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  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Thanks hans. You guys are pretty hardcore with your mpg.Thats cool. I was into that scene for awhile many years ago(no spreadsheets can't get more hardcore than breaking out a spreadsheet)...just for fun...lost interest.

       Almost have 4,000 miles on my 2004 Mazda MPV.Wanted to put some miles on the engine before checking mpg.Plan on checking for the first time at next fill up. I am guesstamating about 20mpg

     combined (60hgwy/40city)I'm sure most of you have a pretty good idea of your mpg without having to calculate it out.(or look at your overhead trip computer)
  • metchmetch Posts: 2
    You are lucky to have an odyssey that is getting 19-20 mpg. My 2005 Sienna only gets 15 mpg. I have been driving it for 3 months but the gas mileage still not good. It is not improving than the dealer told me.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    metch - it's not improving when you calculate it by hand, or by the onboard computer or both?
  • I had my van for 2 months mainly doing city driving. I am getting only 15-16 mpg. Also, I have noticed that the metal strip holding the rubber gasket for the driver side sliding door is rusting and the fabric on the door is bubbling.
  • ddownddown Posts: 6
    2005 Chrysler T&C LX 3.3L -Wild Occurance during both legs of trip best mileage in the Mountains I81 from Knoxville to I66 averaged over 28.7 coming and going in the mountains THis is a 387 mile leg of the trip?? Theories? why can I only get 24-25 on the flats but almost 29 in the mountains running 70MPH? confirmed figures from trip computer with gas added into miles driven?? WILD !!!
  • marine2marine2 Posts: 1,155
    "I had my van for 2 months mainly doing city driving. I am getting only 15-16 mpg. Also, I have noticed that the metal strip holding the rubber gasket for the driver side sliding door is rusting and the fabric on the door is bubbling."


    Can't answer about the rust or bubbling, but if your getting 15-16 mpg on your Odyssey in mostly city driving, it's not bad. When they give you estimated mpg city, it is also believed a certain percentage of that is mixed with highway driving. So if your not putting on that highway driving, your mpg city, will be lower than what was on the sticker.
  • Interesting - I had a 92 Dodge Grand Caravan with the 3.3 from 92 to 01 and then traded it for a 99 T&C Ltd with the 3.8 which we had until last summer. We live in east-central FL and go to Indiana two or three times a year. On every trip, going or coming, we always got our best mileage on the center leg of the trip through the rolling country of northern GA, TN, and southern KY.


    I tried to explain this phenomenon by the fact that we left home in FL early in the morning and the oil and fluids were still cold for part of the way until our first fill up south of Atlanta. But in summer, even early morning temps aren't all THAT cold. And on the return trip, we always filled up in GA just before the FL line - and our fuel economy still went down for that last tank driving in FL!


    Also, early morning starts meant that we didn't begin to run the A/C until our first fuel stop. And I was always on the gas a lot more in the hills as I tried to maintain speed on the upgrades.


    Another of life's little mysteries. We are waiting for our 2005 T&C Touring as I write, so we shall see if the situation remains the same with it.


    We always got around 21-22 mpg in our suburban (traffic lights around a mile or more apart and 40% interstate) driving and up to 26-27 mpg on the highway with the Dodge. The T&C returned 19-21 mpg in suburban driving (but traffic has gotten heavier around us in recent years) and a best of about 25 on the highway. But I'm usually around 80 mph on the interstates, so I don't consider these figures half bad.
  • tracy3tracy3 Posts: 10
    First tank driven 291 miles yielded 18.1 mpg.

    Second tank driven 297 miles yielded 18.04 mpg.

    3rd and 4th tank results were 20.01 and 20.08 mpg respectively


    Up to about 1450 total miles of mild mannered driving on predominantly highway and interstate. It's an improvement!
  • azkid2azkid2 Posts: 47
    I am thinking of buying an '05 ODY, but if I can't get close to the MPG I'm already getting on my '04 I might wait awhile. Would you keep us posted on your results> I just can't find many who are getting the MPG I'm presently getting.
  • mcsapmcsap Posts: 15
    2nd tank of gas got 26 mpg on the highway.
  • 05 Quest SL (5 speed automatic) with around 3,000 miles on it driven 70% highway 30% back roads in the last few weeks. Last four fillups (905 miles) were 22.0, 22.3, 21.8, 22.1. We reset the trip computer with each tank and it's pretty close to these numbers, which were calculated from the log.

    This is much better than break-in. When the gas stations switch over from the winter blend I wouldn't be surprised if it went up another 1-1.5 mpg.

    This is a GREAT vehicle! Even the minivan haters like driving it.
  • tracy3tracy3 Posts: 10
    1st tank 18.1 mpg
    2nd tank 18.04 mpg
    3rd tank 20.01 mpg
    4th tank 20.08 mpg
    5th tank 19.87 mpg @ >1500 miles

    I agree w/ Stickguy as well. Not bad mileage for the size of the vehicle. However, it's certainly not what's touted in all of the automotive reviews or the "window sticker". Posted are 30/70 city/highway miles. I'm sorta interested in watching the trend as it relates to the "wait for the engine to break in" advice. Anecdotally, I've found that as your "low" mileage continues to persist, the suggested break-in also increases. :o)
  • marine2marine2 Posts: 1,155
    I have a 2005 Dodge GC with the 3.8 and about 1,100 miles on it. First tank I filled when only half empty.

    1st. tank 16.10 mpg.
    2nd. tank 18.77 mpg.
    3rd. tank 19.66 mpg.
    4th. tank 18.75 mpg.

    This is also about 70/30 highway/city driving.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    1st tank 16.97
    2nd tank 19.14
    3rd tank 14.84
    4th tank 11.41
    5th tank 11.16 (1066 miles)

    That 5th tank was the worst ever (this was winter in Anchorage). The lifetime average is 21.4.

    Steve, Host
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,679
    I get better than that with my Suburban. Only got 19 once on a long trip. Never under 12.4 mpg around town with the truck sitting for weeks on end. I was starting to think I might like the Odyssey EX-L with that slick NAV. If the combined average is under 20 I would not consider it. Is anyone getting 20/28 EPA rating with that fancy VCM V6?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    It took about 10,000 miles before the Quest really hit its stride. The mileage has continued to go up (very marginally) to today (101,000 miles). The best tank was 29.95 at 90,493. Previous best was 29.0 at 31,166 miles.

    Oops, just noticed a 10.31 tank at 28,533 miles. Probably a typo. :-)

    I'd love a NAV - got lost yet again today going to a store I've been to at least four times before (turned too early and got stuck in a dead end industrial area). My lifetime mpg would be great if I could take away all my cruising around lost. I even checked Mapquest before I left, but forgot to print the map out.

    Steve, Host
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243

    You deserve a free Nav system for all the great work you do in these forums. You have a talent for moderating with sensitivity and tolerance.

    Kudos to you.

    '04 Sedona EX
  • davenowdavenow Posts: 171
    i second this...
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    Thanks, but you guys are off-topic :-)

    Steve, Host
  • rgb2rgb2 Posts: 30
    First tank - 19.7 mpg with roughly 50/50 city/hwy.
    That was on whatever 87 gas I got from the dealer. Just filled up with 91 Shell - will see if it makes any difference.
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