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Is It Better To Not Fill Up?

My car weighs 4013lbs (with me in it) and averages 17mpg on my 21.7m (roundtrip) commute. My gas tank holds 20 gallons, but I only ever fill it up half-full. The reason I do this, is because my brain knows how heavy 4 x 2.5 gallon containers of water is, and thinks that not carrying this additional approx 60lbs of weight (1.5% of the 4013lbs) will be better for both mpg and performance (i.e. less liquid sloshing around the tank). Is my brain crazy?
posted by forallmankind on Dec 14, 2013 - 19 answers

Compact Car for a Floppy Family

Do you have a Honda Fit or another compact car that you can recommend for a family of four? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 9, 2013 - 30 answers

She wants to save money—and not f*ck up the environment

Mom wants a fuel-efficient car . . . what should she get? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Homemade napalm?

Any uses for old gasoline (petrol)? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Jun 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I drive to Jersey for the cheap gas?

Is there a website that will tell you whether it makes financial sense to travel to a gas station with cheaper gas? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

Automechanicfilter: The Case of the Thirsty Tank

What could be some reasons why my gas mileage is very suddenly and dramatically craptastic? [more inside]
posted by desuetude on Nov 22, 2009 - 19 answers

in cars

I am disappointed in my relationship with my 97 Honda Civic. Maybe you can give me some advice. YANMM. [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger on Sep 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Mythbust supermarket petrol for me, please.

Is supermarket petrol bad for my car? [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Aug 30, 2009 - 14 answers

Refill compressed natural gas tanks? Santa Cruz

Where can I refill compressed natural gas tanks? [more inside]
posted by Ekidnagrrl17 on Jan 23, 2009 - 2 answers

Pro-ana car

Car help: why can't i fill up my tank? (hint: it has nothing to do with the economy) [more inside]
posted by speef on Jul 31, 2008 - 13 answers

Looking for a green family car

Help us pick a car! We're looking for a good used family car. We have two daughters, a 2 1/2 year old and a newborn and need a car that can accommodate an infant car carrier without putting the front passenger's knees in the glovebox. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Jun 5, 2008 - 23 answers

Carnac the Magnificent

Can gasoline futures be used to predict the price we will pay for fuel at the local pump? [more inside]
posted by netbros on May 6, 2008 - 8 answers

My car says it has gas but I don't think it does. It won't let me put more in. What to do?

My car, which is rarely driven, is unexpectedly acting like it's full of gas and will not accept more. I have no recollection of filling it with gas, though I do recall that the last time I drove it, it was hope-i-make-it-home almost empty. Am I just super forgetful? Or is there another explanation? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo on Mar 15, 2008 - 42 answers

Fuel Injectors Leaking

I drive a 97 Cavalier that is otherwise in good condition, but I am having a terrible time with the injectors leaking gas. [more inside]
posted by blue shadows on Feb 7, 2008 - 6 answers

look at that S car go

My friend says the fuel injection in my 2002 Jetta wagon (non-diesel) suffers if I let the tank get less than 1/4 full. She also believes that "el cheapo" gasoline, from locally-owned non-chain stations, isn't as good, or is actively bad, for the car. Is there any truth to either of these claims?
posted by luriete on Dec 7, 2007 - 29 answers

The peachtrees are killing my gas mileage!

How can I maximize fuel economy in a car with an automatic transmission? [more inside]
posted by wondercow on Oct 9, 2007 - 25 answers

How can I stop someone stealing fuel from my car?

How can I stop someone stealing fuel from my car? [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Aug 26, 2007 - 26 answers

Accellerate/Coast method more fuel efficient than cruise control?

Question about cruise control vs. a special acceleration/coasting technique in terms of fuel efficiency. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jun 14, 2007 - 11 answers

Does gasoline burn at different rates in my car's gastank?

In three cars I've driven, I get about 300 miles per tank of gas. But with all three cars, I can get up to 200 miles by the time I hit 1/2 tank. But invariably, by the time I near the 300 mile mark, I'm on E. Am I nuts or do gas seem to burn faster in the lower 1/2 of my tank? Is this mental or by design? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Apr 7, 2007 - 22 answers

Types propane tank gages

What is a good option for an after market gas grill propane tank gage? [more inside]
posted by retro88 on Aug 21, 2006 - 12 answers

Why does Wyoming have the cheapest gas right now?

Why is Wyoming the cheapest US state for gas right now and why does this map of gas prices look strangely similar to the 2004 voting maps? [more inside]
posted by p3t3 on Apr 28, 2006 - 22 answers

Questions about gasoline.

All about gasoline. [more inside]
posted by grateful on Apr 26, 2006 - 26 answers

Help me with my gas problem.

GasFilter: How do I learn more about the quality of various gasoline brands? Also, how can I determine who supplies gasoline to a particular retailer? For example, is Speedway gasoline really the same as Sunoco gasoline (since Sunoco purchased them), or do they still use their own gas? How about the gas at my local Sam's club, or Jewel-Osco -- who supplies that gas to them?
posted by Merdryn on Sep 5, 2005 - 11 answers

Solar energy alternative

Why hasn't solar energy been able to replace fossil fuels in Europe where gas is taxed so heavily? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Aug 31, 2005 - 33 answers

Gas caps on cars - which side?

Sitting in a car today as my friend was filling her tank, and my colleagues and I wondered aloud why there doesn't seem to be a standard for which side of the car has the gas cap on it. The car we were in had it on the right, as do both my cars, but the others in the car had cars with the caps on the left. What logic do car manufacturers use to determine from which side fuel is delivered? Some vehicles have the delivery point at the rear, and I believe I once saw a car with the gas cap near the front somewhere. Anyone know a rough ratio of left / right on North American cars? If there is a majority, is it an ergonomics thing? Just curious.
posted by galto on May 18, 2005 - 45 answers

Premium Gas?

Should I be using premium gas for my ’96 Subaru Outback? [mi] [more inside]
posted by Tallguy on May 20, 2004 - 10 answers

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