Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 10:13:26 -0700
From: "pablo" <>
Subject: Re: How is the MPG measured/estimated

The topic reminds me - does anyone else have the impression the "miles to empty" calculation in cars starts off strong as you fill the tank, and then starts to non-lineraly drop as you get into the last quarter of the fuel gauge? I just find it intertesting how, shortly after filling up, it'll also claim I can go 380-400 miles, but I'll always feel compelled to fill up after 270-300 miles when I get close to the empty mark. I think it's a psycholigical ploy to make you believe your car is very fuel-efficient in regular intervals... yet another silly conspiracy theory. But I am convinced something like that goes on. I'd be surprised if it's that I always feel compelled to drive like a maniac when starting to look for a gas station... :-) ...pablo

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