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#4631800 - 01/11/18 07:23 PM This winter MPG worse than others
LeakySeals Offline


Registered: 02/18/11
Posts: 6578
Loc: Hudson, NH
Anyone else getting bad MPG this winter compared to other winters? I usually drop 1-2 MPG in the cold. But this year I went from 16 to 12.5. I've been driving around watching real time states from my scanner. Nothing unusual, just bitter cold like I've never experienced. Last week it was -13F.
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#4631811 - 01/11/18 07:35 PM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: LeakySeals]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10135
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Mine is better than ever with winter, not as much A/C use! crackmeup I finally touched over 30 mpg, but my commute has been more highway lately.
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#4631812 - 01/11/18 07:37 PM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: LeakySeals]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
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Loc: OH
You've answered your own question.
Colder temps bring reduced fuel economy.
Colder than typical winter temps bring a more than typical reduction in fuel economy.
Take heart, though.
April is less than twelve weeks away.
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#4631813 - 01/11/18 07:37 PM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: LeakySeals]
madRiver Offline


Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 3548
Loc: New England
19mpg typical down to 16mpg. I tend to idle car more in cold.

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#4631826 - 01/11/18 07:58 PM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: LeakySeals]
knerml Offline


Registered: 04/05/05
Posts: 481
Loc: NE Ohio
Keep in mind that winter blend gas reduces MPG.
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#4631831 - 01/11/18 08:09 PM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: LeakySeals]
rollinpete Offline


Registered: 03/20/17
Posts: 461
Loc: West Ma.
My gas mpg drops a lot in the winter...
It's 5 degrees outside , warm the truck up say 15 min, then the winter blend gas...
I probably get a lost of about 5 mpg...


Edited by rollinpete (01/11/18 08:11 PM)
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#4631838 - 01/11/18 08:16 PM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: LeakySeals]
14Accent Offline


Registered: 08/03/17
Posts: 395
Loc: MN
I don't even want to know how bad mine has been. I'm not curious enough to measure. I would assume the usual 16-17 is down at least 5 MPG from that. Sucking down premium like it's water!
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#4631866 - 01/11/18 08:51 PM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: LeakySeals]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2973
Loc: USA
I think it was 2 winters ago when something weird happened and my winter fuel mpg went from 22 to 12 for a few weeks. My driving habits hadn’t changed and I was fueling up at a top tier station.

This was on my old F150 which had a lot of miles so maybe it was a combination of age and a bad batch of fuel.

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#4631869 - 01/11/18 08:52 PM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: LeakySeals]
copcarguy Offline


Registered: 12/06/12
Posts: 335
Loc: PA
I'm down from my usual 38-40 mpg to 34-36 since the brutal cold began a few weeks ago.

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#4631943 - 01/11/18 09:58 PM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: copcarguy]
gabriel9766 Offline


Registered: 05/10/15
Posts: 936
Loc: Missouri
I dont even keep track of mpg in the winter cause it drops so bad and i use remote start in the morning. Summer is 28-31 combined.
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#4632011 - 01/11/18 11:27 PM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: LeakySeals]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4740
Loc: MTL, CANADA
Yep. But I idled more this year and temps have been much colder. I feel efficiency is out the window in extreme cold.
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#4632099 - 01/12/18 04:44 AM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: knerml]
mcrn Offline


Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 3203
Loc: FL
Originally Posted By: knerml
Keep in mind that winter blend gas reduces MPG.



That would be the same every year though.....this does remind me though that I need to check my tire pressure.
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#4632124 - 01/12/18 05:48 AM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: LeakySeals]
Eosyn Offline


Registered: 07/15/11
Posts: 529
Loc: Michigan
Well, in the Malibu using remote start and idling, I get 24. One tankful, tried it without the remote start and idling and actually got 28 mpg. In my Toys, with idling, it went from 30 to 26. Yup, winter gas = lower MPGs. frown
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#4632142 - 01/12/18 06:31 AM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: LeakySeals]
BJD78 Offline


Registered: 08/05/17
Posts: 493
Loc: Nebraska
Cold temps mean more time on fast idle which means more fuel consumption.Pretty much normal.
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#4632182 - 01/12/18 07:50 AM Re: This winter MPG worse than others [Re: Nick1994]
Tahoe4Life Offline


Registered: 04/26/08
Posts: 440
Loc: Miami Beach
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Mine is better than ever with winter, not as much A/C use! crackmeup I finally touched over 30 mpg, but my commute has been more highway lately.


The a/c is on just as much as the summer to keep windows from fogging. I generally just set it and forget it in the bi-level position in the cooler months.
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