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Old 02-12-2009, 03:16 PM   #1
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Temperature and Fuel Consumption

During the warm weather I was getting 35mpg on average. Once this very cold winter hit I noticed that my mileage dropped to around 30mpg on average. Yesterday and today have been warm (high 40's - low 50's) and my mileage is back up to about 35mpg. is this just a coincidence or does the temperature really have something to do with it?

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Old 02-12-2009, 04:22 PM   #2
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I experience the same thing. I see about a 10% to 15% drop in MPG in the winter.
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Old 02-12-2009, 04:28 PM   #3
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Why does gas mileage drop in winter?
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Very interesting, thanks Jenny. It is good to know I am not doing something wrong.
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...It is good to know I am not doing something wrong.

Just because you are not the cause of lower gas mileage in the winter does not mean you are not doing something wrong. Nice try though.
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:20 PM   #6
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You know me too well Andy.
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I'm showing this to my daughter. She blamed me for over using the gas when we had that recent cold snap.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:06 PM   #8
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Interesting! From that article, it sounds as if the problem is worse if you do a lot of short trips in which the engine doesn't have a chance to warm up fully.
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