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Old 09-29-2010, 01:48 PM   #1
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Question Real World Miles Per Gallon

Hello!

I am doing some research on the 2000-2004 Boxster, as my next car.

I have read what the specs say about mpg and was wondering if I could get some real world input.

Currently I drive a 96 Firebird 3.8V6 and I am able to get about 22mpg on a 60 mile round trip daily from Los Angeles to Orange County.

From the numbers, Should I expect the same type of mpg from a Boxster? Does the S really that more fuel thirsty over the other?

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Old 09-29-2010, 05:04 PM   #2
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I have a 2000 986 S as a daily driver and I don't drive "fuel consciously", and rarely get into 6th gear. I get around 18-20 mpg city/suburb environment.
On long trips on the interstate I manage ~28-29mpg.
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Well, driving in a spirited fashion with my '06 2.7 I average 21.5 MPG on my commute with 60-70% being on back roads. On the interstate @75 MPH the OBC reads 29 MPG.
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Gentle highway= 30mpg
Average mixed driving= 22mpg
On the track= 15mpg
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:05 AM   #5
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I typically get 21-23 mpg in my 2000S. I mostly drive "spiritedly".
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:16 PM   #6
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21 mixed. I drive it hard.
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:41 PM   #7
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In my 2.5 I get about 18 around town and get this... 8 mpg at the track!

However, on the road on long trips with the cruise set at 70, I get 27 mpg.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:14 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. This is really encouraging.
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Old 10-01-2010, 03:55 AM   #9
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My 2000 S averages 20 mpg in mixed use -- 60-70% back roads/in town, 30-40% highway. All quite spirited... it is a Porsche after all.

I've never taken it on a long highway trip, so I can't give a scientific # for pure highway. Based on my average, however, I think it achieves around 25 mpg at reasonable speeds.

What I find surprising is my 1986 Carrera 3.2 achieved slightly better mpg on my commute -- in the 21 to 22 range. It was smaller, lighter, less powerful, and had narrower tires (in back) which probably explains the difference.

Then there is my commuting appliance -- civic hybrid -- average 42 mpg, but ideal weather (60's, dry, no wind) mpg is in the low 50's.
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Old 10-01-2010, 04:55 AM   #10
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This is another situation covered by the saying, "Read the fine print." The fine print says, in essence, actual mileage may vary depending on a whole lot of things.TrueDelta's Gas Mileage Survey (formerly the Fuel Economy Survey) is the only one to ask car owners about driving style, terrain, A/C use, driving speed, and other factors that can affect actual gas mileage.
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