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    Fuel Mileage Increasing with Age

    Up on the Blue Ridge Parkway at dawn this morning as planned. A beautiful photo op, had to squeeze my way in with three tripods with the REAL cameras clicking away. Enjoyed a view that can't hardly be beat - got half-a -dozen shots with my little digital at the first two overlooks facing east. Scene was akin to the Great Smokey Mountains with the morning fog below in the Rockfish Valley (VA). Unbelievable - just like the talley on both trip A & trip B when I parked. Total = 174.6 miles, range = 280 miles remaining, average speed 32 mph and average mileage up from 35.3 (at 105 miles), now showing 37.9 with 5/8th's tank left to burn. I figure my first fill-up will be at around 350 miles and will probably hold less than 9 gallons to average around 40 mpg. We have a filling station with premium-grade at 0% Ethanol a mile and a half from the house, so will be using their gasoline exclusively as I've done in the past with my other vehicles that require it. When you consider that the first hour or so of time on my car was on and off the truck, state inspection (idling), etc., of the 5.5 hours now showing, that is very respectable fuel consumption. I look for it to even-out around 42 mpg within the week. Not bad considering the foothill environment around here. As I said in earlier posts, will keep informing of future progress. HTWT.

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    My cars always increased with age (except for a 71 Volvo Wagon ).

    I figured it was the combo of break-in plus learning how to drive the car optimally.
    I get less now on the Fiat tank to tanlk but that's only because I'm lead-footing it lately
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    As I get older I'm buying slower cars, so yes.

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    My car started getting better mileage at about 2k. Went up a couple of MPGs; I didn't change my driving style...

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    I have had my 2012 500c manual for almost 4 weeks now and have put on a little over 4,000 miles. I have a daily commute of 108 miles (more if running errands). This is mostly freeway driving with some up hill country roads towards the end of the trip. I have been getting right around 45 miles per gallon. I drove it a bit hard from San Diego to San Francisco with two people in the car, luggage and the A/C running most of the time. I spent a week up in San Francisco with the top down and in bumper to bumper traffic and averaged a little over 40 miles per gallon on that 1,400 mile trip. I traded in a smart car which only got 43 to 48 miles per gallon so I am happy with the 500c.

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    Mileage Figures Keep Climbing

    Now back from third 90-mile outing, totaling 270 miles. Average speed = 34 mph / average consumption = 39.5 mpg. Am I ever happy with the increasing mpg figure. Especially when you consider that this includes an 85-mph run down the interstate trying to catch two girls in a Gray 500 Sport. I mean it turned-out to be 2 girls. I really can't believe how easily the car accelerated in 5th gear. I had NO idea that I was motoring along at such a quick pace until the "Speed Bump" feature chimed-in to alert me of the infraction (65 mph zone). Boy I sure hope "officer O'Malley" doesn't read this post . . . OR my wife for that matter. Of the eight increments on the fuel ribbon it appears each 1/8 tank is going to yield around 55 miles. This is totally incredible. Since I am showing 3/8 tank left I should amend my prior statement to refuel at around 350 miles to more like 410 miles, requiring 9.5 gallons to yield approx. 43mpg. Will let you know Sunday 11/30/11. CIAO for now.

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    M.P.G. STILL Climbing. First fill-up at 417 miles - absolutely filled it until gas was to top of filler neck - divided by 9.732 gallons = 42.85 mpg / EVIC said 41.9 'nuf said? HTWT.

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    MPG figures still climbing

    Two tanks for a total of 19.45 gallons added by 846 miles = 43.49 mpg (EVIC says 43.5 mpg for Trip "B" / 45.4 mpg for Trip "A" of 429 miles) this is with 250 miles running the CORSA cold-air intake -so, I've been using full throttle more often. Expect to get 42 mpg when I take a 400-mile trip at 70 mph average speed. Will post results - HTWT.
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    My gas mileage has also went up. Up about 1.5 mpg over the course of 6 months.
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    Has your fuel mileage increased with the cold air intake?

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