rear defogger / average mpg

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Old 28 Feb 2012, 10:17 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default rear defogger / average mpg

Bought a used 2004 Camry 2.4 XLE with 80K miles last week. It rides
nice and is quiet. There are two minor things about it that bother me.

1. The digital readout for the average mpg has steadily risen from
28.0 to 28.9 since I've owned it. After filling up today and doing the
calculation of miles driven divided by gallons pumped I came up with
24.7 mpg. Why such a disparity?

2. The rear defogger seems quite anemic to me. We haven't had much
frost but it can't seem to clear even dew from the back window in the
ten minutes or so to work. I mean there's no separation occurring
between the filaments at all. The thing is on and you can see it
barely working, but its weak and slow.
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Old 01 Mar 2012, 10:40 am   #2 (permalink)
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On Feb 28, 8:17*pm, "badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolfer...@gmail.com>
wrote:
> Bought a used 2004 Camry 2.4 XLE with 80K miles last week. *It rides
> nice and is quiet. *There are two minor things about it that bother me.
>
> 1. *The digital readout for the average mpg has steadily risen from
> 28.0 to 28.9 since I've owned it. *After filling up today and doing the
> calculation of miles driven divided by gallons pumped I came up with
> 24.7 mpg. *Why such a disparity?



Does the computer ask you how many gallons since last fillup? If not
I guess it's just estimating...

Did you change the air filter, by the way?


> 2. *The rear defogger seems quite anemic to me. *We haven't had much
> frost but it can't seem to clear even dew from the back window in the
> ten minutes or so to work. *I mean there's no separation occurring
> between the filaments at all. *The thing is on and you can see it
> barely working, but its weak and slow.



Dew is probably harder to remove than fog...

Michael
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Old 01 Mar 2012, 04:07 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Feb 28, 11:17*pm, "badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolfer...@gmail.com>
wrote:
> Bought a used 2004 Camry 2.4 XLE with 80K miles last week. *It rides
> nice and is quiet. *There are two minor things about it that bother me.
>
> 1. *The digital readout for the average mpg has steadily risen from
> 28.0 to 28.9 since I've owned it. *After filling up today and doing the
> calculation of miles driven divided by gallons pumped I came up with
> 24.7 mpg. *Why such a disparity?


The amount of fuel today you put in left it at a higher level than it
was last time. Perhaps the car was tiltled, the shut off on the pump
was triggered later or something.

> 2. *The rear defogger seems quite anemic to me. *We haven't had much
> frost but it can't seem to clear even dew from the back window in the
> ten minutes or so to work. *I mean there's no separation occurring
> between the filaments at all. *The thing is on and you can see it
> barely working, but its weak and slow.


Maybe you need a new one. What did the previous owner say?

Jeff
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