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My Fuel Economy Has Improved Dramatically

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I wss one of those complaining how my 6 was not getting the 20MPG City driving as Advertised. With 80% City & 20% Highway driving, I could fill up the tank and my low-fuel light would go on at about 220 or 240 miles.

Now I am getting to at least 280 before the light comes on. The other day I made it to 300 before the light went on. I am still driving the same City/Highway ratio and my driving style hasn't changed. I am putting the same fuel in from the same station... a Shell station.

I'll try to figure out my MPG, but I am definately seeing gas last longer in this car. Good timing too.. considering the price of gas $2.09 a gallow round these parts. make me glad I always stick 87 octane in it and not 92 like some insist on


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Yeah I just passed my 10k mark as well and have my highest mpg so far at 26 mpg. That's with 90% highway though, but at around 80 mph usually...and when I drive locally, I drive pretty hard.


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As best I can gauge my light comes on when I have about 2.5 gallons of gasoline left. This usually happens between 325-335 miles. I have consistenly been getting ~21mpg. To be safe I usually fill up by 350 mile mark. I only have ~9400 miles on the car though...
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my 03 4 cylinder made it 490 miles on one tank. no joke. all highway miles. from cincinnati ohio to washington DC. I went straight to the gas station the next morning, but I am still very proud. I also passed the 10k mark a month ago.
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Typically, a new engine won't run nearly as good as one with 20-30K miles. Kinda like a woman, need to break her in nice and good before she starts performing like she should.
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Yah..i have bassically 15,000 miles on my car and i've hit 300 miles+ before the light came. This was mostly freeway driving with some stop and go around campus driving. Interestingly enough..my 6 only likes ARCO gas...
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I'm glad to hear this. Did you notice a change in mpg when you changed the oil as well? I'm at 6,3xx and I haven't changed my oil yet due to time constraints. I'm looking forward to hearing the reply
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I only have 3,2xx miles on the car. I think on my first few fill-ups I was getting 21 MPG on about a 60% highway, 40% city drive. My last two fill-ups have been 24 and 25 MPG. If what you guys say is true, I'll be hitting the advertised 27 MPG mark soon.
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don't you feel great that now gas prices are so high your car is getting better bang for the buck :)


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Reading Topic: My Fuel Economy Has Improved Dramatically

Wow, I'm glad I went with the 4 banger now. I only have 1,2xx miles on my car but the first time I filled up I averaged 27.9 and my second fill up was at 28.7 mpg. This is with about 60% city driving and 40% highway. Right now my trip says 377 miles and the gas guage is at 1/4 tank.

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