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Old 06-11-08, 10:53 PM
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What kind of MPG .....

What do you drive, and what kind of real mileage do you get? How do you drive to get that? (Towguy, we don't need to know what the tow truck gets. We're not gonna run out and get one.)

I drive an '04 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4WD, 4.7L. I get about 13 mpg. I drive 3 miles in town and 10 on the freeway each way to work. I typically drive 80 on the freeway unless traffic is slower. I don't weave in & out of traffic, and I don't jack rabbit start or race to the red light though. I can get 16 if I try real hard, but I'm usually in a hurry.

The reason I ask is, in the past, I said it wasn't worth it to replace a vehicle just to save gas. My work vans get 12 to 15. A friend got one of those sprinters with the 5 cylinder diesel and was getting 18 or 19. But my vans were paid for, gas was $2.50, and we only drive them about 15k miles a year. Would have been maybe $650 a year savings. But with gas at $4 and going up, if I double my mileage I'd save $2000. I makes it worth thinking about.

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Old 06-12-08, 02:07 AM
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I have a 06 Ford Freestyle-16 in city--21 hwy.
Retired 9 1/2 years-went from 35000 to 1500 per year.
The wife demanded we get rid of her 06 pontiac & get her
a big gas saver-got her a Hyundai-she is getting 25-26 city
& 35 hwy.She needed that crackerbox w/ all her church & charity baloney- she drives more than I did when I was working.....................
 
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Old 06-12-08, 04:36 AM
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I've posted mine before, but I drive a 01 Dodge Ram 3500 with 5.9 Cummins diesel, flatbed, 4wd, 5 speed, get about 16-17 constant. But at $4.75 a gallon, that's no bargain.
Just bought a Honda Silver Wing, 600 cc "scooter" (go ahead, get it out of your system) to drive back and forth to established jobsites (trailer and tools already there) and get 60 mpg on it. Trade off on fuel savings is paying handsomely for the Honda.
Wife drives 02 Saturn L300, gets about 27 mpg. Little small for me, though.
 
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The wife drives a 05 Honda Pilot that gets better mileage than I thought. We checked it on a recent trip (2000 miles) and got about 24 mpg on the highway, nearly 22mpg overall.
We will probably buy a new one this fall. We looked at the cost difference if we go for a more economical vehicle and decided that the advantages of a SUV are worth the extra $50-$60 a month. That's assuming gas stays below $5.

I drive a 1994, 5.2L Dodge Ram that I have no idea what kind of mileage it gets. My guess is around 15 mpg. The truck only has 82K on it and I'll probably drive it until the wheels fall off.
 
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Old 06-12-08, 09:08 AM
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98 Honda Civic CX Hatchback
1.6l 4cyl (106 h.p.), 5-speed manual transmission

I average 34mpg, which has held steady since I bought the car in late 2001 used for $5K. Just rolled over 177,777 miles on the odometer during my commute to work this morning! My friends tell me I drive aggressively, and tend to hit 80+ mph on the Interstates each commute drive.

Since moving to the Denver metro, my annual mileage has risen to about 17K miles/year.

My first car was a 93 Ford Festiva (Not to be confused with the Ford Fiesta). It was a hybrid car that used a Mazda Mark 121 engine (1.2l, 65 h.p.) and transaxle, but a KIA body. It actually had a 5-speed manual transmission and got 44-45mpg!
 

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She needed that crackerbox w/ all her church & charity baloney- she drives more than I did when I was working.....................
j Howard, I'm guessing you don't believe in Kharma

Wow, some of you guys are getting great mileage. Of course you could put your vehicle in the bed of my truck. Wait, maybe thats why yours is so good and mine sucks. But really, I've been disappointed with my mileage. I knew it wouldn't be great but.....
 
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99 Plymouth Voyageur, 6 cyl. Get about 14 in town but usually pulling a cargo trailer. Need to upgrade Van as Voyaguer is too small now.

2002 Saturn SL1. Gets 40+ on highway at 120k/hr and over 30 in city. They told us it was rated at 45 when we bought it new but we actually got 46 quite often until we started going a bit faster. I check it every time we fill up on a trip.

People must think I'm cheap to drive these old vehicles but it would take a lot for me to buy a newer vehicle for better mileage. Economics don't work. Spend $30k to drive a depreciating asset (?) to save $100 per month. If you have $30k cash, use the interest to buy gas and still have $30k in 5 years. If you need to borrow the money, your payments are more than your fuel savings.

All that rationale but I'll probably buy a newer vehicle this winter then of course we will buy a fuel eff unit, 4wd
 
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[QUOTE=Integrator97;1380183]j Howard, I'm guessing you don't believe in Kharma

Sometimes you could say that there is bad karma-but we won't go there-ain't no DIY topic...........
 
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Don't you need a 6 wheel drive for those 4' snow drifts
 
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That "scooter" you have w/ a 600cc engine looks like it
can "scoot really good"
 
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0 to 55 in 3 seconds, no joke. Automatic tranny, ABS brakes, good under seat storage, just too many positives over a Harley.
 
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0 to 55 in 3 seconds, no joke. Automatic tranny, ABS brakes, good under seat storage, just too many positives over a Harley.
I had a Honda Magna 700-It was a great machine-
In 13 years I never had any trouble w/ that machine.
You could even leave the gas in the carbs all winter-
it would start immed.............
 
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'01 Chev Malibu 3.1L V6 (190,000 mi)
If I keep the tach. around 2,000 rpm's or lower it gets 29.5 mpg highway w/o the a/c and about 24.5 mpg city w/o the a/c. .

What I find intersting is it was advertised at 29 mpg when it was new..........not bad.

My old '67 Skylark (2 speed automatic trans) got 8 mpg's with 2 brl carb then went up to 17 mpg's when I put on a Quadrajet 4 brl carb.
I couldn't imagine people driving cars like that today.
Technology is good.

It is key to have an overdrive transmission for better fuel economy.
 
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Shot of my '87 Magna-12 years old-about 60000 miles
35 mpg-not a scratch on it-sold it one year later.
I loved my truck horns-every time someone started to turn
left in front of me- into my lane I let go w/ those horns-
they would stand on their brakes & look for the 18 wheeler.
It was a great machine..................

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Two days ago a rider here in CT was killed when a car left turned in front of him. The driver didn't see him.
 
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jHOward, cool ride. I bet the horns would get attention!!
CW, yeah, I've already had that experience. You have to drive at least 1/2 mile in front of yourself. I was driving on a straight road and an old lady was approaching with her signal on. I was 3/4 of a mile from her, and she just sat there, stacking traffic behind her. When I got within 100 feet of her, she turned. I already had my hands on the brakes, knowing she was going to do it. You gotta remember, you are the target, they are the guns.
 
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You guys waited until I was on vacation to start this thread, right?

Wife's '01 Camry gets 25-26 around town and 32 on the highway.

Just to make everyone feel better, the wrecker gets 8 1/2 on a good day (gas motor).
 
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My '07 Nissan Altima averages ~32mpg, mostly highway driving. I drive 500 miles a week.
Wifes '04 Trailblazer averages ~22 mpg. She drives a lot less than I do! About 200 miles a week I would guess.
 
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'04 Camry V6 about 22 city and 30 road.
'04 Honda VTX 1300 cc 45 mpg road.
JD lawn tractor about 2 apg (acres per gallon)
 
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