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Old 04-28-2008, 09:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It applies just as much as when you are sitting motionless with your engine idling for hours, where you are burning gallons, but have no miles to go with it, so how can that be counted as "miles per gallon". So theoretically you aren't getting 0 mpg, its just a figment of your imagination (and wallet). It'd be pretty much the same thing if you poured that fuel out on the road and ignited it.

An even more hair-splitting exercise is; if your odometer is broken, then you can't get anything other than 0 mpg, since instrumentally you haven travelled any distance.

Both scenarios, yours and mine, are at extreme opposite ends of the range of mpg figures your car can produce. What matters in the end is how many gallons you pump to fill your tank versus how many miles are on your odometer.
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