Category Archives: Magnum Statistics

2007 Dodge Magnum July 2001 Statistics

ACLX member carYes, I know it’s almost the end of August, and trust me, you don’t want to know. I do want to get this information on the site for comparisons sake.

I hope to get back on schedule by getting my priorities straight.

Also, since I missed June’s statistics, they are gone forever, unless I want to hand computer everything. That would take more time than I’m willing to commit to, so on with July’s.

July 2011 Statistics

Miles Driven: 3474
Average MPG: 24.872
Maximum MPG: 27.852
Minimum MPG: 21.769
Average $/Gallon: $3.586
Expenditures: $454.49

Maintenance was the normal oil and filter change plus a few car washes. I did get the tires rotated, but since I bought the tires at Discount Tire, that is provided at no additional charge.

The Michelin HydroEdge tires are still working great having hit 50,000 miles this past week. With still more the half he tread, I am looking to reach 100,000 miles before replacing them.

The zMax experiment continues with a fresh application a few weeks ago and if you watched the video, you know an update is coming soon.

A video on the spark plug change is also coming soon with continued updates as data is secured.

I did buy a tank of gasoline in Austin, Texas this week for $3.399. That is the cheapest in some time. What are you paying and where are you located. It would be interesting to compare.

Let’s be safe out there …

2007 Dodge Magnum May 2011 Statistics

P0006983Another month … another few thousand  miles. That’s the way it seems some days.

This is now the fifth report on the monthly statistics, which I began in January 2011. If you compare them to last month, you can see the differences are small, except for the gasoline price.

Inara, my Dodge Magnum, has been running fine with no issues related to the Regular Unleaded gasoline. What little sluggishness I expressed feeling last month is no worse … or better. I have begun an experiment I’ll fill you in on later in this article.

I drove a few less miles in May because of the Memorial Day weekend and a full day of jury duty cutting down two working days for the month. Body-wise, it feels like the same or more, but it is one hundred and fifty miles less.

May 2011 Statistics

Miles Driven: 2841
Average MPG: 24.435
Maximum MPG: 26.130
Minimum MPG: 21.048
Average $/Gallon: 3.806
Expenditure: 467.73

The only maintenance needed was two new replacement windshield wiper blades, which is another story. One blade was ripped and I checked the other and it was fine. I was in Target with my wife and they carried the Rain-X brand refills, so I bought one for $8.99. Within a week, (I know, I know) I noticed the other blade had a long rip. Living out in the country, the nearest O’Reilly Auto Parts is about eight miles away, so I stopped in and bought an exact match to the other refill. The difference … the O’Reilly refill cost me $12.99, four dollars more.

The moral is to buy both and buy them at Target.

zMax Micro-lubricant Experiment

After a lot of research and reading hundreds (maybe thousands) of reviews, I decided to take Carroll Shelby’s advise and try ZMax Total Engine Treatment Kit in my Magnum. I bought the kit with the fuel treatment and the engine treatment and following the instructions, added the fuel treatment Thursday morning, June 2nd. Because of the circumstances, I will add the engine treatment tomorrow morning, June 5th, per the instructions on the bottle.

Since I keep such a close check on my statistics, I wanted to try this and give a full and comprehensive report filled with facts rather than a lot of false information from people who admit they have never tried the product. After all my research, I feel confident there is nothing that will harm my fuel system or engine in either products … and it just might help.

zMax Micro-lubricant Claims

  • Increased Gas Mileage
  • Extends Engine life
  • Reduces Emmisions
  • Disperses Carbon
  • Restores Power

Because of a court case a few years back, they removed the guaranteed 10% minimum increase in mileage from their claims. If 10% were a typical number, that would represent over two miles per gallon for me. It will be interesting to see if the only claim I can easily  monitor shows a significant increase.

Gasoline Price

My average price per gallon for gasoline climbed through the month of May to $3.80. However, the last few days of May saw a decrease in gasoline prices to the $3.55 to $3.70 range, depending on location. I’ll be interested to see what the price averages on next week’s trip.

What is the price where you are? Have you seen lower prices the last week or two? Please share in the comments.

 

 

Let’s be safe out there …

2007 Dodge Magnum April 2011 Statistics

ChinaGroveCityLimitsIt seems the first of the month, any month, sneaks up on me. I’ve been working on several different projects today and just realized it was May 1st. Since time permits, here is the look at last month’s statistics. April 2011 will be a complete month on Regular Unleaded and other than sluggishness, I can’t say I’ve noticed a huge difference.

April 2011 Statistics

Miles Driven: 2994
Average MPG: 23.581
Maximum MPG: 24.924
Minimum MPG: 21.885
Average $/gallon: 3.589
Expenditure: $526.06

The first statistic I notice is how few miles I drove last month. The calendar fell with me traveling only two weeks last month and working locally the rest of the month. The next stand-out is the lowered gas mileage. The drop is over 1 mpg, which is substantial for me. This is even worse than the January numbers and I don’t have a good answer.

The Regular Unleaded didn’t have this effect last month, so I’m hard pressed to blame it solely on that this month. I think I’d rather blame it on the original spark plugs that MUST be moved to the top of my to-do list.

I’m leaning toward the E3 plugs, as I’ve mentioned before. With only six plugs, its not much more expensive, but from the test results I’ve seen, It could prove a significant improvement.

The average price for a gallon of gasoline rose another $.14/gallon in the last 30 days. In January 2011, it was $3.04, which translates to a $.54/gallon increase.

There you have another month from the heart of Texas.

Be safe out there.

2007 Dodge Magnum March 2011 Statistics

March was an interesting month for me and Inara, my Dodge Magnum. On March 10th, I filled up with 87 octane Regular Unleaded gasoline instead of my usual 89 octane Mid-Grade. With the advent of the huge increase in gasoline prices, it seemed like an appropriate time to test Inara on less octane.

March 2011 Statistics

Miles Driven: 4284 miles
Average MPG: 24.874
Maximum MPG: 27.546
Minimum MPG: 22.700
Average $/gallon: $3.449
Expenditure: $656.42

A quick update on running Regular Unleaded

 

Again, the total expenditure includes more than gasoline. It covers car washes, oil changes, etc.. As you can see, the average price of gas was up $0.31/gallon and that increase is deceptive. The February gas price was all Mid-Grade and most of March’s was Regular. Mid-Grade was up over $0.50/gallon in those same few weeks.

You’ll notice the gas mileage is up almost .5 mpg even with switching over to Regular Unleaded. I’m surprised by this statistic, but pleasantly pleased.

2007 Dodge Magnum February 2011 Statistics

Beginning in January, this is the second installment of statistics for my 2007 Dodge Magnum. The month of February 2011 has my Dodge Magnum with 154,000 miles on the odometer. I didn’t drive quite a many miles as normal, but with it being a short month, it is enough.

Miles Driven: 3094 miles
Average MPG: 24.446
Maximum MPG: 25.803
Minimum MPG: 22.746
Average $/gallon: 3.136
Expenditure: $481.76

The total miles is 800 less than in January, but the average MPG is up .5MPG. The bad part is that the monthly average gas price rose $.09/gallon.

There are dozens more statistics available from the program I use, aCar, but that would just bore everyone.