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Good idea, but most cars have around 3 or 4 different engine options, of those, some have more HP than others, some are diesel other petrol, and there's usualy 3 different gearboxes you can get too. All of the above use different amount of fuel so if you ask me, there are way too many options/varients for anyone to work out an average. Just my opinion though :)
posted by Draigflag May 18 at 9:22 AM
Im sceptical about that. Maybe if I use all the fuel all the time, the sludge wont build up? Its only done 50,000 miles anyway.
posted by Draigflag May 3 at 7:20 AM
I let my tank almost empty itself. Two days ago the last light went out on the fuel gauge, and I got over 38 litres in, when it says in the manual that the tanksize is 35 litres!
posted by Draigflag May 2 at 11:44 PM
Oh and if the MPG'S are higher than expected, its due to a number of reasons. In Europe, I would guess that 75% of Golfs are diesel, 85% are manual transmission too. Combine that with higher emission regulations and more refined fuel, and its no wonder the fuel consumption is lower.
I think the Bluemotion Golf in Europe gets over 90 MPG.
posted by Draigflag May 1 at 3:01 PM
Top left hand corner you can switch between US or UK gallons (or others) You will see all figures adjust accoedingly
posted by Draigflag May 1 at 2:57 PM
Exactly. So back to my inital point, if there's an Audi in the US that does 60,000 a year, it might have 20 oil changes, where as an Audi in Europe doing the same miles might have 2 a year. So the same car doing the same miles might have much higher running costs etc.
posted by Draigflag April 26 at 2:54 PM
That kind of explains it a bit then. Higher emission standards and higher refined fuels in europe are a few reasons why we dont need to change our oil that often. Oh and my mistake, I meant 30,000 km which is 19,000 miles. Most modern cars younger than 4 years have service intervals at this mileage, but I think most car manufacturers recomend an oil change at least once a year anyway.
posted by Draigflag April 26 at 11:32 AM
It would be very misleading overall, some cars would cost 1000's more and people do different miles. Not to mention the wasteful Americans who seem to change thier oil every 3000 to 6000 miles, where as a super efficient European car doesnt can do 30,000 before it needs a service.
I just keep all my service receipts etc, could add them all up if I wanted to but its painful!
posted by Draigflag April 25 at 11:47 PM
It calculates the fuel you've just used over the miles you've just done. No need to keep reciepts or anything. I tend to look at the pump as I get back in the car. Then on my phone I write the litres ive just put in (has to be brimmed to do it properly) and the miles I travelled. Then I reset the oddometer to see how far the next tank will go, and repeat! Then I get home and put them in fuelly of course :)
posted by Draigflag April 23 at 12:40 PM
Oh yea, it asks for "litres used" not "litres you've just put in and you're about to use"
posted by Draigflag April 23 at 10:37 AM
You only know how much fuel you've used once its gone and you've refueled. Best thing to do is fill the tank for the first time, use the fuel (some of it or all of it, up to you) then refill the tank. Only then do you know how much fuel has been used for the miles you've travelled.
posted by Draigflag April 23 at 10:36 AM
Yes in my classic car, every time you take a sharp bend, the fuel light comes on!
posted by Draigflag April 22 at 11:38 PM
I did consider this too, mine comes on when there is 5 litres, just over a gallon left. I imagine though, as you say, unless travelling at a steady speed on a flat road, the time it comes on varies. Ive also noticed pressure in the tank can affect this. I do very low miles during the week and often have the warning light on all week! Ive noticed it can be on one day, then off the following morning which I persume is somthing to do with the pressure?
posted by Draigflag April 21 at 11:45 PM
Well vehicles are not expensive, you can get a decent car for under 1000. I bought a Classic Fiat with just 16,000 miles on the clock in mint condition for 1000.
A couple of gallons is half a tank in some cars, so its a fair amount of fuel.
posted by Draigflag April 20 at 7:47 AM
Im not suggesting there's another way, im merely stating that almost everyone I know only put a couple of gallons in at a time due to the expense. For a lot of people here filling up could cost them half a weeks wages if not more. But I do live in a rural country so wages arent especialy high.
posted by Draigflag April 19 at 5:09 PM
Im just saying, most people I know wouldnt be able to use fuelly. As said, they put a few gallons in and let it run right down. Hardly anyone fills up purely because its too expensive.
posted by Draigflag April 18 at 4:47 PM
Yes but a lot of people dont have the spare money to fill thier tanks in the first place. You're talking $120 for some cars, once the weekly outgoings have been paid, people cant afford to fill thier tanks. As said most people just put a few gallons in at a time.
posted by Draigflag April 11 at 9:48 AM
I think you should change your car. That kind of economy in this day and age is shocking. I dont think its even possible to buy a new car in the UK that does less than 40 MPG these days.
posted by Draigflag April 9 at 11:51 PM
I lived in America for 2.5 months and they are terrible drivers to be honest!
posted by Draigflag April 6 at 11:26 PM
I often wonder how shallow a life these super nerds lead to actually give a hoot this much. I mean who really gives a flying toss? A car is a car is a car as the saying goes, there are many fuels we can burn to make them move, but people get so irrate about the little details.
posted by Draigflag March 25 at 10:31 AM
May I remind you, these are NOT hybrids, just normal diesel engined cars.
posted by Draigflag March 22 at 10:30 AM
Not sure. Its from 2013 so its recent. Its probably the government figures, they never get that high in the tests.
posted by Draigflag March 17 at 10:03 AM
Im still sceptical about hybrids and electric cars. Some you have lease the battery at around $15 a week. Other you dont, but have to replace the battery every few years at a cost of $18,000!
Much better off driving a small diesel that does almost 100 MPG and a bit of clever hypermiling. I dont do that many miles these days, probably less than 10,000 a year, so even though I only get 35 MPG and fuel is $8+ a gallon, I still dont spend much on fuel.
posted by Draigflag March 6 at 11:49 PM
Thats why I quoted non hybrid cars. I only showed the Ampera as im sure someone read them and wondered what the most economical hybrid was too.
posted by Draigflag March 6 at 9:30 AM
I may add, that the most economical Hybrid car was the vaxhaul Ampera, that does 234 MPG!!!
posted by Draigflag March 5 at 1:11 PM
Are there not too many factors, the first being that there are thousands of cars on the road, to get any benefit from this?
posted by Draigflag March 2 at 1:29 PM
You can only do it once you've used all that fuel and refilled again. Otherwise how would you know how much fuel you've used.
posted by Draigflag March 2 at 1:27 PM