Tuesday, June 23, 2009

First Tank

Our first tank with the new transmission garnered 30 mpg. Compare that to 23mpg with our first ever tank (after buying the car). However, the new tank included a lot more freeway driving. Nonetheless, our best tank ever was 30 mpg with the original and that was on a highway-only road trip to California.

I am encouraged.


Pandabonium said...

30 sounds good, especially in comparison to what you got before. 34 is the advertised highway mpg, yes? So any surface driving will detract from that. We've learned from the Insight that accelerating at all quickly really sucks up gas to a surprising degree. And the slower you drive the better the mpg. Of course you may end up with an angry BLUE RAV4 on your tail. ;^) (just kidding MM!).

WV: dentes - something that careful driving may avoid

The Moody Minstrel said...

It sounds like your transmission was flawed from the beginning. Hopefully the problem is solved.

Dean Wormer said...

I saw this post heading and was hoping the Obama's bought a Sherman.

Your MPG post was interesting though.

Dave said...

I have the solution to your fuel economy problem. Larger tank!

I believe the M1 gets about 2mpg

Don Snabulus said...


When we were getting the poor mileage, I was almost using hypermiler techniques to boost the numbers to no avail.

Sacre bleu! Dentes!


I hope so too!


They did, for the kids. Ahhhh.


I could use an M1. People would be nicer to me when I drove by their house with one of them.

SS-Oberstgruppenführer Dietrich said...

If only my Panzers had been so efficient!

The Moody Minstrel said...

I believe the M1 gets about 2mpg

Really? I'm sure you probably know better than I do, but I still remember hearing from more than one source that the M1 gets something like 3 gpm. (No, that's not a typo; that's "gallons per mile".)

Arkonbey said...

Dang, Dean, you stole a version of my joke.

Instead I'll tell someone else's joke:

These two fish are in a tank. The first fish turns to the second fish and says "hey, do you know how to drive this thing?"

Arkonbey said...

M1 fuel consumption according to Wikipedia. MM's estimate was a bit high.

Starting up the turbine [engine] alone consumes nearly 10 gallons of fuel.The engine burns more than 1 gallon per mile and 12 gallons per hour when idle

Pandabonium said...

re: M1 - I'd plan on 3 gallons/mile (not miles per gallon). Your mileage may vary.

Don Snabulus said...

Tank nerd thread!!! :D

Dave said...

As another tank trivia, dependning on the fuel used, of course, M1 exhaust smelled an awful lot like deep fried potatoes.

Arkonbey said...

@Dave: JP exhaust always smelled to me like someone starting up a barbeque grill.

Funny. When I was on the flight line, the smell reminded me of weekend barbeques. Now that I'm out, when I smell a barbeque, I'm reminded of the flight line.

verification word: cursif: a style of linked handwriting peculiar to Eastern Europe

Pandabonium said...

Arkonbey , I like that fish cartoon too - Gary Larsen, I think. Dang, I miss his work.

Jet aircraft exhaust & barbeques? Well, for sure if stand close enough it'll fry your weenie in no time. :o

WV: noseoutt - self explanitory