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  1. Thanks for the info SmartZuuk. I'm hoping to see an improvement in the summer, although I'm not sure that it will be much different.
  2. Thanks Dave for the confirmation. Also thanks for the mileage tip. I'm going to try that and see how it goes... I think I'll have aproblem not doing 70+ though on the highway... it's just so easy to do
  3. Thanks for all the info here guys!I would have to guess at an average temp when we leave for work. Given we live in Victoria (see: Land of No Real Winter), this winter has been especially mild and we're above freezing almost everyday. I guess 2+ would be the average this winter. The drive is all of about 6 minutes. There are 3 stop signs, 1 yield, 2 traffic lights, and an access road with speed bumps. Total distance ~5km. Not exactly a strenuous commute :)I'm really going to have to put it down to not a long enough drive to be optimal and still pretty damn good. I'll try using the highest octane I can find in the next couple of tanks and see how that works out. I'm planning on doing a road trip at the end of the month and see what the results are that way.
  4. Yup gasser here.For the last 2 tanks I was shifting below 3k the entire time (and sometimes 2.5k) but that seemed to make no difference to the mileage. Thanks for the tip about the air filter. I'll take a look at that and see what kind of condition it's in. Given that the car only has 3900 km on it, I hope the filter isn't in bad condition yet, but who knows.
  5. Thats pretty easy to do as well. i've been using Petrocan premium (not the ultra super premium). I'll try their higher grade next time and see.
  6. I agree that I'm not spending a lot on fuel ... we filled up on Jan 15 then not again until Feb 17 so a month between fills isn't bad. I'm just wondering if there is something I should get checked at smart.
  7. Okay so it's been a while since my last post on the subject and I have put in 4 more tanks. Here are the original numbers:28l 425km = 6.59 L/100km28.1 413.1 = 6.8031.0 394.9 = 7.8529.8 464.8 = 6.41 <- best tank so far28.7 406.8 = 6.9128.2 368.8 = 7.65here are the tanks following:29.7 314.1 = 9.4629.5 348.6 = 8.4629.9 353.3 = 8.4631.3 365.0 = 8.58So the first tank in the four shows how bad it was when I was "warming up" the car. But the subsequent tanks are all without idling the car at all before driving away.My overall L/100 is 7.73 and that is baaad.I'm wondering what the hell I'm doing wrong at this point. I'm wondering how I can change this to be more acceptable. The last 2 tanks I drove the car as gently as possible keeping the RPM sub 3k and cruising at 1500-1800.Could it be the short drive that I have in the morning (<5 km)?We use the seat heaters everyday... could that cause it?Outside of those two things I'm really uncertain.Any help?
  8. Still haven't filled but have been starting and driving the last couple of days and things are just fine. I'll post mileage when I get it out of the next tank... Though the logic of the above question did sink in after some thought. If my drive is 10 minutes and I'm warming up for 5 then I'm looking at 33% of my fuel (give/take) going into just sitting there... thus seriously decreasing my mileage. I originally thought that was the cost of driving, especially when the engine is cold and needs time to get going. Anyways thanks again!
  9. Thanks for the tips. I'll do as suggested and see how it goes
  10. Really?? I was always told to warm up the car before driving and that meant to let it idle for a few minutes before leaving... What you way makes sense for sure so I'll give it a whirl and see what happens. As we're lucky here we still haven't had the temp below 0 when we are leaving for work.. .I know it has frozen over night though just not that cold in the morning.
  11. No wind here lately (which is odd for this time of year actually).I was wondering about the warming up, I do go out and sit with her for about 5-10 minutes before we drive away to work but understand that the engine still isn't "Hot".Turns out that I drive it 90% of the time. I honestly don't think that it is the car and that I might be doing something wrong here. The 7's bother me as I was really hoping for 6's but I might be looking at a 9 tank right now... that is not at all comforting.
  12. We have been getting terrible milage out of our current tank and last tank and I'm starting to wonder if there is a problem with the car or how we are driving it... 28l 425km = 6.59 L/100km28.1 413.1 = 6.8031.0 394.9 = 7.8529.8 464.8 = 6.41 <- best tank so far28.7 406.8 = 6.9128.2 368.8 = 7.65Currently we are at 300k and just got the notice of 3.5 ltrs left in the tank so we'll fill tonight and I'll update the post.The earlier tanks were also including 60% hwy driving but not over the last 3 tanks as we have been city-bound for a while now.Could we be looking at problems due to the drive in the morning only taking us 4km and then 4km home at night and this is normal for the car? We go longer distances on the weekend and such but most weekdays it is 8km round trip for our "commute"?Any ideas here would be helpful.We drive in manual almost exclusively (shift at about 3500rpm and cruise at 1800-2000). This was how we drove it when we got our best tank so I thought that would be the way to drive all the time. Thanks in advance!
  13. Yeah we don't and haven't used the coin tray at all. We also don't have an ashtray so we use our pockets. The coin trays are great for areas that you don't have homelessness/bored kids problems in where they will smash your window for a nickel.Thanks for the post! If I can ever move to a smaller centre I'll probably do the mod
  14. Hmmm now that Jibber mentions that bit I noticed the car I test drove had the light come on once after I started driving it and after a restart it went away... it only had 26km on it when I started driving it.
  15. So I got out of the dealer and they have determined that the seat belt retractor is faulty and needs to be replaced. Service manager said that he hadn't seen this before but the part should be in next week. Should be a quick swap and all should be well.