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Running at 0 mpg

I got home the other night and sat in the car listening to a blog I was playing from my Blackberry (via Bluetooth to MS Sync) for a few minutes. Usually I always turn off the car as soon as I get home, even if I'm going to sit and listen to something for awhile longer.  The car was silent and I must have spaced out because I forgot to turn the car off, even after I had finished listening, and went into the house.   This was at 5pm.

Seven hours later, at 12 midnight, as I was going to bed, I heard my car running outside the window.  I looked and there she was, humming along with the headlights on!  If you leave the car on in Park for a long time it will periodically run the engine to keep the battery charged.

I ran downstairs to turn the car off. When I had gotten home earlier the "tank" average miles per gallon was 43.7 mpg. Amazingly, after running for seven hours straight, the average was only down to 39.7 mpg. I figured out that the car had burned about a half a gallon of gas while it was sitting in my driveway. Not too bad for being on for seven hours!

By the way, I use PodTrapper for Blackberry which is absolutely the best podcast player for BlackBerry!

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Reader Comments (5)

Did you leave the key in the car?

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim

That's tough.

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarpartswholesale

@Jim yes I left the car running with the key in it... hasn't happened again since those two times though.

June 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterBill Wood

well maybe your car is just too good, too silent, too smooth. That's why you did not notice its still powered.

December 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterplumbing

Another great car from Ford! I am sure that this will hit the market right on.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWheel Balancing Weights

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