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Old 09-15-2003, 11:13 AM   #1
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new gas mileage thread

cayying over the thread from the old boards. Read alot about bad mileage but got 35.5 mpg on my first tank.


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Old 09-15-2003, 11:31 AM   #2
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Yeah, just wait till your car is broken in and you start to get on it. Then you'll see the bad gas mileage. Believe me, it's not pretty.
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If you beat a car you have to expect bad mileage. Everything comes at a price.
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Old 09-15-2003, 11:46 AM   #4
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There are lots of other variables too, poor maintenance, high speed, and heavy loads also contribute to poor gas mileage.
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Data points: ZX3 PZEV 5-speed, first tank was 27.4 mpg and second was 28.6 mpg. I am not taking it real easy during break-in, just staying between 2K and 4K rpm. My daily commute is about 50 miles round-trip on a combination of city stop-n-go, quiet secondary roads, and some Interstate. Minimal A/C usage. From what I've seen so far, you'd have to drive this thing like the Dukes of Hazzard to drop into the low 20's. Or sit around forever in stop-n-go traffic. Fuel economy depends enormously on where you live and how you drive. Where I live isn't flat like Kansas nor is it mountainous like Colorado, but it is hilly. And I am a smooth driver but definitely not pokey.
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fwiw my commute is 35 miles each way 34 of which is a no traffic highway. steady 65 mph never ever ever use air (heat and humidity lover)
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I'm getting around 30-32 combined. It varies on my driving characteristics Regular driving, about 32mpg. Back roads fun and autox, then it drops to 28-29.

But most of my driving is highway.
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had the car since july 20th, it reads 8900 miles now. I get about 26-29 mpg, depending on a/c, traffic, heavy foot. I can pretty much control how much I get per gallon by the way I drive and how I use the a/c more conservativley. The worst I have gotten so far was in the 25-26 range.
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I leave for work early. No traffic on the way, no a/c. usually catch 2-4 stoplights. On the way home its stop and go traffic, a/c on, 30 miles round trip. If Im really careful I get 27.7 mpg. If I drive like the devil is close behind I get 25 mpg. I fill up about every 11-12 days.

For about a gallon of gas difference every 11-12 days, about $1.50, I can drive hard and have fun. A small price to pay in my view.
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the fun will be well worth the $1.50. Can't wai till she's broken in.
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