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Mazda MPV, Nissan Quest, Kia Sedona, Chrysler Town and Country, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Van
#110 of 1887 Villager Fuel Economy
Sep 29, 2000 (2:32 am)
I own two villagers, one a 96 with 32k miles, the other a 97 with 14K miles. Both were delivering 18 city, 23 highway as stated on the window sticker. This was using Speedway, Marathon, Starvin' Marvin and Citgo Fuel, all of which are laced with methanol, up to 10%. I changed to BP 100% gasoline and at first could not believe my calculation: 27+ mpg!! We used both vehicles for 400+ mile trips in July, August and September with the same results (I let someone else do the calcs to be sure). Same results last Sunday. Local (grocery store) trips yield 20 mpg. My experience with Ford products is that they deliver 20% lower gas mileage than the sticker states, GM products higher. The Villager uses a Nissan powertrain. Earlier models of the Villager/Quest have had major problems. I guess I'm somewhat fortunate in that respect. Mine have been the best all-around of the 47 vehicles I owned in 44 years, noting they are better than my past Corvairs, but not as good as my Cadillac or Town Car. Unfortunately, the Villager waves bye-bye after 2001 (or fortunately if you own a 93 or 94).
#111 of 1887 My First MPV Stop At The Gas Tank
Oct 11, 2000 (2:16 am)
Today was my first gas station stop with my new Mazda ES. I was stunned that the 12.63 gallons cost $24.25 and I only got 14.8 mpg mostly city driving with A/C on. Having read some of the above posts, I am hoping that the mpg will improve.
#112 of 1887 My First MPV Stop At The Gas Tank
Oct 11, 2000 (2:40 pm)
....I forgot to ask this in my above post.
Can anyone explain how to use the "over-drive button"? The "TURN O/D OFF" light glares at you, so are we to drive with the button on at all times(and the glaring light does not appear)? Would this then help our mpg?
Oct 12, 2000 (12:04 am)
You should have overdrive ON almost all of the time. (which mean the light does not show up). This means the transmission uses all four gears and provides better mileage.
I turn overdrive OFF is when descending a steep hill, which provides engine braking instead of overheating your brakes. Overdrive OFF means your transmission only uses three gears.
The only other time I turn overdrive OFF is driving in hilly terrain at 30-40 MPH. This keeps the transmission from shifting back and forth frequently from 3rd to OD.
I have never gotten below 19 MPG with my MPV. My overall average is 21.5, and I've gotten over 24 on trips.
#114 of 1887 '92 Chevy raised roof 5.7
Oct 12, 2000 (3:19 am)
just got back from Utah--3000miles, 16.01mpg average. this was all 85-87 octane-no premium
#115 of 1887 Odyssey 2000 EX
Oct 17, 2000 (1:44 am)
21.55 MPG after 13,000 miles on 87 octaine NC fuel.
Max 28.3 (maybe a lot of downhill freeway)
freeway avg 25
City avg 19
worst 13 during the blizzard of 2000.
with this weight (4300#) and power (200HP), I'm impressed.
My '91 150HP short wb Caravan avg 21-22mpg
when it wasn't in the shop for recall or transmission work.
#116 of 1887 2000 Sienna LE Mileage looks very low.
Oct 25, 2000 (7:50 pm)
We bought our Sienna in Jan 2000 and it has 7500 miles so far, and mileage is not more than 16/18 mpg. I am thinking of taking this to the dealer. Any other suggestion that I can do to get this fixed.
#117 of 1887 Odyssey 2001EX-NAVI
Nov 24, 2000 (1:08 pm)
Just got one 4 days ago, only have 300 miles on it. So far, not impressed with the mileage, preliminary figures show 13 MPG in city and 22 MPG on highway.
#118 of 1887 Odyssey 2001EX-NAVI
Nov 26, 2000 (2:32 pm)
Here is an update for this car: 18.6 MPG in mixed driving (50% hwy / 50% local roads) with my wife and a kid in the car. Total passenger load is 360 lbs (sometimes people forget to mention load). Local roads (all NJ) were primarily hills in Summit, Berkeley Heights, River Vale, Watchung, Warren, Morristown - max 45mph, avg number of lights; highways are Garden State Pkwy, Rt 22, Rt 202 and I-78 (max 70mph). There was a 30-minute traffic jam, and lots of idling as I was programming the NAV system. Also, I usually give 2-3 minutes for the cold engine to warm up before I start driving. I don't think it is that bad since the car has only 400 miles on it.
#119 of 1887 gas mileage on 95 voyager se/3.3l v-6
Nov 27, 2000 (12:54 am)
We bought this van early in early 96 as a "program vehicle from a dodge agency. We get 23~28mpg. HOWEVER, I will be threatened with removal of important body components before I ever do it again. The 92 voyager predesessor was a pain in the gazinta as well. It and this one survive on brake pads, rotors and rear window wiper motors. The spark plug wires were a given and 30000 mile
plug changes are mandatory. Oil consumption is normal 1 qt in 3000 miles. Now for the piece de resistance, the resale is so bad I'm ashamed to drive it and seemingly drops like a very aerodynamic lead weight from high in the sky. Thx for the vent,dirtsurfer