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I saw a "Nostalgic For Fuel Prices" thread, a "How are you trimming your budget for rising fuel costs" thread....well, here is my contribution.

Last week I was driving 70-75 MPH, taking off from stop lights like everyone else, and I didn't know how to use the cruise control. I got 300 miles on the trip meter when the low fuel light came on (meaning I still had 3 gallons left in the tank). This week, that all changed (so did my paper air filter).

Last week I was getting about 19.5 MPG in the FJ with the above mentioned driving habits. After I filled up and parked it for the weekend, I thought I'd try something different: Drive 60-63 MPH on the freeway, and use cruise control. The freeway is pretty level, with a slight rise as I go north on the 605 toward the hills. There are peaks and valleys, as with any metropolitan freeway (over/underpasses). I take off more slowly (not as much go pedal) from stop signs and lights, but not so slowly as to provoke road rage.

Now for details on my FJ: 2007 4X2, bling plate, lifted about 2 1/2 inches with a stock Trail Teams 4X4 set of springs and shocks, OEM rock rails, roof rack, and plain Jane factory Dunlop 10-speed bike looking tires (kept at 35 PSI). Here's how she looks now:

So, getting on to the moral of the story, with the above driving modifications I went from 300 miles before the low fuel light came on to......wait for it comes.........349 miles. Dividing the miles driven at fuel up (364.8 miles) with the gallons used (15.879), I got about 22.97 MPG average for this tankful of fuel, or about 3 1/2 MPG better.

Ok, so That's a little over 2 gallons conserved, and I was driving myself to complete idiocy with all the slow driving. Let's say for argument's sake that it's 2 1/2 gallons saved this week. That 2.5 gallons means I saved $11.67 for this week, and over the month I will save $46.70 for 10 gallons of fuel. That is almost another tank of fuel. But for me, it's worth it to drive like I usually do.

I just had the oil changed and replaced my air filter today. I'll see if 1) I can replicate the results this next week, and 2) if it's any better with fresh oil/air filter. *Edit* Brock just reminded me...both fill-ups I used mid-grade 89 octane Chevron fuel.

There you have it. Results may vary, as may your mileage (get it? :D)
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