All this talk of good MPG figures (relatively).
I get 22 on the daily commute in London. How can I do better? I can't afford max attack for more than quick overtaking.
What are the things (on the car) that have the potential to consume / save petrol and how can they be checked?
I love my V6 but if it's drinking too much, I'd wanna know what could be done. Any ideas?
Like I mentioned earlier, the cooling system (radiator/thermostat have to be tip top or economy starts to suffer badly. It should be around 85-90 degrees within at most ten minutes of steady driving.
Engine braking helps a hell of a lot in traffic. Most modern engines don't use any fuel when doing this, they return it to the tank... Only when you press the clutch in, press the accelerator, ticking over or in neutral will it use fuel...
Avoid braking as much as you can (safely obviously), use your gears to slow down gradually through the box and you will get 5mpg extra easily.
Keep the revs below 3000 rpm in town driving and you will gain even more MPG... You will be (off cam) so the engine ECU will be in economy mode.
Don't let the engine tick over for more than 1 minute... Most modern engines will use a lot less fuel while driving normally when cold and they warm up to temperature a lot quicker than standing idling.
Do a test run on your journey and time the traffic lights so next time you know where you can switch off and wait to start up again. It's an urban myth that this uses extra fuel when restarting, thats only when cold and old non-injection/ choke fed cars.
Avoid pressing the accelerator when you are starting the car. You use 4 times the fuel at 2000rpm when cold than you would when it is warmed up and blipping the throttle to 4000rpm.
Get it remapped if you do a lot of town driving.... It has the benefits of better fuel economy and better overall performance albeit not as dramatic as a JTD remap would.... It will pay for itself in six month of fuel savings
Hope this helps mate... A lot of common sense but we all forget the easy stuff when it comes to owning a Busso that sounds so good
I know I do