MPG of XLE V6?

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Old 11 Nov 2009, 08:28 pm   #1 (permalink)
Peng
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Hi,

I just bought a 98 XLE V6 for commute. One way is about 4 miles, with
about 10 stop signs and 4 redlights. Now the MPG is about 15-16. Is
that normal?

-Peng
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Old 11 Nov 2009, 10:02 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Nov 11, 10:28*pm, Peng <pb01011...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I just bought a 98 XLE V6 for commute. One way is about 4 miles, with
> about 10 stop signs and 4 redlights. Now the MPG is about 15-16. Is
> that normal?
>
> -Peng


No, I don't think it seems Normal at all. I have a 2000 Camry LE 4-cyl
that gets around 31 mpg mixed city/hwy. Two cylinders will make a
difference, but not that much. I would think it should be at least low
to mid 20's
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Old 11 Nov 2009, 11:53 pm   #3 (permalink)
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camryguy89 wrote:
> On Nov 11, 10:28 pm, Peng <pb01011...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> I just bought a 98 XLE V6 for commute. One way is about 4 miles, with
>> about 10 stop signs and 4 redlights. Now the MPG is about 15-16. Is
>> that normal?
>>
>> -Peng

>
> No, I don't think it seems Normal at all. I have a 2000 Camry LE 4-cyl
> that gets around 31 mpg mixed city/hwy. Two cylinders will make a
> difference, but not that much. I would think it should be at least low
> to mid 20's



The V-6 Camry/Lexus gets markedly worse fuel economy than the Camry
four - there are lots of old posts from people who like the extra power
from the V-6 but still regret not getting the four because of its
outstanding economy for that car's size. I'd say the above fuel economy
is about right for a V-6 in stop and go real world driving, sadly. It
could be improved a bit by accelerating as slowly as safety and courtesy
allows, and coasting as much as possible - no alternating constantly
between gas and brake pedals.
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Old 12 Nov 2009, 09:54 am   #4 (permalink)
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Leftie wrote:
> camryguy89 wrote:
>> On Nov 11, 10:28 pm, Peng <pb01011...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I just bought a 98 XLE V6 for commute. One way is about 4 miles, with
>>> about 10 stop signs and 4 redlights. Now the MPG is about 15-16. Is
>>> that normal?
>>>
>>> -Peng

>>
>> No, I don't think it seems Normal at all. I have a 2000 Camry LE 4-cyl
>> that gets around 31 mpg mixed city/hwy. Two cylinders will make a
>> difference, but not that much. I would think it should be at least low
>> to mid 20's

>
>
> The V-6 Camry/Lexus gets markedly worse fuel economy than the Camry
> four - there are lots of old posts from people who like the extra power
> from the V-6 but still regret not getting the four because of its
> outstanding economy for that car's size. I'd say the above fuel economy
> is about right for a V-6 in stop and go real world driving, sadly. It
> could be improved a bit by accelerating as slowly as safety and courtesy
> allows, and coasting as much as possible - no alternating constantly
> between gas and brake pedals.


OK lets see 1 mile = 5280' x 4 = 21120'/14(up to 14 stop signs & lights)
= 1509' between stops. Does the car ever fully heat up?, how fast do you
accelerate to in that little over 1/4 mile between stops, are the lights
long delay so you are sitting for 2-3 minutes at the lights, AC on or
off, headlights on or off. so many variables in that equation. I think
you should worry more about damage due to so frequent short trips than
milage
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Old 13 Nov 2009, 12:01 am   #5 (permalink)
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"Peng" <pb01011053@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:fc5c8e50-dea5-4a05-8fb5-1128965ad3db@z41g2000yqz.googlegroups.com...
> Hi,
>
> I just bought a 98 XLE V6 for commute. One way is about 4 miles, with
> about 10 stop signs and 4 redlights. Now the MPG is about 15-16. Is
> that normal?


It's too heavy on fuel. Should be no lower than 22 mpg. Get the mixture
ratio checked. Any mechanic worth his salt should have the gear to do this.
I would avoid dealers, for an honest reliable private mechy. Ask around at
work if need be.

Jason


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Old 14 Nov 2009, 12:10 am   #6 (permalink)
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Calculating city mileage is much more difficult. Extended idling will
decrease the MPG.

For example, if you idle out a tank of gas in the parking lot, the MPG
is 0. That being one extreme case, however. Does it show MPG on the
highway?

On Nov 11, 6:28*pm, Peng <pb01011...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I just bought a 98 XLE V6 for commute. One way is about 4 miles, with
> about 10 stop signs and 4 redlights. Now the MPG is about 15-16. Is
> that normal?
>
> -Peng


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Old 14 Nov 2009, 05:38 am   #7 (permalink)
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On Nov 13, 12:01*am, "Jason James" <a...@ass.com> wrote:
> "Peng" <pb01011...@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> news:fc5c8e50-dea5-4a05-8fb5-1128965ad3db@z41g2000yqz.googlegroups.com...
>
> > Hi,

>
> > I just bought a 98 XLE V6 for commute. One way is about 4 miles, with
> > about 10 stop signs and 4 redlights. Now the MPG is about 15-16. Is
> > that normal?

>
> It's too heavy on fuel. Should be no lower than 22 mpg. *Get the mixture
> ratio checked. Any mechanic worth his salt should have the gear to do this.
> I would avoid dealers, for an honest reliable private mechy. Ask around at
> work if need be.
>
> Jason


How can you check mix ratio, that I have never heard of.
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Old 14 Nov 2009, 05:42 am   #8 (permalink)
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On Nov 11, 8:28*pm, Peng <pb01011...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I just bought a 98 XLE V6 for commute. One way is about 4 miles, with
> about 10 stop signs and 4 redlights. Now the MPG is about 15-16. Is
> that normal?
>
> -Peng


Its 12 years old, give it a complete tune up and I bet it will do alot
better. Mobil 1 0-30 in motor and change the trans oil. You have no
idea on what kind of care it recieved, take it to a good local shop to
have it looked over.
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Old 14 Nov 2009, 02:34 pm   #9 (permalink)
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On Nov 14, 6:42*am, ransley <Mark_Rans...@Yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Nov 11, 8:28*pm, Peng <pb01011...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hi,

>
> > I just bought a 98 XLE V6 for commute. One way is about 4 miles, with
> > about 10 stop signs and 4 redlights. Now the MPG is about 15-16. Is
> > that normal?

>
> > -Peng

>
> Its 12 years old, give it a complete tune up and I bet it will do alot
> better. Mobil 1 *0-30 in motor and change the trans oil. You have no
> idea on what kind of care it recieved, take it to a good local shop to
> have it looked over.


In top tuned condition my 99 xle will never break 30mpg on the
highway.
If you can break 20 mpg under those city conditions you will be lucky
in fact because of the stopping and starting I figure you are at max.
Do a highway check and then if that is a good read you can figure your
city mileage is accurate.

Until you do such a check I would not be spending money on a tune up.
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Old 15 Nov 2009, 08:13 am   #10 (permalink)
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On Nov 14, 2:34*pm, mikewestvale <mikewestv...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Nov 14, 6:42*am, ransley <Mark_Rans...@Yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> > On Nov 11, 8:28*pm, Peng <pb01011...@gmail.com> wrote:

>
> > > Hi,

>
> > > I just bought a 98 XLE V6 for commute. One way is about 4 miles, with
> > > about 10 stop signs and 4 redlights. Now the MPG is about 15-16. Is
> > > that normal?

>
> > > -Peng

>
> > Its 12 years old, give it a complete tune up and I bet it will do alot
> > better. Mobil 1 *0-30 in motor and change the trans oil. You have no
> > idea on what kind of care it recieved, take it to a good local shop to
> > have it looked over.

>
> In top tuned condition my 99 xle will never break 30mpg on the
> highway.
> If you can break 20 mpg under those city conditions you will be lucky
> in fact because of the stopping and starting I figure you are at max.
> Do a highway check and then if that is a good read you can figure your
> city mileage is accurate.
>
> Until you do such a check I would not be spending money on a tune up.


A tune up and any maintenance is the first thing a seller will put off
doing, they are selling it they dont care, they not keeping it. Unless
you have proof from reciepts you need to figure the car was not
maintained and everything that can affect milage is original. Whenever
my milage drops , about every 2 years I find going over everything get
me 1-3 more mpg. Not having a mechanic put it on a scope and doing the
basics is dumb on a newly purchased, very old car. This is a 98 and
2010 models are comming out, it is in fact 12 years old and overdue on
many things many times over. The oxygen sensor, timing, plugs, old
oils, sticking brakes and other components only a scope can diagnose
all can each affect milage by several mpg. Once I found my timing
retarded 4 degrees, I got a 4 mpg improvement by setting just that
parameter right.
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