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Old 11-10-2010, 01:29 PM   #1
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Think you're fuel efficient?

MPG doesn’t tell the whole story.
I’m not talking the make-believe sticker MPG, or even your carefully calculated MPG using the odometer and gas receipts… I’m talking fuel efficiency based on gallon/passenger mile.
My “gas-guzzler”, has 7 passengers. So, lets assume a 1,000 mile journey. At a mere 10MPG, we’re at 14.29 GAL/Passenger.
Let’s look at one of the more “efficient” diesel pickups, I’ve read about here. At a generous 16MPG, and (2) passengers, we’re looking at a whopping 31.25 GAL/Passenger!!
So before you slip on your Birkenstocks, and crack open a wine skin of righteous indignation- check your reasoning!
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:00 PM   #2
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Does that mean I should load up all my neighbors to be more efficient,do dogs count?
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:05 PM   #3
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Hi, we were all taught wrong; The bottom line is Miles Per Dollar.
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So, you carry 7 passengers everywhere you go, and club cab/supercab/crew cab pickup drivers aren't allowed to carry passengers in the rear seat?
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No, I think the proper measure is "smiles per gallon" and if you're towin' an Airstream, you're gonna' have quite a few.

I get terrific fuel efficienty in my little VW Diesel, but it won't give me the same amount of smiles!

And it's clear that for the highest number of passenger miles per gallon, a large ship wins hands down, and after that a passenger train. I still like towin' the Airstream better!
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But doesn't the efficient diesel pickup seat 5, which is 12.5 gal/passenger?
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:18 PM   #7
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Does that mean I should load up all my neighbors to be more efficient,do dogs count?
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Dogs count as .5 passenger
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:20 PM   #8
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And it's clear that for the highest number of passenger miles per gallon, a large ship wins hands down, and after that a passenger train. I still like towin' the Airstream better!
Hi, and even better mileage when that cruise ship has an engine fire, sitting in the Pacific ocean, and waiting for a tug boat.
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:22 PM   #9
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So, you carry 7 passengers everywhere you go,
Yup. It's the family transport. OK, occasionaly it's only 6... somebody's got to work to pay for that gas hog.

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and club cab/supercab/crew cab pickup drivers aren't allowed to carry passengers in the rear seat?
Even with 4 passengers in a crew cab pickup @ 15.63 GPP, I've got you beat.
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But doesn't the efficient diesel pickup seat 5, which is 12.5 gal/passenger?
Yes, but awfuly crowded...
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This topic always sparks a lively discussion with my Insight driving buddy.

Assuming our 1000 miles, and typical 35MPG, His little wind-up hybrid shuttling him to and fro checks in at a hefty 28.57 GPP, compared to our 496CI, emissions belching 14.29 GPP.
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Finalcutjoe, you need to take it further, do a bus conversion, load it up and it blows the whole thing out of the water.....ROFLMAO. No matter how you figure it, I love my diesel...... ;-)
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MPG doesn’t tell the whole story.
I’m not talking the make-believe sticker MPG, or even your carefully calculated MPG using the odometer and gas receipts… I’m talking fuel efficiency based on gallon/passenger mile.
My “gas-guzzler”, has 7 passengers. So, lets assume a 1,000 mile journey. At a mere 10MPG, we’re at 14.29 GAL/Passenger.
Let’s look at one of the more “efficient” diesel pickups, I’ve read about here. At a generous 16MPG, and (2) passengers, we’re looking at a whopping 31.25 GAL/Passenger!!
So before you slip on your Birkenstocks, and crack open a wine skin of righteous indignation- check your reasoning!
I use the same analogy with my pious Prious owning friends. I still believe that the sudden acceleration problem was caused by ill fitting Birkenstocks!
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Yes, but awfuly crowded...
Yeah, it would be horrible!
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