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Old 06-22-2008, 10:49 PM   #1
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Question Would having a real-time fuel mileage display change your driving habits?

Would having a real-time fuel mileage display in your car encourage you to drive in a more fuel-efficient manner? Post your thoughts.

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Old 06-22-2008, 10:52 PM   #2
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It might make me drive in a more fuel efficient manner
It would more likely make me crash my car

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Old 06-23-2008, 07:30 AM   #3
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Default Re: Would having a real-time fuel mileage display change your driving habits?

I mostly find that I only watch the Instant MPG calculator when I'm accellerating from a stop light or have the cruise set. I used to watch it all the time, but I found that it didn't improve my mileage all that much. I have a heavy foot regardless.

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Old 06-23-2008, 07:42 AM   #4
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I really enjoy an instant MPG readout.. I wish my Aura had one.

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Old 06-23-2008, 10:50 AM   #5
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I've had them in several rental cars. Unfortunately all they've done is confirm that driving smoothly and steadily is the safest and most efficient way to drive. Its rather useless for fine tuning your driving style. Engine load and fuel flow would be needed, and not many people can take all three and make sense of them.

Its a neat little toy; for example, did you know the 2.4L Pontiac G6 gets 9mpg during normal acceleration? I tried slightly more or less throttle with no display change from the instant readout.

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Old 06-29-2008, 08:21 AM   #6
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About a month ago I switched my odometer over to the tripometer fulltime. Now I watch my gas mileage vs. where the needle is on my fuel gauge.

I know when I get to the 3/4 mark the mileage better be higher than 100.

My driving isn't as hard now since I've made a game of averaging 38+ mpg.

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Old 06-29-2008, 01:36 PM   #7
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...Its a neat little toy; for example, did you know the 2.4L Pontiac G6 gets 9mpg during normal acceleration? I tried slightly more or less throttle with no display change from the instant readout.
Which is why a bristle when I hear all these fuel saving driving tips encouraging prople to creep away from stoplights. All you do is spend more time and distance under low mpg conditions. And the odds of hitting more stop lights seem to increase, thereby wasting more gas idling. Ideally you'd drive a manual transmission, open the throttle up fully and shift at low rpm. Unfortunately more throttle means higher shift points on an automatic. With all the electronicly controlled automatics I can't believe no one has come up with a fuel economy mode that would lower shift points and allow more throttle while staying in high gear when cruising.

A fuel computer that lets you easily and accurately test economy from point to point is wht we really need. Slight variations in grade, wind, and speed make it difficult to draw meaningful conclusions from instanteous readings. Then you could test different acceleration rates and speeds on frequently driven routes to determine the best combination for your vehicle and route.

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Old 06-29-2008, 02:11 PM   #8
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I installed an OTIS I bought from another intrepid owner for my intrepid (before I traded it) and I liked watching the instant MPG. It was interesting and helpful. I miss having that feature.

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Old 06-29-2008, 02:20 PM   #9
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I would love it!, My 89 cougar has that... (Full digital dash) and it works well still!!! I want to get a scanguage2, but 159$.... Ah i dont know...

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Old 06-29-2008, 02:24 PM   #10
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Having the ScanGauge set to "today" for mileage you can see how your driving measures up daily.

This is much more useful than a real-time or by the tank readings.

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Old 06-29-2008, 04:25 PM   #11
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one thing that can be said for sure, if more cars had them more people could make use of them. I think right about now, more people wished they had them. Unless they drive an SUV and would rather not know how bad it really is.

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Old 07-07-2008, 08:44 AM   #12
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I'm with kermit on this one... But I personally don't think so. If anything I'd prolly turn it off.

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Old 11-19-2008, 03:40 AM   #13
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definitely changed my driving habits after i installed my mpg calc in my car... i kinda missed driving fast but it's kinda helpful...in a way...

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Old 11-25-2008, 09:14 AM   #14
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i do have a real time readout (dashhawk) and it DOES change my driving habits. best thing about the DH is that the whole screen changes color from Green (+/- 20% of your average) to Yellow, to Red depending on where your instant MPG is from the running average. gets you to pay attention to your foot a lot more.

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Old 04-17-2009, 08:00 PM   #15
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it might but i doubt it

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Old 04-17-2009, 08:02 PM   #16
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yes, I think so, especially if I were driving trying to obtain better fuel economy.

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Old 04-28-2009, 03:28 PM   #17
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Since installing my Scanguage II, I have slowed down on the highway and certainly stopped all jackrabbit starts. It just floors me when you see the difference in mpg or litres per hundred when you increase your speed from 110 kph (70 mph) to 120 kph (75mph). On the highway, I find now I can extend my distance between service stations by about 20 to 25 miles. I have no measurement for city driving as being retired I rarely travel the same route in order to come up with a meaningful measurement.
I guess what I am saying is knowing the real-time fuel mileage display certainly has affected my driving habits.

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Old 04-28-2009, 03:32 PM   #18
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If only I can get mine to work right I'd probably change some of the things I do

yeah my scangauge keeps reading out all these crazy values like 50, 75, even sometimes I had 105+mpg and some of these crazy numbers were when I had it in cruise going @ 70mph and I KNOW you don't get 50mpg when you go 70 (personally I've gotten ~32.5mpg)

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My father owns a Lincoln Continental with the instant MPG (or KPG!) readout. I have to press the menu button a few times to get to that readout, but when I do, it's usually out of curiosity when I'm on the open road or in really bad traffic. I just like to see what the extremes of the car can be in terms of fuel efficiency. Turns out that it can get up to 27mpg on the highway after some regular maintenance. A V8, no less. If my SL1 had an MPG readout, I would constantly be having a joygasm as I watch the number not slip below 30.

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My father owns a Lincoln Continental with the instant MPG (or KPG!) readout. I have to press the menu button a few times to get to that readout, but when I do, it's usually out of curiosity when I'm on the open road or in really bad traffic. I just like to see what the extremes of the car can be in terms of fuel efficiency. Turns out that it can get up to 27mpg on the highway after some regular maintenance. A V8, no less. If my SL1 had an MPG readout, I would constantly be having a joygasm as I watch the number not slip below 30.
That's because it's due to a highly tuned/geared transmission. I also want to say that it's because it's got the mustang engine in it, but I'm not swearing to anything (unless you said Town Car instead )

that said, typically V8s in cars do get that kind of fuel economy (when it's used in a (pickup) truck, van, or (S)UV application you typically expect to see less.) I've read about a couple people getting ~30mpg in even a grand marquis , the secret is that the engine is running at 1700RPM and in a higher gear.

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