Week of July 30th - August 5th 2007

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by brick, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    I made it down to Iowa okay and the results weren't too bad ;)
    1. 25.1mpg for 1.7mi (Home to Bakers Square for dinner)
    2. 48.2mpg for 91.3mi (Bakers Square to rest stop for wife)
    3. 49.6mpg for 142mi (Rest stop to Ames -- :woot:)
    Of interest is the average speed for the tank: 58.7mph
    Average speed for the last segment was: 65mph Max: 78mph
    Maybe I've got this high speed stuff figured out? ;)

    Tank is at 48.7mpg over 237mi (236.5mi ODO) with 11.1g left and the gauge at one needle width over 7/8ths. :D
  2. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Those are some pretty good numbers there Sean.
    We'll have to talk at Oak Creek.:D
  3. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Sure!! Uh, you aren't really a cop, are you? :eek:

    I don't like to drive that fast but there was a high percentage of speeding trucks on this route and I didn't want to get crushed. :(

    We'll see what I can manage on the way to Oak Creek with no passengers...
  4. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    No, I'm not a cop.:( I would probably only last a week or two as a cop then I would get fired or ambushed for writting too many speeding tickets.:mad:

    I wasn't able to top yesterday's average but I did manage to bring the tank average up another .1 over yesterday's number.
    1) 79.2-5.2(home to pick up my daughter at camp)
    2) 96.2-6.7(camp to store to pick up a prescription for my daughter)
    3) 75.6-?(store to convenience store because someone was thirsty-forgot to write segment miles:mad:)
    4) 140-6.3(convenience store to home)
    Average for today was 89.7 and the tank is at 83.7 after 514.7 miles.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2007
  5. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

    Well, I wrestled with the math and averages and numbers and feelings and prescient thoughts and settled on a 9.015 multiplier, going to the lower side of the possible multipliers until I get a chance to do a google map thingie for the trip downtown and compare. The offset in the ScanGauge is at 9%, and for 1.5 trips from and to the office, its pretty close: 11.4 SG vs. 11.46 Google Map vs. 11.5 Mapquest. Reset my mileage logs... oh darn I've had a couple of tanks over 700 miles!!:D Oh rats I am so close to having a trip of 50 mpg into work??!!:eek: (49.4 mpg)
    Today is 46.5 and 45.1 to / from work at 11.4 miles on the SG. Tank is showing 37.9 mpg for 300 miles on SG. (295.8 on odo, which is really 322.8..) oh I can hardly wait to make this fill up...last fill was 39.47 mpg when corrected... this next one could break 40! Oh, yeah and lookit the signature panel ... 33.3 mpg ... and the grey text in there is pretty sweet too :cool:
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2007
  6. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Very nice, Ken!! Looks like you've been playing hardball all this time and didn't even know it!!! :Banane51:
  7. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Just filled up Papa's Evil Dream. A lot better than I would have thought. Came in at 43.8 mpg.

    The car now has good oil in the crank case and transmission. Lets see what she wants to do now. :)

  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Sean:

    ___Almost 50 in the Elantra all-highway? That is excellent :D

    ___Larry, you are still getting better ;)

    ___Ken, be careful with how you enter tanks. I suspect your odo is a lot closer to actual then you think as 10% on the odo is way beyond a normal 1 – 2% offset many OEM’s may be at most. Remember how Honda got into trouble at 2% over? Everyone else is less off then that … Unless you have some over or undersized tires on her that is :)

    ___Jeff, waiting on that report!

    ___Took the Ranger out for the day again … A ton of short trips around town this morning (38 - 53 mpg). Pulled the Landscape trailer into and out of the garage twice (.4, .6, .7 and .9 mpg so I am learning) and loaded up the bed with 1.25 cu. yards of dirt for a trip to an empty lot – 35 there including backing up into the rough stuff and 54 back out didn’t help :( The 15.1 miles to my parent yielded a decent 71.4 into their drive.

    ___Good Luck

  9. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Just went for a drive in the country, out to the lakes and back again. Was a 33 mile loop. Trip was good for around 46 mpg.

  10. JimboK

    JimboK One owner, low mileage

    I've been laying low for the last few days during some R&R time at the river with my fiancee, her daughter and son-in-law, and their four children. (Bob, if you're reading, we're right on the York in Gloucester Point.) Mileage on the way down wasn't bad: 59 MPG for the first segment, followed by a lunch stop and 56 MPG on the second segment, mostly highway. Now that we're here, short trips for groceries and such, with a cold ICE and no place to plug in the block heater. :( Tank's down to about 65 MPG.
  11. GrendelKhan

    GrendelKhan Well-Known Member

    Quietly (and with a certain smugness) mocked an idiot for darting and weaving thru traffic, wasting tons of gas, and nearly causing a few accidents, so Mrs Khan reminded me that I used to be like that. Mrs Khan is always good for knocking me down a few pegs... Should have been quieter.

    Got my ScanGauge2 today. Hooking it up tomorrow... Also got a foot-powered air pump for the tires, and a better gauge.

  12. laurieaw

    laurieaw Sorceress of the North

    ok, i sacrificed sleeping late in order to get my car to honda by 8am. i asked to talk to the tech, rather than going through the service guy at the desk, who admits to knowing very little about the hybrids. he listened to my description, and didn't even give me the "stupid woman" look. took it for a drive, and then called honda. turns out there was another computer upgrade, which he did. another no charge visit.

    it's too soon to tell yet if anything has changed, since my drive home was on the 4 lane, 65 speed limit. i was having to work it very hard to even stay at 55 with a VERY stiff headwind. i was glad to pull into my driveway at about 59MPG. i think tomorrow should be a better check, since it's not supposed to be anywhere near as windy, and i am driving my usual route to the barn.
  13. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

    Wayne, I went and double checked the tires on the truck vs. what is spec'd for OEM size... and guess what? The previous owner apparently changed rims and tires from P195/70R14 to P215/75R15 ... yeah big time oversize! I was suspicious too of the 9.15% offset except that the other Ranger and the Guzzler both will list 11.5 miles to work, and that corresponds to Mapquest and Google Earth. I will double check a longer run next week to downtown for an additional check, but since the tires are so hugely different and oversize, that explains too why this truck is such a slug for acceleration...
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Ken:

    ___Yup, that would do it! Get those oversized POS off of their ASAP :)

    ___Good Luck

  15. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Wayne, 71.4?!? What the!?! :eek::eek::eek:

    Totally awesome, Ken! Drivin' with the big guys now. ;)

    Laurie, I really hope this is the end of your issues!! Keep us up to date, ok?

    Psy, lookin' good! :thumbs_up:

    I had a bad day for fuel economy. I was almost late for the wedding, had to run the AC for the wife, had lots of hills and a stiff headwind for many of the trips. :p
    1. 33.5mpg for 2.6mi (Hotel to Perkins)
    2. 30.3mpg for 2.7mi (Perkins to hotel)
    3. 34.1mpg for 4.1mi (Hotel to Church)
    4. 30.6mpg for 4.3mi (Church to hotel)
    5. 40.1mpg for 25.0mi (Hotel to reception -- Dang wind!!)
    6. 49.2mpg for 25.7mi (Reception to hotel -- That's more like it :D)
    7. 39.4mpg for 4.2mi (Hotel to movie theater -- Bourne Ultimatum is pretty good.)
    8. 32.8mpg for 2.5mi (Theater to hotel -- Poor finish to a poor performance day :()
    The tank is languishing at 46.4mpg over 309mi (308.5mi ODO) with 9.3g left and the gauge at one needle width over 5/8ths.

    I've still got the rest of the tank to pull it back up hut tomorrow I'm going to have to use the air again to keep the peace. Marriage first. ;)
  16. diamondlarry

    diamondlarry Super MPG Man/god :D

    Sean, I hear you on the A/C use.:) Perhaps later on you and her will be able to come to a compromise that will keep both of you at least partially happy.

    I had a poor FE day as well. Temp was in the low 70'sF and it was raining moderately heavy. Plus, I ventured to the edge of a fair sized city and traffic was heavier than I'm used to. In spite of everything, I managed to pull off 75.0 for 31.3 total miles. The tank average took a hit down to 83.4 after 545.4 miles.
  17. SlowHands

    SlowHands Hypermiling Ironman

    I'm going to have to suffer with the POS tires and rims for a while, daughter heading back to college in a couple weeks. The shiny side is that it's like having a really tall rear axle ratio :) ... mebbe like 3.40 instead of 3.73 (the ratio listed in the specs)
  18. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    I made it back and though I thought I was going to be stuck in the low 46's I did manage to pull it up before getting home. Then some kids on bicycles would NOT get out of the road and I lost 2/10ths on the way to the garage. That's pretty hard to do with a full 231mi on the trip!!! :p

    Larry, I stick to AC on during glides -- that lessens the hit somewhat but that's pretty much what kept me right around 46mpg for so long. When I got closer to the cities it was overcast and a bit cooler so I started FASing my glides. That and lower speeds brought it back up...

    85F down to 73F, no wind, sunny to overcast:

    1. 48.4mpg for 231mi (Hotel to home)

    That low tank average is back up to 47.3mpg over 540mi (541.4mi ODO) with 4.6g left and the guess gauge indicating 3/16ths. I wonder how far I can nurse this one??
  19. laurieaw

    laurieaw Sorceress of the North

    well, what a stinker of a week. even though my gauge read 64.3 to and from the barn today, when i filled up i only got 56.8. :mad: i guess that reflects what was going on all week. i hope it's just a blip and i can return to my usual 60+, especially since i am going on a road trip to lacrosse on friday from minneapolis.

    top that off with the fact that i discovered my right rear tire very low this morning when i stopped for my coffee. i filled it back up and stopped at fleet farm after i rode to get it checked out. turns out there was a nail in there, and even though i usually check all around, i am not sure how long it was low. grrrrr. not a happy camper.

    my FE gauge seemed to be OK today, but the battery stilll had moments of craziness......it discharges while i am coasting in neutral, and other times while i am coasting it shows 4 bars of charge. once i looked down and there was only about 1/4 charge. in spite of the software updates i can't help but think i am still having some kind of battery problem.
  20. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    50.2 @ 15.6 mi (roundtrip to town dump Saturday)
    39.7 @ 90.2 mi (RT to Worcester + 20 miles of driving in Worc.)
    Worcester kills my average! Part of it is I'm not good at city hypermiling, part of it is carrying 450 lb of sons, plus no FASing when I'm carrying passengers.

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