apparently neither me or my dad are getting the right mpg, any suggestions? - Page 3 - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


Buick When starting new posts, please specify YEAR, MAKE, MODEL, ENGINE type, and whatever modifications you have made.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-20-2010, 03:55 PM   #21
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
rjolly87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Posts: 6,855
Thanked 298 Times in 246 Posts
rjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant future
Default

I agree, that is a bit better. you mentioned transmission issues in the video also. I wonder how much that is hurting the fuel mileage as well.
rjolly87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2010, 10:17 PM   #22
Senior Member
Posts like a Northstar
 
YoungGunLs1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: SW Florida
Posts: 699
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
YoungGunLs1 is on a distinguished road
Default

21 doesn't sound too bad for your driving you described. During the summer months here with the A/C on 100% of the time I was averaging 20-21mpg with pretty much all city driving, and my city driving is about as bad as it gets. 0-50mph from light to light, and on a normal 10 mile drive I hit around 10 lights, so you can see how many times I have to start and stop..and I do not drive with a light foot.

Now that it is cooling off a bit and I don't need A/C, I have been averaging 24.2 mpg over the last 1100 miles.

Keep in mind I have a FWI (fender well intake) and that has helped with my mileage as well..it gave me about a 2mpg increase.

I also took video the other day on my phone (which I can't seem to get onto my computer yet) with the cruise set on the interstate at 77 mph. I was getting between 35-37mpg on the instant MPG the whole time I was driving at that speed. I later set the cruise at 50mph on a different road and was getting 45-47mpg the whole time.

No coasting, just a steady speed on a level road with the cruise control set.

hybrid? Psshh, who needs a hybrid
YoungGunLs1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2010, 10:24 PM   #23
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
MouSe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 5,988
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
MouSe is on a distinguished road
Default

Younggun, you beat me with city mileage. I'm lucky if I can get 20 in the city. Usually about 18 or so for me.
MouSe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2010, 06:17 AM   #24
PaulBennett
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Gas mileage is a brain thing - mostly based on your driving habits. Such as seeing a red light ahead and lifting or staying on the gas until you get there. Getting to speed and lifting ever so lightly without reducing speed helps loads. Driving 3 mph less than needed to get where you go adds up. When moving off, accelerating, picture an egg under your foot and applying just enough pressure to stay with traffic without breaking the egg. Not varying throttle pressure but staying absolutely constant with very few corrections. Etc etc etc. I learned these habits many moons ago when they had vaccuum operated mpg gauges. It'* basically a tradeoff between performance and economy and performance isn't needed when commuting or shopping. I always get gobs better mileage (and much longer brake life) than those around me.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2010, 11:27 AM   #25
Senior Member
Posts like a Northstar
 
YoungGunLs1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: SW Florida
Posts: 699
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
YoungGunLs1 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulBennett View Post
Gas mileage is a brain thing - mostly based on your driving habits. Such as seeing a red light ahead and lifting or staying on the gas until you get there. Getting to speed and lifting ever so lightly without reducing speed helps loads. Driving 3 mph less than needed to get where you go adds up. When moving off, accelerating, picture an egg under your foot and applying just enough pressure to stay with traffic without breaking the egg. Not varying throttle pressure but staying absolutely constant with very few corrections. Etc etc etc. I learned these habits many moons ago when they had vaccuum operated mpg gauges. It'* basically a tradeoff between performance and economy and performance isn't needed when commuting or shopping. I always get gobs better mileage (and much longer brake life) than those around me.
I agree. This is how I drive our Trailblazer, as the difference between driving like this in the city or driving like I normally do means we get 16-17mpg rather than 13-14mpg.

Now my bonneville on the other hand, I do not drive conservatively at all, except for the coasting part, as I am not a person that likes to slam on my brakes. Now I don't drive like I am racing from light to light, but I don't drive the way mentioned above either. How I am averaging just over 24mpg continues to boggle my mind each day. With that average over the last 1100 miles I would say it has been 70% city and 30% hwy

I have noticed that with these cars driving them easy or driving them like I normally would only means what seems like a very minimal change in gas mileage, at least on my car. The 3800 motors just keep surprising me with how great the mileage is. If I was driving this car like I do the trailblazer, I bet I could squeeze a little more yet out of her.

Going to be driving up to orlando in two weeks so I will reset my average and see what she does on a long interstate trip. I'm hoping to average 30+..we shall see
YoungGunLs1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2011, 08:46 AM   #26
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Kevin_Johnson is on a distinguished road
Default

If your gas has ethanol mixed in your mileage will be lower.
Kevin_Johnson is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
virus, or just program fluke? possibly neither. pseudo-updat jwakamud Lounge 12 02-20-2007 07:14 AM
The MPG Post to end all MPG Posts mkaake 1992-1999 24 05-05-2005 03:25 AM
Kid, You're Neither Fast Nor Furious! (Not a Kill story) MOS95B Lounge 9 06-21-2004 12:39 PM
getting very tired of warping rotors, any suggestions? srgetz 1992-1999 33 09-23-2003 09:31 PM
Getting new job.. getting paid, getting mods Wolfedog50 Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 3 05-08-2003 02:31 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:04 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.