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Old 16 Oct 2009, 08:31 am
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Default I have a 97 automatic stock prelude that gets 260 miles a gallon, is that very low?

My 1997 honda prelude automatic. It is all stock and I usually drive locally, and I use premium gas and the tank holds 16 gallons of gas and I only get about 260 miles before the empty light goes on, is that very bad?
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Old 16 Oct 2009, 08:46 am
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16 miles per gallon isn't very good. my 2002 expedition with a 5.4L v8 gets all of that.
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Old 16 Oct 2009, 09:01 am
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just over 16 miles to the gallon at the indicator light.Not so good for that model vehicle.
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Old 16 Oct 2009, 09:46 am
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Assuming the low fuel light comes on when there is only about 2 gallons of fuel left in the tank you are getting about 19 MPG. Not very impressive.































Others who are telling you less mileage are not accounting for the extra couple of gallons left in the tank when the low fuel light comes on. The light does not come on when the tank is completely empty. this would be pointless. Your engine stalling from lack of fuel would do a better job than a light.































When the low fuel light comes on there is about 2 gallons of fuel left in the tank. So you are going 260 miles on about 14 gallons of fuel, not 16 gallons.































260 miles divided by 14 = 18.57, rounded up to 19 MPG































TO find out more precisely what mileage you are getting you need to keep a log.































Write down the number on your odometer when you fill up, fill to a full tank. On your next fill up write down the number on the odometer and how many gallons of fuel it took to fill up to a full tank.































Subtract the odometer reading from your current fill up from your starting odometer reading. This tells you how many miles you went on this tank.































Now divide the amount of miles went on that tank by the gallons of fuel it took to fill the tank full. This will give your miles per gallon for that tank.































To be even more precise repeat this process for a few tanks then average the results.
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Old 16 Oct 2009, 10:01 am
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Well, I certainly would not call that great gas mileage. Assuming that you light comes on with a gallon left, you are only getting about 17 mpg. Most pickup trucks got almost that.
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Old 16 Oct 2009, 10:16 am
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if i read only first part of question,i'd say 260.MPG was unbelievably good,upon further review that's averaging 16.25MPG until lite comes on which is terrible even with a couple of gals.left in tank
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Old 16 Oct 2009, 11:16 am
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That is not great mileage, about 19 mpg. However you said you drive locally and that cars city mileage rating is 19 so its about right. Low speeds and stop and go driving is bad for mileage.
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Old 16 Oct 2009, 11:46 am
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no no no !!! you dont git 260 miles to the gallon you git 20 miles to the gallon!!!!!an thats not bad..with out ac you might git more . it takes 5 hp to run an ac an 5 hp to turn an alternator..fill your tank to the top untill you see the gas an stop. wright down your mileage an drive 60 or 100 miles an then top off your tank. again wright dwn you millage sub the smaller from the larger an thats your millage an ck that aganist the gagons it took to fill.say 100 mmilesan 5 gal to fill thats 20 miles to the gal...in city less hwy more!!!! zekeyman
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