Hi My car will turn over 320,000 miles this week and it got me thinking how much fuel she has burnt since leaving the factory in Nov 1998. For ease of computing i took an average of 32 miles per gallon, so that is 10,000 gallons at todays price of circa £6.50/ gallon that is £65,000 on fuel. Crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to have to get rid of it because it has cost so much on fuel already 230K

You need a 747 - much more economical - 100 mpg ---------------------------------------------------------- A plane like a Boeing 747 uses approximately 1 gallon of fuel (about 4 liters) every second. Over the course of a 10-hour flight, it might burn 36,000 gallons (150,000 liters). According to Boeing's Web site, the 747 burns approximately 5 gallons of fuel per mile (12 liters per kilometer). This sounds like a tremendously poor miles-per-gallon rating! But consider that a 747 can carry as many as 568 people. Let's call it 500 people to take into account the fact that not all seats on most flights are occupied. A 747 is transporting 500 people 1 mile using 5 gallons of fuel. That means the plane is burning 0.01 gallons per person per mile. In other words, the plane is getting 100 miles per gallon per person! The typical car gets about 25 miles per gallon, so the 747 is much better than a car carrying one person, and compares favorably even if there are four people in the car. Not bad when you consider that the 747 is flying at 550 miles per hour (900 km/h)!

I've read similar figures on in-flight reading brochures. Whilst correct they failure to mention the most important fact - planes will fly 1000+ miles whereas a typical car journey is 10 miles. So even a Formula 1 car would produce less CO2 than an airplane per passenger per journey. OP: £65,000 is scary when you think about it. I wonder how much 'fuel' my body has consumed over its 38 years?

If it makes you feel any better, you've only spent about £16000 on fuel . . .the remaining £49000 being the taxes and duty.

Great, that's a good donation to our economy. Given the cars driven almost to the moon the fuel bill isn't so bad...