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This game would normally favour me, but frustratingly my last tank included the trip to Cannock and a trip to MK, so the tank average (calculated) was over 26mpg. It did 34mpg on the way to Cannock, somehow.

My record was 9mpg average after a track day at Llandow in a 3.0 Omega.

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I got a calculated 55mpg out of the 04 audi a4 Tdi wagon last Saturday on a 400km round trip down to pick up a decent ratios T25 5speed box in deepest west Cork; I decided to go the windey  backroads through a series  small 'no mans land villages, in the hope that I might spot some aul chod in fields etc (very little spotted on that front) so I was up n down the cogs quite a bit on the bends/ narrowly avoiding flocks of lycra clad cyclist etc... it needs a service, so I was quite happy/surprised/less skint by that...

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2 hours ago, dieselassist said:

I got a calculated 55mpg out of the 04 audi a4 Tdi wagon last Saturday on a 400km round trip down to pick up a decent ratios T25 5speed box in deepest west Cork; I decided to go the windey  backroads through a series  small 'no mans land villages, in the hope that I might spot some aul chod in fields etc (very little spotted on that front) so I was up n down the cogs quite a bit on the bends/ narrowly avoiding flocks of lycra clad cyclist etc... it needs a service, so I was quite happy/surprised/less skint by that...

Is that the B6 130? I have owned a couple and they were pretty much the best relatively modern dervs I've owned - frugal, reliable and tough as old boots. Both of mu old ones are still on the road at the age of eighteen and seventeen respectively. Can't see the equivalent Ford or Vauxhall managing that. 

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...its a 115bhp BKE engine code B6; mine is a sort of irish spec semi s-line spec; colour coded lower bumpers but base level cloth interior etc; its up at 380k kms at the moment; TBH its had an intank  lift pump that I replaced with a 2nd hand unit; it has a 'every 4 to 6 months' -refuses to start at all, issue; possibly worn injectors; 2 days in the year on the day it will crank n crank n wont catch at all; draining battery's  n wont start- next day it starts on the key- no issues... I actually forget about this issue occasionally; had it plugged in but they found no faults - it had all audi service history before me with eye watering bills before I bought it for €600- previous owner used to chug it round france n Europe with no issues... its just a daily / load lugger to me; a motorised holdall for tools etc - I have broken a rear spring in it... best MPG I had was when me and the brother bought my old mans 04 skoda estate 110bhp auto - he originally bought that from BCA in blackbushe, Hampshire UK - it was possible to achieve 65 mpg in that 50mpg if you hammered it with the right foot...

I like the VAG Tdi's as the seem to largely 'look after themselves' if you bother to service them; even without regular service they seem to plod on; just all round a decent reliable daily chugger...

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When I had my W124 E200 I once did 17mpg. That doesn't sound too horrible compared to other examples here but it was a 136hp 2-litre 4-cyl petrol. Back then the engine had some issues and after I fixed it I got few extras mpg. and to think I used to drive the thing everyday... On a perfect motorway run it did about 30mpg though and the 6-cyl would've done even worse, so can't really say it wasn't enough engine for a big car.

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The only car I've ever owned that could drop to single figure mpg without caning it was my first Vauxhall Royale which had a huge 4 barrel carburettor with a sticking auto choke, but I've had a few which caused a celebration if a tankful yielded 20mpg. 

It's fun watching cars with instantaneous mpg readouts reading 3mpg during a clog to the carpet blast uphill out a motorway service station to reach 70, and then see it hit 99mpg as you lift off completely on a long downhill stretch.

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24 minutes ago, Spiny Norman said:

... and then see it hit 99mpg as you lift off completely on a long downhill stretch.

Jag don't even give you that pleasure...the readout maxes at 50 in the XJS when you're off the throttle!

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How can I take part in this? 
*looks outside, LS400 looking right back at me*
Mhmmm...LS400, me being a nightshift worker meaning 4am drive home from work on the  Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/New Duel carriageway A90 Northbound with no Speed cameras and no hidden places for mobile cameras. Yeah, I need to get that ol girl back on the road for another M6 Toll style speed run...

For now, the Abarth averaging about 200 miles a tank is best i can do fuel wise...

 

Admittedly back in 2015/16 when I'd used the LS400 as an everyday car, commuting from the city center of Aberdeen to the outskirts in evening rush hour (Night shit worker as i said) id get comically low MPG. Average of 17MPG was considered high for me then...
 

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Are we going for fuel consumption or oil consumption?  I had one of these pulse jets but fuel consumption was down to gallons per mile...

Sorry.... can't get the quote to work without embedding the video again too because this editor sucks...

I've always wanted to play (carefully!) with one of those things, they're just such a crazy bit of physics and engineering witchcraft.

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6 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

Are we going for fuel consumption or oil consumption?  I had one of these pulse jets but fuel consumption was down to gallons per mile...

Sorry.... can't get the quote to work without embedding the video again too because this editor sucks...

I've always wanted to play (carefully!) with one of those things, they're just such a crazy bit of physics and engineering witchcraft.

Someone on here has my pulsejet (mini version of V1) if you want to try a "tame" jet - 25mm open exhaust from an explosion is an interesting noise.

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