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I can't possibly be the only one on these forums that is only getting around 140 miles on an entire tank of gas. I see guys posting 320-350 on a single tank and here i am wondering wtf is going on here? I don't think i beat the shit outta my car, I cruise around in traffic in 3rd or 4th gear and downshift at most oppertunities...and i only have 1140 miles on a stock 2004. Yes i do love to boost but come on... 140 miles on 12.5 gallons??? While i'm ranting what do you guys mean when the gas light starts blinking? Mine goes on a little after the red line on the gauge but does it really start blinking?
 

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I hope by cruising around in 3rd and 4th gear you don't mean at highway speeds...

Keep your RPM's low, like around 2,000 to get good mileage.

140 miles on a tank is wayyyyyyyy too low.
 

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First your car is perfectly normal on gas mileage. I myself get only 120-160 mpg in my regular driving in town. However the more the car is broken in, the better the gas mileage should be. Now to keep from getting really bad gas mileage, just keep the boost gauge below 0 in the vac side.
Second i dont think anyone with an SRT-4 is getting anywhere close to 320-350 MPG considering out small tank. Im lucky if i can get a full 10-11 gallons into the tank when empty. Small tank=low mileage. I tell you what though, i have alot of mods and the mileage stayed the same driving normally. I just this morning filled up my tank from empty after only getting 109 miles to the tank. I of course was boosting 16-18 lbs of boost all over town having fun. I already was expecting that kind of mileage. but these cars get great highway mileage. As far as the light blinking, that pretty much means "hey you better get gas cause the cars about to stall. I havent gotten that far. usually i wait til the 1/4 mark and then i refil just so i dont have to worry about stalling. I hope i answered your Questions.
happy boosting!

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NCNTRL516 said:
I can't possibly be the only one on these forums that is only getting around 140 miles on an entire tank of gas. I see guys posting 320-350 on a single tank and here i am wondering wtf is going on here? I don't think i beat the shit outta my car, I cruise around in traffic in 3rd or 4th gear and downshift at most oppertunities...and i only have 1140 miles on a stock 2004. Yes i do love to boost but come on... 140 miles on 12.5 gallons??? While i'm ranting what do you guys mean when the gas light starts blinking? Mine goes on a little after the red line on the gauge but does it really start blinking?
When the light comes on, you still have about a hundred miles of highway cruising left.. when it starts blinking, start looking for a gas station pronto.

You're probably only putting 8 or 9 gallons in per 140 miles, if you were putting in 12.5 gallons, you'd be running it dry every time... That's still not great mileage, but once you adjust your driving style and get out of the stop and go traffic, the mileage will climb...
 

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I do too.. usually around 230-240 per tank of gas doing highway miles to the first gas light... never gotten it to blink yet hehe.

During highway only and just running around vac I been able to pull 270miles on the tank of gas.. this being all the way to the top where fuel was almost coming out of the gas tank hehe.

its all about how you drive your car.
 

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I've gotten about 65 miles after the light came on, then 15 miles after it started blinking. The 65+ miles after the light comes on is normal. I have done this more then once. I am never in a hurry to get gas after it comes on. The car will go for a good while...

There is NO WAY that 120 miles on a FULL tank of gas is 'normal'!!! :rofl:
 

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Yeah, right at 240 per tank for me when the light comes on.

Now, RIGHT AFTER we got the car, the light seemed to come on way earlier.
Seems like it was learning or something. It would literallyl come on at about
1/4 tank left. I would pull over, and put 8 gallons in. Now that the car has
18,000 miles on it, the fuel gauge seems to be a lot more accurate, and the
light doesn't come on until the needle is buried way down in the range.

~castrol
 

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yeah...make sure those 350 miles threads aren't in the canadian forums...cause you were probably reading "wow my gas mieage sux i only got 350km on a full tank!"
 

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What helped me was to close up the windows and sunroof and start using the A/C.

I've gone from 20mpg average to 26mpg.

This is 75% highway 25% city

-Ben
 

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? what kinda logic is that DodgeRacer? I'm pretty sure you waste more gas running the a/c
You're wrong....

I was getting 30mpg the first week I had the car. I was also able to reduce that mpg to single digits when driven properly.

During Onelap, three people in the car, A/C on (when we still had A/C :lol: ), a loaded trunk, and a trailer behind the car, with Stage 2, we were still able to get in excess of 240 miles per tank, as the light came on. In between those tanks, at the racetracks, with the A/C off, I was able to recreate those single digit, low teen MPG numbers....

Work on keeping the boost gauge reading in the negative numbers and get out for a nice highway cruise of about 300 miles. You'll be amazed at what you can do when you are focused and show a little right foot discipline.

Good luck,
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I'm guessing its the aero drag.... not sure though....

I usually always drive with the windows open, but i was going to a job interview 1.5 hrs away.... had to stay cool.... so i used the A/C the whole way their. and boom... 26mpg - i was like well shit... never got that high of a milage out of it.

From the one fluid dynamics class i took in engineering school, drag sucks up alot of horsepower... I'm sure this is much greater than what the A/C uses up.
 

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I'm guessing its the aero drag.... not sure though....

I usually always drive with the windows open, but i was going to a job interview 1.5 hrs away.... had to stay cool.... so i used the A/C the whole way their. and boom... 26mpg - i was like well shit... never got that high of a milage out of it.

From the one fluid dynamics class i took in engineering school, drag sucks up alot of horsepower... I'm sure this is much greater than what the A/C uses up.
Ok now that makes sense to me
 
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