Nicely put. Gas may be over $3 per gallon, but it's still less expensive than a divorce.
Don't ask me how I know this.
I know... brother, I know.
Thankfully my current wife (2nd and last )is a real sweetheart, so the whole gas mileage thing is just playful banter.
2007 Patriot : Green : Limited : 4x4 : CVT/FDI : Personally Trail-Rated
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I was hopeful that my mileage would increase with the warmer weather, but was disappointed to get "only" 21.7 mpg out of my last tank. However, yesterday I drove from Bentonville, Arkansas to Joplin, Missouri - about 120 miles round-trip. At the end of the first leg of the trip (downhill) the EVIC was showing 26.3 mpg; by the time I had driven back up the mountains to get home, my mileage had dropped to 24.6 mpg.
Sure, I wish it were better, but one of my buddies owns a Liberty, and he would give anything to get over 18 mpg. In almost six months, I've put only 5,600 miles on the odometer...but I don't expect any dramatic improvements with more miles on the clock. Unlike the old days, engines in new cars no longer seem to "loosen up" after 5,000 to 10,000 miles of driving.
I approached my wife on the same topic. Didn't go over too well at all. Then in the course of a conversation about 2 weeks later she mentioned that my Compass gets off the line a lot quicker than her GC and she has to watch her speed a lot more closely on the main roads because she just doesn't realize how fast she's going. My advice...just pay for the gas, silence is golden.
Very true. Just pay at the pumps and forget it.
2010 Subaru Forester
2004 Dodge Dakota 4 X 4
Maybe this will help. I actually paid attention to rpm’s and what not on a normal drive home. On the back roads where traffic is light, I take off at about 2200-2500 rpm, let it accelerate up to about 40 mph and that’s about where there is a “gear” change and I cruise at about 1900-2000prm @ 40-45 mph. Where I’m pulling out on the busier roads, I take off any where from 2800-3500 rpm to get into traffic that’s going between 45 and 60 mph depending on location, timing, etc. RPM starts sliding back at about 40 mph and by the time I’m up to 60 mph my rpm has fallen back to about 1800-2000. Driving threw my little town with a stop sign every block, I just take it up to 1500-1800 rpm and that all that I need. I don’t know if this is about average for others or not. There are also times when I hot rod . I generally get about 26 mpg, even up to about 28 in the summer.
Artificial intelligence is no substitute for natural stupidity
If it helps you or makes you feel any better, a guy on Caliber forums was getting 81L/100KM at one point.
THREE (3) mpg?!? Hey...that thing got a Hemi?
With the price of gas these days, I've changed my EVIC from the temperature/compass to the mpg display. Probably doesn't do a bit of good, but maybe it'll make me think a bit about my driving habits. I'm still not getting the mileage that Gramps does; I'm hard pressed to break 23 or 24 mpg. But then, I only live six miles from the office.
But then again, I probably shouldn't complain. I'm doing better than the guy on the Caliber forum...HIS mileage would cost me $14 a day just to commute.
I know you all are groaning, but it's not a girl thing-it's a driver thing. Yes, unfortunately, we all (men and women alike) get too anamoured with the old gas pedal from time to time, but all of us can learn, and might I add, be really well acquainted with the concept of anticipating traffic, coasting, etc. There are a few of us ladies that won't drive an auto, and will only drive a manual transmission. I myself prefer the control and performance. I have to say that my 08 Patriot has the smoothest shifing 5 speed I've ever driven. I just traded my 05 Xterra 6spd for it. The Xterra shifted well, but I always had to work really hard not to bounce the clutch during shifting (and I've been driving manuals for almost 20 years). This clutch is seamless, which is really nice. So come on guys, give us girls a break!
the CVTII trans DOES take some getting used to, no matter whether you're going from a manual trans (6sp Wrangler Unlimited for me) or an automatic.
after playing around with my Compass for a few days, i now tend to watch my tach more than my speedo. in the city, on take offs, i do my best to keep the RPM's under 2K and on the Interstate, keep my acceleration under 3K. of course there will always be some exceptions, but these are the guidelines i follow and on my 1100 mile round trip from Indy to KC over Thanksgiving weekend, i got over 30 MPG during the trip itself and Averaged over 26 for the entire 1100 miles.......i'm happy!
Note: i now have 2,200 miles on my Compass since November 12th, when i purchased it. it DID have 206 miles on it when i got it (dealer trade), but i put 70 miles/day on it to and from work......like i said, i'm happy!!!