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dieselpower2014

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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 12:57:43 AM

I drive a diesel car that gets around 50 MPG. does anyone out there get that kind of mileage in a non hybrid car?
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JueceFlavour
Rookie Author Washington

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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 2:19:04 AM


'07 Dodge Ram 2500 ST Quad Cab 2wd, short bed (Cummins)

Start date: May 3, 2013
End date: Jun 27, 2013
Distance: 2,009.6 miles
Fuel used: 35.000 gallons
Total time (key-on): 79 hours, 29 minutes
Total time (engine-on): 18 hours, 32 minutes
Average ambient temperature: 70.2 deg F
Average in-cab mileage display: 59.38 mpg
Actual measured mileage: 57.42 mpg
Calculated average speed (from key on time): 25.3 mph

Vehicle mods:
Removed diesel particulate filter (DPF) (EPA sh!t)
Removed diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC)(EPA sh!t)
Removed NOx adsorber(EPA sh!t)
Removed EGR system(EPA sh!t)
Removed intake throttle plate(EPA sh!t)
Re-routed CCV vent to atmosphere(EPA sh!t)
Smarty Jr tuner: fuel economy tune, most advanced timing
Upper grille block
Lower grille block
Tires at 75 psi (max sidewall is 80 psi)
Using block heater to pre-warm
Dual 150W oil pan heaters
Tonneau cover
Engine oil: Amsoil Series 3000 Synthetic 5W-30 HDD
Differential oil: Amsoil Severe Gear Synthetic Extreme Pressure Gear Lube 75W-90
Engine blanket
Homemade ram cold air intake
-Change to synthetic transmission fluid
-Front belly pan
-Engine compartment insulation
-Fog lamp hole block
-Kill switch
-Corrected odometer
-Disconnected intake grid heater(EPA sh!t)
-Various shifting/driving mods
-Schaeffer's Diesel Treat 20
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Kruilty
Sophomore Author Washington

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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2014 1:05:22 AM

What about the guy back in the 70s ( think it was the 70s, maybe earlier?) that got over 100mpg in his car on pump gas.
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Vin63
Champion Author San Bernardino

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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 9:50:09 AM

51.7 mpg on the last tank in my 2.0L TDIā€¦95% freeway miles.
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BartandLisa
Champion Author Newfoundland

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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2014 6:18:17 PM

Not me, but did have an 81 Accord 1.6 5 speed that came close, on the highway
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2014 11:21:48 AM

My Prius's 60k mile average was 51.4 MPG.
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HotRod10
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2014 9:27:26 AM

"the problem with the metro is they where so good , they where driven till they where dead."

There are still some around here, but finding one that's running, that the owner is willing to part with is tough. Luckily, I married into mine in '94 and we kept it. With 305,000 miles and counting, it's been a great little car. It's got a few rusted-out spots (mostly from the 4 years we were in Minneapolis), but I may be able to replace some parts and shore up the rest of it. I've only got 20,000 miles on the engine I rebuilt, so if I do the body work (and the struts and other minor stuff it needs), it should be good for another 100,000.
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Camry05
All-Star Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 8:02:45 PM

nope
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FXSpringer01
All-Star Author Cincinnati

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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 6:51:08 PM

Best I have done is 49.8 MPG with a Jetta Diesel 2012.
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 9:20:23 PM

"we used to know how to build cars with great MPG but not anymore"

It's just not possible to get those high MPG numbers with today's stringent safety requirements. Not w/o some type of hybrid power train anyway.

A 55 HP car would likely be a tough sell to most people. Most Americans are just too torque hungry.
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thirstyV8suv
All-Star Author Columbus

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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 8:54:06 PM

not even close.
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CactusBobs
Champion Author Arizona

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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 12:05:23 PM

HotRod!0 : I forgot about the GEO Metro , that was a great gas saving car
I would not mind at all finding on of those in good shape . the problem with the metro is they where so good , they where driven till they where dead

we used to know how to build cars with great MPG but not anymore.

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the1roadhog
Champion Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 8:30:53 AM

No but I don't want a wheezing hybrid either.
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Glasman
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 4:48:05 AM

talk-talk-talk

show me !
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tregal16
Rookie Author Pennsylvania

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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2014 8:44:14 PM

unfortunately the only thing I own that gets 50MPG is my motorcycle... and it is to cold and icy to ride that right now. Although my car does get 41 on the highway...
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HotRod10
Champion Author Wyoming

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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2014 5:41:44 PM

At 60mph on the highway, my Metro gets better than 50 mpg, but I never drive that slow on the highway.
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2014 11:03:20 AM

not in an F-150
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CactusBobs
Champion Author Arizona

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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2014 10:56:20 AM

Not right now.

Sitting in the yard waiting for me to get around to a head gasket is a 1982 Isuzu I-Mark Diesel 4 door . when i was Driving it I always got between 47-53 mpg in winter with AC off , 42 MPG in summer with AC

The car is not much to drive , really small and hard on the back
does not ride well or stop nice . but if you really want to save money above all else ......it's the car



[Edited by: CactusBobs at 2/7/2014 10:58:04 AM EST]
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Bowlerman10
Sophomore Author Fort Worth

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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2014 10:38:13 AM

you must not for very far or fast
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stonejd
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2014 7:49:20 PM

non-hybrid... hell no.
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OceanArcher
Champion Author Mississippi

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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2014 7:04:24 PM

I haven't reached that goal ... as yet
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Vin63
Champion Author San Bernardino

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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2014 9:48:41 AM

I've been able to exceed 50 mpg on a couple of tanks in my 2.0L TDI during long freeway trips.
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Glasman
Champion Author South Carolina

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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2014 3:24:11 AM

sorry, I don't believe 50mpg's.

my folks are from Missouri "SHOW ME"
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dieselpower2014
All-Star Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2014 12:31:39 AM

not bad for a truck though.
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rn2cro03
Rookie Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 5:22:14 PM

My diesel truck gets 16 mpg city and 20 mpg hwy. Is that close?
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