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Not thrilled with my mpg of my Express
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I'm getting about 12mpg in the city in my 2012 4.8L Express low top. I was hoping for a couple mpg better than this.

Were my expectations too high?
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(08-12-2017, 01:09 PM)One Awesome Inch Wrote: I'm getting about 12mpg in the city in my 2012 4.8L Express low top. I was hoping for a couple mpg better than this.

Were my expectations too high?

That's about right in the city.

Are you going by the dashboard MPG readout or the actual math at the pump when filling up the tank?

If you really want an accurate readout while driving, you need to invest in an OBD2 readout like the Scangauge2.

Disclaimer: They are NOT cheap.

https://www.scangauge.com/


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Mpg readout. I could of swore Bob had a video where he purported better mpg with virtually the same van.
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Probably!

I get 16 mpg on the highway with my 2002 GMC 2500 but it's got the 5.7 in it so it's powered to handle the size of the vehicle better than the smaller enigne IMO.

I also have a very light foot on the gas and drive with a view to good gas, tire and brake mileage. Mechanics are often amazed at how many miles I get to a set of brakes... Smile

I avoid city driving as much as possible so I can't tell you what mine gets in the city. If you're driving in Vancouver during rush hour you're spending more gas idling in traffic than you're using actually getting somewhere! 2 months in and around the lower mainland has shown that to me in no uncertain terms.

Have you tried taking it out of town on a trip and checked your gas mileage for highway driving yet?

Edit to add: I don't have a dashboard read out, mine is done the old-fashioned way...gas fill-up and calculator, try it and see if the results jive!
Worry is a misuse of imagination!

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#5
Loaded or not makes a big difference, as does driving style.

If you aren't getting "hurry up" beeps from yuppie beemers when the light turns green you're wasting fuel

and free entertainment 8-)
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(08-12-2017, 01:17 PM)One Awesome Inch Wrote: Mpg readout. I could of swore Bob had a video where he purported better mpg with virtually the same van.

Just be careful on comparisons.

The condition of the van, all of its sensors, your altitude, cargo loading, the driving style, the tires, and the quality of the gas you can get all affect fuel mileage.

It is what it is....


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#7
My Dodge gets 17 plus on the highway, and averages 9 to 10 in town. I think I did actually get 14 once in town, but it does have a lot to do with driving habits. I get with the program in town as I don't want to hold people up. Your Express mpg sounds about par.
Since John61CT brought impatient Beemer drivers up, I thought you folks would get a kick out of this short 34 second video. Big Grin 
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https://youtu.be/TQxcV4lu-a4
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Is that real?

Hilarious either way.

I have no patience for impatient drivers, fie and a pox upon 'em

I also can't stand intolerant people 8-)
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Somebody said it was a clip out of a commercial, but funny nonetheless. Tongue
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Hmmm, just a thought but are you also running a/c while city driving!

If so, you're probably lucky to be getting 12 mpg with the heat wave we've been having lately!
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