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Old 08-23-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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Default Gas Gauge at 200 miles

What does your gas read with 200 miles on the tank?

I know, judging MPGs by the gauge is not the proper way to do it, but from my experience, the needle typically points to the same spot on the gauge for a given number of miles.

From my experience in this vehicle:
3/4 full = 125 miles
1/2 full = 225 miles
3/4 full = 300 miles
Fill up = 340 miles

Which is actually pretty much the same with most of my past vehicles- the second "half" of the tank always goes by faster than the first.

But check this out:


Only time will tell, but it looks like this tank is going to be one for the record books. And I haven't done anything crazy with this tank either- no shutting it off at stop lights, no shutting it off to coast..... just normal driving back and forth to work.
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:31 PM   #2
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Mine is crazy like that. When I take a 175 mile trip one way with clear interstate and it is on 3/4 mark. Most I have ever got was 380 out of a tank and it hit the red and I got scared and filled it up. Took just over 12 gallons. 2.2L are great on interstate just wish I would get that in town.LOL
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:18 PM   #3
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The V6 is great on the interstate. Now if they could just do something about the fuel efficiency around the 75-80 mph mark. I mean....
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:14 AM   #4
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I've squeezed over 400 out of my AWD Red Line with open highway driving at 75 MPH. I'm hoping to take a trip that I won't go above 70, aiming for at least 28 MPG. Maybe in the next few weeks, after I get some wheel bearings done.
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:14 AM   #5
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Default Re: Gas Gauge at 200 miles

I drove just over 650 KM on a tank a a quarter a few weeks ago.
That's Kilometers, not miles.
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:20 AM   #6
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Amazing mileage Tom! I never got that sort of mileage from a 4-cyl VUE before...

The past 2 weeks I drove 3 Impala's 3.6L-6spd, KIA Sorento V6, Hyundai Sante Fe 4-cyl...

All averaged about 18-19 mpg, except the Sante Fe which averaged 21 mpg. This was mixed city/freeway driving...

I did not care for the Kumho, and Hankook tires on the Korean SUV's... They performed like cheap Cooper tires... For general driving they work. They don't have the secure handling, braking and feel of my Turanza or Nitto tires...

I was amazed how different the Sante Fe and Sorrento SUV's were. The Sante Fe rode better than the Sorrento. The Sorrento had a stiffer suspension and jostled you about.
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:22 AM   #7
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Default Re: Gas Gauge at 200 miles

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The V6 is great on the interstate. Now if they could just do something about the fuel efficiency around the 75-80 mph mark. I mean....
I agree with great ... however, I think the V6 drive-train is pretty darn efficient. The basic problem is the Vue is shaped like a cinder block and pushes a lot of air.

Air resistance on the nose is around 35% higher at 80 MPH than at 65 MPH.

I have a 05 and 07 Vue's with 3.5 - both have ScanGauge (SC) which provides constant read-out of MPG, engine load and horsepower being developed for any given speed.

The load and horsepower numbers are obviously indirectly proportional to MPG.

You want to go faster - there's enough power to do so - at some really low RPM numbers - but air resistance is the enemy.

An example - I recently was moving at 75 MPH due west - with a reported headwind of 25-35 MPH. I turned due north with same cruise setting and basically same terrain (flat to gentle rolling hills - it is Iowa) and mileage went from 21.5 to 25.5.

BTW ... the 05 Vue is AWD, with roof rack - the 07 is FWD and a slick top ... yet the SC numbers at 75 are essentially identical.
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:08 PM   #8
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I agree with great ... however, I think the V6 drive-train is pretty darn efficient. The basic problem is the Vue is shaped like a cinder block and pushes a lot of air.

Air resistance on the nose is around 35% higher at 80 MPH than at 65 MPH.
And from my experience driving the 4 cylinder across many long stretches of 70-75 mph interstate routes vs many long stretches of 55 mpg highway routes- I completely agree. My route to and from work is largely through the rural areas of the SW Denver metro area. And I'm going a direction that is the reverse of what most people are going at that time of day. A bad traffic delay for me is missing the left turn arrow at a light in Roxbourough and having to wait for the short cycle. So I spend a considerable amount of time around 45-60 mph (12 miles each way). If I was driving 70+ mph, I wouldn't get nearly as good of mpgs- it's usually down around 22-24 on the interstate.

I think MPG figures need a third category. Ciity, highway AND interstate.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:32 PM   #9
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Default Re: Gas Gauge at 200 miles

On my 2003 V6 AWD VUE, the 200 mile mark means I am down to 1/4 a tank for my normal commute. I get ~20mpg going to work and around town.

My best mileage was 27mpg on an interstate trip. Seems like I got the odometer up to 310 miles. Most of the time, I get closer to 25 mpg.

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Old 08-24-2012, 03:04 PM   #10
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Best I can tell is that I'm now right at 1/2 tank and 260 miles.

Since I started driving my VUE (April '12) I've cracked 400 miles on a single tank 3 times. The most was 410 miles. I don't think I'll hit 500, but 450? We shall see.
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:40 PM   #11
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Default Re: Gas Gauge at 200 miles

I think that sounds about the same as we were seeing on our 06 AWD Vue give or take a few.

All of my vehicles also had a steep decline after about half way on the gauge. That is except our latest which is a 2012 Sonic which seems to have a very accurate gas gauge. We only drive the Vue on weekends now and use the Sonic for our long commute which is around 110 miles a day and the worst I've seen is 32MPG with horrible traffic.

The best I have seen on a round trip commute is 41.6MPG and though the internal computer isn't perfect it usually agrees with my manual calculations. The 41.6MPG was with perfect traffic conditions and A\C on.

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Old 08-27-2012, 11:11 PM   #12
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Hmm mine seems to do a bit lower...wonder if geography has somthing to do with mileage . Ive been driving the vue all over NJ lately and last fillup I filled it with 278 miles on the tank a little below the 1/4 mark on the gauge today. Not sure why mileage is slightly lower than everyone elses...4 cyl vue with auto. Maybe the transmission has somthing to do with it. To boot alot of driving im doing is interstate and highway with a little city. Most fillups im averaging 22 mpg. I can squeeze 300 out of it normally...330 if im lucky but at that point im practically out of fuel. Its getting an oil change at 90,000 miles anyway so the driving is good as Id like to change the oil before going back to school or get it close at least so its done soon but im curious what could be killing my fuel #s...
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What is your HVAC setting at most of the time?

I've got about 390 miles on the tank and I'm expecting the light to come on at anytime now. My awesome tank must have run out of steam. It'll still be a good tank, just not as good as I originally thought.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:42 PM   #14
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I took my VUE on a camping trip and on the way back I checked my mpg. I filled up and then filled up again later, and divided the mileage by the gallons to refill. I was pretty happy with 32.7 mpg, although I don't know if I got the same when I was up in the mountains (probably not)
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:56 PM   #15
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I always test my mpg by the gas pump's reading when I refill.

Gas gauges are only accurate enough to keep you from running out of gas, although some people still get stranded. That's probably why they put in those warning lights.

I think the shape of the tank and the design of the sender make the second 1/2 tank go faster than the first half. I've seen it on other cars I've owned.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:30 PM   #16
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Well, I filled it today. 431.2 miles and I pumped in 14.00 gallons. Which equals 30.8 mpg. So good, but not as good as the gauge was eluding to early on. It's my second best tank since April.
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What is your HVAC setting at most of the time?

I've got about 390 miles on the tank and I'm expecting the light to come on at anytime now. My awesome tank must have run out of steam. It'll still be a good tank, just not as good as I originally thought.
Hmm depends where im driving, if it is close usually I just leave the floor and upper vent open with no fans on nor a/c and windows down....I know that increases drag though but no air conditioning. Long drives on hot days like when I drove to north jersey and some of this week back and forth from school the air conditioning is on as it gets a bit warm with the windows down, windows are up. Right now im just below the first quarter on the needle with ~120 miles on this fillup driving home from school tonight ac was off but was on earlier with it being a muggy, rainy morning. Even so I lowered the compressor once the car was cooled with the climate control system (assuming apart from opening the heat flap that the compressor doesnt run as much)...Not sure which is worse on fuel econ honestly windows down or ac on...ive heard the increased drag can honestly be worse on long trips over just turning on the air conditioning.
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BUT that's still about what my honda civic pulls (mostly highway) so you should be happy regardless!
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BUT that's still about what my honda civic pulls (mostly highway) so you should be happy regardless!
Happy? Heck, I'm thrilled! Last spring I bought a '95 SL2 to be my cheap commuter car. In the 11 months I had it, I averaged 32 or 33 mpg (with a few tanks of 37 and a couple low tanks of 27). But that car was kind of a POS- crank windows, no power locks, no AC, no cruise, windows weren't tinted. My VUE delivers almost as good of MPG but with room to comfortably carry my family of 4 plus a dog, AC, cruise, sunroof, power windows/locks, dark tinted windows and a slightly more comfortable interior (let's be honest- neither are great).
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Mine usually reads 200 miles at half tank, and I only get usually about 380 total. I've put a lot of tanks in it at 213,000 miles... I've noticed in mine that the fuel gauge seems to "stick" when on the highway. After going around a jug handle or getting off the highway or shutting down and restarting usually drops the fuel gauge quite a bit. Best I've ever gotten mostly freeway was 28.5. that was a long time ago when I was keeping close to the 65 mph speed limit. Now, doing 75 mph normally I am getting on average 25.5 in the summer... Maybe 2-3 mpg less during winter.
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