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#1 Old 09-18-2006, 12:00 AM
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AVG MPG and Mystery button under Rear view mirror?

I have two questions about my 5-speed caliber...
1) I'm only getting a reading of an AVG 18 mpg or so on my car. is this normal? the car has approx 300 miles on it so far. I thouht these cars were supposed to get like 28 for the 1.8. I understand its realistically gonna be a little less than that, but to me, 18 mpg seems too low.
2) I have this weird button under my Rear View Mirror that I cannot figure out what it does lol. It looks like a power button and it has 2 green lights, one on either side of the button. When I press this weird 'power' button, only the left greed light lights up. I originally thought this was this UConnect thing that maybe I got installed in my car by accident (haha I wish), but everyone's rear view mirror that i see looks different than mine. Maybe i'm wrong? I don't know. If anyone knows whats up with that button that would be great, and also whats with my mpg? i tried reseting it and i still don't get over 20mpg.
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Re: AVG MPG and Mystery button under Rear view mirror?

btw i'm gonna feel bad if this button was disscussed earlier in the forums somewhere. i tried doing some research on here about the button and I haven't found anything. The Instruction Manual for the car only talks about a "Auto Dimming" rear view mirror or some sun shade thing. anyway, the picture looks different than my rear view mirror
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Re: AVG MPG and Mystery button under Rear view mirror?

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btw i'm gonna feel bad if this button was disscussed earlier in the forums somewhere. i tried doing some research on here about the button and I haven't found anything. The Instruction Manual for the car only talks about a "Auto Dimming" rear view mirror or some sun shade thing. anyway, the picture looks different than my rear view mirror
If it has a green light it should be the auto-dimming mirror. Green means it's auto-dimming and off is normal mode.
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Re: AVG MPG and Mystery button under Rear view mirror?

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I have two questions about my 5-speed caliber...
1) I'm only getting a reading of an AVG 18 mpg or so on my car. is this normal? the car has approx 300 miles on it so far. I thouht these cars were supposed to get like 28 for the 1.8. I understand its realistically gonna be a little less than that, but to me, 18 mpg seems too low...
It does seem a little low, especially for the 1.8.

However, and as you may have already assumed, this is another of those things that has been discussed in some previous threads here.

First of all, it seems that both mileage and performance noticeably improve during and after the Caliber's "break-in" period. Mine certainly has.

In addition, like any vehicle, your mileage may vary with driving conditions. Not only how it is driven by the operator, but local conditions as well. I average just over 20 MPG driving mostly in heavy stop-and-go tourist traffic, but 30 MPG on an "open road".

I believe some folks have noticed fuel efficiency improvement after a computer reflash involved with a TSB (technical service bulletin) and recall of certain production-run Calibers.

If I had time at the moment, I would look up some of the previous discussions about all this and provide links. However, you can easily find them with the search feature with keywords such as "mileage", etc and browsing the resulting list for the appropriate discussions.
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Re: AVG MPG and Mystery button under Rear view mirror?

I have have the 5speed but mine doesn't have the convenience package so I figure mine out manually by writing the miles on the receipt at every fill up. In the beginning I was averaging 24 city and 30 on highway but after the computer flash I had several tanks right around 17 and I am not sure why. After that it seems to go back to normal and continue to improve. Now I have 4500 miles on my car and it has gotten much better. My last highway trip I got a little over 35 MPG and my fill up last night was about 75% city and I got a littler over 28 MPG.

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Re: AVG MPG and Mystery button under Rear view mirror?

I have the same (1.8L with auto dimming rear view) and my manual doesn't even mention the auto-dimming rear view mirror once (at least not that I found). So thanks for posting, cause I was wondering what that was myself. I had assumed it was the auto dimming button, but wasn't sure.

Don't have the mileage problem though. Hope you figure it out

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Re: AVG MPG and Mystery button under Rear view mirror?

thanks for all your responses. So I guess I do in fact have the auto dimming rear view mirror, but (now I feel really stupid haha) what does it do and how does it work? one user said its on auto dim when the light is green. I haven't noticed any difference if its on or off. Anyway, I guess as the engine breaks in, i'll see better gas mileage I hope. Thanks again!
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Re: AVG MPG and Mystery button under Rear view mirror?

I'm pretty sure it's one of those things where you don't notice it working until you don't have it. Basically it senses when there is a really bright light on it (jerk behind you with high beams) and it auto tilts itself a tiny bit so the light doesn't reflect right on to your face. It doesn't do much during the day though, becaues it can't distiguish the headlights behind you from sunlight.

At least that is how I believe it works, as that is what I've noticed in my dad's Buick, which also has auto dimming headlights.
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Re: AVG MPG and Mystery button under Rear view mirror?

Well, when mine is on green it works. I noticed the first night that I got it the headlights behind me all had a greenish tint and didn't hurt my eyes. I thought hey that auto dimming thing must be working. I forgot I had it. I noticed a big difference. It was nice not to have to adjust the mirror for night and put it back for the day. Not a big deal just convenient...

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Re: AVG MPG and Mystery button under Rear view mirror?

hey, thats not cool i want auto dimming mirror
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