[BiturboS4] mostly ranting

Philip Pace pjpace at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 18 12:31:14 EDT 2002

--- "John M. Harrison" <JohnMH at uwyo.edu> wrote:
> I have noticed that mine [S4] stinks more than I might expect from a new car
> bearing a windshield sticker that says "Colorado Emissions Exempt Vehicle".

I think this is because it's a four wheel drive car and most emissions tests
are designed for two wheel drive cars. Mine is exempt too, but there's still an
exhaust test that it goes through, just not the rolling test.

> What is the deal with the mileage of the S4?  Who says 17 mpg average?
> My computer always reports 20.8 mpg average.  Is this number just
> programmed in there?  It never changes.  I haven't bothered to check it
> "manually".  Gas is so artificially cheap here in the US that we really
> don't even need to care - and most of us don't.

I track mine on my PDA (see how it changes with mods, driving style, etc.). You
can too: just reset the odometer next time you get gas. Then the following
fill-up, look to see how many miles you've driven and how much gas you've used.
Divide and conquer. I find the trip computer a bit off (the same way when it
says I have zero miles left on my tank, I only put 14 gallons in the car).

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