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  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    for those of you getting 25+ mpg in your oddessy; what tire pressure are you using?

    I've never got over 21 mgp on the highway ('02 Oddy) and I drive quite conservatively around 70 mph. I tend to keep the tire pressure around 35 psi
  • davenowdavenow Posts: 171
    pretty consistent!

    hoping for steady improvement as the miles rack-up...
  • davenowdavenow Posts: 171
    Anybody have experience to know when it would be the optimal time to reset the trip computer so as to get the best indication of actual average gas usage?
  • kinkokinko Posts: 48
    CRV: 24-25 MPG, 50/50-city/Highway.
    Camry: 27-28 MPG consistently, 50/50-city/highway, it gets 40-42 MPG, 100% highway when speed stay around 70-75.
    Both subject to 10% cut in MPG during winter.
  • big_guybig_guy Posts: 372
    Those two vehicles aren't vans. This is the VAN mileage posting board.

    I have been averaging right around 18 mpg for city driving and have been able to get 25.5 mpg on all hwy driving in our 2002 MPV.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Good idea to bring the SUV mpg discussion back:

    SUV fuel mileage - Feel free to participate

    Can't help w/ Sedan mpg :-)

    Steve, Host
  • ralphj2ralphj2 Posts: 3
    I checked highway mileage on my 2004 Sienna after a recent road trip. The Sienna has close to 6K miles on it. The mileage calculated to be 25 mpg. The road speed was a consistent 65 mph.
  • davenowdavenow Posts: 171
    Did your trip-computer register 30 or 31 MPG?
  • Just returned from a trip to Florida (started in Eastern PA). Avg driving speed was 70 - 80. Had the tires rotated before leaving and tire pressure was exactly 36lbs. Used Mobile One (5w-30w recommended by the dealer). I switched to Synthetic oil @ the 10,000 mile mark. Odyssey was loaded with luggage and 5 people. We averaged a tad over 28 mpg. We are more than pleased with our Honda.
  • Still battling the cold and snow in Upper Midwest. In combined city/highway averaged 22.0 on last 3 tanks with six in the car and some luggage running 70 -75 on the highway. Changed oil after this past tank, expect improvements with 2500 miles on the dial. Getting 28 doesn't seem achieveable in this vehicle like earlier post. Would be happy to get to 24 combined city highway and 26 on the highway. On a more positive note, the acceleration of this vehicle is phenomenal for a van.
  • Keep in mind that number 1...I don't reason to...number 2...please chk post number 380,
    422 and so on.....Remember that by switching to synthetic oil you will improve your mpg over regular oil...I do have over 10000 miles on the vehicle so you can pretty much consider it broken in.....all the driving was "highway" not downtown.....I did use cruise....the weather was beautiful and last but not least ..I do hope that you also obtain the mpg I and others on this board are receiving.
    God Bless
  • Definitely not calling you a liar or any of the other folks who posted. Not questioning whether specific Odysseys can achieve that mark (28 mpg highway), just questioning my own individual vehicle as there is statistically variation between engines, speed (I drive 65 - 70 mph), differences in gas (I use 87 octane with 10% ethanol most of the time), load factors (630 lbs people + 100 lbs luggage in this van), weather factors (wind, temp) etc, equipment (this van has no roof rack but a trailer hitch) that may cause this particular van not to get there.

    I have yet to take it on a truely "long" trip - full tank of 100% highway, but have had mixes as high as 80% highway and getting 22 mpg in cool weather (20's to 40's) without a loaded down car. Car not fully broken in either (2500 miles at this point) and of course the oil you mention (I'm using standard 5W-30 as of first oil change - not sure what came with it). Last van increased mpg all the way to 40,000 miles before reaching peak mpg.

    Just telling it like I see it as evaluated at 2500 miles in early spring in upper midwest. Could be a different story in 3 months if warm weather ever makes an appearance (warmest temp for year is 64 F and only for about 2 hours).
  • We did travel some pretty flat territory...also ran 87 octane....the odyssey calls for 5w-20w which I can only find in one brand name (synthetic). I checked with the dealer and they suggested I use I went with Mobile One.....I was also wondering why Americans don't switch to synthetic oil? Better mpg and the perfect way to put the hurtin's on the Arab producers......I'm sure there is a ton of oil changed in the engines every day....if we just cut back there it would be a big difference without even a sacrifice on our part...think about that?...better mpg and using less oil to boot :>)
    SO I suggest everyone here convert to synthetic
    motor oil made here in the USA....your thoughts?
    BTW...gas in South Carolina was 1.57 gal.
    God Bless
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    I'm not sure that the benefits of synthetic justify the expense, especially since I already change my oil every 7,500 miles (as recommended in my owner's manual). But a 15,000 mile change interval does have appeal.

    Steve, Host
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    In its FAQ section, Mazda does not recommend Synthetic Oil even they said it'll void the warranty if one inquires by email. They said the engines were not tested in synthetic oils. I guarantee I will switch to Synthetic if Mazda flashes an 'OK'.

    I went back to 3 to 4K miles oil change interval after I read about Camry sludge problem when owners followed the manual said 7500 miles interval.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    (I use 87 octane with 10% ethanol most of the time)

    This could be a major reason you are not getting higher mpg. Ethanol has much less energy content than gasoline (about half as much). Using 10% ethanol will cut your mpg by 4-5%. So a vehicle that gets about 28 mpg would only get about 26.5 or so using 10% ethanol feul.

    Synthetic oil could add another .5 to 1 mpg. Higher tire pressures also help with mpg (and tire life - see Firestone/Explorer re: low pressures)

    If you need verification just look in the EPA guide to feul mileage. All the ethanol feul (e-85) vehicles get horrible mileage.
  • when it was recommended to change your synthetic oil once every 25,000 miles? In fact, I had a mechanic at work tell me he recalls it being over 50,000 miles (though I don't). My understanding is that the dealerships got on the manufactures case about not having the customer show up at the dealers for anything! That's when the auto makers started recommending 3,000 oil changes etc. I think what's good for formula one and NASCAR is good for guess is NASCARS tolerances are tighter than ours? BTW...I pull the filter at 5000 miles and top off with more synthetic.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Seems like the extra-extra long intervals were touted by Amsoil or similar company at one time?

    I think the 3,000 mile interval dates back to WWI and some poor motor pool sergeant just pulled the number out of thin air to satisfy General Halftrack. I've never seen a good explanation of just where that number came from, and until I do, it's just an urban legend in my book.

    I'm running my own 7,500 mile interval dead dino experiment on my Quest which now has around 95,000 miles on it. Remind me when I hit 195,000 miles (it's gotta still be running, lol) and I'll post "I told you so" all over Town Hall.

    If I throw a rod next week, you'll never find out from me :-)

    Steve, Host
  • rickc5rickc5 Posts: 378
    I have been using synthetic oil for over 20 years, and change the oil & filter every 5000 miles. I'm sure many folks would say I'm being quite conservative in doing this, and they might be right.

    OTOH, I have not had any type of oil-related failure, nor have any of my vehicles (there have been many, of various brands) been oil burners.

    I usually use Mobil 1, but have used Castrol if it is on sale.

    For our new MPV, I intend to use the recommended 5-20W oil for at least the first few changes, until about 10,000 miles or so. The only problem is that the ONLY 5-20W oil I have found is Ford Motorcraft synthetic blend, @ $1.82 per quart. Has anyone out there found any additional brands of 5-20W?

    BTW- A thinner oil can also increase gas mileage a small amount, which is one reason Ford & Mazda recommend 5-20W (that's what I was told by my Ford dealer when we bought a new Expedition in 2001).
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    A Mazda car or truck that runs efficiently is better for the environment. Here are some tips for driving green.

    * Use good quality, energy-conserving (EC) oils with viscosity grade consistent with your owner's manual. Look for cans marked with the symbol ECII, which is the American Society of Testing Materials logo for fuel-efficient oils. Try Genuine Mazda Oil, available at your dealer.
    * Use a fuel with good detergent additive. It will help keep your engine clean and performing efficiently.
    * Use a high-quality fuel with an octane rating appropriate for your vehicle, and use the lowest octane possible.
    * Keep your engine tuned up to keep your car running efficiently. See your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for tune-up intervals.
    * Keep your wheels properly aligned. Wheels that are fighting each other waste fuel.
    * Underinflated tires increase rolling resistance, reduce fuel economy, and wear rapidly. Check the vehicle's door-post sticker for appropriate tire pressure.
    * Start slowly, avoiding rapid acceleration. Jackrabbit starts are terrible fuel wasters.
    Drive at posted speed limits. It saves fuel - and possibly a life.
    * Minimize the use of the air conditioning system. Rather than run it continuously, use the vent setting as much as possible.
    * When you get to your destination, park in the shade to reduce the need for air conditioning.
  • kolt1kolt1 Posts: 25
    After 700+ miles, mostly rural and highway driving(45 - 60 mph avg). No cargo, usually just my wife and I. Couldn't be happier (with the MPG and the van).

    1st fill-up: 22.4 mpg (Costco)
    2nd fill-up: 25.8 mpg (Shell)
  • I just took delivery of my van two weeks ago and on the first two fill ups I received 28.5 mpg. That is not bad I think!!!!
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    Is that result from car computer or actually meter reading divided by fillup of gas?
  • rickc5rickc5 Posts: 378
    1) Are you really in Belgium, or it that just a handle? If yes, please continue. If no, the rest of the questions don't really relate.

    2) Is your Odyssey a US spec version, or some european spec version?

    3) If a euro spec, do you have the exact same 3.5L V6 that is sold in the US, or are different engines sold in Belgium?

    The reason I'm asking these questions is to ascertain whether the mileage you're getting on your new EX (which is OUTSTANDING!) can be directly compared to Odysseys sold in the US. If you have some sort of unique-to-Europe engine, then US Odyssey buyers will likely never get the mileage you're getting.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    Plus US Gallon is different with Imperial Gallon. Tough mission control also plays the trick.
  • lazyfoxlazyfox Posts: 90
    2002 ES - From my MPG tracking, the light kicks in at 15 gal, so there is still 4.8 gal left in the tank.
  • davenowdavenow Posts: 171
    Last week I got 24.9 calc. mpg. up from 22.5 the preceeding week...

    my thoughts were concluding because of more highway miles i've been driving. It will most likely will drop down to around 23 this week.
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    must be down hill all the way with the wind to your back.

    there's no way this could be US gallons with a 6cyl honda engine in the Oddysey.

    BTW; I have never done better than 22 mpg in my '02 oddy.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    vehicle with 8.5K miles on odometer, tires inflated to spec on door jam:

    22.3MPG highway, 75MPH +/-5MPH, A/C on, 2 adults + 4 children (7mo, 2yr, 5.5yr, 6.5yr), 2 bicycles, lots of bags, sand and sea shells, and situated between the roof rails on top of the vehicle, a Kanga "Typhoon" Roof Pouch System 3/4ths filled with luggage.

    I think these Kanga brand soft pouches are excellent as they are easy folding at your destination and at home for storing when not in use. they are waterproof. they are easy to get on and off the car. they conform to the roof and can be dogged to the rails easily.

    i set it back from the front of the rails a bit so as to not create a major distrubance to air flow travelling up over the hood, windshield and over the top of the pouch.

    also no appreciable noise increase nor vehicle drift / controllability issues due to increased drag from the pouch.
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