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Discussion in 'Start Your Journey Here' started by tbaleno, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. TDIDog

    TDIDog New Member

    Hello. I am a Diesel enthusiast currently driving my New Beetle TDI daily on a 17 mile one-way commute down the highway. For the past half dozen tanks or so, I have been buying Shell fuel and my average has been 46 MPG, calculated by hand. I am really wanting to hit that magical 50 MPG mark and every tank, i say, "I'll swap over to the Jetta tires this time," then am too whipped at the end of the day to do it. THe beetle tires are 16s and wider than the Jetta tires, so between those two factors, I should be able to get to 48 easily. I drive at about 57 MPH until I hit the construction for the last five miles, then it's 48 MPH. No stop and go in the constuction zone and it's only on the way to work, so my commute is about 34 miles R/T with the last 5ish under 50 MPH. I do use the Cruise control so I know I could be picking up a little bit there because I'm smarter than the Computer, I'm just less focused.

    Anyway, I think I saw a place to track my mileage, so I'll go check that out.
  2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome to CleanMPG.

    If you haven't already done so, please read the CleanMPG Primer, which will take you to a lot of useful information.

    Don't think of going from 46mpg to 50mpg as an increase of 4mpg, but a decrease in 0.1739 gallons per 100 miles. That doesn't seem like much.

    I don't know what your terrain is like, but if there are hills then breaking the cruise control habit could really push you over the edge. DWL instead of cruise control on hilly terrain can lead to significant fuel savings. You can start by identifying a few key locations and temporarily disable cruise for those until you're comfortable controlling the throttle yourself.
  3. Nitsuattam

    Nitsuattam New Member

    Howdy everyone,
    My name is Matt,

    I first discovered this when I was looking into purchasing a new vehicle go get above the 28-32 miles per gallon I was with my normal driving in my Cavalier, I thought I was doing okay since the EPA combined mpg for my car was 25, 21 city, 31 hwy. Honestly I really hate to go to the gas station and fuel up. So I was looking around to find the vehicle that could get the most miles per tank in the 40+ mpg range. Then I discovered an article that mentioned Mr Wayne Gerdes and his friends and how they would push the limits of FE. Upon discovering this, I realized my FE had more to do with how I was driving and less to do with my car.
    I religiously tracked my mpg in my car for years, the most I've ever acheived was 34 miles per gallon, but averaged around 30, since Joining I put all my fill up records for August, and September, so see a correlative increase of when hypermiling started. I decided to do this hypermiling thing fully, I cleaned out my car, got rid of all the stuff in my car that was weighing me down. I checked over my maintenance and loaded my tires to the manufacturers specs. Then I purchased the Scanguage II, omg I was totally unaware of the tiny fluctiations in the gas pedal had such a huge change in my potental mpg.

    I'm still on my first tank since I first installed the Scanguage, I cannot wait to see what I can acheive with this, and how I can make my mileage 50+ mpg

    woot woot,
  4. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome to CleanMPG, Matt.

    I'm very glad (but not surprised) you're seeing positive results! Given your story I'm glad you found this site, not only to reduce gasoline consumption and save gas money, but it sounds like you saved buying a new car.

    Just in case you haven't read it, please read the CleanMPG Primer which will lead you to various articles on this site with key information.

    What's your typical driving like? Where do you live? If you add your vehicle and location (even a rough one) to your profile it'll appear on the header of your post and make it easy for people to give more specific advice.
  5. Nitsuattam

    Nitsuattam New Member

    Before I joined the forums and this board I read quite a few articles, including the primer from here and ecomodder, I chose this forum because I viewed Mr. Gerdes as the person in the article I read that opened my eyes to it. this is the article ---> http://motherjones.com/politics/2007/01/guy-can-get-59-mpg-plain-old-accord-beat-punk.

    I tend to have a lot of short drives, 5-25 miles, for my own business for estimates and what not. I also at the moment work full time for CenturyLink (put my two weeks in a couple days ago). I live in Tacoma, Washington, but drive all over. I bought my car when it had 50k miles on it in 2004, since then it just rounded 226k this week. I generally drive 20k-30k miles a year.
  6. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Welcome to CleanMPG! Glad to see you joined. As you have read the Primer, I'm sure you must have read Beating the EPA. Good Luck!
  7. wblanford

    wblanford EMC Engineer

    Hi All,
    Have been visiting the forums for the last 3 years and finally decided to join. I am interested in increasing the mpg of my vehicles.

    I am middle aged and have been driving Hondas since 1983. Recently purchased a 2012 Elantra MT based partly on reviews on this forum. Great Car!

    I am an Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Engineer at Orbital Sciences.

  8. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    Hi Bill, and welcome (officially)! Congrats on the choice of new vehicle! :)
  9. mnarwold

    mnarwold Newb

    My name is Matt and I got into the idea of hypermiling when I read an article about Wayne's crazy mpg numbers in a Toyota Camry. I knew that driving nice could effect mpg, but I didn't know how much. I have always been interested in high mpg and found that between Woodland Park and Colorado Springs one could coast quite a ways. So One day I filled up in the Springs, went up into the mountains, then made the return trip and coasted 14 miles straight without the engine. Got 52mpg for that trip in my old '98 Mazda Protege.

    Unfortunately, the car I have now I've found isn't that great as a hypermiling vehicle. I have a '99 Subaru Outback with the 2.5L engine. I've been getting about 26-27mpg on average but would like to be above 30.

    Actually, I was thinking it would be awesome if there was an experienced hypermiler in the Colorado Springs area that might be able to show me some tricks in person (there's only so much one can learn from reading).

    Thanks for the site!
  10. sandiegoreverie

    sandiegoreverie Sandiegorev

    Hi Everyone my name is Grant,
    I recently bought a 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. At first the numbers were a little below the EPA estimates(around 35 Miles per Gallon) which, in search for a better way to drive, brought me to these forums. The only technique that i need to be learn and perfect is the P&G. I look forward to learning more about Hypermiling and once mastered, to share my knowledge with other hopeful Hypermilers!
  11. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Grant. I'm fairly new to this forum too but I've found they are a friendly bunch and I have definitely improved my FE since joining. Good luck!
  12. MetroMan

    MetroMan MetroMan

    hello i am here and just joined, i am curious how i can post my vehicle and my mpg on my profile, i haven't yet figured it out. thank you
  13. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

  14. MetroMan

    MetroMan MetroMan

    nevermind, i figured it out. I happen to know a majority of the techniques that you all speak on but i'm always into learning new techniques. perhaps which technique of hypermiling has worked best for you?
  15. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    For me personally, it's Pulse and Glide all the way. I have a Scangauge to help fine-tune it.
  16. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Welcome to CleanMPG MetroMan! The Primer link in my sig will point you to the How To's for the website as well as some great articles here.
  17. goldie

    goldie Well-Known Member

    Welcome! And X2 on reading the CleanMPG primer. There are a great bunch of folk here who are willing to help, just ask!
  18. zx3_bmxrider

    zx3_bmxrider Member

    Hey everyone! Someone on Focusfanatics.com posted a link to this site. I have learned alot about hypermiling and gas saving since I joined the Focus forum. So I hope to continue learning here! I was getting 29 MPG overall, and at one point I was getting 37 mpg. Currently I am getting around 34 mpg though.
  19. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member


    Have a look at the CleanMPG Primer. That will get you started and take you as deep as you want to go. :D Feel free to ask questions. Helping people improve mileage is this site's raison d'etre.
  20. zx3_bmxrider

    zx3_bmxrider Member

    Thanks! I will definetly post questions when need be. :)

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