This is just a thought experiment at this point, and probably will remain so. In the back of my mind I have the idea that when my old SUV finally gives up the ghost I might rip out the internal combustion drivetrain and convert it to an electric vehicle, possibly with a removable range-extender generator. Setting practicality aside for the moment, can you help me envision what this would involve? [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Jan 2, 2014 -
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 -
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]
posted by Scientist
on Nov 19, 2013 -
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 -
We're going to be driving from Seattle, Washington to Ashland, Oregon in July, doing it in one long day's drive each way. We'll be driving a rental. What model of car is the most comfortable? What model has the best gas mileage? What model has the optimum balance between the two? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing
on May 14, 2013 -
What questions can I have answered over the phone that will help me significantly narrow down a 25-car field of options? [more inside]
posted by nile_red
on Apr 28, 2013 -
There is a good chance that I will be the owner of a new car sometime soon (like the next few months or so). Looking for a good balance between fuel efficiency and inexpensive to repair (something I have not really thought about until recently, regrettably). You are not a car expert, likely, but what would you advise from what you know? Details, including what this car replaces, inside. [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007
on Apr 11, 2013 -
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]
posted by Rafaelloello
on Jul 26, 2012 -
What's the math to figure out my speed and mileage after going to a larger tire? [more inside]
posted by gally99
on Jun 20, 2011 -
I'd like suggestions for a motorcycle- less than $8000, would get 40-100 miles daily with several stops, comfortable for a larger dude, and gets rocking mpg. [more inside]
posted by gally99
on Apr 16, 2011 -
I have a collection of avi and mpg video files, and I'd like to add a "table of contents" or "table of scenes" to individual and collections of these files, a bit like a DVD menu. What software could I use (Windows only)? [more inside]
posted by flutable
on May 3, 2010 -
Hi I'm trying to convert/compress high def mov files to mpg, but with limited or outdated software. Can someone help me? [more inside]
posted by Like its 1997
on Mar 4, 2010 -
I am looking for software that is able to take out the audio and add a time code to .mpg files I get from my camcorder. I know there are lots of programs that can add the time code, but I'm hoping someone knows a free/low cost program that can easily do both.
posted by HSWilson
on Jul 7, 2009 -
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]
posted by dithered
on Jan 22, 2009 -
This question is for my friend. He's looking to buy a more fuel efficient car (he gets 10-12 mpg from his Suburban—wants more like 20-25). He is looking at Volvo cars, specifically the 2000-2002 S60's, S70's, and C70's. Evidently the convertible models from the early 2000's weren't that safe. Looking to spend $11 grand or less. What information do you have about these Volvo models? What should he look out for? Are their similar convertibles to the C70 with similar MPG and better safety/maintenance records?
posted by Korou
on Jun 7, 2008 -
Is there a way I can cost-effectively add more horsepower and/or fuel efficiency to my non-turbo PT Cruiser? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on May 22, 2008 -
When I push the gas pedal on my manual car down beyond where it accelerates, am I wasting gas? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk
on May 14, 2008 -
What's the best 1-2 yr old 4WD-capable car? Best for us means: fuel economy, reliability, non-behemoth-SUV-ness, aesthetic and reasonable cost (<$25k). Also: any knowledge about Subaru Outbacks and SoCal 4WD dealers. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia
on Apr 29, 2008 -
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]
posted by raikkohamilonso
on Apr 29, 2008 -
Gas has been getting more and more expensive, yet cars have not been getting more fuel efficient. Why not? [more inside]
posted by Dec One
on Feb 18, 2008 -
My parents are looking for a new car with great gas mileage. They don't want a Hybrid. What are their options? [more inside]
posted by Telf
on Sep 25, 2007 -
I want a car that carries more than 5 passengers AND gets good fuel economy! I did see some similar recent posts on this question, but not explicitly including the more than 5 seating issue!
Right now I drive a tiny civic hatch back. I don't care about having a BIG car, I just want a car that can carry more people than the members of my immediate family. I hate to switch from 35 mpg to the 18 that even the most efficient minivan provides. Any creative seating solutions (Optional rear bench? Back facing station wagon seating?) will be considered!
posted by serazin
on May 16, 2006 -
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.
posted by Wild_Eep
on May 5, 2006 -
Why are some YouTube videos so much better quality than others? What video specs and file format (AVI, MOV, MPG) produce the best results?
posted by JudgeBork
on Apr 23, 2006 -
iMovie question: I have not used iMovie much, but I'd like to play around. I have a Sony DSC-P100 digital point-and-shoot camera that records video, which I can save to my computer as mpg. However, I can't seem to use these files in iMovie. Does that sound right, or is there something wrong with my copy of iMovie, or what? I can find nothing in the iMovie help that describes what file formats may be imported.
posted by shaneflyer
on Jan 10, 2006 -
What is the best way to encode video for cross platform (mac, windows and *nix) use? [more inside]
posted by ikareru
on Nov 3, 2005 -
With the price of a gallon of gas now approaching/exceeding $ 2.50 , is the urban legend that it's cheaper to keep it running and that the car uses more gas in start-up than in running a few minutes at the drive through bank teller, railroad crossing, etc. , still accurate ( was it ever? ) I realize there are other mileage factors in the equation , but at some price point the theory must fail.
posted by Agamenticus
on Jul 10, 2005 -
I've just established the domain for my first website, and look forward to learning how to update and maintain it. (I currently know nothing
about how to do it, but I'm an eager learner.) For the moment, I'd like to host about 25 movie files and 100 images, and could use some advice on how to do this. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu
on May 4, 2005 -
I love my car, but am becoming increasingly concerned about gas mileage and environmental responsibility. It isn't a guzzler, but I know I could do better. What are your experiences with diesel cars? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Mar 17, 2005 -
From cycling I'm aware that rotational weight is the best to cut for efficiency, and when I think about my new car and ways to coax more mileage out of it, I wonder if getting a lighter set of wheels would improve that measurably? I can't tell if anyone has ever looked at gas savings vs. wheel weight before in my google searching. [+] [more inside]
posted by mathowie
on Feb 3, 2005 -
NerdFilter: So I'm part of an online gaming community/guild that runs some servers. We have a recruitment process that is a bit old, and we are starting to get rather large (50+).
What sort of recruitment process are you aware of for online communities? Any that you are particularly fond of?
posted by eurasian
on Jan 17, 2005 -