Custom Discovery Roof Rack
August, 2012 - Sierra Backpacking
July 22nd, 2012 - Hiking in Santa Barbara
July 15th, 2012 - Valley of Fire
May 5th, 2012 - Afton Canyon
April 28th, 2012 - Devils Playground
Convict Creek Trail
January 2012 - Mustangs
January 3rd, 2012 - Heart Lake
August 7th, 2011 - Kelso Dunes
August 5th, 2011 - Lundy Canyon Hike
August 2011, Mammoth Archery
Birds in the garden
June 4th, 2011 - San Gorgonio
May 29th, 2011 - Sequoia National Forest
April 23rd, 2011 - Living Desert
April 2nd, 2011 - Death Valley
March 8th, 2011 - Mountain Palm Springs
February 13th, 2011 - Iron Smelt
November 13th, 2010 - Mojave
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September, 2010 - Mammoth
September, 2010 - Duck Lake Trail Backpacking
Iron bloom forging
August 28th, 2010 - Mt. San Jacinto
OSM Import: US Designated Wilderness
July 25th, 2010 - Mojave Mustangs
July 17th, 2010 - Mojave Exploration
Bloomery furnace iron smelting
Open Street Map: Mojave Project
June 13th, 2010 - Mojave
June 6th, 2010 - El Cajon Trails
Wolf Mountain Sanctuary
March 28th, 2010 - Salton Sea
March 21st, 2010 - South Main Divide
March 13th, 2010 - Anza Borrego Wildflowers
March 7th, 2010 - CSULB Japanese Garden
February 2010 - Mammoth
Dakota and Asha Celebrate Christmas, 2009
November 21st, 2009 - Mojave Road
November 14th, 2009 - Anza Borrego
Exploring The East Mojave: The Afton Canyon Area
Broken flex plate
Remote Image Serving
Astro/night photography in Inyo National Forest
Wild Mustang Sightings
September 26th, 2009 - Night Photography In Frazier Park
August 15th, 2009 - Catalina dive trip
January 24th, 2009 - Mojave Exploration
July 2008 Mammoth Vacation
President Barack Obama!
April 12th, 2008 - Wildflowers and Landmarks
My Grandfather's Alfa Romeo Spider
March 8th, 2008 - Carrizo Plain
Bridge To Nowhere
October 20th, 2007 - Big Bear Camping
October 22nd, 2007 - Fire
Scottish Highlands, Aug 7th, 2006
Scottish Highlands, Aug 6th, 2006
August 5th, 2007 - Duck Lake Trail
May 26th, 2007 - Kelso Dunes
Culloden Battlefield, Aug 5th, 2006
May 20th, 2006 - Irwindale Renaissance Faire
Edinburgh, Aug 4th, 2006
The Clifs of Moher, Aug 3rd, 2006
The Burren, Aug 2nd, 2006
Bunratty Castle, Aug 1st, 2006
May 5th, 2007 - Mojave
Truck Audio/Data Network
2007 - Master Bath Remodel
The Ring of Kerry, Jul 31st, 2006
Victory in 2006!
Blarney and Killarney, Jul 30th, 2006
Dublin and Cork, Jul 29th, 2006
Dublin, Jul 27th & 28th, 2006
What Can I Do?
April 30th, 2006 - Anza Borrego
New desktop: Intel 805 D
Jan 7th and 14th, 2006 - Hiking
Whiting Ranch Hiking
Digital Photography with Linux
September 5th, 2005 - Living Desert
August 19th, 2005 - Mammoth
Hiking and Photography
July 30th, 2005 - Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
Death, Fright and Photography
May 14th, 2005 - Red Rock
April 2nd, 2005 - Death Valley
Count Every Vote Act of 2005
Linear Logic ScanGuage
November 6, 2004 - Mojave
Super Tuesday, 2004
Canon A80 Camera
Jul 25, 2004 - Death Valley
May 4th, 2004
Landscaping - My Front Slope
Stump Pullin' Yeeee Haw!
Feb 22nd, 2004
Feb 16th, 2004
PostgreSQL Logfile Analysis
Mountains? Desert? Jan 30th, 2004
Jan 28th, 2004
Ceiling Cargo Basket
Front Bumper Version 2
Land Rover Valve Jobs
The Matrix: Revolutions
Greg Davis CDL Linkage
Mom's Turkey Gravy
Julian Pie Company
The KB1DIG 2-meter Halo Antenna
Gardening is hard!
Aug 13th, 2003
SQL and Perl
Jul 9th, 2003
Jun 17th, 2003
Some People's Comments
Dakota is a silly dog
The Matrix: Reloaded
Chris' Stage Bottle Harness
April 23rd, 2003
DVD Burning Under Linux
My Satellite Phone
My Near-Death Experience
Laser Cannon Revival
Front Bumper, Version 2
KPC 3 Plus and HTX-252
Moving, moving moving...
New new house
In Truck Dr. Pepper
My Favorite Toilet
Late Thoughts: Dr. Pepper Cooler
265/75-R16 Tires on a DII
George W. Bush
Horses Sep 14 2002
August 17th Yukon Dives
My Custom Front Bumper
Bracketless, Renamable Links
Jul 28 2002 Day Trip
Jedi Group, my T1 and money
A Bumperless Discovery!
My Custom Rear Bumper
Vanessa's 24th Birthday
Jun 30th Dive to Long Beach Canyon
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240 Watt CO2 Laser Cannon
The Tulsa Rib Company
The quality of hard disks these days
Email notification of articles
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erikburrows.com source code
Renisance Faire Jun 9, 2002
Computers hate me, and it is mutual.
Star Wars Sucks!
Horses, Jun 1, 2002
Land Rover Mileage
Insomnia, Robin goes evil.
100 Watt Diode Laser Test Firing 1
2001: A Space Odyssey
TDI Deco Class
Horses, Apr 30, 2002
My Truck Batteries
The Zope Bible
100 Watt Diode Laser
The New www.erikburrows.com
Hunter the Kitty
Matts Desert Pics
|Land Rover Mileage -   2002/05/30||Viewed 60 times this month, last update: 2008/12/28|
|Land Rover's are not made for economy. I didn't think they were when I bought
mine, and I am not on a quest to make My Truck economic. However, how many
gallons of fuel per mile (MPG) it burns is of concern to me, because the better
it is, the farther out into the desert I can go without having to turn arround
and go get more gas.|
So, I have been tracking how many miles I get to
a tank, and how much gas I put in to fill it up. From this, I can compute the
average MPG of that tankfull. Then, I put all those values into gnuplot, to
generate the graph here:
gnuplot is very nifty, in one line of code, it read all my data points, plotted
them, drew an average line, and labled everything.
Legend: The X axis is the odometer reading at the time of that tank filling, and
the Y axis is the average MPG of the previous tankful.
As you can see, I get between 10.5 and 15 miles per gallon, depending on the
type of driving I'm doing. Thankfully at least, this graph does not confirm my
fear that my MPG is decreasing.
Pretty steadily over the last three months, my milage as been increasing! I've been actually driving it a little harder, and with it in 3rd gear in the city more. Not what I would have expected, but good none the less!
Uh, no. It's solid as a rock. 12.5 Miles/gallon. I think the third gear stuff lowered it about 1/4 MPG, so I'm not doing that any more. We'll see what the new bumper does to it.
The new bumper didn't do a damn thing to the MPG. Also, I started changing the oil avery 1500 miles instead of 3000, and that doesn't seem to have done anything either.
All of this analysis doesn't mean that the truck gets 12.5 MPG no matter what it does, as it gets substantially better on the highway (up to 16.5!) and substantially worse in the city (probably less than 10) but I almost always drive a mix, and the average just stays the same. At least no one can say it's inconsistant!
Well, the new average is just about 13.5, which is one mile-per-gallon better than a year ago. I attribute this to putting Mobile 1 oil in the crank-case.
You can see the dramatic decrease in mileage due to my valve stick problem. Doing good before that though!
New engine, and lots of long-distance commuting...
Today I set a personal best: 400 miles on one tank, with 3.5 gallons left in the tank when I stopped. That works out to 18.5 MPG, with a theoretical maximum of 462 miles. The trip was from Livermore, CA to Lake Forest. Nice, flat highway at 60 MPH. It actually could be better, since the trip included going up the grapevine, and getting stuck in 50 minutes of bumper-to-bumper traffic, so I'd say the absolute best could be 19 MPG.
Michael (2002-05-31): Both interesting and impressive! Hey, I bought "your book" today -- finally found a copy. I liked the Acknowledgements section where it says...
"...particularly: Erik Burrows, who wrote a phenomenal chapter on RDBMS integration (Chapter 12)..."
Good job, Erik! ;) Now, how can I get you to autograph it for me?
Erik (2002-05-31): I didn't even know they put that acknowledgements section in
there! Thanks! Um, autograph... Really? Give me a buzz, and
I'll take you to dinner.
Kurt Monkey (2004-04-18): Ok, I have to admit the your graph was very understandable, even for the car illiterates like myself. But what else is great about the vehicle other than consistancy and desert driving. And why don't you take everyone to dinner? Cheer:)
I am really thinking about purchasing a Land Rover but I'm a first time buyer and unfortunately, like so many other things in our society, I go a lot by appearance.
Erik (2004-04-19): I love my truck. It can go anywhere, is very comfortable, and looks great. Plus: I like to differentiate myself from the poser kids in my area who think an off-road machine is a $5000 pickup with four foot tall tires.
carol (2005-03-11): can i use a lower octane 89 in a 1999 discovery
Erik (2005-03-11): Carol, you can, but it'll end up costing you more in the long run. Your fuel economy will go down, and you'll greatly reduce the amount of time until you need a valve job, which runs about $2000. You'd have to save an awful lot on gas to make it worth it.