re. factory instrumentation accuracy & mpg

Benjamin Weste Pearre bwpearre at
Mon Jan 27 10:32:13 EST 2003

I have a friend who is having a love/hate affair with his WRX.  Lovely
little car (except the transmission), and Dave loves to drive fast and
accelerate fast.  When he drove my car to A-Basin, I put the trip
computer on MPG and told him to keep an eye on it.  His reaction -
"Yeah, I know what you mean.  It's really challenging to keep it below

On Mon, Jan 27, 2003 at 11:25:33AM -0500, ben swann wrote:
> I have not had a chance to verify the on-board computer with the actual
> fillup on the '91, but Dan said it is accurate.
> I know he said it would give me the 20MPG, but I was surprized that
> there would be such a difference between my '87 QLCC chipped wagon,
> which got 28MPG (hell if I didn't leadfoot, I'd get well over 30, or
> could make it drop to 20 too) on the highway - as verified by pump
> fillups - and fully loaded.  I usually got at least low 20's around
> town, though admittedly it was lower when colder and on short trips.
> I will check the thermostat, but I find it hard to believe this would
> be effecting the fuel mileage on the car after it had been thouroughly
> warmed up.  The weather was cold(low 20s), so time will tell.
> More later.
> Thanks,
> Ben

Ben Pearre          1990 200TQA
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