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Old 08-24-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: United States
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I always track my car's MPG with each tankful. Helps me drive more efficiently and safely. This practice has expanded to tracking my vehicle's overall cost to me, including gas, maintenance, and insurance.

Is anyone else tracking their mileage also? My wife says doing so is a "guy thing".....personally, I think it's a frugal thing.
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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I use to, but after a while i look at the little book in the car, and it had been two years since i had done the math. thats when i stopped doing it.
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Moscow
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Depends. I just bought a new (well, used) truck. So far I've tracked every tank on it. Helped me identify a few problems I fixed. I'll stop soon, as I now have a good sense of what to expect from it.

I also have a 1976 Monte Carlo that I bought 25 years ago. Only track mileage on it about once a year, unless something seems out of whack. After years of driving it I KNOW that it gets 15-15.5 mpg.

With that said, I just put a K & N air filter on the Monte. They claim to pay for themselves because they are permanent, and increase both power and economy. So I'm tracking it now. The same filter increased economy by over 2% in the aforementioned truck. I haven't run a full tank in the Monte, but definitely increased power.
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Old 08-24-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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I always track my car's MPG with each tankful. Helps me drive more efficiently and safely. This practice has expanded to tracking my vehicle's overall cost to me, including gas, maintenance, and insurance.

Is anyone else tracking their mileage also? My wife says doing so is a "guy thing".....personally, I think it's a frugal thing.
Yes, I track mine. Mine gets 37 hwy and 27 city and it's 10 years old. Tracking your gas mileage will tell you way ahead of time if something is wrong (generally speaking). When my gas mileage falls I know to start sniffing around.
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Old 08-24-2010, 03:57 PM
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I do mine...guess it's not just a guy thing
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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I always track my car's MPG with each tankful. Helps me drive more efficiently and safely. This practice has expanded to tracking my vehicle's overall cost to me, including gas, maintenance, and insurance.

Is anyone else tracking their mileage also? My wife says doing so is a "guy thing".....personally, I think it's a frugal thing.
I used to track the mileage on every tank of gas for years. In general, when the gas mileage started to drop, it was generally one of the first signs that there was a problem with the vehicle.

In 2007, I bought my first new car and I have been tracking the mileage and the expenses. I guess that I want to make sure that I am getting my money's worth.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Chemnitz, Germany previous in AZ, CA, AL, NJ,
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My car has an average mpg calculator built into an accessory gauge on the instrument panel. It's easy to re-set at a fill up, and like others have it's a good indicator of the overall car performance. I know that on a long road trip, the car should average 30-31 mpg @ 70 mph. One time I drove to Tucson, and the mpg calculator showed that I averaged less than 27 mph. I got out my tire pressure gauge and found low pressure on one tire. I found a nail in one tire, just enough of a nail to drop tire pressure that dropped the mpg.

I don't bother tracking expenses on my car, because it's almost nothing. I drive less than 10K miles per year. That means I change oil and filter just twice a year (myself) and a few other routine fixes (myself) each year.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:46 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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I know the size of my gas tank (17 gal), so when is near empty, after I put in gas, I reset the mileage counter to zero. I usually get 370 miles in the city and 450 on hwy with A/C on and little more when the A/C is turned off. 2 x a year I will add fuel additive recommended by my Honda dealer. I have good quality spark plugs ( Bosch ), change my air filter regularly and check tire pressure at least once a month. I use synthetic oil.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:51 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I always track my car's MPG with each tankful. Helps me drive more efficiently and safely. This practice has expanded to tracking my vehicle's overall cost to me, including gas, maintenance, and insurance.

Is anyone else tracking their mileage also? My wife says doing so is a "guy thing".....personally, I think it's a frugal thing.
I don't have to, my car does it for me. There is a display on the instrument panel that gives me the mileage. But if it didn't, I'd probably track it.

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Old 08-25-2010, 12:02 AM
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There is a website for people to record it. I think there are other similar sites, but you can see similar vehicles or other vehicles and their ranges.

Fuelly | Share and Compare Your MPG
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