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07 January 2008 @ 02:09 pm
One Tank Down  
So, filled up the tank for the first time in the XTerra. Things I learned:

(1) because the tank is twice as big as I'm used to, filling it up was just a tad painful (it's kind of shocking the first time you fill up a bigger tank -- you sit there watching the pump going "is it done yet? Is it done yet? Not yet? Oh, crap, how big is this thing, anyway?")

(2) at over 350 miles, the range isn't bad. I probably drove more than usual to hit that in a week, but filling up the tank every week or two isn't so bad.

(3) gas mileage is approximately as mediocre as expected. I'm estimating 19MPG on the first tank, but will have better numbers after I have it for a full cycle. Also, I don't know what grade gasoline that was, presumably the lowest. I tend to use the highest -- better for the engine, and it does actually make a difference, MPG-wise, or at least it did in my Civic. For the record, this is with mixed highway/city driving (city driving for me is probably at least 75% highway).

(4) it's just as well that this thing isn't much fun to drive under normal (non-snow, non-offroad) conditions, it minimizes the "shiny, shiny" urge to just drive around and waste gas.

(5) this thing is worse than a telescope for disrupting the weather. After a snowy December, we haven't seen a flake of snow since I got it (and had the loaner XTerra), and plenty of warm weather (well, warm for this time of year) to melt off most of what we did have. It's very disappointing.

Talked to the State Farm estimator today... According to them, State Farm has received the police report; hopefully that means Allstate has as well, and the claim will be resolved relatively soon (the other driver was in fact cited for running the red light, so should be routine at this point). Just need to make sure the rental car gets taken care of, too, since I returned the car early and had to pay it out of pocket since they hadn't admitted liability yet.
 
 
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arwensouth: DevilDuckarwensouth on January 7th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Be careful what you wish for ... looked out the window lately? ;)
Douglas Triggs: totallydoubt72 on January 8th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's awesome. :)
asakiyumeasakiyume on January 8th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Does the increased mileage you get out of the higher grades offset the cost of the gas? I had to use a higher grade of gas recently, just once, and noticed I got more miles to the gallon but thought it was just a fluke.
Douglas Triggs: elbert markerdoubt72 on January 8th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
The extra mileage alone probably doesn't, but the Civic did run noticeably better on the higher octane -- slightly more power, etc.
Dustybigmog on January 8th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
I bought higher octane fuel when my car was new. Now I just get the cheap stuff.
Douglas Triggs: cateyesdoubt72 on January 8th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
I got the cheap stuff when my Civic was new.

I bought the more expensive stuff when it was older -- besides significantly better gas mileage, it also ran noticeably better. Specifically, a bit more power -- I ran the Civic at the edge of its performance envelope a lot, so it's something I probably wouldn't have noticed in another vehicle so much. I doubt I'll notice anything as far as that goes in the XTerra -- at 261HP, I don't have ever have much reason to push that engine to the edge, since it has power to spare for day-to-day use, but the extra gas mileage is worth it to me. Even if it doesn't quite pay back the cost difference, it'll add to the range.