||Cost of Fuel
||3.459||Gas gauge showed it looked like a low-FE tank. Filled early to see how it was doing. Not so bad. 102.6 includes the added 2.6 miles from prev. tank.||24.81|
||3.389||Add 2.8 mi. to next tank as I zeroed this one late.
It's getting to be a habit.
Tank consists of two runs to new job in So. Windsor CT. One day in snow and one day had a lunch errand to E. Htfd.||25.81|
||3.389||Filed up before new commute run.||17.93|
||0||Includes the 3 mi. to be added as previous tank was zeroed late.||22.60|
||3.299||Add 3.0 miles to the NEXT tank's odo reading as I zeroed this one late.||24.53|
||3.399||Trip to New London, then Jewett City and back.
Next trip to N.L., then So. Windsor, Jewett City, New London, home.
I was pretty thrifty with gas. It paid off.||24.98|
||3.399||included shortish trips to Stgtn borough, starting in ~15 deg. weather and again to return home. Other similar short stuff.||21.31|
||3.299||Trip to Htfd, NU / Berlin and back. More like my previous commute than the other driving I've done since 11/2/07. However as stops were only for 1-2 hours the engine never really did cool down. Did well!||27.17|
||3.459||After previous fillup I didn't reset trip odo till I'd driven 1 mile (exactly). So this 186.4 INCLUDES the +1 mile correction.||22.47|
||3.459||Drove 1 mile after filling before resetting odometer. So at next fillup give it one more mile than shown on odo.||23.34|
||0||Doing better. Not sure why. Maybe ECU finally got back on it's feet after disconnecting power when I restored the air intake temp control system. Included a trip to RI I-95 exit 8 (about 30-35 mi each way) but also included the usual bunch of local short hops.||24.67|
||3.299||First tank driven entirely with restored airbox heater mechanism. Mostly short trips but one 70 mph trip to Middletown to help Matt S. move boxes. Fill was after move in Middletown. Included short city runs in M'town to/from storage.||23.19|
||3.429||Trip to Hartford and back (total ~150 mi), plus local stuff after that.
Had to climb to 8th level in Htfd. parking lot - a real FE killer.||23.86|
||3.429||Restored airbox temp control system before this fillup. System still needs tweaking. IAT now 55-60 generally, occasionally as high as 70 puttering around town. One leg back from E. Berlin, the rest local stuff.||24.45|
||3.459||Local + New Haven and back (~100 miles) + trip to E. Berlin, CT (55 mi). The three long legs were with Jackie and/or Marie.||25.52|
||3.359||All local driving as I was out of work the entire period.
This was the "hypertank" challenge.
I last filled up on Wed. 11/9.
Challenge was to see how long we could stretch a tank of gas.
This was 89 octane, a switch from my previous 93 octane.||22.87|
||3.399||Zeroed the odo about 2-3 miles late after fillup. Next tank, adjust this one and the next tank one. The 293.1 is more than the actual tank miles.||25.92|
||3.329||Last commute trip to Berlin, CT.
Probably last high test 93 octane.
Next likely 89.||27.33|
||3.299||Some fast trips here. Home from work with kidney stone! Also weekend errands.||24.80|
||3.199||Idled to jump start a friend. An revved hard several times just to enjoy it. Oops. Paid at the pump for that. Also ran the heat a bit. Sucks the heat right off the engine.||26.77|
||3.199||Shell 93 octane. First time using Shell.||28.75|
||2.999||This is the 2nd fillup of 93 octane high test. Still on summer RFG; changeover is in Nov. sometime. Tires pumped higher too - approx 44/42 front/rear.||29.27|
||0||includes weekend errands and CHILLY temps - dipped to about 32 deg. F.||27.46|
||2.979||Better mpg this time.
I drove slower - especially to work in a light rain. Looks like that's a good formula.||29.34|
||2.979||Must have been driving too fast...
Also included weekend short trips and a lunch drive on 10/8, Columbus day - cafeteria was closed.||26.87|
||2.979||Three commute legs plus the tail end of trip home from Syracuse after final trip fillup.||29.91|
||3.059||Highway trip Syracuse to Mystic CT. Actually filled up 20 mi. before Mystic in Norwich. Drove mostly between 60-65, however as slow as 50 and as fast as 80. A couple episodes of WOT.||30.22|
||3.159||Syracuse local driving. Filled up before leaving for home in CT.||21.25|
||3.099||Actually late 10/1, but I want it to show up sequentially on the Gaslog. Tank started on Mass Pike westbound, ended in Syracuse. Pretty sure I had a good tailwind the whole way. Also a quick drive following Ken to dinner on small roads, acceleration + braking and long stretches below 40 mph hurt there. So the ~30.5 mpg has some overall validity.||30.47|
||2.999||Home from work, 17 mi. weekend errands, then first leg of drive to Syracuse. All driven with new front grill panel installed; I'd put it on before leaving work. Also includes some weekend errands. Hopefully this will be good long term.||25.89|
||2.979||Stopped for a show at Ivoryton Playhouse on the way home. Then it rained from Ivoryton to Mystic.||28.57|
||2.979||Good clean commutes. Stops at All Souls for choir reh. and a quick lunch trip to Home Depot for contact cement for NEW FRONT FACE [still in progress, not yet installed]. Even with the two short trips, came in just under 30, NICE!||29.85|
||2.979||Still only in mid-28's. "Old" air dam reinstalled but this tank includes Sunday trip to church and a stop there for a meeting Monday p.m. Plus a WOT burst on trip home Monday, something to do with testosterone and a Chevy pickup passing me on a hill. He came from behind, I went WOT, he passed me by a nose, then I passed him. All on a Rte. 9 upgrade. I got up to about 80.||28.43|
||3.249||NY trip. 50-60 mph. Had some traffic and some small roads plus a food stop each way. Left directly from work so the distance was shorter than from home. Odd price due to I bought 89 and 93 octane and split the difference.||31.33|
||2.979||OK, fessing up here.
This tank is actually three small fillups.
Done after replacing rad and upper rad hose.
Also swapped in 2.5 qt synthetic trans fluid about 1/3 way into the "tank".
A guy has to have a way to check FE in detail when ScanGauge is not possible. One leg clocked at 34.4, one at 31.8, and the worst was 10.3, a short leg to band rehearsal and then to fill .997 gallons~10 miles afterwards on the way home. So things are looking up.||29.67|
||2.979||Upper rad hose leak. This tank included idling to warm to test after replacing hose and radiator plus a spirited drive to test for leaks. Also included a zippy drive home from work to pick up the hose before FCP Groton closed.||26.27|
||2.979||Replaced heater hose to head during this tank. Thus two stretches of idling till fully warmed up to test system. Next will replace upper rad hose, tonight. Possibly will replace radiator also.
||2.979||pretty quick trip home from work yesterday.
Still hampered by missing front grill + block treatment. Getting cooler too.||27.84|
||2.979||front grill removed some time ago for upgrade. Aero nightmare.||29.46|
||2.979||Front "grill" disassembled - working on new one.
No grill, no grill block due to runs hot if I put in the blocked grill.||29.96|
||2.979||Includes weekend errands (Labor Day weekend) and a FAST run from work to Waterford to podiatrist's office at avg. speed 65 mph.||28.11|
||2.979||weekend + a weekday off for intervew and local errands. At end of tank, topped up tire pressure to 43/41 hot.||28.50|
||2.999||Stopped at ASUUC on way home, stopped @ Dr. Yolen and McDonalds on way to work.||30.50|
||2.999||got lost going to J's Beauty & Beast show, trips to and stops at church, drove to work pretty quick mon. am 8/20.||28.88|
||2.999||4 commute legs on rte 9.
1 stop at Monro Muffler, 1 trip to band rehearsal followed by a jaunt to Stgtn and back. Decent FE at 31.88 mpg.||31.88|
||0||Had the rear Kamm back on the whole tank. Results: a mixed bag. Some good clear-roads runs. One had rain. One had an accident on the Glastonbury bridge; traffic crawled. I'd kill the ICE and after 10-20 sec. I'd need to start again, only to move a few car lengths. Decent, a hair under 31.5 mpg for the tank.||31.47|
||3.399||Arrrghghghgh! Several short trips needed due to broken side glass on wagon - slid on wet road. Then rainy days also took their toll, tank was 29.04 mpg. Last tank for this FE Challenge.||29.04|
||3.099||Two commute cycles. One leg up in rain. Last 3 legs on Rte 9, P&G betw. 50-60. Good results! All four legs with temp coroplast rear spoiler/Kamm back thing.||32.59|
||3.159||Added shortie Kamm back AFTER this fillup.
||3.159||Home via? 9 or 2? Sat a.m. swapped in Kumho AS 795's on rear. Sat a 20-mi run, then ~3 mi home from Monk visit. Sun to church + back. Decent at just under 31 mpg.||30.88|
||3.059||Filled 89 octane @ Citgo. AM: 3 errand stops then Rte 9 to work. PM: cops pulled out in front of my Rte 2 traffic and bogged us for 5-10 min @ ~5-10 mph. Recent days w/straight commute 32.2-4, this day with 3 stops 30 mpg, not toooo bad.||29.96|
||3.179||Filled up w/ valero 93 octane, drove Rte 2 both ways||32.13|
||3.199||I think I'm finally out of the woods with various vehicle malfunctions. This past Sunday I did a significant rebuild of the temporary air dam, and have had no significant failures since. Yesterday evening I did need to add a flexible wallboard corner bead on the right side section where I had not put one earlier, including 3 screws to secure it.||32.40|
||3.199||Still on 91 octane, price has dropped. Tank incl. one leg at 65-70 mph with near-catastrophic air dam failure, with coroplast dragging severely on pavement. Nicely repaired before last commute leg.||29.42|
||3.279||Tires pumped up about 4 lb before last leg up to work so future tanks should be a bit better than this one. I think I've gotten past most of the known issues. Still need to check on drivers side motor mount and retape the air dam AGAIN. Painting it loosened some tape, dang.||31.71|
||3.339||Mid-tank found cracked hose at t/b end of plastic vacuum tube. Replaced. FE still not back up where expected, should be around 31-33 by my reckoning.||28.79|
||3.259||Fri pm home, Sat am retaped air dam bottom + firmed up angle on grill block coroplast. 40 mi. drive to RI and back, 2 stops for food. Mon am to work. 29.98 mpg is lousy, dunno why the drop. Just going too fast maybe.||29.97|
||3.259||Included Middletown lights traffic, 10 mi. in brutal rain + another 20 mi in regular rain + 25 mi. with Jackie's open windows. Still 31 mpg! Coroplast "NASCAR" air dam must be a good one - either that or it's the new tires.||31.14|
||3.259||Entirely on new tires, mostly on new temporary coroplast air dam (large). Some errands and a fast trip to Helmut's fundraiser in Ledyard.||30.48|
||3.299||Built new temporary coroplast airdam. Tank incl. nasty Fri. p.m. traffic @ Glastonbury Br., several local errands for first aid stuff, air dam removal @ Justins, high speed road testing of new one. New air dam segment was 34.32 mpg! Gotta watch that duct tape, it slides down and also one underpanel stiffener came loose.||29.79|
||3.299||Home via Rte 160 + 3 + 2. A.M. got 2 new front tires installed in E. Lyme after false start at City Tire. Then up to work. Leg to work on new tires was 40.2 mpg! Straight hiway, all warmed up, but still super!||31.29|
Flat tire (L-F), changed on 395 Montvill connector, drove on 1 snow tire 3 legs.
Cooling system still not holding pressure after changing 2 hoses. WTF?
Shopping for tire before work & at lunch.
Ordered from TireRack, not yet here.||30.38|
||0||Includes lunch errand to bank in Cromwell. 2 commute legs Rte 2.||31.95|
||3.299||Fri. pm + Sat am Rte 2.
Found lower rad hose s-l-o-w leak @ rad or 1st temp sensor, need to fix.
Also incl. weekend idling after opening / refilling cooling system for R&R 1" hose to reservoir.||30.20|
||3.399||Some light rain.
Some 15 mph winds.
Mostly I behaved myself and used Rte. 9 for all.||30.81|
||3.299||many stops for errands||29.86|
||3.399||60 mi. on busted motor mount.
Then fixed mount on Sat. and also replaced upper ground strap.
34.6 mpg on leg to work Mon. a.m.!||29.66|
||3.299||Mixed bag. 2 legs Rte 9, 2 legs Rte 2. One leg up drafting 3/4 of the way @ 52, one leg down met Jackie + she had windows open the whole time. Overall decent. Would have been super without stop for the Nunsense show + JCP's open windows.||31.14|
||2.299||Rte 9 down, Rte 2 up to work||32.09|
||3.299||Did tranny and coolant flush over the weekend. Rte. 2 Mon. p.m. + Tue. a.m., otherwise Rte. 9.||33.42|
||3.339||I behaved myself. Lunch errand, car wash.||31.33|
||3.339||Straight commute, no errands, limiting to 2000-2100 rpm except on downhill accel where I still was very conservative.||32.14|
||3.339||Back on the wagon again. ~29.5 even with 90+ mi. of typical errand/social runs this weekend. Likely the two commute legs would have been over 31.||29.54|
||3.339||Tank incl. two rehearsals + a lunch errand. Driving faster too, and temps down a bit.||28.19|
||3.389||Reset ECU after previous fillup. First full non-rain tank after tuneup. Choir and a stop at True Value Mystic.||32.26|
||3.389||Some heavy rain on trip home. 1 errand stop + 1 stop to wait for rain to end. Pulled, cleaned and reinserted ECU fuse after this fillup.||29.66|
||3.389||Short weekend errands, then tuneup, then to work.||26.66|
||0||Included lunch errand with long parked period before returning.||29.30|
||3.389||Mixed bag driving. Fast home, slower back 2 wrk. Washed engine bay + rough starts/stalls after, cleaned up w/6K rpm + grill removal. Behaved myself up to wrk after that.||33.37|
||3.389||2 days commute, Rte 9 only. Consistent P&G 50-60-70. Tires 37-38 psi cold.||32.05|
||3.409||Rte 2. FAS between 48-60. I expected better; rte 9 with faster FAS gave at least as good and only 115.x miles r/t.||30.23|
||0.409||Exit 62 rest stop (after NY trip) for gas to home + All Souls + back, then to work in light rain. Moderate Middletown light delays.||29.86|
||0||NY trip. Incl ~5 mi 10-20 mph on Cross Isl Pky + 25A to PW + Me + Jackie + mom + dad to dinner in Manhasset + back. Still a solid 30 mpg.||30.05|
||3.389||Up home via 9, up via 2. PM stop at Goodwill Middletown + Groton, dinner @ Margaritas. Doing more P&G lately.||30.84|
||3.389||First fillup following completion of Stage III of air dam extension. Includes forward belly pan to front axles and wrap to fender's wheel cutout.||32.00|
||3.389||Fri p.m. Rte 2 etc. Then weekend, next leg Wed a.m. Rte 2 etc. Air Dam Stage 3 done over weekeend so Wed a.m. w/ that done.||28.32|
Removed side wings from the in-progress air dam expansion.
Seems to glide better now.
Also accelerates better, at highway speeds.||30.69|
||3.389||Just completed a Seafoam treatment including high-pm driving afterwards to blow out the junk. Rough idle seems to have improved but is not gone. Seafoam in the tank too so cleaning of injectors contined during this tank just completed.||29.03|
||3.459||combines two fillups of 45.3 mi/2.207 g (May 20) + 59.9 mi/2.535 g (May 18)||22.18|
||3.249||a.m. leg with stage 2 added to air dam||31.19|
||3.249||before adding stage to to the expanded front air dam||28.86|
||3.249||included 3 short local weekend trips incl a hill climb up Cow Hill Rd. Late in tank I cleaned coil terminals.||27.63|
||3.249||high speeds: 60-70, plus ~20 miles small roads @ 40 in 3rd gear.||27.89|
||3.259||faster now, about 2200 rpm usually.
Some pretty fast pulses too. And short weekend trips that killed FE.||27.53|
||3.259||both legs @ 5200 rpm, more spirited pulses kept me at 50 and above.||29.06|
||0||Some pm rush traffic. AM rain and headwind.||27.97|
||0||In mid-changeover Winter to Summer fuel mix. 1-2 week changeover period.||30.09|
||0||Installed front air dam over weekend. Still no side skirts for front air dam.||28.36|
||3.19||Mix of heavy and light rain.
Headwind down, tailwind up.
Kept speeds under control.||29.39|
||3.139||Some "spirited" driving in this tank. Singing on the way.||28.14|
||3.139||15 min delay in Middletown, stops at store & BKing.||28.39|
||3.139||Middletown: 18 min. to get thru lites||30.19|
||3.139||I topped off with 2nd click. Actually was only 1.9x gal.||31.72|
||3.099||Actually 4/23 on the way to work.
Represents short trips: Home after fillup in Groton, to All Souls and then back home, then to Shell in Mystic on Monday a.m.
Shows what happens to FE when driving a bunch of short hops with multi-hour cooldown periods in between.||19.79|
||3.119||to home rtes 91-3-2||30.48|
||3.159||Nor'Easter winds finally weakened to ~10 mph for 2nd of 2 legs.||29.18|
||3.159||One leg Nor'easter bad wind, one leg close-drafted avg 63 mph||27.12|
||3.159||Topped up 91 oct. @ Citgo||27.92|
||3.029||Filled 93 oct. Mixed bag. Three commute legs plus lunch errands. Nor'easter, some rain, some strong tailwinds. S&S gas - maybe overcounting the gallons.||26.48|
||2.979||Two most recent fillups just to see the gaslog working.||29.04|