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Old 08-07-2015, 10:44 AM   #31
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The first time our low fuel warning light came on was during our first long trip at a most inconvenient time and place. Pasadena during rush hour. Getting off the freeway, I sweated bullets while Sandy used her smart phone to call close by gas stations. Free range peacocks wandered about everywhere but diesel wasn't easy to find. When we found some and filled up, we still had 6 gallons in the tank. Reassuring and handy operating parameter which I wish I'd had ahead of time. (2015 Solera 24s)
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:40 AM   #32
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My Wife and I recently did a trip from the Bay Area to Crater Lake NP, parts of Eastern Oregon and back via Lassen. On 8 tanks of gas we averaged 13.3 MPG. Best was 14.2 and worst was 11.9, which was the last part of the trip doing about 64MPH into a good headwind on I-5.

This is in a 2011 Solera, no toad but carrying a small 125cc scooter on the back. we did a lot of 2 lane at 58-60 MPH or slower due to curves, hills, etc.

In my observation, the biggest factor in MPG is speed. Going 60 instead of 65 makes a big difference. My guess is about 2MPG or possibly more. All that frontal area means a lot of air to push.
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:02 PM   #33
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W here with under 5,000 mi, no towing, 80% highway, 60~65 mph, average 13 to 14 mpg. Not impressed yet.
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:13 PM   #34
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It gets better once fully broken in.

Just got 14 while towing from Nor Cal to So Cal and back.

8500 Miles on her
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:11 PM   #35
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I should have mine broken in by 2025 at this rate! Still better MPG than those gassers, though.
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:34 AM   #36
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For best results, drive predominantly west to east. (When you get to Annapolis, put it on a freighter back around through the Panama Canal to Long Beach or San Fran and start over.)


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Old 12-10-2015, 01:21 PM   #37
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For best results, drive predominantly west to east. (When you get to Annapolis, put it on a freighter back around through the Panama Canal to Long Beach or San Fran and start over.)


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How do you drive 'predominantly' west to east? Don't come home?
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Old 12-10-2015, 05:22 PM   #38
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You can turn west now and then when needed but must head mainly to points east. 😉


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Old 12-18-2015, 08:53 PM   #39
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Just returned from a round trip to the FROG event in Charleston, SC. Going to Charleston we averaged 15.4MPG. Drove around 60MPH with no significant winds. Returned today driving at around 70MPH, with bad headwinds, and averaged 12.5MPG. It pays to go slow but I needed to get home and re-winterize today as the temperature here will be in the mid-20's tonight!

Although I doubt it impacted my return leg MPG I'm off to the M-B dealer in the AM to get the DEF system checked out, again . I have a Check Engine Light, DEF Light (in count down mode ), and a P206E error code showing on my Scan Gauge. This is the second time the DEF system has had major issues.
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Old 03-31-2016, 01:14 AM   #40
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Upon purchase, I drove my empty Forester MBS W 3,000 mile coast to coast on I-10 to get home. As far as I could tell, 2,999 of those miles were across west Texas. My wife, who prefers to camp at The Marriott, kept asking "Why aren't there any Starbucks?" Set the cruise control at the speed limit of 80 mph for a full tank. Got 9.8 mpg. Then set it at 55 for a full tank. Got 15.0 Averaged 12.6 mpg over the whole trip which I mostly drove at 69 mph. I hope that the mileage goes up once the engine gets fully super-duper broken in.
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