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Ford Expedition, GMC Envoy, Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Pathfinder, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#919 of 1080 03 ford Expedition EB, Hummer, Pilot
Nov 11, 2005 (8:18 pm)
42k 5.4 I drive it daily on the highway and get STRAIGHT HIGHWAY 18-18.5 it never changes. This is 67mph with cruise . Town is another story about 12. Had a 03 H2 that got 14 to 14.5 on the Highway but about 9 in town. Before the H2 .I had a Honda Pilot EX -L that only got about 19 -20 on the highway at about the same MPH on all. Ive heard alot of the Hondas getting poor mileage. I did all the little things to try and help and nothing did
PS had 1997 expedition 5.4 about 15 on the highway
#920 of 1080 Re: 03 ford Expedition EB, Hummer, Pilot [ceads]
Nov 17, 2005 (9:06 am)
That is Horrible milage on the Pilot.
My 03 LX averages 17+ around the house. Most of that is a 7 mile trip to work which involves 3 Stop signs, 4 traffic lights, and 6 different roads. Not exactly a formula for good gas milage.
With a bit over 5k on the engine my wife and I drove from Atlanta to Indianapolis and averaged 28.2 mpg for the highway miles and near 27 for the entire 1100+ mile trip including sight seeing while there. Air was running about half the time. Speed was the posted speed limits. Tires are the Goodyear Integra with 34 #PSI. Terrain about half hills some flats and one mountain range.
Another trip was Atlanta to Myrtle Beach SC. Air running most of the time, heavy rain both ways. Tires at 34#, speed keeping up with traffic and trying to not get passed by 18 wheelers, to protect visibility. A lot of 70-80mph. Average for entire 800+ mile trip including sight seeing 23.4 mpg.
Last trip was recently with 4 adults, to Myrtle Beach, and keeping up with traffic (70-80 mph). Air running constantly. Tires at 34#. Entire 800+ mile trip averaged 23.3 mpg.
Obviously speed and driving habits can contribute to fuel milage. For the Pilot owners here is a neat trick that I learned right after getting ours in Feb 03. Our Pilot had a rough idle and had flat spots at times at different speeds. Some times the tranny seemed to be confused about shifting. Fuel milage averaging in the low teens.:
Dealer said everything was OK and problem would likely go away with more miles driven. I posted the problem on a forum and was sent an email of how to "FIX" the problems.
This is supposed to be done by the dealer as part of the "Get Ready". Although sometime it doesn't get done. I got this from a Honda service bulletin web sight. (Can't find it now.) Any way here is the info..
IMPORTANT: Be sure everything is turned off. Radio, air, fans, lights, wipers, etc...
The engine needs to be cold as it would be after not running for 5+ hours.
Disconnect the battery for about 1 minute. This will require you to restart and reset the radio later. (The "HOW TO" is on that little "Radio" credit card looking thingie in your owners package). Don't panic because you are going to have to do this when you replace the battery. Might as well learn how now.
re-connect the battery.
Crank the car. Do not touch the gas.
Let the car idle until the radiator fan comes on at least twice. (On a cold day you might be staring at that fan for a half hour or so). Watch it, because you may not hear it.
That is it! This procedure sets up the computor with the proper smoke and mirrors to properly run the engine.
After doing this the problems all went away.
#921 of 1080 1995 Suburban Mileage
Nov 17, 2005 (3:17 pm)
I have a 1995 GMC Suburban SLT K1500 4x4 350 ci TBI. It has about 145,000 miles on it. For true highway driving irrespective of load, A/C, mountains, or speed (60-80 mph) it gets 15 mpg +/- 0.1 mpg. In town it usually gets 13 mpg with some variability to the down side. This vehicle weighs 6000 lbs and has a 42 gallon tank giving it a highway range of 630 miles. I use synthetic engine oil, synthetic trans oil, all other fluid synthetic, K&N filter, throttle body spacer, Michelin X Radials (275/70/R16) at 35 psi. I love this vehicle, but have replaced it with a 2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L. Similar room and comfortbut with 27.1 mpg (800 miles) on my first highway trip without really being broken in.
Also, I had a 1990 Isuzu P/U, space cab 2 wheel drive 5 speed. The best mileage that I ever got in it was 22 mpg and with the A/C on it would drop to 18 mpg. When I got rid of it it was getting about 15 mpg so I did not feel as bad driving the Suburban.
#922 of 1080 Re: What Really Saves Gas? And How Much? [fitguy]
Nov 30, 2005 (4:46 pm)
You're off to a good start, but there are other things you can try for better mileage. For me it was cheaper overall to make the most of what I had instead of getting another vehicle. More info here:
#924 of 1080 Re: [drmperalta]
Feb 19, 2006 (1:33 pm)
I have a 2004 Suburban. Love it.
18 mpg at 75 mph. No problem. Worth every bit.
I have a 2001 Impala. My son's car.
29 mpg highway. very nice car.
radio reception sucks. That's my only problem with it.
I have a 1996 Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4
18 mpg all day long. 135,000 miles and no troubles.
#925 of 1080 Gas Prices Making you change your driving habits?
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Apr 05, 2006 (1:41 pm)
A large newspaper is looking to interview consumers who have large SUVs but might rent a car to save on gas when going on long trips. Please send an e-mail to ctalatiedmunds.com no later than Thursday, April 6, 2006 containing your daytime contact information, along with the make and model your vehicle.
#926 of 1080 Re: Gas Prices Making you change your driving habits? [KarenS]
Apr 05, 2006 (4:24 pm)
i'd like to see if anyone responds. seems like it is pretty tough to justify based on saving gas.
we use ours as an alternative to flying.
#927 of 1080 Re: Gas Prices Making you change your driving habits? [explorerx4]
Apr 05, 2006 (7:20 pm)
we use ours as an alternative to flying
But some still say that flying is the safest means of transportation.
#928 of 1080 Re: Gas Prices Making you change your driving habits? [tidester]
Apr 06, 2006 (5:55 pm)
i'm guessing you looked at some of my pictures posted on 'carspace'.
i should mention that both of my kids were sleeping. one woke up and said 'did something just happen?'. we woke up the other just before it went 'piggy back' on the wrecker.