ffis34
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How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:08 am

So about 6 months ago i got my drivers lisence...im your average 16 year old american teen...my parents gave me our 1994 dodge caravan, so its not the best car in the world but its reliable and its free...but i notice on top of school im working a 30 hours work week with one job 10 hours with a second job, just so i can pay insurance and gas for this damned car...

what are suggestions to help the mileage in my car...its about 23 city 27 highway...

i took all the seats out except for my seat and the front passenger seat

i constantly check my tire pressure

i dont use my a/c....thats a big one liveing in tampa florida

i only drive if i really really have to...

its just annoying to know that of the 250 i get a week about 200 of that goes to gas a month...

any other suggestions..i am willing to try anything to save a buck or two



brad
 
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:12 am

Quoting Ffis34 (Thread starter):
any other suggestions..i am willing to try anything to save a buck or two

Unfortunately, unless you can walk more or car-pool, your pretty much at the mercy of the oil companies.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:13 am

Sell it and buy a diesel?
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:14 am

Try to keep a constant speed on the expressway. It takes a lot less gas if you're not constantly accelerating and braking. Also, it takes less gas to use the AC on the highway than to keep the windows open - air drag.
 
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:16 am

Quoting Nancy (Reply 3):
Try to keep a constant speed on the expressway. It takes a lot less gas if you're not constantly accelerating and braking. Also, it takes less gas to use the AC on the highway than to keep the windows open - air drag

yes well i only ever do city driving...and it kills my ears to have the windows open on the highways


brad
 
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:19 am

Quoting Ffis34 (Thread starter):
23 city 27 highway...

That's not too bad! My old car gave me 12 in the city! My new truck gives me about 20.
 
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:28 am

Tell your fat friends you're sorry but you can't drive them places.

Check you air filter. A clean filter will give you up to 10% saving on gas according to Fram anyway  Smile

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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:34 am

Push your car instead of driving it.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:47 am

Hitting the brakes will actually burn gas (well, indirectly). Also, the more you accelerate (the further you press down the pedal), the more gas you burn. In other words, try to think ahead. Slowly roll up to red lights or stopped cars instead of accelerating for a moment and then braking again. Also, when you go after a full stop and there's no traffic behind you, accelerate very slowly.

Then, there is one incredibly stupid habit of many americans: Idling your engine. I've seen people park the car at the CVS leaving the engine running, locking the car with a spare key, only to keep the inside cool. Turn off the engine whenever you can.

Third, try to avoid trips. I'm living in Germany at the moment, and everybody seems to walk or ride their bike everywhere. Also, try to consolidate trips. What's the point in throwing out your passenger's seats when you drive to work, drive home, then drive to the ATM an hour later, then drive to WAL MART in the evening to get a bag of beef jerky, and then at 9:30 drive to Mickey D's, with 3 cars ahead of you in the driveway. You can do all of that in one trip.

Then, try to find somebody at work who lives nearby, and drive together. Then split the gas bill.

Last, get a green 10 foot garden hose at the Home Depot, stick one end into the gas tank of [insert random co-worker]'s car, and suck hard. then put the other end into your tank. Your co-workers might notice the octane on your breath though, and smoking a cigarette within the next hour might toast you big time.

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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:04 am

How many miles per month are you doing because my parents who drive on average 20,000km/year (12,000miles/yr) do not spend nearly that much in Canadian Dollars for each of their cars and they drive a 1999 Subaru Forester and a 2000 Volvo S70. Although I haven't talked to them about how much they spend now when gas here has been about $1.05/L for a month or so now which is converts to about $3.50 a gallon in US prices.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:24 am

Quoting Ffis34 (Reply 4):
yes well i only ever do city driving...and it kills my ears to have the windows open on the highways

I saw this on the news last night...
Try to plan 2 lights ahead so you do very little stoping, and keep your car at the most constant speed you can. And this may feel like you are going slow but you are going the same average speed. This will apparently save you 20% on gas.
 
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:32 am

My suggestion:

Get one of these...

http://www.westendcycles.co.uk/Picts/product.211.jpg

Cheap, fuel-efficient, not-polluting and you get the chance to exercise.  Smile

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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:36 am

Save a car, ride a cowboy....erm....horse. Fun to ride (the horse I mean), they give you free manure, and they are a great fashion statement (and if you get a chestnut colored horse, you can wear anything with them and you will still look great!). Finding a place to tie it up while you are at work may be hard, but hey it could work!

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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:55 am

Quoting Ffis34 (Thread starter):
any other suggestions..i am willing to try anything to save a buck or two

Leave the car in the driveway.....and walk!!! That's a sure guarantee that you'll save gas!

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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:06 am

i would love to walk but school is 5 miles away, and work is 2 minutes from school

so walking isnt really to much of an option..the bus system here in pinellas county no longer exsists within the school system due to lack of fund for fuel for the buses...so the bus isnt an option...i could bike but seriously who wants to get on a bike a 5 in the morning to go to school....


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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:13 am

Quoting YOWza (Reply 6):
Check you air filter. A clean filter will give you up to 10% saving on gas according to Fram anyway

This is true, if you checked air filter sales against oil filter sales you may be quite surprised at the results.

"Save gas..fart in a piggy bank"  Smile
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:13 am

Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 13):

Thats assuming he has two legs and knows how to use them.
 
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:18 am

Quoting YOWza (Reply 6):
Tell your fat friends you're sorry but you can't drive them places.

No, tell your fat friends that you want 5 bucks a ride.... Made 30 bucks this week, tis wonderful  biggrin 

Quoting Ffis34 (Thread starter):

But Brad, I feel ya pain. Im in your shoes, plus a Dammed loan for the car on top of it all.... $2.89!....
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:21 am

Another thing - avoid giving your car some stick off the line...you can increase your fuel economy by up to 20% just by accelerating more gently.

Here's a big one that most people forget - GET A TUNE UP!!!! Making sure your engine is running according to the specifications will save a huge amount of fuel. Consider the following if you do your own work:

-Consider making the switch to a synthetic oil if you're using dino oil (unless your manual says otherwise). This will help reduce friction losses within the engine, and will have the added benefit of making your engine run a bit cooler.

-Replace your air filter often - minimum of once a year or every 20,000 km. Don't go buy a K&N (or any other oiled air filter for that matter), as you will not gain anything from it, apart from dirtier oil and wrecked mass airflow sensors.

-Change or clean your spark plugs regularly - this is difficult in some vehicles (read: FF V6s), but it will make your engine run more smoothly and efficiently.

Also, inflate your tires to near the maximum allowed on the tire - the amounts on your doorpost are considerably lower than the maximum permitted for the tire to give the best compromise between load carrying, road noise, efficiency and comfort. Increasing your tire pressures will increase road noise and decrease comfort, but will greatly increase efficiency. Plus, if you're driving a Ford Explorer, it WILL save your life. duck 

For you manual drivers, as you approach a light, don't depress the clutch or put it in neutral to coast up to the light, keep the car in gear instead. This is because most modern engines will completely shut off the fuel to the engine when the car is in gear and with the throttle closed, whereas idling out of gear or in neutral will use some fuel.

[Edited 2006-04-25 03:23:51]
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:23 am

Try driving downhill more often. I know Florida to be a pretty mountainous place and you'll get good savings coasting downhill.  wink 

I was about to come up with all the obvious suggestions but they're already covered. Slipstreaming trucks helps as well. But all these driving tips will only save you a little, if you can carpool then you're gonna save a lot.

If saving money means a lot to you then invest some time & effort finding someone to rideshare with.

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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:24 am

Only get half a tanks worth.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:30 am

Quoting Ffis34 (Thread starter):
i dont use my a/c....thats a big one liveing in tampa florida

Unless your driving 30mph this waste more gas. Put the AC on Econ and keep the windows closed aerodynamics is horrible with the windows opened.

As you said take as much wieght out of your car. Also here is a nice tip when your tank is getting lower on gas down fill it up at when there is still 1/2 a tank or 1/4 of a tank because the gas wieghs too. So the less gas you have in the car the less you waste but dont let it go to low.
Also try to roll to a stop and not use brakes.
Try to use cruise control as much as you can even if it is a 30mph residential neighborhood not just on the highway.
My car gets about 10-12mpg in the city at around 14-16 on the highway. In traffic I will get around 9mpg. I wish I had your mileage and I also need to use premmium. So your situation could be worse.  Smile Just drive nice and easy and follow the tips here and there should be improvement. And lets all pray for lower prices!
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:37 am

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 21):
Unless your driving 30mph this waste more gas. Put the AC on Econ and keep the windows closed aerodynamics is horrible with the windows opened.

yeah its all city top speed 35mph, so i always keep them down..
 
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:44 am

What about a motorised scooter? Less than 50CC, save heaps of cash on Gas
 
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:46 am

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 21):
Unless your driving 30mph this waste more gas. Put the AC on Econ and keep the windows closed aerodynamics is horrible with the windows opened.

That is a misconception...A/C uses a ton of extra fuel. Depending on the car, you could require an additional 10-15 hp to turn the air conditioning compressor. Especially at highway speeds, where most cars utilize between 5 and 10 percent of their rated power output, this will drastically reduce your fuel economy.

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 21):
Also here is a nice tip when your tank is getting lower on gas down fill it up at when there is still 1/2 a tank or 1/4 of a tank because the gas wieghs too. So the less gas you have in the car the less you waste but dont let it go to low.

That is a very good idea, actually - I do it in my car, but I keep my tank as close to half full as possible all the time. Of course, I could do better by keeping it at 1/4 full, but if you run anything less than 1/2 a tank in most cars it is very hard on the fuel pump - and when you have to replace it, all of a sudden your savings in gas have more than vanished.

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 21):
Try to use cruise control as much as you can even if it is a 30mph residential neighborhood not just on the highway.

Again, another misconception. Cruise control will hurt your fuel economy, especially in hilly areas. This is because cruise control generally applies a lot of throttle to accelerate the vehicle either to speed or to maintain speed. Instead of accelerating down the hill and coasting (to a degree) up the other side, you will coast down the hill and then have the cruise control apply up to full throttle to get up the hill. And using the resume acceleration function to increase speed is just as bad, as the computer will apply as much power as possible to accelerate the car.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:47 am

Quoting FDXMECH (Reply 20):
Only get half a tanks worth.

Thats what I do now. every friday, 30 bucks in, takes 35... done for the week.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:48 am

Quoting FDXMECH (Reply 20):
Only get half a tanks worth.

Thats what I do now. every friday, 30 bucks to the clerk, 25 tops it off, done for the week.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:56 am

Well get as much weight out of the car as possible. The lighter the car is the less work the engine has to do.

Keep the tires inflated properly...Never have heard a good answer on if should be the pressure on the tires or the one on the sticker on the door-Been told both ways

Don't brake, it doesn't take as much energy to keep momentum as it does to start/stop.

Clean filters, good oil-don't know if the synthetic really makes that much difference. But I have been told that once you make the switch you can't go back, and it is more expensive the traditional oils.

Oh-slow down do the speed limit. remember that drag increases exponentally with speed. Which is why the old 55 MPH limit was so effective in reducing gas usage.

Which makes me wonder why some nut hasn't proposed bringing it back yet.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:06 am

Quoting MrChips (Reply 18):
Plus, if you're driving a Ford Explorer, it WILL save your life. duck

Only if it has Firestone tires on it, which is what I assume your talking about.

Quoting MrChips (Reply 18):
For you manual drivers, as you approach a light, don't depress the clutch or put it in neutral to coast up to the light, keep the car in gear instead. This is because most modern engines will completely shut off the fuel to the engine when the car is in gear and with the throttle closed, whereas idling out of gear or in neutral will use some fuel.

I'll have to remember to do this because I just usually put it in neutral and coast. Also one thing I do is if I'm going 60km/h or faster then I tend to put it in 5th in the city and this lowers the RPM's a good 20-30 percent.

Also with the A/C vs Windows down they did it on Mythbusters at 45mph (a decent average between highway and city) and the car with the windows down went for 30 minutes longer than the one with the A/C on.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:13 am

Quoting MrChips (Reply 24):
Again, another misconception. Cruise control will hurt your fuel economy, especially in hilly areas. This is because cruise control generally applies a lot of throttle to accelerate the vehicle either to speed or to maintain speed. Instead of accelerating down the hill and coasting (to a degree) up the other side, you will coast down the hill and then have the cruise control apply up to full throttle to get up the hill. And using the resume acceleration function to increase speed is just as bad, as the computer will apply as much power as possible to accelerate the car.

Well first Ffis34 lives in Tampa so dont need to worry about any hills. And yea cruise control wont be good if your stoping at lights and press the resume button and all but if your going through a residential street where the limit is 30mph and there are no lights or stop signs than I dont see why cruise control wont work. Just go to the speed you want first than turn the cruise control on at the speed and not make the car acelerate its self.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:36 am



I suggest this package. You can ride one during the day and the other after school  Wink

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 2):
Sell it and buy a diesel?

Not so easy in the US. Diesel isn't sold everywhere and often you have to go to truck stops to get it. When my girlfriend got her new car at the tail end of last year we considered a diesel but based on the above plus bad resale values we decided against it.

Americans don't understand a good German diesel engine is fine!
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:47 am

Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 23):
What about a motorised scooter? Less than 50CC, save heaps of cash on Gas

My thoughts exactly. I have a 50cc scooter and get anywhere from 50 to 55 miles per gallon. The savings in gas over the past year have covered the scooter's purchase price (roughly $2000), or at least has come close. They only time I drive my SUV now is when the weather is bad (rain, snow, etc), haul items other than myself, travel long distances/heavy traffic, or travel at night.

I probably save nearly $30 per month on gas.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:54 am

Quoting Ffis34 (Thread starter):
any other suggestions..i am willing to try anything to save a buck or two

You're 16 so you must be in high school. Ride the school bus. Carpool with friends. Walk. Ride a bike. There's plenty of options, but I'm guessing you'd rather have the luxury of driving yourself. If that's the case, be prepared to pay for it.

Unfortunately, I don't think gas prices will be going down to $1.50 a gallon anytime soon.

And take a word of advice - enjoy high school and don't work too much. Riding the bus or riding with friends isn't nearly as bad as looking back at high school and realize that your school/social life suffered because you had to have that damned car. Trust me on that one.
 
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 11:56 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 30):
Diesel isn't sold everywhere

Really? I can only speak for the southwest, but everywhere I've gotten gas I've seen at least one Diesel pump.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:03 pm



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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:25 pm

Quoting RwSEA (Reply 32):
You're 16 so you must be in high school. Ride the school bus.



Quoting Ffis34 (Reply 14):
..the bus system here in pinellas county no longer exsists within the school system due to lack of fund for fuel for the buses...so the bus isnt an option...

reading > you.


it may not be cool to do, but get a bicycle.. it will save a ton in gas not driving to school or work.. a vespa is another good investment. i know someone with one that can get 90 miles per gallon of gas. it only holds 1 gallon, but it works.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:47 pm

If you must have a car, sell the one you have and get a small one with a small, fuel efficient engine. A 16 year old still at school just does not need something of a Dodge Caravan size, or the big engine that goes with it. Over here, most 17 year olds passing their tests and getting their own cars are likely to drive around in a Ford Ka/Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Toyota Yaris or similar, and most won't have an engine bigger than a 1.4 litre. A Fiesta with a 1.25 litre engine averages 45 to the gallon, and the 1.4 Diesel gets nearly 65 to the gallon. Compare this to your Caravan - much bigger, heavier car and how big's your engine? 2.5, 3.0 litre? You're never going to get anywhere near the same fuel economy out of that.

If you want decent fuel economy, then small car, small engine and manual transmission is the way to go.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:22 am

Put the seats back in and start charging your friends to haul them around. All of the savings mentioned above are so small you won't even notice them. You can only improve the mileage on a Caravan by so much. Keep your fuel pump covered at all times. They are as notorious as Dodge transmissions.
$200 divided by $3 per gallon = 67 gallons per month. 67 gallons x 23 miles per gallon = 1541 miles per month. That's 355 miles per week.

5 miles to school and 2 minutes to work is about 14 miles round trip. That's 70 miles per week. I didn't factor in your other job. Unless it's delivering pizzas, or in another State, I don't see where the extra miles are coming from.
I would suggest laying out your route better, and quit joy riding.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 4:24 am

Umm, does the Dodge have rear wheel drive? Umm, call me stupid, but I think that removing alot of weight from the rear of the car isn't the best idea in this case, considering that you have a heavy engine in the front. It isn't the best idea in terms of traction, which is also a factor in fuel effeciency. My ass was pretty light too, but I have two 40 liter fuel tanks back there - if both of them are nearly empty, car handles differently - the acceleration is worse.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 4:43 am

Shyphen next doors fuel out, i used to do it when i had my first car..

Lew
 
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 5:03 am

Quoting Tu204 (Reply 38):
Umm, does the Dodge have rear wheel drive?

The Dodge Caravan's been FWD since its inception (back in 1984).

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 21):
My car gets about 10-12mpg in the city at around 14-16 on the highway. In traffic I will get around 9mpg. I wish I had your mileage and I also need to use premmium.

What kind of vehicle are you driving that gets that horrific mileage? Sounds like a '70s full-size with either a 440, 454, 455, 460, 472 or 500 cid engine to me.

My brother's old '74 Marquis Brougham w/the 460, at best, got 14 on the highway. My '76 LTD w/the 351M does a little better at 18.

I've gotten as high as 24 mpg highway on my '97 Crown Vic.; which is used as a semi-daily driver since I normally take the train to/from work.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 5:03 am

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 21):
My car gets about 10-12mpg in the city at around 14-16 on the highway. In traffic I will get around 9mpg

Are these figures real? I thought I was hard done to only getting 35 mpg , but 9 !!

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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 5:07 am

Quoting EWS (Reply 39):
Shyphen next doors fuel out, i used to do it when i had my first car..

 rotfl 

But now you have that nice little focus, wont need to.... as much  Wink
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 5:59 am

Quoting Highpeaklad (Reply 41):
Are these figures real? I thought I was hard done to only getting 35 mpg , but 9 !!

Quite possibly. Remember American cars don't come with engines smaller than about 4.0litres  biggrin 

The only time I've managed to get below 10mpg was in a 5 litre Mercedes holding it at 140mph!!
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:44 am

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 42):
But now you have that nice little focus, wont need to.... as much

Well might have to resort back to that soon! Depends on the cash flow..  laughing  and when she next fills up! Big grin

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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:51 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 43):
Remember American cars don't come with engines smaller than about 4.0litres

Get this, mine does! Its like some miracle of engineering! its 3.1L's  Wink
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:36 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 40):
What kind of vehicle are you driving that gets that horrific mileage? Sounds like a '70s full-size with either a 440, 454, 455, 460, 472 or 500 cid engine to me.



Quoting Highpeaklad (Reply 41):

Are these figures real? I thought I was hard done to only getting 35 mpg , but 9 !!

I drive a 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8. 4.2L 310hp V8. Top speed around 140mph. 312lbs of torque. Also the Touareg empty with no fuel or passengers wieghs 5300lbs/2404kg. So with full tank of fuel and me in the drivers seat it is almost 3 tons or 2721kg I will admit though that I do drive a little bit faster than most people but not a ton. When I do drive normally on the streets with traffic I will get around 11.5-12.5mpg and ont the highway cruising around 70-80mph I will get around 15.5-16mpg.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 43):
Quite possibly. Remember American cars don't come with engines smaller than about 4.0litres

I have a German car. 4.2L V8 from VW.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:26 pm

buy your gas in the early morning or late at night, gas is more dense which means, more gas for your dollar as opposed to daylight which means less gas for your dollar. dammit i needa get more gas in my van and i only have 4 dollars in my wallet. that'll get me very far.

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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:31 pm

Quoting Lfutia (Reply 47):
buy your gas in the early morning or late at night, gas is more dense which means, more gas for your dollar as opposed to daylight which means less gas for your dollar. dammit i needa get more gas in my van and i only have 4 dollars in my wallet. that'll get me very far.

It is true that fuel expands and contracts with tempertures, with the amount that most people by with their cars, it doesn't make that much of a difference. If you had a 100,000 gallon tank then it would.

Besides those pumps are supposed to be temperture corrected.
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RE: How Can I Save On Gas?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:36 pm

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 17):
No, tell your fat friends that you want 5 bucks a ride.... Made 30 bucks this week, tis wonderful

Wow!! You should definitely work for Ryanair or Southwest!


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