I Can't Believe It .... {another mpg post}

Ever been one of those folks on a forum hearing how folks are getting great mpg but for the life of you .... you can't manage to get near the top folks? I'm usually the one scratching my head and beating the keyboard screaming and muttering about my mpg in comparison.

I have to admit there have been a few times I worried about Belle.

I have tracked each and every single solitary fillup. Every drop. Every penny. I keep an Excel file on my computer. It's got the formula's in there already {someone set it up for me} so all I have to do is punch in the information. I'm also keeping it online too at MyCarProjects.net too.

Minimum MPG 27.941 -> I got worried
Maximum MPG 48.39 -> I got excited
Average MPG 39.247 -> Been gradually improving and I'm happy.

Okay, so my MAX. It wasn't easy. I kept my speed at or under 55 mph. Slow and easy accelerations. Like big truck 18 wheeler people cutting in front of me never can drive in the fast lane slow. I had almost all trips from home to the V.A. in Dallas and back w/o rush hourS. I got up and left 30 minutes early to avoid the congestion. No one else in the car. No shopping. Not something I'd be able to do often if ever again. It was more than a test of Blue Belle, it was a test of my patience. Probably tested the patience of some of those around me too.

Not sure how much longer I'll keep tracking each and every tank.

Either way, she's just so darn fun to drive. I love getting great mpg as much as the next person. I also love driving like it's rented with insurance. And I love that she makes others smile ... and that helps keep me smiling.

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Comment by angel on October 17, 2008 at 10:31pm

I don't usually get 48. And maybe it was a fluke. But I have kept meticulous records and it's not hard to go back and recheck my figures. Heck. That's the opposite of the whopping 27 I got on one tank. It required drafting when I could, slowing down when I saw a stop sign or traffic signal vs. driving up to it, keeping under 3,000 rpm and driving 55 a lot. I used some hypermiling techniques, didn't have anyone else riding with me, avoided rush hours and certainly won't do that all the time. Because I enjoy driving too much to strive for that all the time!

I can understand though tommy. The purpose of my post was because I was always the one on the other side thinking, "That's impossible!" I don't need folks to believe me though. My fuel bill is enough to make me happy.
Comment by tommyk on October 17, 2008 at 8:22pm
i get about 38 mpg these people who say they get better than 45 mpg are not telling the truth or have no idea how to track their mpg bottom line i don't care how much i get mpg i just love driving this car you other people who say you are getting over 45 mpg. lol yeah right no one who has a smart will believe that
Comment by PGroff on October 16, 2008 at 3:29pm
I drive a smart just like I would any other car. I lead foot it when I have to and drive the suburbs and highways, using a variety of super unlead gas, and regardless of the brand it still only achieves about 31.5 mpg. I means little to me as I really enjoy driving it and laugh even more when I pass people up. They can't believe a smart passed them and has the audacity of staying up with the rest of traffic regardless of the speed.
Comment by tommyk on October 16, 2008 at 8:45am
i average apex 381/2 mpg i use fuelly and i use the same pump at the same gas station i drive 65/70 on the highways and i drive hard. but still, when i see people getting 45 to 50 mpg i swear they do not know how to track their mpg. they either don't know how to track it properly or have visions of grandeur. personally i don't really care how much mpg i get. i bought the car for a host of other reasons. i just love driving that car
Comment by angel on October 15, 2008 at 10:48pm
Kewl! Great to hear many are in the same boat as myself.
Comment by smartKory on October 15, 2008 at 10:29pm
I'm between 35 and 42 mpg with 1,200 miles on the car, and I think that's great! I do mostly city driving, and try to practice a modified version of hypermiling. You do what you can, you know? I just love driving the thing!
Comment by Robert Cordle on October 15, 2008 at 1:51pm
I have 8600 miles on my Passion Coupe. My worst mileage was 33 mpg on a trip from Raleigh to Richmond driving at 75+ (I-85, remember) to keep from getting run over, AC on, and two people in the car. My best mileage is 45, twice, on trips from Raleigh to Charlotte, driving about 65. Also with AC on, but only one person in the car. Just in case you are already thinking it, the other person on the Richmond trip was not really heavy. Around town, I am consistently getting 38-39 mpg, based on buying the same type of gas from the same station, same pump, cutting off after the second click. We had a gas shortage here right after the hurricane so I could only get regular for a couple of tanks. To my surprise, there was no difference in milleage, although I thought there would be. I'll try again later, but I went back to premium as soon as it was available.
Comment by Michele on October 15, 2008 at 1:09pm
I drive anywhere from 65 to 71 mph and I am getting anywhere from 39mpg to 41mpg. I don't know how some people on other blog posts say they drive around 75 mph and are getting 45mpg. I am happy with my gas mileage.
Comment by Randy Zimmer on October 15, 2008 at 12:42pm
Hi Angel,
I have a scangauge and it is calibrated really well so it gives numbers as I go.
This is much better than calculating fills.
With only 8 gals, a quart higher or lower on a fill screws the numbers a lot.
My car would never see 40 on a trip. Then, all the sudden, around 6,000 miles, it runs up there all the time.
No difference in me or the car's config.
Hang in there!
Comment by Eric on October 15, 2008 at 11:00am
I've found it difficult to track sometimes because at certain stations it fills the car up to different levels, throwing off the numbers. The best I've gotten was 38 and that was driving across Arizona and New Mexico with no wind. I drive more aggressive though and have fun with it and also keep up so I don't get run over. The last thing I want to be is one of those Prius owners who drive 55mph in a 70mph zone to save on gas...

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