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Old 04-04-2012, 09:50 AM   #671
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I have an SEL Hatch with the premium pkg. Does anyone know if there is an instant MPG reading mode? All I can seem to locate is avg mpg. Car has 350 miles on it and avg is only at about 27.7 combined with 65/35 hwy/city.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:54 AM   #672
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I have an SEL Hatch with the premium pkg. Does anyone know if there is an instant MPG reading mode? All I can seem to locate is avg mpg. Car has 350 miles on it and avg is only at about 27.7 combined with 65/35 hwy/city.
There isn't. You have to get a scangauge if you want instant info.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:38 PM   #673
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Yeah that would be frustrating. How fast do you go on the highway? Do you idle a lot? Let it warm up for 20 minutes in your driveway?
I usually go between 70-75 mph. And I live in San Diego where traffic is really not bad (but we still complain). I don't idle a lot, in fact when I start my car, in about 10 seconds, I drive off. Like I mentioned, could it be the gas I'm using? I will try filling up from Chevron one of these days and see if there will be any difference.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:30 PM   #674
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It's gotta be way more than that. How did you measure it? If with the onboard computer I wouldn't trust it for that small a difference unless you do several 5-minute tests at each speed in both directions.

Popular Mechanics carefully measured a huge 14 mpg difference between 55 and 70mph, or almost 1mpg per mph.

I wish someone that bought the Scangauge would come up with a fuel consumption vs speed curve for this car.

Yea, I calculate gallons vs. Miles driven.
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I have noticed major differences in the way the car performs and shifts with different brands of gas. Mine likes Sams club or Sunoco gas. Hates Shell gas which I always thought was good, or, maybe it's just me? It's just strange. I could get 37+ on some long 70mph+ highway runs with certian gas, and only 33+ with others. Wierd. Maybe it's the direct injection is pickier about fuel?
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:49 PM   #676
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There's no excuse for folks going 5, or even 10, mph below the posted speed limit. And 9 times out of 10 when I get to see who's holding me up, they're on a cell phone. Then again I'm sure I get called a slowpoke when I'm doing my usual and consistent 5-7 mph over the limit and folks are riding my butt wanting to do 15 over. But I can live with that.
Again, going slower saves money on fuel and at $4 ++ per gallon in this Obama-nation economy, people need to try and save gas/money anyway they can.
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Again, going slower saves money on fuel and at $4 ++ per gallon in this Obama-nation economy, people need to try and save gas/money anyway they can.
Wrong again buddy. I will be you I get better fuel economy going 45 in a 45 than some jacka$$ in the same car going 35 in a 45.
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Yea, I calculate gallons vs. Miles driven.
I'm confused. You actually filled up the tank, drove 70mph for a while, filled up the tank again to note fuel used at 70, then drove 75mph for a while, then filled up the tank a third time to note fuel used at 75?

If so then I call your calculations bogus because I don't believe you can fill a tank up exactly the same 3 times in a row to the nearest hundredth of a gallon.

There is much greater than a 1mpg difference between 70mph and 75mph.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:40 AM   #679
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I've only filled up once since the dealer filled it when I bought it 2 weeks ago. I let the gas pump shut off on it's own and didn't add another drop since I figured this is what the dealer did, at best.

I got 34.4 MPG over about 250 miles. This is with neutral costing, predictive stops, slow acceleration, etc.

My mileage computer claimed 37.2 IIRC. It gave me a totally bunk reading on my drive home of 43.5. I assume that's part of why the computer read 3mpg high. My best theory is the computer takes a little time to get accurate.

I have a 22-mile commute that includes something around 15 to 30 stops each trip depending on traffic and how I hit the lights.

I'll be filling up again this week and I'll report back on the second tank if I remember it.
Filled up last night for my 2nd time. Computer said 37.2 for the tank again. Actual mileage on the fill was 38.9. Same gas station, different pump. This is driving with all the mileage tricks I know, all on the same commute I mentioned above.
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Filled up last night for my 2nd time. Computer said 37.2 for the tank again. Actual mileage on the fill was 38.9. Same gas station, different pump. This is driving with all the mileage tricks I know, all on the same commute I mentioned above.
Sounds identical to my commute, 22 miles, maybe 20-25 potential stops but probably actually have to stop at 15 of them. I'm getting around 33mpg, accelerating pretty aggressively but coasting whenever possible.

I'm interested to know, do you actually shift into neutral and let off the clutch when you coast? I've read that's worse than coasting in gear because of the fuel shut off feature. Also, how slow do you accelerate to say 50mph? Can you measure the seconds on your next commute? I was getting better mpg after starting to accelerate more briskly and getting to 50mph (the economy sweetspot) sooner, but maybe that was just a result of breaking the drivetrain in and I'd do better with slow accelerations.
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