Improvement in car mileage

toyota
echo
fuel-economy

#1

The caller with a Toyota Matrix in Mechanic Falls, ME says his mileage has gone up by about 20%. Could he be driving to Canada to purchase gas now? (You had a Puzzler along these lines a few years ago). SGK


#2

You can’t get to Canada from there. You’d have to go somewhere else first.


#3

Yes, you can absolutely get to Canada from Mechanic Falls, ME. It’s probably an 80 mile drive, but you can definitely get there.


#4

I think it was meant as a joke. Imagine someone saying in a Maine accent, “You can’t get there from here.”


#5

My feeling is that the first gas station was under-pumping rather than subsequent ones were being generous.


#6

Got it. A-yuh.


#7

I can hear it already!


#8

My '03 Matrix did the same thing a couple of years ago right after I put a new battery in it. The mileage went from about 36 mpg to 41 and still is at that level. Also, the car still has its factory brakes and clutch.


#9

His odometer switched to KM instead of miles. He reset it and went back to normal MPG. I can see the headline now; Mechanic Falls, economy improves.