I reset a trip meter almost every fillup just to judge how the fuel economy is relative to how I drove that tank or weather, etc. Fuelly is nice because it keeps the log for you. It is convenient if you have a smartphone to enter when you leave the station.
I have not signed up, but do use it to research some vehicles. I am planning to purchase a new Passat TDi and might sign up @ Fuelly.
A & A parents of DD 2005, DS1 2007, DS2 2009 2011 Suburban 2500 6.0L 3.73 pulling 2011 Heartland North Trail 28BRS 2012 VW Passat TDI
I use an app called "roadtrip" on my iPhone and it works great for my needs. Doesn't give compairsons but keeps track of all my expenses, which is what I am interested in for my vehicles.
Formerly of Colorado and Alaska
Chevy 3500 DRW Dmax CC - Rockwood 8281 SS 5th Whl & 2008 Lance 845 TC www.pajbcooper.com web site
Alaska Trip 2011 posted
Colo-Utah-Ariz 2012 trip posted
"Without challenge, adventure is impossible".
I just use the little red needle on the dash. When it points to the left, I get more gas. I already know my milage stinks, but I also know I'm just going to buy more gas anyway, so why worry about it?
2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab, 5.7L Hemi 4x4. 2010 KZ Coyote CL232SS. Perfect for our Mountain Bike and Kayak adventures!
My work tow vehicle is a group of 16 cylinder General Motors diesels rated to tow around 14,000 TONS. I don't need no weight police!
If you have an Android smartphone, check out the app, FuelLog. I used to compute my mileage with a calculator, for years and years. It's quick and easy, so I was skeptical, but tried the app, and love it. You enter each fill-up, and it not only computes the fuel mileage, but after awhile, you have all kinds of data: monthly fuel cost, cost per mile, overall avg mileage, mileage for every tank at a glance, and on and on. If you do one or several partial fills, and enter them, then when you finally fill the tank, it shows the mileage for that period of partial fills. You can even leave a note with each fill-up if you like. Sometimes I enter "city", "trip to ... ", "towing trailer", etc., so I know what kind of driving I got the listed mileage for.
I upgraded to the pro version for a couple of bucks. But the basic version is free. Find it in the recently renamed Google Play Store on any Android smartphone.
I saw that the 5.7 Hemi, Ram 2500 CC 4X4 averaged over 15 MPG. Either optimistic or something for me to look forward to when my engine breaks in. The best calculated average I have been able to get is 13 MPG's.
Neat app by the way ib516, thanks for sharing.
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