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I know there have been other posts on the topic of fuel economy but...
..I purchased a 55 plate 1.6 tdci (110) ghia with 74,000 miles on the clock, just three days ago.
Very happy with most aspects of the car having previously owned a 2000 1.8 tdci version.
However the fuel economy side of things is worring me a bit, well a lot actually.
I filled the tank up on Saturday night in Cheltenham before my return journey to North Norfolk on Sunday morning.
After filling up with fuel the average mpg was 55 and yet the distance to empty was reading 454miles.
Working on the basis that the tank holds 52 litres or 11.8 gallons then the distance to empty should be more like 650 miles, surely??
I know the distance to empty can be a bit on the cautious side but can it really be 200miles cautious?
For the sake of a test I reset the counters and on my return journey, mainly motorways, duals, and A-roads, the average was 57mpg, with an average speed of 52mph (had a couple of convenience stops!). Yet the distance to empty still was still true to the 454miles it gave me when I filled up. Suprising given I drove very effeciently at about 68mph whenever I could. [b]Would one not expect higher mpg on this kind of journey and driving?[/b]
If the fuel warning light comes on with 50miles to empty then on a full tank of fuel driving as described above I will have to refill at 400miles!
[b]Is this what other owners are getting?[/b]
Is it me or do the figures just not add up here? If I have cocked up my maths then big red face and apologies
FYI: the car has four brand new tyres, (pressures are OK), new air and fuel filters fitted last week.
Any comments and suggestions would be very welcome as one of the primary reasons I bought this model as because of the mpg for the kind of driving I do i.e. little or no town driving.
Many thanks in advance