Re: JTDM MPG tips
Alright, I'll throw in a curve ball. I heard on a radio talk show recently that there is new thinking on economical driving. Previous/existing thinking backed by the likes of the IAM said that the most economical way to drive away from stationary was to apply a gentle accellerator until the desired speed was reached. Read, "Boring!"
New thinking states that an engine operates at it's most efficient when the throttle is either fully open, or fully closed, so to speak and to be honest this is how I drive a fair bit of the time. When I accelerate from slow or stationary, I apply full power and reach my intended speed as fast as possible. If you watch the instant mpg readout, you can of course get it into single figures doing this, but for a much shorter time than say managing to accellerate at 20 mpg for perhaps 4 times as long.
I'm hopefully joining the 159 ranks very soon, but all I can say for now is that I've achieved 48.0 mpg over the last 40,000 miles in a Volvo S60 2.4 5 pot. A car that is heavier than an Alfa 159 by over 100 kg. Go figure!
AROC Cotswold Section Treasurer
2002 156 2.0 Lusso . . .1976 Spider 2000 Veloce . . . 2009 159 JtdM Ti . . . 1985 90 2.5 V6 Gold Cloverleaf