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Old 05-07-2015, 12:28 PM   #461
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my 94 sl2 gets between 36-40 mpg unless the a/c comes on, then it drops down. i drive rural and hyway , but my 5 speed loves it and i can do some coasting to help. and thats with ses light on .( think its just the purge soleniod, mileage hasn't suffered yet) toodles.
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Old 05-22-2015, 03:24 PM   #462
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With the a/c most of the time, driving back from Detroit last weekend, 90% highway, 5% stuck in line crossing the border got us 33 mpg. I'm not too surprised.

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Old 05-22-2015, 11:35 PM   #463
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I recently put in 36 litres after 508 km, resulting in 7.15 litres/100km or roughly 33 mpg combined. Once I change that pesky rear o2 sensor near the catalytic converter, my mileage may vary. It's a mix of city driving combined with a couple of 100km jaunts between Toronto and Niagara Falls.

It's a '99 SL1 with about 208,000 km or just about 130,000 miles.
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:16 PM   #464
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[QUOTE=Goggles Pisano;2140630]I recently put in 36 litres after 508 km, resulting in 7.15 litres/100km or roughly 33 mpg combined. Once I change that pesky rear o2 sensor near the catalytic converter, my mileage may vary. It's a mix of city driving combined with a couple of 100km jaunts between Toronto and Niagara Falls.
It's a '99 SL1 with about 208,000 km or just about 130,000 miles.[/QUOTE

Wow, so similar to my car! Is it also an automatic?
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Just a hair over 42 MPG last tank.

Last 5 tanks...

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Old 05-31-2015, 11:24 AM   #466
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SO! After changing my Oil and Filter on Friday, the filter had been on for two changes and my oil was on 4k miles since I put off doing it for a bit. I used Valvoline Full Synthetic 5w-30 witch was the same as my last change. + a New Wix short filter.

Went on a trip saturday to "Devils Den" state park in Arkansas, then to Eureka Springs. Filled up in Eureka Springs, after a full tank initially cruising about 70mph, trip odometer said 219mi, just about 220mi, I put in only 5.589 gallons of gas... 220 divided by 5.6, 39mpg highway....HOLY COW.
Once I got back to Tulsa, after cruising at night driving 65mph mostly. I filled up again, at 152.9, so at 153mi, I only put in 4.036... 153 divided by 4 is 38.2 MILES PER GALLON HIGHWAY!

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Old 06-01-2015, 11:29 PM   #467
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Last tank was all highway, with speeds ranging from 45-65. About 70 miles were driven at 70 mph, no ac used.
46.77 mpg was achieved. Using Shell 87 gasoline, dino Formula shell 5w30 motor oil, Michelin Defenders and Castrol Transynd manual transmission fluid. These are all good products that help towards achieving optimal fuel economy.
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I recently put in 36 litres after 508 km, resulting in 7.15 litres/100km or roughly 33 mpg combined. Once I change that pesky rear o2 sensor near the catalytic converter, my mileage may vary. It's a mix of city driving combined with a couple of 100km jaunts between Toronto and Niagara Falls.
It's a '99 SL1 with about 208,000 km or just about 130,000 miles.
Wow, so similar to my car! Is it also an automatic?
Nope. Gold with a stick, and little else.
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Old 08-05-2015, 07:33 AM   #469
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Haven't been driving the Saturn as much lately. But when I do, it still gives a great return on the gas money.

Last tank 42.97 MPG

Last 5 tanks

38.42
40.31
42.03
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2015 average 39.01 MPG



No hyper miler tactics, no special lubes/additives/etc, not even LRR tires. Everyday duty from less than 1 mile trips to the bus stop/grocery store/Lowes and then commuting to include major traffic problems at times (I hate tunnels!) some express lane driving at 70-80 MPH, and some regular highway with speeds at 60-65. The longest one way trip is rarely over 20 miles.
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:40 AM   #470
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As hard I as try I can't help but drive spiritedly from time to time...
That being said, I am carrying some extra weight (A sub and amp), but I do have a K&N replacement air filter. New plugs and wires have helped, ACDELCO 2102503 and Duralast Gold, respectively, and I am running Mobil 1 High Mileage with a can of Restore every 3k miles or so. Also cleaned the throttle body a few tanks ago. Doesn't seems to have changed much in terms of mpg. Here is my mpg for the last 12 tanks, dating from 4/5/15 to 7/29/15.
I drive about 6 miles to work, 4 miles of back roads and 2 in town. I also drive home for lunch, so 16 miles of back roads + 8 miles in town + 10 highway miles and another 4 or so around town for errands and such.

33.42
32.61
31.64
27.15
30.20
30.45
28.31
29.39
30.88
29.96
30.83
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Avg - 30.57 mpg

Seems a little low to me...
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:52 AM   #471
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^^^^ depends on so many things like speed, terrain, location, number of stops. .. I roughly average 27mpg (97 SW2 auto) so I envy you.
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:18 AM   #472
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^^^Well its good to hear that I'm not the only one not getting anything near 40... My average gas mileage for the year is 29.63, but last year it was only 25.07. I was reading another post, i'll see if I can find it, but a guy was getting 45-ish with his 5-speed Sl1 using this stuff called Ligui Moly, and acetone and chevron techron to keep the fuel system clean. I plan on replacing the fuel filter (Pretty sure mine has never been changed...yikes...), and I also got some of the Liqui Moly to use. I am hoping it will help.

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Old 08-05-2015, 10:29 AM   #473
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http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...=207161&page=5

These guys were/are experimenting with different plugs for better gas mileage...not sure that I would mess with that personally. Someone on a later page posted that they are getting 36 with their 97' sw2 auto...
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:30 AM   #474
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In the summer, much depends on whether A/C is used. The last tank I had with significant A/C use was half city with A/C, half highway with no A/C and eventually worked out to a little over 28 MPG. This was in early July and was the first sub-30 MPG tank I had had since March.

If I drive in sweat costume (dress T-shirt underneath breathable polyester blend fisherman's button-up shirt, cotton trousers without belt) and do not use A/C, I can usually count on over 35 MPG in summer on tanks that aren't polluted with too much city driving. The type of "spirited driving" I do consists largely of high-speed overtakes involving 4-3 kickdowns on the open road rather than launches from a standstill, so it has little effect on MPG. It does however affect oil consumption--I can usually count on 1500 MPQ on tanks without kickdowns and 1200 MPQ with several high-speed overtakes.

From the perspective of estimating fuel economy, it makes little sense to treat highway as a synonym for freeway. There is little practical difference between 100% free flow on a freeway (or an expressway with no stoplights) and open-road travel on a rural two-lane highway with just one obligatory stop per handful of miles.

In the winter, length of driving cycle is more of a factor. I can still eke out better than 30 MPG in cold weather but this requires several hundred miles' worth of uninterrupted highway operation. My best cold-weather average was on a day trip to Oklahoma City that involved 150 miles each way of Interstate driving, at speed limits of 75 MPH for 50 miles and 70 MPH for 100 miles.
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From the perspective of estimating fuel economy, it makes little sense to treat highway as a synonym for freeway. There is little practical difference between 100% free flow on a freeway (or an expressway with no stoplights) and open-road travel on a rural two-lane highway with just one obligatory stop per handful of miles.
Not sure if this has been discussed here before, but here's my math for calculating highway vs city based on average speed (which is useless on an S-series because it doesn't offer a readout for average speed, but anyways...)

The EPA designates "City" travel to be anything 21 MPH and under, and "Highway" travel to be anything over 48 MPH. So where your average speed falls within that 27-MPH range is your highway percentage. My Mustang, Fiat, and Cougar all give me an average speed calculation on the gauge cluster, so I can run the numbers at every fillup, and reset it each time for the next tank.

For instance, if my average speed total is 30 MPH on a given tank of fuel, here's how the math goes:

30 MPH (my average) - 21 MPH (the EPA average city) = 11 (my speed difference)

11 (my speed difference) 27 (the EPA total city/highway difference) = 40.74% highway

This isn't a perfect equation, but the important thing is that it is CONSISTENT, and I can apply this on every tankful and get relative numbers every time to use for my own comparison.

And again, this is useless on an S-series (because 90's), but if you have other vehicles that offer an average speed reading, it's a good way to keep tabs on things.

EDIT: for the record, over 10,000 miles in my 2001 SL1 manual, my average fuel economy was 31.3. I have a 5-mile work commute and drove it mostly in winter, so it was below normal operating temperature for most of its time with me.

My 99 SW2 manual had an average of 30.4 MPG while I owned it, but the work commute was closer to 20 miles one-way, and it shows.
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^^^^ How'd you get that talking' avatar? - is it a little GIF file?

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As hard I as try I can't help but drive spiritedly from time to time...
That being said, I am carrying some extra weight (A sub and amp), but I do have a K&N replacement air filter. New plugs and wires have helped, ACDELCO 2102503 and Duralast Gold, respectively, and I am running Mobil 1 High Mileage with a can of Restore every 3k miles or so. Also cleaned the throttle body a few tanks ago. Doesn't seems to have changed much in terms of mpg. Here is my mpg for the last 12 tanks, dating from 4/5/15 to 7/29/15.
I drive about 6 miles to work, 4 miles of back roads and 2 in town. I also drive home for lunch, so 16 miles of back roads + 8 miles in town + 10 highway miles and another 4 or so around town for errands and such.

33.42
32.61
31.64
27.15
30.20
30.45
28.31
29.39
30.88
29.96
30.83
31.97

Avg - 30.57 mpg

Seems a little low to me...

I also have a 2000 SL2 (see Sig) and get similar MPG as you

So, don't feel too bad...
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39 on 89 octane in 95-100. 65-70 mph
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As hard I as try I can't help but drive spiritedly from time to time...
That being said, I am carrying some extra weight (A sub and amp), but I do have a K&N replacement air filter. New plugs and wires have helped, ACDELCO 2102503 and Duralast Gold, respectively, and I am running Mobil 1 High Mileage with a can of Restore every 3k miles or so. Also cleaned the throttle body a few tanks ago. Doesn't seems to have changed much in terms of mpg. Here is my mpg for the last 12 tanks, dating from 4/5/15 to 7/29/15.
I drive about 6 miles to work, 4 miles of back roads and 2 in town. I also drive home for lunch, so 16 miles of back roads + 8 miles in town + 10 highway miles and another 4 or so around town for errands and such.

33.42
32.61
31.64
27.15
30.20
30.45
28.31
29.39
30.88
29.96
30.83
31.97

Avg - 30.57 mpg

Seems a little low to me...
More than likely, the short trips alone are robbing you of quite a bit in MPG return.

Years back I drove 7 miles each way to work. I also went to work about 2-3am, so hit almost no lights I had to stop for. My MPG was down several MPG from my current situation, even when the car was in a good state of tune. I'm also driving a SOHC car, with more favorable gearing for keeping the revs down at higher speeds.

For your driving conditions, I wouldn't be concerned.
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