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How Far Can Your Car Go On One Tank Of Gas?  
User currently offlineJetBlue From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 393 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16701 times:

Being one that drives around 30,000 miles a year, I like to keep my stops for gas to a minimum. I don't stop for gas unless I absolutely have to, the fuel light is on, and the needle is on the red mark.

Driving a Honda Civic helps with my gas bill, and I like to see how far I can stretch a tank. I used to be pretty happy when I could reach 400 miles on one 13 gallon tank. However, this past year that number has been growing.

Last night I filled up 12.4 gallons, and had 521.4 miles on the trip odometer! That was definitely a record for my car, which translates to 42 miles to the gallon. And my Civic is not the hybrid model!

So here is my question: How far will your car go on one tank, and why/why not do you like to stretch it out?

Thanks!

jetBlue


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16697 times:

Quoting JetBlue (Thread starter):
So here is my question: How far will your car go on one tank, and why/why not do you like to stretch it out?

I can go as far as until the tank is empty!  Big grin
Seriously though, I've got a Mustang with a 4.6L V8, so my 60 litre gets me about 450-500km.

Quoting JetBlue (Thread starter):
Driving a Honda Civic helps with my gas bill

I had a '95 DX hatchback myself, great car and great milage.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16695 times:

312 miles with a strong tail wind.

24 gallons times 13 MPG equals 312 miles.

I'd like to get a larger gas tank so I could get up to 400 miles per tank.



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User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3509 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16686 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
24 gallons times 13 MPG equals 312 miles.

I'd like to get a larger gas tank so I could get up to 400 miles per tank.

Maybe consider more reasonable car? 13 MPG is ridiculous waste.


User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16685 times:

I do mostly city driving, so I average 20 MPG. With an 18-gallon tank, I average 360 miles/tank. If I'm crusing long distance on the highway, I can go about 500 miles/tank.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
24 gallons times 13 MPG equals 312 miles.

Superfly, I know your "pimp mobiles" are hip, but there is such thing as environmental responsibility. Wink

Logan


User currently offlineCaptoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16679 times:

I have never run it all the way empty but I usually don't fill up before the trip odometer is showing 300mi. It comes out to something like 25+mpg city and almost 33 highway.

User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16674 times:

I manage about 800-850 km on one tank with my golf TDI. I would have probably made it from DUS-CPH on a single tank, but I got too scared, and decided to fill up just before entering Copenhagen  biggrin .

Pretty good, I think!

Sebastian



I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
User currently offlinePoRtColuMBus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16669 times:

I don't generally run it below a half tank, but I got 30.5mpg in mixed driving during the very cold winter we had here, I suspect it's more now that the weather is warmer.

So... 30.5 * 14.5 = 442 miles.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16668 times:

Danny and Logan 22L:
Ahh shut the hell up!  Smile

It's not like I drive every day.


Jeeez!~



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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16657 times:

With my '97 Crown Vic w/a 20 gallon tank doing all highway driving (at 23.5 mpg); I can probably go as far as 470 miles.

The best mileage I got out of my '76 LTD (18.2 mpg w/a 24.2 gallon tank) again, all highway, would yield a 440 mile cruising range.

[Edited 2005-05-09 19:39:21]


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User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16652 times:

about 320 miles (15 gal tank)


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16648 times:

PHLBOS:
That has the same tank and engine as mine.
I'll be driving my beast down to L.A. next week.
I have to refill right before I drive up the Grapevine.
In my Mark V, I was alble to drive over the Grapevine and refill at Magic Mountian. The 27.5 gallon tanks allowed me to go an extra 70 miles.



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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16645 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
24 gallons times 13 MPG equals 312 miles.

Superfly, time to trade in the hummer!!

I get around 20-23 MPG Dodge Intrepid 2.7 with 17 Gals, so I can run around 340, and have gone to 370, but that was fumes!!!

I don't like to stretch it as it's fuel injected and we all know what a joy it is to get those started after they run dry.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16643 times:

TedTAce:
F--k a Hummer!
I hate those things!



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16639 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
PHLBOS:
That has the same tank and engine as mine.

'Fly,

My LTD has the base 351M. Your Lincoln has a 460. When I briefly drove my brother's '74 Marquis Brougham that he owned back in 1985 (it had the 460); I was able to eek out 14 mpg in a Rhode Island to Vermont run. That's the highest mileage that olive green beauty ever saw.



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16635 times:

I get about 400 miles from a 45 litre tank. So I'm averaging around top 30s to 40 miles per Imperial gallon.

Dunno what the new one's going to be like, but I'm hoping for the same or better.


User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4682 posts, RR: 46
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16628 times:

Everyday use.... 300 miles for 14 gal.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16624 times:

PHILBOS:
Thanks for the clarification.  Smile
I guess I was lucky to get 13 then. How many pounds heavier is my Continental Town Car compared to the Marquis Brougham?
I also need to get rid of the trailer hitch too. That's an extra 200 pounds I don't need to carry around.



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User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16618 times:

Quoting LHSebi (Reply 6):
I would have probably made it from DUS-CPH on a single tank, but I got too scared,

Mmmmmh bad luck for me, Sebi, I don't go to CPH by car. Maybe this is the reason I don't have a Golf TDI  Wink

My Polo IV needs 5,5 l / 100 km - means: 480 - 500 km per filling.



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User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3084 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16618 times:

483 KM's......exactally..

GS



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User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16615 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
I also need to get rid of the trailer hitch too

Does that mean you lose your Southwest frequent flyer card?


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16612 times:

WhiteHatter:
I kind of get the humor. I love Southwest Airlines and I've never lived in a trailer park. The previous owner of my car towed an Airstream mobile home. He owned an estate in Napa Valley. That is is some of the most expensive real estate in the world.
That's California's wine country.



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User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16598 times:

Holy s--- Superfly, that luxury beast has a 24 gallon tank! I know you are quite environmentally responsible, I believe you mentioned in another thread about taking mass transit to work. That goes to show a lot – especially when one owns a car.

The 10 gallon tank in my MX-5 Miata allows me to go a little over 300 miles. The best fuel economy I ever recorded was 34 highway, using cruise and obeying the posted speed reasonably.


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16592 times:

Oh, and an Airstream is probably the most expensive travel trailer in the world.

As for efficiency, one can do many things. Keep your car in tip top shape for one, combine trips also. It’s not too hard and even saves headaches when you put some thought into it.


User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 16585 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
How many pounds heavier is my Continental Town Car compared to the Marquis Brougham?

'Fly,

I don't have access to curb weights for a '74 Marquis vs. a '77 Town Car readily available. I do have a booklet on the '76 Ford/Mercury/Lincoln line at home that gives the curb weights for each model. I can give you the somewhat similar comparison between a '76 Town Car vs. a '76 Grand Marquis tomorrow.



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
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26 EGGD : 330 miles from a 40 litre tank.
27 Euclid : One of my vehicles is a rather old Volkswagen Diesel pick-up. It has, according to the Commercial Vehicle Data Digest, a 65 litre tank. I once drove i
28 Post contains images A332 : I think I might get 12-13 mpg in the city and about 17/18 hiway with my 2001 Durango... but I love my truck and wouldn't get rid of it for the world..
29 Phxfly : I have a '91 Toyota Previa minivan and can go about 320 miles on 16 gallons ~ 20mpg. Not the greatest but far from the worst. I only drive about 100-
30 Post contains images Leezyjet : I get around 280 miles out of my tank for general driving, but I don't know how big the tank is off hand. Thats when I use 98ron Unleaded, I get about
31 ACDC8 : A guy I know doesn't fill his tank more then a 1/4 full either. He says that's he saves more fuel that way since the car is so much lighter then when
32 Superfly : Well said and I agree. I know my car drinks lots of gas but I it's not my everyday driver. I ride the subway and ride my bicycle most of the time.
33 S12PPL : usually around 300 miles.
34 ANCFlyer : About 500 miles, 32 gal tank, about 14-16 mpg. Loaded or empty. Gotta love a diesel truck.
35 USAFHummer : The Airbusmobile has made it 400 miles on a single tank before, during a weekend road trip a few years back... Greg
36 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : On my Blazer I get 280 miles on a full tank. On my Impala hehehe I get possibly around 250miles...I really dont know because whenever I drive it I do
37 Cymro : 650-700 miles on a 70 litre tank doing mostly local driving.
38 Rindt : I used to drive that way as well - I'd get an extra 20-30km's just by doing that. A full tank of gas is about 120lbs. That adds up over time. I read
39 Post contains images Jutes85 : I can drive for about 500km on a full tank on my Sentra. It only costs me about $40 to fill up on 91 octane. I don't drive to work/school so my monthl
40 Flyf15 : Depending on how far I push it to empty and what kind of driving I'm doing, in my VW Passat I get 350-400mi on 13 gallons. 28mpg or so is a pretty typ
41 CaptOveur : Dude, its a Sentra... You are wasting your money buying higher octane fuel.
42 Aerorobnz : It's a 60L fuel tank in the 156. It does 12L per 100km give or take a bit for city driving, so that's about 500km per tank, more like 600km with open
43 GOCAPS16 : I have to fill up my tanks every 150-170 miles on a 10 gallon tank on my Jeep Wrangler. With the gas prices going up, time to buy me a car where I can
44 Post contains images SATX : I can squeeze out about 525 miles on 11 US gallons, but I usually fill-up around the 500 mark. On the days when it's my turn to drive, my car is ofte
45 AA777 : Technically, I should be able to go ~400 miles on a 16 gallon tank (if its ALL highway).... in reality I fill up around every 280-300 miles... because
46 GalvanAir777 : My Intrepid gets about 350-375 Miles Per Tank. MPT i think i just created a new abbervation
47 Bogi : 1074 KM (650 Miles) one a trip to Zurich last year wth 42 Liters (9.2 Gallons) all Motorway (~4L/100KM) around 850 KM (525 Miles) in the Normal use (6
48 UPS707 : Depends on which car I'm driving.... My Mazda6 has a usable range of 280-300 miles with a fillup of around 14.75 gal. My Tacoma is around 260-270 with
49 L410Turbolet : I've seen a chart in one of these car magazines showing what factrors contribute to increased gas consumtion. I don't remember the figures exactly bu
50 Cornish : Air Con is one of the biggest drainers. My Audi A3 has a computer which tells me my current MPG and with the full climate control on it will say arou
51 CaptOveur : The Legend is that AA saved like a quarter million dollars a year putting one olive in the in-flight martinis instead of 2.
52 L410Turbolet : That's what I meant. Is it really true or just urban legend?
53 Captoveur : I think it is actually true. Maybe someone else knows for sure.
54 JetBlue : Actually, they saved that money by removing the olive from their salads. These savings were stemmed from their "IdeAAs in Action" program, where AA w
55 PHLBOS : 'Fly, As promised: Curb Weight for a 1976 Lincoln Continental Town Car (4-door) - 5296 lbs. (w/standard 460 cid V8 engine) Curb Weight for a 1976 Mer
56 AsstChiefMark : 60 liters in a Ford Explorer Sport Trac with a 4.0 liter SOHC and automatic gearbox gets me 500 km. That's about 20 mpg (US gallon). Sometimes it's ha
57 Superfly : PHILBOS: Thanks for the info! Do those figures break down the difference between the base Continental and Town Car options? I am sure the added featur
58 PHLBOS : Yes. The info. I had does list a weight difference between the base Continental and Town Car; it also lists weight differences for Marquis/Marquis Br
59 Falcon84 : On our '04 Malibu, if we did a long-distance drive, I imagine we could do over 500 miles. With a mix of city/highway drving right now, I'm averaging 2
60 Superfly : PHILBOS: Thanks man! I need to snag a copy of that book if I can still get it.
61 Americanmd80 : 1997 Honda Civic 5 Speed I can usually go between 310 - 330 miles on a tank of gas. I think my tank takes about 11.5 gallons. If I got a tune-up, like
62 PHLBOS : Books! I had two versions; a '76 edition and a '79 edition that originally belonged to my father and grandfather respectively. The only way you can g
63 Superfly : PHILBOS: I'll check in to that.
64 Biggles : I have a heavy right foot ,so I don't keep a record .In the winter , I never let the tank go below a 1/4 .The Focus is okay on gas,but the winter weat
65 Jutes85 : Its the Spec-v model. It only costs $4 extra per tank to fill up on 91 rather then 87. I don't drive that much and the car runs much more cleaner and
66 N312RC : According to the onboard computer that has a little window in my speedometer (its a 2005 Ford Escape Ltd.), I get around 275 miles per tank, my mother
67 Goingboeing : I've gone 470 miles on one tank - it took about 10 gallons to fill. I drive a Prius, and this was in the winter, when the mileage goes down.
68 YVRtoYYZ : My '04 Matrix states that it will get 800km on a 50L tank. Reality is that I get about 650km by using 40L of fuel at 125kmph. I'm sure that if I did t
69 Cactus739 : I fill up about once a week and it usually takes right about 10 gallons... (12 gallon tank). During that week, I usually go about 350 miles, a good 75
70 N317AS : Thanks Superfly, they needed that. Careful. Two more letters and the great thumper (Coreluz05) will be after you.
71 CPDC10-30 : I never go all the way to running on fumes, a lot of the highway I drive on every day doesn't even have a shoulder so I sure wouldn't want to get stuc
72 BeechNut : I can go 1100 (687 miles) km on 65 liters of fuel (not gas!) in my Passat TDI. My wife can go 1200 km (750 miles) on 61 liters of fuel in her Jetta Wa
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74 Americanmd80 : yah, maybe thats more like it for my car too. // joey
75 CanadianNorth : My 340 can do here to Braeburn with room for a decent ammount of "most likely wont need it but good to have just incase" left. Much further than that
76 TUNisia : Volvo S70 = 18 Gallon tank... lasts about 2.5 weeks with about 20+/- miles a day in town. Gas light comes on where there is 1.8 Gallons left in tank.
77 ANITIX87 : My little 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 (manual transmission) holds 12 gallons (45.4 Liters). I average about 22 MPG (I tend to accelerate like a maniac) so I g
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