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GRU 09-15-2012 11:31 PM

Different trips
So i went on a trip last weekend and when i finished i fueled up. I averaged about 44 mpg on that trip and i usually get about 36 or so on my comute to work and back which is about 7 miles each day.

So my conclusion was that without using reverse and not having a cold engine much, I got about 20% better mileage on my long trip than a bunch of short trips. I wouldn't have thought different types of trips make such a big difference in gas mileage

freebeard 09-15-2012 11:43 PM

You use reverse that much? I would have put it to running the engine at 80% load.


Trying to average 40mpg+ over 200 miles or more.
Was your trip over 200 miles? :)

redpoint5 09-15-2012 11:45 PM

Cold engines are notoriously inefficient for the first few minutes. My diesel takes 10 minutes to come up to temp. 1 long continuous trip will result in much better FE than a bunch of short trips, as you have learned from first hand experience.

My 7 mile commute kills my MPG compared to my longer travels. The first 2 miles I probably get 20mpg.

Sven7 09-16-2012 12:10 AM

Same as my recent trip. 32mpg commuting for weeks, then one trip at 36mpg. I think it has something to do with starting/stopping too.

ron 09-16-2012 11:08 AM

I get 20-22 to and from work 9mi each way and 26-28 on a longer trip say 50mi each way Im thinking its the temp and steady speed also

Weather Spotter 09-16-2012 08:58 PM

my trip to work is about 22 miles. to church is about 10. on the trips to work I can get a trip average of 72-76 MPG. but going to Church I can only get about 64-70. I think its due to the fact the the shorter trip is about 75% in open loop vs about 35% for the work trip.

ron 09-16-2012 09:19 PM

reread my post and I didnt mean to mislead anyone, my work truck is a toyota techoma not the 99 dodge

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