Go Back   EcoModder Forum > Introductions
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-18-2016, 09:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 6

Silver car - '14 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
90 day: 50.53 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
Hello from Kentucky

I have been lurking on here for a while and figured I'd say hello. I have a 2014 Chevy Cruze Turbo Diesel and have been pretty impressed with the fuel consumption so far. The car came with a few aerodynamic improvements( underbody aero panels, active lower grill shutter, lower ride height) and I've added an upper grill block.
I have a 180 mile round trip daily commute, so I rack up the miles pretty quick. Most of my drive is highway and interstate and the car loves it.
I look forward to learning more from everyone on here and getting the most out of my car.

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 02-19-2016, 09:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
redneck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: SC Lowcountry
Posts: 1,386

Geo XL1 - '94 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Boat tails and more mods
90 day: 72.22 mpg (US)

Big, Bad & Flat - '01 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT
Team Cummins
90 day: 21.13 mpg (US)
Thanks: 183
Thanked 1,125 Times in 548 Posts
.

Welcome aboard.

Getting the most out of your car (mpg) is important.

However.

Getting the most out of your car would include not wearing it out.

180 miles x 5 days = 900 miles per week

900 miles x 4 weeks = 3,600 per month

3,600 x 12 months = 43,200 miles per year

3.5 hrs per day driving x 240 days = 840 hrs.

840 hrs. / 40 hr. work week = 21 weeks


^^^Wow. ^^^



Maybe you should consider moving closer to your job or find something closer to your present home.


Check this out.

The True Cost of Commuting


Have a Great Day....




>
  Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to redneck For This Useful Post:
Andrei_ierdnA (02-20-2016), Daox (02-19-2016), mcrews (02-19-2016)
Old 02-19-2016, 10:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 6

Silver car - '14 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
90 day: 50.53 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by redneck View Post
.

Welcome aboard.

Getting the most out of your car (mpg) is important.

However.

Getting the most out of your car would include not wearing it out.

180 miles x 5 days = 900 miles per week

900 miles x 4 weeks = 3,600 per month

3,600 x 12 months = 43,200 miles per year

3.5 hrs per day driving x 240 days = 840 hrs.

840 hrs. / 40 hr. work week = 21 weeks


^^^Wow. ^^^



Maybe you should consider moving closer to your job or find something closer to your present home.


Check this out.




Have a Great Day....




>
Man, that article was a real eye opener! I appreciate the new perspective. I have a lot to learn. I never really put all that commute time on paper and really looked at it. I knew it was a lot of time and I was always kind of afraid to do what you did and add it up like that. Thank you showing me what I am truly spending on this commute.
__________________
Sorry, new users are not permitted to post links in their signatures.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2016, 01:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
Plugging In FTW
 
cowmeat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Lakeland Florida
Posts: 1,612

Ruby - '18 Chevrolet Volt LT
90 day: 170.46 mpg (US)

Princess Carriage - '20 Ford Explorer Limited

Checker Cab - '10 Nishiki Anasazi
Thanks: 123
Thanked 714 Times in 434 Posts
Holy cow man, what part of Kentucky do you drive?

I grew up in northwest Kentucky right on the Ohio river, and I can't think of any area you could drive that far and not go through hill country.

I have to agree, you're wasting a lot of your life driving. If the situation isn't easily changed, I would at least try to find a rider to share the drive and the gas cost. Even if you picked a rider up halfway through, or left your car at somebody's house you'd get a lot of help on gas and way less miles on the car

The farther you commute, the more sense it makes to carpool
__________________

  Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2016, 01:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
Administrator
 
Daox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Germantown, WI
Posts: 11,135

CM400E - '81 Honda CM400E
90 day: 51.49 mpg (US)

Daox's Grey Prius - '04 Toyota Prius
Team Toyota
90 day: 49.53 mpg (US)

Daox's Insight - '00 Honda Insight
90 day: 64.33 mpg (US)

Swarthy - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage DE
Mitsubishi
90 day: 56.69 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2,444
Thanked 2,494 Times in 1,506 Posts
Welcome to the site!

Excellent ideas by the others guys so far, and I agree with both.

You're one of the very few we've heard of with the Cruze diesel. What kind of mileage are you getting with it currently?
__________________
Current project: A better alternator delete
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2016, 02:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
mcrews's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,523

The Q Sold - '02 Infiniti Q45 Sport
90 day: 23.08 mpg (US)

blackie - '14 nissan altima sv
Thanks: 2,203
Thanked 659 Times in 474 Posts
welcome!
also, increase the psi in the tires to 40+

Also, since you drive on th freeway a lot, consider increasing the diameter of the tires on your next purchase. it will reduce the rpm at cruising speeds and get better mpg.

When your ready to buy tires, give a shout and will get you more info.
__________________
MetroMPG: "Get the MPG gauge - it turns driving into a fuel & money saving game."

ECO MODS PERFORMED:
First: ScangaugeII
http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...eii-23306.html

Second: Grille Block
http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...e-10912-2.html

Third: Full underbelly pan
http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...q45-11402.html

Fourth: rear skirts and 30.4mpg on trip!
http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...tml#post247938
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2016, 09:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 6

Silver car - '14 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
90 day: 50.53 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by cowmeat View Post
Holy cow man, what part of Kentucky do you drive?

I grew up in northwest Kentucky right on the Ohio river, and I can't think of any area you could drive that far and not go through hill country.

I have to agree, you're wasting a lot of your life driving. If the situation isn't easily changed, I would at least try to find a rider to share the drive and the gas cost. Even if you picked a rider up halfway through, or left your car at somebody's house you'd get a lot of help on gas and way less miles on the car

The farther you commute, the more sense it makes to carpool
I commute from Pulaski County to Lexington. I did car pool with a guy for a few years. The problem is we work a "flex schedule" and not everyone has set hours and works the same time. Some weeks I work 4, 10 hour days, and others I work 5, 8 hour days, or a combination of 12 and 5 hour days. It was too hard to be on the same schedule as someone else that lived in my general direction.
__________________
Sorry, new users are not permitted to post links in their signatures.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2016, 09:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 6

Silver car - '14 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
90 day: 50.53 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Daox View Post
Welcome to the site!

Excellent ideas by the others guys so far, and I agree with both.

You're one of the very few we've heard of with the Cruze diesel. What kind of mileage are you getting with it currently?
I agree with everyone's ideas. I have never really looked at it in this way. I was always just concerned with getting the best mileage from the car and not really looking at reducing the mileage to save fuel costs/time. I have a lot to think about.

The car has a lifetime milage of 43.3 mpg. A single best tank of 937 miles @ 52.7 mpg. If I stick to the commute the mileage is usually in the low 50's and upper 40's per tank. If I have to run errands it will drop off pretty quick. The city mileage isn't bad at around 30 mpg.
__________________
Sorry, new users are not permitted to post links in their signatures.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2016, 09:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 6

Silver car - '14 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
90 day: 50.53 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcrews View Post
welcome!
also, increase the psi in the tires to 40+

Also, since you drive on th freeway a lot, consider increasing the diameter of the tires on your next purchase. it will reduce the rpm at cruising speeds and get better mpg.

When your ready to buy tires, give a shout and will get you more info.
I run my tires at the maximum sidewall pressure of 51 psi cold. On the interstate when warmed up the tires will creep up to 56 psi.

I like the idea of running taller tires, I will definitely be doing this mod when the time comes.

At interstate speeds of 71 mph the engine runs at 2000 rpm.

__________________
Sorry, new users are not permitted to post links in their signatures.
  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com