RFC: proposal for mandatory/copy & paste fuel economy questionnaire As I posted at http://priuschat.com/forums/priusch...n-people-post-fuel-economy-requests-help.html, I'd gotten annoyed sometimes by people posting fuel economy complaints/requests for help (e.g. "Help, I'm getting 38 mpg") w/scant details, frequently from new users, sometimes to be never heard from again. Sometimes we're left guessing and spending a lot of time going back/forth w/the OP which isn't all that productive, esp. if the OP never returns. Danny's willing to put up a sticky and a notice for newbies who post to fuel economy forums asking for help. The purpose of this thread is to get comments, improvements, word smith, etc. on the set of questions that the user should copy, paste and answer so that we always have a decent starting point. In the past, it always seemed like I/we were asking a lot of the same basic questions. I don't wish to make it WAY too burdensome on the poster but also don't want to make the form lack certain essentials. Even "don't know" answers tire pressure and oil level lets us tell the OP he/she should check it. I welcome the discussion. IMHO, too many questions can be almost as bad as not enough. If I've left something out or if you think it should be left out of the initial questions, I'm all ears. I realize my questions are somewhat US-centric, but I think a non-US poster should be intelligent enough to post the rating given by the EPA equivalent in their country. Proposed questions: - What region/state are you in? (if not already set by the user) - What fuel economy are you getting and how are you determining fuel economy? (trip computer or manual calculations) - What fuel economy are you expecting and why? - Make, model, year, engine and transmission of previous car? (e.g. 08 Honda Civic Si 2.0L 4 cylinder, manual transmission) What was its EPA rating and what did you get on the same trips/commute? (EPA ratings can be found at www.fueleconomy.gov.) - What are your tire pressures? - What are the approximate outside air temps? - How long are your trips? - How much of it is city vs. highway? Roughly what's the average speed in overall and and of each segment? Is there a lot of stop and go driving? - What's the terrain like of your drives? (e.g. flat, gentle hills, steep hills, etc.) - How are you trying to drive (e.g. trying to stay in electric only?) and how hard are you braking? - What modes are you using, if any? "normal", EV, power, eco? - Are you "warming up" the ICE (internal combustion engine) by letting it idle after powering on? - Are you driving using D or B mode? - Is your oil overfilled? (i.e. above the full mark on the dipstick) - HVAC settings? Are you using the heater, AC, auto mode, etc.? If using auto, what temp is it set to? - Are you using the factory tires and wheels? If not, please indicate tire make, model and size (e.g. Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max 185/65R15). - If reporting a mileage drop, did anything significant change on your car (e.g. accident, hit a curb or big pothole throwing off alignment, oil change/other maintenance/repairs, changed tires or wheels, etc.) or your commute? We can probably assume that most people posting such queries aren't blocking their grille nor using engine block heaters, yet so I doubt we need to ask that. Alignment can't be checked at home and potentially costs money, so I don't think it's worth asking initially.