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Old 12-10-2009, 11:32 PM   #1
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Disappointing mileage

I have a new Subaru Outback with the H6 3.5 engine with just 900 milles on it when I picked up the 17B on Tuesday. The 130 miles to Chilliwack was moderately flat, and I recorded 25.6mpg. driving home, the mileage dropped to 19.5. I didn't expect it to be that affected. We may have had a headwind going home, or some other factors. I realize that was a very short distance to do a mileage check. It will be interesting to see if that gets any better.
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:26 AM   #2
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Re: Disappointing mileage

The numbers look right to me....those are not bad numbers...I would be happy to get 19 without towing anything!

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Old 12-11-2009, 07:20 AM   #3
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Yep, pretty much the same for me, towing the trailer through varied terrain (lots of hills) I only get about 75-80% of the fuel efficiency than without it.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:24 AM   #4
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Hi: All... Fuel mileage on a brand new vehicle is never that good. Takes at least 20,000 km's to break 'em in. Trouble is by then you'll have the trailer loaded with more STUFF!!!
My 4.3 ltr V6 Sierra pickup gets around 22-25 mpg not towing and 18.5 towin' a 5.0. Go Figure!!! Alf
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:02 AM   #5
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Re: Disappointing mileage

I actually think you're getting great mileage.. wait till you load it up and start towing up hills.. also who knows, you might even had a tail wind..
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:17 PM   #6
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Re: Disappointing mileage

So far we're getting only about 13.5 mpg towing with the Tundra (5.7L), but the truck is new and hopefully will get a little better as it breaks in.
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:24 PM   #7
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Re: Disappointing mileage

Numbers look fairly normal by my experience. 19 to 20 towing anything is pretty good.

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Old 12-11-2009, 07:46 PM   #8
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Re: Disappointing mileage

Every motor vehicle has a sweet spot where it gets the best mileage. You weren't trying to tow the trailer at the same speed you would normally drive would you? With my 2500# Scamp, being towed by a 2000 Ford F-150 that's got over 100,000 miles on the odometer, I get the best tow mileage at about 57 mph. At that speed, the mileage isn't much different than driving at non-tow speeds of 75mph.

Slow down, enjoy the scenery. It's the trip, not the destination.

If that doesn't make you feel better or help the fuel mileage, just remember you've got your "hotel" with you. The money you save by NOT checking into a hotel, you can trade for buying fuel.... and NO BED BUGS!
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:34 AM   #9
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Re: Disappointing mileage

Well, with our 2000 Subaru Outback with 2.5L 4, we got overall, city and country about 21mpg. Towing our 13'er, we get 19.8mpg. Of course, towing we slow down, 50 ish or maybe the posted truck speed. (In CA ALL vehicles towing trailers are limited to 55.)
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:32 PM   #10
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I get 13 mpg whether towing or not, it is always 13 mpg!!

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