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Old 09-11-2013, 01:59 AM   #11
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There aren't any stock gas or diesel vehicles that can do 40 mpg at 75 mph.
My BMW does 40mpg @ 90mph and about 50mpg @ 65mph. I believe it's because of the efficient diesel engine and the low aerodynamic drag coefficient. The undercarriage of the car is almost completely flat, except for the wheel arches and the rear end where the rear muffler comes out. The grille is blocked by something similar to window blinds that automatically opens if the engine needs to be cooled. I think the Cv overall is very low for the body for a normal looking car.

This is with an automatic transmission. There is an EDE (Efficient Dynamics Edition) with only a manual high geared transmission that does even better.

They're not sold in the US though.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:50 AM   #12
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We are getting the 328d, which I think is the 320d overseas. It gets 45+mpg highway on the EPA.
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The new 2014 Audi TDI's are comfortable, and will crush the EPA ratings on the highway. I just spent the weekend driving one on a cross country road trip.
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The new 2014 Audi TDI's are comfortable, and will crush the EPA ratings on the highway. I just spent the weekend driving one on a cross country road trip.
A 2014 Audi A6 TDI starts at $58,395 so if you got an older model Honda or even a new fuel efficient car priced in the $20K the other $40K you saved would buy a lot of gas.
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Yes, that is true, but it is a vehicle that can easily do incredible numbers on the highway with the a/c on. I know that for a fact.
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Naturally one would conlcude the Passat isn't bad either: Couple gets 84 mpg in Passat diesel on real roads
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I had a 1991 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L 4 cylinder and 5 speed manual that would get 35 mpg at 60-65 mph, but would get 42 mpg at 80 mph. I used to know several others that got similar results as I had at similar speeds.

Come to find out, the 2.2L motor and 5 speed combo sits right at peak torque when cruising at 80 mph (2700 rpm or so).

The 3.1L V6 doesn't get as good of fuel economy at those speeds, but is still in the mid 30s which is still pretty good.
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Its interesting to have that much of a difference. Even though the engine is operating at peak torque, I would have guessed that you were just giving all the extra efficiency to the wind in drag.
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This car does.

I just added this to my site as one of the "Testimonies" to keep in mind. I am new to this but am looking for proof that our cars are woefully inefficient and that inefficiency has been shelved by car producers and oil companies...Once I know this for a fact...maybe I can inspire others to act with the knowledge. I will be trying things on my personal vehicle but what we really need is a national uprising
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Car manufacturers only make cars people are willing to buy. As long as the cost of petrol is a fraction of the total running costs of a new car nobody is going to care unless money is not an issue or the environment (ecology=long term economy) is more important on a personal level.
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