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Posted by B. Peg on December 22, 2006, 8:56 pm

I think it is due to the locale and not the car.

Where I live, I get around 42 mpg.

If I venture to the San Francisco area it jumps to around 50 or better.

I go back home and it drops.

It's been consistant in its behavior so I no longer doubt the car, but the
area has more impact.


Posted by on December 23, 2006, 6:42 pm


Posted by Ill Eagle on December 27, 2006, 2:18 am

I would guess a combination of temperature and local driving conditions.
My economy dropped by 10 mpg between September and December.  The only
difference is average temperatures in the 30s instead of 70s.  Also, the
first five minutes or so of driving can have a huge impact if you do
mostly fairly short trips.  If you sit at lights a lot or go uphill in the
first few minutes, your mileage will really suck and it takes a lot of
driving under more favorable conditions to make it up.

Posted by Rich on December 27, 2006, 3:18 am

Ill Eagle wrote:

Should I be letting my car warm up on colder days to minimize any gas
sucking from driving?

Posted by Michelle Steiner on December 27, 2006, 4:46 am

No, because it will suck even more gas while warming up.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

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