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#4 of 32 2008 Avenger R\T...good gas milage!!
Apr 10, 2007 (6:48 am)
I own a 2008 Dodge Avenger R\T with the 3.5 V6 and the six speed auto trans and have been impressed with the MPG. I have owned it for 2 weeks, and due to a long commute I have racked up 3600 miles. Between trips and a 270 mile a day commute the miles rack up quick! Orginally on my commute I was get 24 MPG, 95% highway driving, 70 MPH+ but roughly after the 3000 mile mark, I have been getting 26.5 MPG (again 70+ MPH drving). I Cant complain that is great for a V6!! I had one tank that I did combined in City driving and highway...I would say 60% city and 40% highway...and the gas mileage dropped to 22.5 MPG, but that was before breakin. I love the looks of the car and its fun to drive...I would recommend it to anyone.
#5 of 32 Re: 2008 Avenger R\T...good gas milage!! [luvavenger]
May 23, 2007 (10:32 pm)
I hope you did the actual calculations and not going by the avg mpg readout on the dash. The 3.5L V6 is actually a very reliable efficient engine. I could not for the life of me understand, how the economy ratings for this vehicle previously were in the 22/29 mpg area and fell (after new gov't ratings for 2008 models) to 17/26. Everyone I knew with the LHS & Intrepid vehicles got about 23 city and 29/30 on the highway with plenty of power to boot. Since this is a smaller vehicle, one would tend to think it would do slightly better than the old numbers. Thanks for putting the good info out on your real world driving. I now think the Avenger R/T is on my purchase list for later this year instead of the SXT model with the 2.7L V6, which would include the dual exhaust. Great comments again.
#6 of 32 Re: 2008 Avenger R\T...good gas milage!! [mek0123]
Aug 11, 2007 (12:56 pm)
I've put on about 2000 miles on my Dodge Avenger R/T now and the readout says 17.5 mpg. This is mixed driving, but certainly not only city. I didn't calculate it myself but the car isn't gonna misread with such a bad estimate.
#7 of 32 Good on the R/T, but the SXT...wow
Aug 12, 2007 (8:20 pm)
My Wife's new 3.5l car gets good mileage around town. Short hops between schools mainly. 20.5 is the norm. My son's SXT however...2.4l World Engine knocks down 34 on the interstate!
#8 of 32 Re: Good on the R/T, but the SXT...wow [soonerb]
Aug 12, 2007 (8:36 pm)
Sorry to disagree with you!
But no way a R/T 3.5 gets 20.5 city driving.
Best I get is 16 and lucky if 25 highway?
Yes I have AWD which is 1 mile difference non AWD.
You can not go by car computer as it's not accurate!
Only way to know is old fashion way divide miles by gals. fill ups.
#9 of 32 R\T gas Mileage
Sep 19, 2007 (8:30 am)
Well its been 6 months with my R\T and I am at 36K miles!!!
I beg to differ with Barry626...my R\T even with 100% city driving still gets 22.5...thats has nothing to do with the computer..i figure it manually with miles driven\gallons at fill up. Heck my R\T doesnt even have the mileage computer!
Maybe its the way you drive barry??? I don't hot rod all the time in the city but i am a very aggresive driver. Barry...how many miles does your R\T have?? Also do you use Midgrade (89 octane)as the book recommends for the 3.5??? It made a small difference in mine but not enough to compensate for a 6 MPG difference.
OH YEAH...check your air filter FREQUENTLY... the cold air intake on my R\T craps up really quickly (but I drive 1400 miles a week). I change mine at least once a month (6000 or so miles). I figure they cost 5 or 6 bucks and it DOES affect my gas mileage. It not only affects the gas mileage (drops 3 or 4 MPG when its stopped up) but also the amount of acceleration I get out of it. Make sure your engine can breathe!!
For those of you think its rediculous to change your air filter every month...At the rate I drive...3 or 4 miles to the gallon less over a month would equal around a gas usage increase of around 25 gallons....
270 miles\27 MPG = 10 Gallons used per day
270 miles\24 MPG = 11.25 Gallons used per day
1.25 gallon per day difference times 20 work days a month (Average) = 25 gallons x 3 bucks a gallon = $75!!
so spend 5 bucks a month on an air filter or $75 bucks more in gas?? Heck if I got 16 MPG it would make a difference of $400 a month in gas!!!!
Check ur tire pressure!! I also run synthetic oil....I think that can all effect your gas mileage. A little off here and there could make up for the 6 MPG difference!
Now, I commute 270 miles a day...my mileage has not varied from 26.5 to 27...every tank. That is roughly 230 miles highway and 40 miles in city. Not bad for the power and "fun" factor of the Avenger with the 3.5. Heck most the time I prolly average 80 to 85 on my way to work...so i bet I could get better gas mileage if i back off the gas?
Its kinda been a contest to see how much gas I can save but can ya blame me? I am single handedly keeping the gas station open in my small town...LOL...Just kidding.
#10 of 32 Re: R\T gas Mileage [luvavenger]
Sep 19, 2007 (11:43 am)
Are u driving a 2008 Avenger & is it AWD?
AWD makes big difference in gas mileage.
The new cars are getting horrible mileage.
I only have 3,000 miles & I don't hot rod it all.
You have a great tip to use 89 octane, believe I'm using 87?
I also will keep in mind about the air filter, Thanks for the tips!
#11 of 32 Re: R\T gas Mileage [barry626]
Sep 20, 2007 (5:35 am)
No mine is not AWD....that is going to make a difference...I'd like to hear from other AWD drivers...ya know. I wonder about the real world difference in gas mileage. Suppossedly by the EPA estimates its only suppossed to be 1 or 2 miles to the gallon but I dont think thats the most accurate statement.
Mine is a 2008...rolled off the line January 17th, 2008.
Also i saw a big difference is gas milage at about the 5,000 mile mark...well not big but a couple of miles per gallon.
#12 of 32 Re: R\T gas Mileage [luvavenger]
Sep 20, 2007 (9:10 pm)
Call me crazy: had my first oil change done last week 3000 miles.
My last fill up I used 5.9 gals & went 108 miles. Wow 18 MPG?
Guess u are right & most likely will get better 5000 miles?
Question: I asked my dealer about synthetic oil & they use Mobil One.
They charge $64.95 & suggest changing oil every 7500 miles.
When I had my BMW's they used synthetic oil which was good for 15000 miles.
#13 of 32 Re: R\T gas Mileage [luvavenger]
Nov 23, 2007 (7:14 pm)
I have the AWD 2008 R/T with the 3.5L enginge, 2,600 miles. I've run several tanks of 85, 87, 89 octane and gotten 20.5, 21.? and 22.0 respectively running 60 miles of interstate at 80mph.
I have noticed now that winter is here and I don't run with the cruise on that staying around 70-75 mph my milage dropped to 19.8 and I don't think that it's because I idle it for 15 minutes twice a day before hitting the road, it's probably my foot trying to stay at 75 going up and down the hills. The temps have also been in the low teens which with my other vehicles has always improved performance, but I haven't seen any change. Although I am very impressed with the Avengers ability to start in the 0-20 degree temps. I have a block heater but refuse to use it unless I start to see a problem.