Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: United Kingdom
As most agree, the car repays the second glance by owners and observers alike so we accept the fact that is is not exactly abstemious on the fuel front. For some years now, since diesel overtook unleaded in rocketing prices, I have eschewed the mpg measure and adopted the 'miles per quid' criterion. My driving is about 50/50 outer urban and open road and I'm getting about 6 miles per quid. I was only getting about 10 when fuel was on sale at around 70p per litre.
Further, the reality of town and country split has to be seen in context. My 'mixed' journeys are usually over within 35 minutes. at least half of which is absorbed in getting the lump up to economical operating temperature. Commuters, therefore, should be clear about whether they are applying correct parameters to their calculations.
One point which is worth a go for those whose driving pattern is anything like my own. I recently had to guide a follower to a function for which we were late so I gunned it a bit for about 15 mins on a dual carriageway. (Not in 6th obviously.) Apparently blue smoke was gushing out but it stopped just before we arrived. My guess is that the exhaust, perhaps the cat, was partially clogged with oil for want of a decent blow. The fuel needle seems to have slowed a bit since then. For what it's worth.