After ten years it's time to retire my Ford F150 King Cab pickup. I'd like to buy something more environmentally kind. Complications: sharing this vehicle between myself and my 6'2" (still growing?) teen driver. AND need to accommodate my chronic illness. Energy(and time) nearly sapped. What should I testdrive? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
I don't travel enough to really have the hang of the airline miles thing. I'm planning a trip from Chicago to NYC in September with my adult daughter and would like to use what miles I have before they expire. [more inside]
Hi all, I'm looking for a great mileage tracking app to record my business trips. A while back i used to be pleased with Trip Cubby until it no longer was supported after an upgrade. I went back to old fashioned notes for a while, but it's now 2015 and there must be a better way. What are your favourites? Needs to supports european parameters ( euros and kms). thanks!
So I try to log my daily bicycle usage, mostly for my own curiosity. I want a lightweight, simple Android app to do this. This is a very simple requirement but somehow I have not found an app that quite meets it. [more inside]
Good maintenance/car history/reliability/price versus everything else [more inside]
2013 Subaru Crosstrek XV got 32-33 highway mpg last year. Now it gets 28. [more inside]
Just discovered that our next car purchase needs to happen this summer, so I've gotta get into research mode stat. Is there such a thing as a family car (ie kid transporter etc) with great city gas mileage? Special snowtires inside. [more inside]
I am in the (unfortunate) position of needing to buy a Ford Econoline passenger van. I'm having trouble evaluating two options in particular: one, a 2001 vehicle with 90k miles on the engine (not the van's original engine), and two, a 2006 with 132k miles. [more inside]
I've become mildly obsessed with trying to improve the fuel efficiency of my old truck. I've already done all the basic things and I realize that I'm fighting physics at this point, but what else might I consider if I wanted to make a bit of a hobby out of it? [more inside]
Do you have a Honda Fit or another compact car that you can recommend for a family of four? [more inside]
Mom wants a fuel-efficient car . . . what should she get? [more inside]
I'm iPhone, wife is Android, and we both use both of the family cars. Is there a good service, with smartphone apps for both platforms (or web interface that plays nicely with a low-end Android device and i5) for entering the current mileage, gallons purchased, price, ect for tracking fuel costs for each vehicle? I'd like to do what my dad did with a notebook in the glove compartment, but with the math and cloud-sync goodness parts handled by the pocket computers. Maybe this is a job for a Google Docs spreadsheet?
Is a day by day mileage log an excessive amount of info to keep? Or does the IRS really want to know that much about where we drive? [more inside]
Can you help me understand, once and for all, what I need to do to get the best mileage out of my manual-transmission car? [more inside]
New Jersey gasoline is more efficient than Massachusetts gasoline? I seem to get much better gas mileage with both my cars when they are filled up in NJ. What gives? [more inside]
What is the best iPhone app to track car mileage? [more inside]
Need 1100 miles on American Airlines to reach Gold. What is the most efficient way to do this? [more inside]
I thought a 5-speed manual always trumped an automatic for mpg, all else being equal? [more inside]
UKCarFilter: Petrol with fewer miles or Diesel with more? [more inside]
We're renting a car from Enterprise that has unlimited mileage if you stay in a certain geographic area. We plan to leave this geographic area. I want to be up front and pay the extra fees, but my traveling companion wants to lie and save money. Convince me I'm wrong, or help me convince him he's wrong. [more inside]
Which rewards program should I join for the best non-travel rewards? [more inside]
Which used minivan should we get? A very low mileage, early 2000s era Dodge Caravan, or a late 90s, high mileage Toyota Sienna/Honda Odyssey? [more inside]
How much further can I go in my 2004 Mazda 3 Sport GT once the gas light comes on? [more inside]
Is there an app / website / service (?) that allows me to trace a route on a map and then works out the distance for me? [more inside]
What could be some reasons why my gas mileage is very suddenly and dramatically craptastic? [more inside]
Another cash for clunkers question. My mother has a 2003 or 2004 Kia Sedona minivan. The government website says its combined mileage rating is 16 mpg. It's got a lot of miles on it, not in great condition and probably not worth $4500 - trade it in for an efficient small car? [more inside]
Do I have any recourse if an airline deletes my mileage points? [more inside]
Just got a Pennsylvania title for my car (2000 Rav4) - title indicates the correct odometer reading (~120,00 miles), then says "MILEAGE EXCEEDS THE MECHANICAL LIMITS." What the what? That status is apparently used for cars with 5-digit mechanical odometers when the numbers roll over after 99,999 miles. Mine is digital. It clearly reads 6 digits. Is this a big deal? Should I get a new title? Will this be a problem in the future if I try to sell the car? Has this happened to anyone else?
As an avid hiker, I'm looking for a (much) more capable trailhead vehicle than my current 98 Ford Escort. Requirements are inexpensive, good mpg, 4wd (preferably on demand and with 4low), good clearance, reliable and inexpensive to maintain. For reasons I can't fathom, I've been thinking about importing a Suzuki Jimny from Japan and have some questions about that too. I live in Canada (Vancouver). [more inside]
Is it worth it? Mazda Protege vs. Toyota Camry! [more inside]
What car should I buy? I have to replace my 2003 Cavalier (worth 6k), and I want to find something with better gas mileage that is reliable. I don't think I can afford more than $10,000, and the closer to $6,000 the better. [more inside]
By using Google maps, I can figure out not just how to get from point A to point B, but also the number of miles and approximate time it would take to get from A to B. Is there a map that will also let me approximate gallons of gas? [more inside]
A friend has a 10-year old Lexus (with only ~50k miles on it!) that gets driven 2-4 miles per week. Is there any harm in this? (It is a second car for one person.) Oil would keep recirculating due to the weekly drive and the alternator should keep the battery charged. Right? I mean, if the car is fueled only once every 12-18 months can that be good for it? (sediment?) Would any other problems be likely?
Driving from Pennsylvania to South Carolina with a bike and a kid cart for the bike. Which will create less drag, putting them on top of our Ford Focus wagon, or on a bike rack on the back?
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]
Why is my cars gas mileage so low? [more inside]
Simple tricks to improve MPG? For instance, I've thought about removing the rear seats/internal molding to lighten my car. I've also thought about aero-improvements, such as moon-disc wheel covers, or even somehow making a cover over my rear wheel wells. I'll be removing my rear wing this weekend, but what other tweaks could I do? [more inside]
Does the Hypertech Max Energy Programmer really increase fuel economy for trucks and SUVs? If so, why do auto manufacturers not simply include them in their vehicles so as to beat out the competition? [more inside]
How can I maximize fuel economy in a car with an automatic transmission? [more inside]
Hypothetical-sensible-dream-car-boyzone-filter: After a long phase of big-city living, I may have to drive a lot. I don't want to be a total pig about fuel consumption or emissions. But I want serious performance. Let's say I have $25K . . . . [more inside]
I'm going to have to start driving many many miles throughout the week...let's say around 500-600. What kind of car should I get? [more inside]
Does drafting a truck theoretically lower the truck's mileage? [more inside]
All other things being equal, do I pick the older car with lower mileage or the later model with high mileage? [more inside]
How many miles are too many on a used vehicle? [more inside]
Last night on ABC news there was a guy with a VW beetle (silver) who put a wicked-huge wing on the back and claimed some ridiculously-high MPG figure. Alas, my google fu fails me. Why would this wing possibly work? They guy wasn't a tuner, AFAICT.
I just inherited a 1998 Mountaineer that has only 20,000 miles. It's never been tuned up and still has the original tires. I'm pretty sure the spark plugs are fouled because it's never been driven at highway speeds. Everything appears to be in great shape. What kind of problems can I expect from this car? [more inside]
Are there any Federal tax credits or financial incentives (aside from the savings of minimizing fillup frequency) for buying a fuel efficient vehicle? [more inside]
I'd really like to see what tricks of the trade you guys have to make sure your car is getting the most mileage it possibly can. [more inside]
What are the most efficient cars readily available in the United States? Mileage, fuel & emissions and size are all important criteria.