Discussion in 'Nissan' started by Ford Man, Oct 10, 2019.
Wish I could get some of those "free" miles. I have to pay for all of mine.
Yeah, I guess they're really not free miles but extra miles I wouldn't be getting at the same cost if I drove like everyone else and got EPA combined rating.
Forcing a vehicle to burn that much fuel would be tough work, methinks.
The 339.251 gallons I've used in the Versa over 16633.1 miles would have lasted less than 4,000 miles in the '76 Lincoln Mark IV I had in the early '90's. I had to work my butt off to get between 10-11 MPG in it unless it was on the highway. On the highway if I'd keep my speed down to about 55 I could squeeze 14 MPG out of it. Guess you can't expect too much out of a 2 1/2 ton car with a 460 4BBL.
Did the development of a skinny butt, raise your MPG?
Around the mid-'70s were the worst years for fuel economy, especially of US cars. A few years earlier or later, even a car that huge with an engine that huge would be less thirsty---and more powerful besides.
Yeah, I bought a new '77 Buick Regal with a 350 2BBL. When I first got it it would only get about 12 MPG and had a flat spot where it just fell on it's face on take off. I took the vacuum hose off the EGR valve, plugged it with the eraser off of a mechanical pencil and put it back on, the mileage went to about 15-16 MPG and the flat spot was gone.
Filled up again today and the mileage was down for some reason. This tank only got 50.171 MPG. For some reason it seemed I could never get the mileage up in the 52-53 range on this tank. When I went to fill up today I found that the station in town with E/0 was only $ .04 a gallon more than the cheapest E/10 in town so I filled up with E/0 to see if it seems to make a difference in this car or not. The last car I tried E/0 in several years ago I saw no noticeable improvement. The dashboard computer on the Versa is always several MPG optimistic so I wanted to find out if the use of E/10 is the contributor to that or not. New stats are:
Fuel Cost $736.32
Cost Mile .0430
Ave. MPG 49.189
Tank MPG 50.171
G. Saved 155.865
Free Miles 5299.4
Tank +47.654% EPA
So far I don't know what to make of the E/0. Recently the factory computer has been being about 5-7 MPG optimistic on E/10. My normal knock around car is down right now so I'm driving the Versa daily and have put about 140 miles on this tank so far. The Ultra Gauge is reporting similar numbers to what I normally saw with E/10 but the factory computer is reporting 8-9 MPG above the Ultra Gauge. It would be great if the factory computer was accurate because it usually reports 55-60 MPG on every tank.
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