Month of September 2021 (Nat’l avg $3.174)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Sep 1, 2021.

  1. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    62 deg F in both Naperville and Elk Grove.
    35.0 miles , fcd = 66.8 x .943 = 63.0 MPG.
    Tank is as 599.4 miles , fcd = 70.4 x .943 = 66.4 MPG.
    65 miles remaining. I would like to buy fuel at my Amoco
    in Naperville if possible. Yesterday the price was S3.399.
    After work going to a brewery in St Charles
    to see a band called District 97.
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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 73 deg F in Northbrook m 72 in Elk Grove.
    17.2 miles , fcd = 73.4 x .943 = 69.2 MPG.

    Spent two hours reading by the pool Sunday.
    It was a very nice day.
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  3. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Sounds lovely Edwin :)
    Back home Thursday afternoon, non-motorway, 72°F:
    19.9 miles - 192 Wh/mi or 176MPGe

    44 minute top up at home - 24 miles added

    Went to my mother's:
    4.4 miles - 241 Wh/mi or 140MPGe
    4.4 miles - 196 Wh/mi or 172MPGe

    Scheduled a further top up to finish just before I needed to go to work - 40 miles added in 1' 12"

    To work Friday morning, motorway route, 55°F:
    21.4 miles - 201 Wh/mi or 168MPGe

    Back home, non-mototrway route, 75°F:
    19.9 miles - 236Wh/mi or 143MPGe

    Quick change, pack the car then to our holiday home:
    103.9 miles - 186Wh/mi or 181MPGe - efficient drive, only used 90 rated miles of range

    Managed a 90' ride (21.3 miles) on the gravel bike Saturday afternnon

    Sunday morning, went to a car boot sale then a garden center:
    3.4 miles - 269 Wh/mi or 125MPGe
    4.1 miles - 172 Wh/mi or 196MPGe

    Back home from holiday home with a missed turn!:
    112.5 miles - 197Wh/mi or 171MPGe - Range down to 70 or just over 20% after travelling 265 miles on 1 charge

    Scheduled a top up for this morning - 128 miles added in 3' 53"

    Range at 198.

    To work this morning, non-motorway route, 52°F:
    19.6 miles - 189 Wh/mi or 178MPGe

    Later this monring, had to go to hospital for a check-up, steady run, 63°F:
    26.3 miles - 176 Wh/mi or 192MPGe

    Parked at a free charger and walked 1.2 miles to the hospital. The CCs wasn't working so had to use the Type 2:
    52 miles added in an hour then it stopped (no idea why) as I was on the way back.
    Set it going again while I went for some lunch:
    36 more miles added in 43 minutes.
    Range up to 246 or ~72%

    Back to work, 70°F:
    26.3 miles - 204Wh/mi or 165MPGe
  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 65 deg F in Naperville , 66 in Elk Grove.
    The roads were coated with this liquid molasses-like substance
    that we get here once in a while (rain) , which made for poor glides.
    I did have a bit of a tailwind that helped, though.
    35.0 miles , fcd = 66.5 x .943 = 62.7 MPG.
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  5. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Been waiting for a good EV for a decade+. May have to wait “a bit longer”. Hope my arthritis will hold off “a bit longer”, so I can still walk 1.2 miles while the EV is charging.
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  6. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Fingers crossed litesong o_O
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  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 57 deg F in Northbrook , 56 in Elk Grove.
    17.2 miles , fcd = 64.9 x .943 = 61.2 MPG.

    I'm saying goodbye to summer.
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  8. TheFordFamily

    TheFordFamily Well-Known Member

    Filled up the Camry a couple of days ago. 685.9 miles, 12.558 gallons. Indicated 57.2 MPG. Actual was a "disappointing" 54.62 MPG. Roughly 360 miles highway driving out of that.

    Regretting not getting the XLE with nav package as there's quite a few places I go that don't have phone signal. I tried the downloaded maps, but to receive the voice directions I either need to use CarPlay, or to turn off Bluetooth on the phone. And when you do have voice directions they are only when to make turns.

    Guess I'll be happy buying a new GPS for the car! I've been comparing different Garmin products. Seeing which ones I like best, and also will ask for some feedback from you fine people!
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  9. litesong

    litesong litesong

    My old Tom Tom GPS units (20 years old & still working) really had ancient maps in some places. In some areas the referral maps must have been 60-70+ years old! At times, the Tom Toms show “roads” crossing a nearby valley. There isn’t anything there, but worn-out, slow or incomplete farm field access roads & cowpaths. My wife likes voice commands. I don’t.
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  10. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    ^^My Garmin Nuvi 57 LM doesn't show anything that obsolete; it gets updated occasionally. It usually gets me where I want to go in unfamiliar areas. When I try it for curiosity in familiar areas, it often picks distinctly sub-optimal routes. The way it mispronounces easy names and misconstrues abbreviations is often comical.

    I returned the first sample because the touch screen didn't respond well at all. This sample is better, but still a little balky, or behaves as if you've touched a higher spot than you actually did.

    Once in a while I regret not spending a little more to get the traffic-aware version---although I do not know how well that works.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2021
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  11. litesong

    litesong litesong

    One of my Tom Toms did have traffic-aware re-routing. Worked excellently. However, that feature was in the cord. After years, the cord frayed & the traffic feature went away. Got another cord without the traffic feature & the Tom Tom still works. The Estimated Time of Arrival works very accurately.
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  12. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 50 d eg F in Naperville , 52 in Elk Grove.
    I used heat in the car while on the highway.
    I don't use heat or A/C on roads where the
    ICE can shut off.
    35.0 miles , fcd = 65.6 x .943 = 61.9 MPG.
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  13. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    I mostly avoid using heat when coolant temperature is under 155-160°F or so. But then I hardly ever start before dawn on arctic winter mornings like you do.
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  14. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Yes , I do live north of the Arctic Circle.
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  15. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I’m 2000 miles away from Chicago (I’m further now?), & did not hear when Chicago transferred its whole territory up to far north Canada. Did your Magnificence, Edwin, have anything to do with that tough job?
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  16. Sulfuric

    Sulfuric Well-Known Member

    Your input led me to place the Ecopias in my cart at tirerack, but then I started looking at reviews for other tires, and I'm now curious if anyone has experience with these:

    Yokohama AVID Ascend LX | 195/65R15 (

    Continental TrueContact Tour | 195/65R15 (

    The chart here shows all the Eco-focus tires that fit my car, and I'm wondering how big the difference is in efficiency.

    Grand Touring All-Season Ratings Charts for 195/65-15 Tire Size (

    There seem to be tires with better dry, wet, and snow traction, along with better comfort, longer treadwear, and lower price than the Ecopias. Unfortunately, they don't have a way to distinguish rolling resistance or average MPG, which everyone here probably cares about. It rains here a lot though so I'm leaning toward getting a tire with much better wet traction.
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  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I do like to exaggerate. I just meant to say that it gets pretty cold up here in the winter
    compared to where RedylC94 lives by the equator.
    Today , 65 deg F in Lombard , 66 in Elk Grove.
    16.2 miles , fcd = 73.1 x .943 = 68.9 MPG.
    Rode bike 25 miles Sunday.
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  18. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Good one, Edwin.
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  19. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Hi Sulfuric,

    I put new tires on my wife's Prius Prime a little over a year ago. I was looking for better handling under most conditions as well as higher wear rating and less emphasis on low rolling resistance. I went with Ascend GT. I did not look at the LX only because I was shopping in the grand touring range. On the efficiency front, I can't say I've noticed any decline. The tires are kept around 40 psi. It is hard to gauge true hybrid mode mpg on a plug-in, but when running on gasoline alone, the car still returns 55 to 80 mpg. Electric only would be 150 to 200 MPGe.

    Incidentally, prices for these tires appear to be about $15 higher each in the 13 months since my purchase. Inflation in these COVID-19 times perhaps?..

    Good luck!
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  20. litesong

    litesong litesong

    $60 EXTRA for 4 new tires! It’s crazy that new tires are getting so expensive! Yeah….. that’s why I now own used tires. Twice, I’ve purchased 4 entire good used tire sets for $50. Then, I really, really hit the jackpots….Twice, I got 4 evenly-worn good treaded tire sets for $20, $40 for a new Goodyear Eagle tire never mounted, $10 for a never-mounted BF Goodrich, 70,000 mile tire, & even got six free evenly worn tires that gave 15,000 miles of smooth, quiet service.
    I’m telling you……richer people than me, have excellent tires in their garages, they sell cheap (or send them to tire dumps), just to make more room in the garages. They are nice people with better information than you get at new tire dealers. I have a greater percent of MADE IN AMERICA excellent BRAND tires, than people can get now. I love my “tire dump” tires.
    I must be talking to people richer than me (which isn’t hard), because no one has followed my lead…..yet.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2021
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