. to work today. 57.3 - 4.7 mi. home.
    17*F morning and evening but snow blew in this afternoon so roads weren't great.
    [​IMG]
     
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  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 37 deg F . wind S9 , dry roads. 35.1 miles , 60.45 MPG. Tank is at 515.4 miles , 58.59 MPG. The scenic trip home yesterday helped a lot.
    34.0 miles , 43-45 deg F , one 10 minute stop , 67.89 MPG. Two pips remaining , looks like I won't fill up until tomorrow morning.
    And scenic route home after work today in 50 deg temps = 70 MPG trip ?
     
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  11. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Finally it wasn't frozen this morning, I didn't have to haul buckets of water to the animals.

    53 / 5.4 - to music practice last night
    49 / 1.5 - to Lowe's after
    53.7 / 5.3 - home

    58.8 / 4.3 - straight to work this morning. School is closed because too many students and staff are sick. :eek:

    Tank 51.0 / 73 mi.
     
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  12. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    I think all the crazy swings in the weather this winter is making cold and flu season a lot worse.

    Looks like our milder weather has come to an end for a while. No snow today but much colder. Not looking forward to next week.
    44.2 to work, 1*F
    51.1 - 5 mi. to store on the way home from work.
    34.5 - 1 mi. home, 6*F. Windy all day, -11*F windchill.
     
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  13. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 45 deg F , wind W11. 35.1 miles , 62.59 MPG. Filled up this morning with Shell 87 E10. 554.3 miles / 9.437 gallons = 58.74 MPG. It's January in Chicago.

    The good news : I brought my Trek to work with me and I'm going to ride on the Salt Creek Greenway Trail after work today. Maybe 25-30 miles ; let's see how I feel.
     
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  14. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Today was a write off for me mileage wise. Only upside was I didn't go far so not a lot of damage to the tank.
    -13*F this morning and went out at an unusual time for me. Block heater timer shut off and car was an icebox. Only got up to 4*F. Seven trips over seven hours, 7.4 miles total and all in the city center. Longest trip was only 1.7 miles. I lost track of the trip mileage's but avg. was below 30 for sure.
     
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  15. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Yesterday ,I did go on a bike ride , but on the Desplaines River Trail. Unfortunately , the trail was still kind of soft ( duh) and I mostly rode off to the side of the trail.
    This makes pedalling MUCH harder , lol. I ended up with only 18.3 miles , but I did get a pretty good workout for my first (outdoor) bike ride of the year.
    I'll be leaving the Trek at work now ; makes it easy to ride in the forest preserve right after work during the week. The Giant stays at home because ,
    well because it's too big to fit in the car without some disassembly. Driving about 20 miles today with one stop. Temperature about 35 F.
     
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  16. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Of course, we have the Toyota Yaris but only hatchback as you say.

    Edwin - good plan with the bikes :cool:

    I haven’t driven at all as i’ve had a extremely painful shoulder, looks like it’s a sprain & a pinched nerve :(, been on strong painkillers and even had Wednesday off work (unheard of!!). Might need physiotherapy.

    I have asked car pooler to drive tomorrow with a view to me driving the rest of the week....
     
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  17. puddleglum

    puddleglum Well-Known Member

    Gord, sorry you are in so much pain. Hope it clears up soon and you can get some relief.

    Really cold again this morning. Coasts are way shorter in this weather as everything gets so stiff.
    32 - 3.4 mi. to church this morning. -14*F (-26*C)
    50.8 - 3.4 home. Warmed up to -2*F
    42.4 - 10.5 mi. out to get a hair cut this afternoon. 6 miles of that was rural road as the girl who cuts my hair lives out of town. 1*F and 10 mph head/crosswind.
    51.8 - 10.5 mi. back home. 10 mph Tail/crosswind, partly snow covered roads.
    45.9 -277 mi. for tank. A little below half.
     
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