Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sixty Miles per gallon highway!

Jumper one started freaking out on me a few weeks ago, so I took her into Firestone and had them do a pretty decent overhaul/upgrade. Nearly a grand later she was purring like a new born kitten again. They didn't look at the battery connections, which landed me in a bit of trouble last week. Battery hadn't been charging and when I went out to start her up, grrr, grrr, click, click, click. Oy!

Today was almost spring like, so I pulled those connections today, cleaned them pretty completely and replaced them. I was going to wait till one of my neighbors came home and get a jump, but then decided I'd try it myself with just Reiki. She came right up, and I figured okay, take her out for a run so I could get the battery good and charged up. It was a nice day for a drive, and I'd really not seen what the new highway mileage was since the upgrades, so I set course for Dayton and ran her up and back.

61.2 Miles per gallon highway with just me in the car doing 70. Woot! I think a camping trip in Colorado is in my near future. Spring time in the Rockies? Hello, it's me! Seventy five dollars in gas to get to Colorado and back, to spend some time in my mountains isn't such a high price to pay! Who knows, maybe I'll be really crazy and make it a bit longer trip and head out to Muir Woods and Napa for a little bit, with a stop in CO of course.

Time will tell.

All in all, not a bad day, and really nice mileage from a ten year old car with 82,000 miles on it.


Anonymous said...

I don't know what kind of car you have, but I need one of those!

alan said...

Sounds like you're ready for summer!

Glad to have you pop up, I was beginning to worry!


Samantha said...

Jumper One is a 1999 Forest Green, Kia, Sephia. Great car. It has taken really good care of me, and I of it. Despite the fact that it will be officially ten years since I bought it new in July of 1999, it's still in great shape.

Ready for summer, oh yeah, I'm so ready! Just have to throw the cooler and gas grill in the trunk and I'll be good to go!

Didn't mean to be a cause for concern, just been kinda wrapped up in other things, and well time slips away from me.