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: Trip Range and Dash Fuel Gauge


PlatXLR04
08-19-2004, 12:54 PM
Today I punched the range option on my XLR which indicated a range of 78 miles yet my dash dial indicated almost 3/4 full tank. Has anyone had calibration problems between the two? Is there a reset process? What is the max range for the car with a full tank of gas? The car is new and has 200 miles on it. Thanks!

Quixotic
08-19-2004, 12:57 PM
I've had no problems with the range feature. It is my default setting on the panel. My only complaint is that occasionally it goes back to the odometer and I have to re-set it back to range.

Dadonator
08-19-2004, 02:02 PM
Get used to single digit gas mileage (if you drive like I do :-) . Best "highway" range has been about 250 miles per tank for my Feb XLR.

At 4,000 miles my engine's barely broken in. Your mileage may improve once your engine is broken in.

Also, the range should reset every time you fill the tank, but if you were standing in traffic for an hour before the fill up, the computer will calculate 4 mpg (guess) until you've driven a while at a better mpg. I have seen the number go up very slowly when switching from city to highway driving.

aviator
08-23-2004, 10:17 AM
First road trip in our XLR from Houston to Dallas and back on I-45.

We traveled to Dallas this weekend to visit son, daughter-in-law and 14 month old grandson. Son works for BMW and arranged for an "at cost" deal to have Invisishield put on the XLR's nose, headlights and foglights.

Being paranoid about picking up a stone, I set the adaptive cruise at 73 on the way up, and basically got passed by everyone on the road. Virtually no braking, or speed adjustments - just steady state cruise. Fuel consumption was an almost incredible 24.6 MPG!

On the way back south, I was feeling more courageous. I set the Adaptive cruise for a more agressive 86 mph, and one lonely stretch hit 110. Rock solid tracking, the Bride scarcely noticed the speed change. Fuel consumption on average for the return was 22.3 mpg!!

When the XLR pulled into the BMW dealer, the showrooms emptied out to come see it. No one was looking at that new 645i convertible.

Very, very :cool

mswaim
08-23-2004, 10:30 AM
I checked my mileage again this weekend driving from the Central Valley to Carmel. Pretty good mix of highway, stop and go plus climbing the hills over to the coast. Average was right at 21.8 mpg

aviator
08-23-2004, 10:47 AM
I got a similar "Low Range" indication immediately after a fill up on Saturday. After filling my tank, I reset the mileage indicator and pulled out on the street.
I was unhappily met by traffic that was completely stopped, where I sat for 10 minutes, gnashing my teeth.

Frustrated, I looked down and saw "Low Range" and thought about this thread.

I knew that engineering degree would come in handy some day! You see, 0 mpg times 20 gal equals 0 miles. That would be "Low Range". Once we got in motion the range feature straightened out. :yesnod

aviator

BUDSVET
08-23-2004, 11:05 AM
Don't understand why your Xlr's are getting such low gas milage. Mine recently got 31.7 mpg My average for a 12,000 trip was 26.8 my driving speed was any where from 152mph to average of 78 mph. no tickets. no brake squeal, no top problems, guess I've got a lemon. I also put a Invisishield on mine before the trip. got plenty of bugs, but no rock chips. mine was costly, about $250.00 and a six pack of beer. well worth it.

aviator
08-23-2004, 11:38 AM
Fuel consumption is affeced by a variety of factors. BUDSVET you probably have the best indication of an overall road mileage indication over a variety of terrain and altitudes. I am very impressed with the fuel consumption on my XLR.

Ultimately the calculation is miles driven divided by gallons used. If Dadonator is really getting 9 mpg in NYC, it is probably because he's driving 10 mph, stop and go, light to light, with lots of stops.

A guy at 5000 feet in Denver or even higher in the Rockies is just going to get worse mileage than I am at sea level (less O2 up there).

I would say your XLR is not a lemon, amigo. :thumbs Glad you like the Invisishield. You got a better deal than I did. Mine was $650, and no six-pack. They did a portion of the hood, fenders, front end, front bumper, headlights, fog lights, mirrors and the trailing edge of the wheel wells.

PlatXLR04
08-23-2004, 11:47 AM
Thanks and got the math - I just used the first tank and refilled last night - the range issue apparently has corrected itself - I no longer have a full tank w/a 75 mile range. Thanks!!

fredw
08-23-2004, 12:10 PM
the "range" is calculated based on the Avg. Mpg, when you reset the avg. mpg the system does not have enough "data" to calculate a good range. If you have been doing a lot of city driving and your overall mpg is low, the range will be lower...

1_XLR
08-23-2004, 01:09 PM
you guys make me :puke

I'm avg 13.8 :cry

aviator
08-23-2004, 01:34 PM
Fill up, reset the mileage indicator, set the adaptive cruise control, and put that puppy on the 5, headed towards La Jolla. I'll bet the mileage improves.

If nothing else, it'll get your head right. :thumbs

1_XLR
08-23-2004, 03:30 PM
Great advice :rolleyes but Too much stop- n-go on I-5 :nono

how about 101 north :cool ...if I make it to Pebble Beach on 2 tanks.....
who cares about the MPG???? :thumbs

fill up, reset, cc, main squeeze, top down, hack code, see ya! :seeya

aviator
08-23-2004, 04:37 PM
Now you've got it! :seeya In Pebble Beach you might be able to hook up with mswaim, and take a pic of both of those Crimson Pearl rides.

Now THAT would attract some attention, guys.

PlatXLR04
08-23-2004, 06:48 PM
How about a cruise from San Diego, New Port Beach, through Costa Mesa and over to LA? Take a ferry with the XLR over to Catalina Island as well!! Cool stuff! :thumbs

mswaim
08-23-2004, 09:11 PM
Anyone who is willing to make the road trip to Carmel is in store for the best meal the town has to offer on me! It will be worth it to park two or more XLR's on Ocean Blvd. :cheers :thumbs

Quixotic
08-24-2004, 11:11 AM
Taking a ferry to Catalina sounds fantastic. No traffic, ocean views everywhere you drive, perfect weather... I've lived in SoCal my who life, been to Catalina countless times and never thought of doing that. Have you even done it? I thought they restrict cars to residents there. If not, book me a hotel room and a spot on the ferry!

Dadonator
08-24-2004, 11:26 AM
Hey, what's invisishield?

1_XLR
08-24-2004, 11:30 AM
I'm a So Cal native too and never heard of taking the car to Catalina.
I'd double check the advice from Bucks County PA before you book that hotel ;)
I need more open road than that anyway....Carmels the ticket! :thumbs

PlatXLR04
08-24-2004, 12:32 PM
Ha! I thought I would get you Cali's going with that! No, only took the cat from Newport Beach over there - never a car but I bet it would be wonderful if you could do that. I get out to Cali once a month on business and have done the catalina run a few times. Who knows might be a retirement gig ... boats and XLR's...hmm sounds pretty good to me!!!! :thumbs :D :thumbs

mswaim
08-24-2004, 12:49 PM
Sounds to me like with a little planning we could put together a "convoy" of XLR's for a little Highway 1 cruise and lunch in Carmel (or another coastal spot of mutual agreement). There are some nice places further south of Carmel that would help split the difference.

aviator
08-24-2004, 01:10 PM
Under a thread entitled "Paint and Headlight Protection" in the Technical Discussion forum there is some information.

Basically, the product is manufactured by 3M and is a thin clear adhesive poly that is installed as a covering for "high risk" surfaces. It is resilient and prevents damage to painted surfaces, and headlights. It's like a clear "bra". Typicaly put on many brands of high end sports cars.

It is marketed under several brandnames, but the one I've heard mostly about in my locale is Invisishield. Info at -

http://www.sysmatrix.net/~bum/products.htm

After having it installed on our XLR, I believe there is considerable art involved in its application. Make sure you find an experienced technician to put it on. Your maximum risk is that your just peel it off

Look what I started!?! You west coast guys are making me crazy! :crazy
What is needed is a "Fantasy Drives" thread. You dont have to hit me with a pipe wrench.... http://www.xlrforum.com/showthread.php?t=565

fredw
08-24-2004, 02:57 PM
I'm in.. when't the cruise.. mswaim's going to have a big bill. I'm crimson pearl too... is that three now?

mswaim
08-24-2004, 04:38 PM
For those of you thinking of joining me in Carmel, here's a little souvenir I picked up the other day.................

1_XLR
08-24-2004, 05:09 PM
yep, I'm in :thumbs
Carmel I'll need to make a whole weekend out of though.
Somewhere around Morro Bay we could do in a day

Think we can get Quixotic to join us?
You know how stuffy those Neiman Marcus types can be.
Can't be seen hanging out at the beach 3 crimson pearls

:jester :jester :jester :angel

mswaim
08-24-2004, 05:12 PM
Morro Bay would be okay with me, I don't know the area real well but I'm sure we can figure it out.

1_XLR
08-24-2004, 05:27 PM
not so fast....I'm not against burning up a weekend in Carmel either!!!
It just may be harder to cordinate with more people.
So let me begin the cordinatination effort by saying I leave for Cancun this Friday for 12 days and would be good to go anytime after labor day weekend.....
hope the invite stays open! :cheers

PlatXLR04
08-24-2004, 06:49 PM
Well let me know when this road trip will be scheduled - not sure I can get my XLR out to Cali but I can borrow my buddies BMW Z8 to join in!! (I can bring pics of the XLR as well :jester )

1_XLR
08-25-2004, 01:58 PM
wow!!....too bad we couldn't get our trip planned around this :cry




http://autos.msn.com/as/minishow/default.aspx?s=pebble2004&src=minishow

Quixotic
08-25-2004, 02:52 PM
Well, I've always wanted to visit Pismo Beach... not so far North as Carmel.

aviator
08-25-2004, 03:55 PM
...three Crimson Pearls, an Ultraviolet and a Z8 with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.

Geez, I hope you guys send me a picture. :cry

1_XLR
08-25-2004, 03:56 PM
Wow!! now you're talking about really slumming it!!
burgers, biker bars and motel 6....and miles of sand dunes

I used to spend a lot of time there with the sand toys
riding, racing, camping, drinking, drinking, oh, and drinking
:cheers :cheers :cheers :cheers :cheers :cheers
It's a GREAT town, but thats a different trip all together

Haven't been there for a few years, but I don't recall anyplace I would
feel comfortable leaving my XLR outside while I went in to eat :nono
But in all fairness, that's not what I was ever looking for in Pismo

mswaim
08-25-2004, 07:39 PM
wow!!....too bad we couldn't get our trip planned around this :cry




http://autos.msn.com/as/minishow/default.aspx?s=pebble2004&src=minishow



I was there (well, for part of it anyway). I posted some comments last week. It was awesome, the cars were just starting to roll in to town. Most trailer their cars in, however on the Thursday/Friday preceeding the weekend show/auction many of the "driven" cars are allowed to park on Ocean Blvd. for a really cool street show.

mswaim
08-25-2004, 07:42 PM
not so fast....I'm not against burning up a weekend in Carmel either!!!
It just may be harder to cordinate with more people.
So let me begin the cordinatination effort by saying I leave for Cancun this Friday for 12 days and would be good to go anytime after labor day weekend.....
hope the invite stays open! :cheers


Excellent! Doris and I will be away on a Mexican Riviera cruise beginning October 2nd, returning on the 12th. After that we are available.

If we shoot far enough out I can work up a hotel package for those who are interested. On most weekends, hotels/motels in the city of Carmel have a 2 night minimum stay, however if you shoot for a weekday meet, we can get by with a one night stay and a decent rate................

Cali XLR
09-21-2004, 12:01 AM
I've been reading this forum for a few months waiting for my 2005...it's comforting to know there are some really smart people to fix these issues. Up until now, I didn't realize so many of you live here in California too. Since everyone is running out of things to complain about it's time to just enjoy the XLR and a road trip to Carmel is just the ticket to break in the car.....unless you guys already did it. Let me know and I'll catch the next one.

mark

motorboat
09-21-2004, 06:48 AM
Mark,

As you may know more people will write when something goes wrong then when something goes right.
The age old thing: "You will tell 10 people if its bad but only 1 if its good."

That is why I think most are writing about the things that are going wrong with there cars but not what they like about them.

This is a great forum for both. The car is so new not everyone knows everthing about it yet so here we can talk about anything and get most of our answers.

I am still enjoying my car and have NOT had one problem in the 5200 miles I have on it to date. Enjoy your new ride!!!!!

Blaise :seeya

1_XLR
09-21-2004, 08:43 AM
I've had the brake problem, power steering resivor leekers,
CELs, and some squeeks and rattles......and I've complained! :nopity

But NEVER would I EVER consider not owning this car!!

I accept that in owning something most people don't,
there may be some issues to work through, I knew that going in.

No regrets on my part :nono

This car is still 100x more than I ever dreamed it could be
I've added tires/wheels, cat back/headers, window tint,
and have lots more plans in store for it!! :cool

aviator
09-21-2004, 06:39 PM
I've had the brake problem, power steering resivor leekers,
CELs, and some squeeks and rattles......and I've complained! :nopity

But NEVER would I EVER consider not owning this car!!

...

This car is still 100x more than I ever dreamed it could be
I've added tires/wheels, cat back/headers, window tint,
and have lots more plans in store for it!! :cool

Mega Dittoes! I'm with you. The car is an engineering and aesthetic marvel.
:thumbs :iagree :thumbs :iagree :thumbs

Robin
09-21-2004, 10:30 PM
Mark

Even with the on going Gear Oil Leak. I would BUY another XLR in Nano Second.