View Poll Results: What kind of mileage do you get?
3-5 with Gas 11 3.79%
5-7 with Gas 33 11.38%
7-10 with Gas 29 10.00%
10+ with Gas 8 2.76%
3-5 with Diesel 0 0%
5-7 with Diesel 18 6.21%
7-10 with Diesel 104 35.86%
10+ with Diesel 87 30.00%
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:04 PM   #51
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

Originally Posted by CHEESE_WAGON
Assuming a 10% error in delivery reading....

If the pump says I got 10.00 gallons, I actually got 9.90 gallons.
10% of 10.00 gallons is 1.00 gallon, not one tenth of a gallon. Getting shorted ten percent on gas is ten times worse than your math makes it out to be.

Pack up your bus and bug out to the hills!
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:07 PM   #52
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

Hey Ray, not bad math for a short bus rider.... .

My point is: high or low, it is not always going to be an accurate reading going by what the pump says and so any conversation about mileage has to have a very generous +or- factor. Or at least that is my personal filter when I hear talk of mpg.

From another shorty rider...
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:27 AM   #53
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

We just made a trip from Sacramento to west Tennessee 2600 miles. Ford B-700 with 6.6 litre Ford diesel. 10.4 MPG trip average. Weight is somewhere near 21,000 lbs loaded.
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Old 10-02-2009, 03:38 AM   #54
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

a 35' long 11' high bus, built on spartan chassis with 5.9 isb cummins 210HP, 650torque.

I picked it up and drove home from east coast to west coast. (2200miles) Measured MPG very carefully.

13.7 mpg through SC and GA, 11mpg up and down the rockies, 9-10mpg with 40mph headwind in AZ mountains.

I could have had better mileage, it had restricted tailpipe, old oil and underlubricated front axle.
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:32 AM   #55
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

B700 5.9 Cummins in Florida 60mph flat highway got 8.4mpgs
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:32 PM   #56
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

I have a manual shift in mine. I havent figured mileage.......I don't think I wanna know!
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:54 AM   #57
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

The results are exaggerated a bit by the fluctuation in price differential between low and high test for the three vehicles.
Olds: 20
Cavalier: 10 (but for 89, not 93)
Safari: 30

The Cavalier today would cost a little more on 93 high test, If you normalize to the Safari prices (which I assume are the latest):
Fill up 87 - $40.00, 10 per mile
Fill up 93 - $44.80. 11.4 per mile (assuming 93 has same mileage gain as 89)

FWIW, our Honda gets slightly better mileage on ethanol-free gas than the 10 % ethanol mix, but that fuel is hard to find, because taking the ethanol tax credit doubles the station's net income, according to one dealer. I haven't done a cost comparison.

I did have a Peugeot mini-wagon in the '70s that had a "slant 4, single-overhead-cam hemi" engine. It did not run right on less than 92.
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:55 PM   #58
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

The 10+ MPG I got on my first trip home with the new Blue Bird sure beats the heck out of the 6 MPG I was getting out of my E350 gas shuttle bus.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:19 PM   #59
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

After building the new engine (chevy 350) I now get 11mpg not pulling the jeep and 9 with it tagging along. With the old engine I got about 6. The new engine makes much more power and it only takes half the pedal to do the same mph. Mine is a 4 speed sm465 with granny gear and a split rearend. Not sure of the gear in the rearend but its a tall one. Spinning 2800rpm to do 55mph. Don't mind the slow speed much because when I use it I'm never in a hurry.
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:59 AM   #60
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Re: What kind of milleage do you get?

1997 Amtran / International 66 pax 35ft. T444E engine, AT545 tranny, 122K, got 10.1mpg on the original pickup trip from Spokane, WA to Cheyenne, WY. I flew in, picked up my bus, filled the tank (100gal) and drove to Cheyenne to fill again. VERY windy and mountainous. 60mph when able on the flat (it won't go faster). Made up to 62mph downhill when straight a couple of times.
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