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Old 01-18-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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MPG Solera S

Just bought a 2013 Solera S, assuming I drive at 60-65, with very low load and it has 10,000 miles on it - what are best guess on mpg? Also assume same but pulling 3,200 car, what are best guess on mpg. Thanks.

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Old 01-18-2013, 10:55 PM   #2
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My 2012 Solera has averaged 14+ mpg since purchased. Never towed a vehicle, so have no data for you on that. What does amaze me is that, driving in the mountains, only lowers the mpg about 1 mile per gallon on average. I'm impressed with MB engineering, considering the unit GVW approaches 10k pounds.

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Old 01-19-2013, 08:36 AM   #3
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We get between 12.5 and 13.5 on ours. Not great, but livable. I'm hoping the mpg will improve the older it gets. Have 4700 miles on it right now. However, it is a pleasure to drive, so if the mpg doesn't improve, we will deal with it!
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:43 AM   #4
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it amazes me that people buy rv's(all kinds of them) then obsess over fuel mileage.

big fat rv's with high ceilings and wide bodys with big air resistance are never going to get great mileage.

no matter what the engine.

diesels get somewhat better but on a cost basis gas/diesel probably are equal

but both kinds get lousy mileage.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:38 PM   #5
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We get normally 14 to 16 mpg driving in CA.

Towing our Samurai we still get 13 to 14 mpg which I consider pretty good. Towing in CA limits speed to 55mph....

Overall the mileage is pretty good for the size and even when towing it pulls very well over hills. The engine and transmission combo is extremely well matched. Always amazed when passing everything going uphill :-)

2011 Solera
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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My 2012 MS gets approx. 14 at 55mph and 11 at 70mph in flat terrain. Towing things, hilly terrain and the direction of the wind can change those numbers by a couple of mpg.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:06 AM   #7
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The long term average mpg on my 2009 Solera (2008 cab/chasis) is 14.5 mpg. This was calculated by dividing total miles (17640) by total gallons used (1215). This included a mix of approx. 50% trailering (1400 lbs. trailer and M/C) and 50% no trailer. The best tank was 16.3 mpg and the worst was 11.0 mpg. We try to keep the speed around 60 - 62 mph on the highway. Most of the miles were accumulated during two cross country trips (MD to MT and MD to CA) which of course includes both plains and Rockies.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:31 PM   #8
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Just filled up. First mileage check results were 14.2 mpg. Odometer is 888. Pleasantly surprised, since from most of the reading I've done, mileage doesn't begin to peak until a few thousand are on the clock. This was 94% highway miles, and driving at a fairly constant 60mph. This represents a 50% improvement over the old pusher. Had some 15mph crosswinds and handling wasn't too bad - overall handling is sweet. All in all, I'm very pleased.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:03 PM   #9
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I am planning on using the Solera to tow a light wieght aluminum trailer with 4 dirt bikes. I'm hoping it won't effect the mileage to much but I'm sure it will be better than my truck/toyhauler at 9 mpg.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:23 PM   #10
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Just returned from Agua Caliente Park to Escondido in Solera 24R. Not much freeway, mostly back roads and some twisties. Averaged 13.9 mpg. The odometer just turned 2800 miles. I am happy with the mpg.

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