Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sending a Picture as an Attachment to See if It Works

And sending along this text to see if it shows up above or below or if
the picture appears...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tank 208 - 23 September 2009

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the Wawa just shut down a lot later than most
gas pumps. I went 451.7 miles on this tank (last tank was 452.7 miles,
if you recall), and only managed to squeeze in 11.386 gallons of gas at
the local SHEETZ. This is almost three quarters of a gallon less than
the Wawa let me pump in.

So my fuel economy obviously was awesome, 39.67 miles per gallon. But
the average of these two tanks, 38.48 miles per gallon, probably is
closer to about what I got for these two tanks.

The low fuel light came on really late on this tank, 428.6 miles, the
third highest.

I really need to change the oil in this car. It has been nearly 5,000
miles, probably a bit more because I tend to reset the warning light way
after I change the oil. But at 3,000 miles, I looked a the oil dipstick
(trivia: this was the first time I had pulled the dipstick out to check
the oil since this car was purchased!) and the oil still looked golden,
so I let it go.

Now it looks like I've gone 5,000+ miles so I better think about
changing the oil this weekend.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tank 207 - 15 September 2009

I put in over 12 gallons of gas into the Mighty Corolla for the first
time yesterday. 452.7 miles on 13.139 gallons, making for mileage of
37.29 mpg.

I got this gas on a hot day, 89 degrees, at the Wawa near my house that
I rarely go to for gas. I wonder if this Wawa just puts in more gas
before the pumps shut off, or if I really had just over one gallon of
gas left in my tank (the Corolla's tank is 13.2 gallons).

Fuel economy was relatively poor, which is odd because the low fuel
light came on at 406.6 miles.

I was worried that I'd actually run out of gas on this tank. The needle
was completely below the markings and covering up the corner edge of the
"E" for empty. Perhaps if I drove every mile like the low fuel warning
light was on, I'd get even better mileage.

On Sunday, we refueled the Cash Cab minivan with 13.448 gallons after
driving 304.4 miles. The trip computer said "23.0" miles per gallon,
but really it worked out to be 22.64 mpg.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tank 206 - 6 September 2009

So the Mighty Corolla was called into action for a weekend trip to Busch
Gardens in order to get one.. more.. day out of our season passes. The
place was packed with other people who clearly had the same idea. So
the extra 200 miles (100 miles each way) meant I needed to refuel.

Ended up going 446.6 miles on 11.491 gallons for a fuel economy of 38.87
miles per gallon for this tank. This raises my annual average fuel
economy from 37.26 to 37.32 mpg. A couple more tanks of similar fuel
economy will make the annual average beat last year's average fuel
economy of 37.39 mpg. The next goal is to beat my 2007 average of 37.87
mpg. Three months of careful driving ought to get me there.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tank 205 - 31 August 2009

Deepest apologies for my delinquency in posting this latest result. I
know you care deeply and are irritated at my laziness.

438.9 miles on 11.568 gallons = 37.94 mpg. Nothing really notable about
this tank. That's probably why I forgot to post it for three days.

The moderately interesting news is that it was the second
10-day-between-tanks interval in a row. That doesn't happen very
frequently. Sure, I get 9 days followed by 11 days, but two 10s is
rare. With the holiday weekend coming up, it looks like I'll stretch 10
days or more with this tank as well, which would be rarer still.