MPG - are you respectful of economy?

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  1. Mblinko

    Mblinko Active Member

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    I've just finished a long drive on motorways from Stevenage to the Dordogne (680 miles, 12hrs door to door including 3 stops and eurostar) with more than a little disrespect for the fuel economy from my 560SEC:devil:

    I worked out I was getting 22mpg and I only once triggered the soft speed limitor (sat next to me):rolleyes:

    If you 'dis' your economy, what do you get ?

    This may prove a useful base line and set an expectation for others asking the normal question about how much rather than how little.
     
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  2. SPX

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    Are you asking how low you can get your mpg if you cane it?
     
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    Mblinko Active Member

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    No, not at all. Anyone can cane it and get rubbish mpg. Respect could be 55mph smooth acceleration all the way which very few of us do and is of little value. Disrespect could be using your car (not on a strip) to enjoy it for the way it was made.
     
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    I did the same run recently - well almost - Stevenage to Charente - and managed 25.4MPG. Was running late on way back however and it went down to 19.9 ..... was real gentle on the last few miles trying to get to 20!!!!!
     
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    36mpg using plenty of acceleration and a fair bit of high speed.

    Crusing on such a journey should be one tank at low 40's or better, maybe 45mpg.
     
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    DM is yours the 300TD or 320CDI?
     
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    45mpg would take some effort on my part, but has been done over a tank.

    I filled up on Friday night and have only driven 3 miles so will see what I can do this week.
     
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    I can get over 100 mpg from my ML.

    All I need is a route that's downhill (quite steeply) all the way from home to Dover.



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  9. John

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    Hmm, 16mpg in mine "as nature intended".

    :cool:

    If I am very nice to it (with incredibly light foot) - I can get it up to 24mpg.
     
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    Complete and total disrespect I'm afraid...
     
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    Wifes B class 2.0 cdi cvt did 47mpg from Annecy to home in one go loaded boot, two adults and child. That was doing 75-80mph on French side and pretty much 70-75 in UK.


    My E320cdi does pretty much the same from 40 to 48mpg on a good run.


    Reading the road, planning ahead, and smoothly accelerating makes a huge difference.


    Best I have had is 59mpg out of B class and 49mpg out of e class.


    I will get 60 and 50 one day :)
     
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    MPG is what it is.......DRIVE the car......if you are not content with the mpg you have the wrong car......change the car but DRIVE it.
    My most fuel efficient car is the SL which usually returns something between 20mpg-25mpg......the other two are somewhat less frugal.

    Mic
     
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    Exception to the rule - i drive short stop /start - and mpg is rubbish -i don't cane it .20 yr town averages = 22.5mpg from 99bhp:(
     
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    The worst vehicle I've owned was my old Landy...15mpg on a good day...:D

    At 80mph I'm not sure which moved faster, the speedo or fuel gauge..
     
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    But for Mercedes I've owned, the Pagoda I used to have was bad, my 560SEC was even worse and had so much smoke and other cr*p coming out of the back someone threatened to report me to environmental health.

    Long story short, new cars are getting much better miles per gallon (on the whole) so if you think yours is bad just compare it to what older cars get/got.
     
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    I catch your train of thought here. I do regular long runs to London and the majority of the time I try to drive economically with the odd journey consisting of a couple of fast starts and higher than normal speeds.

    Next journey I am just going to press the sport button and drive it without mpg watching and then on arrival see what I achieve.
    I guess you never know you may only achieve a few mpg difference but thoroughly enjoy the drive if you drive it how YOU want.
    will see what the result is :)
     
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    Last Wednesday, I caned myW203K from Essen to Zeebrugge and read 47.1mpg with the buttons, whilst queuing for the ship.

    Pretty good huh, unless the readout`s having a laugh. :)
     
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    You can get a Landy to 80mph????

    My 2.25 petrol 1964 Series II a just about coughs up to 60mph or perhpas I have just not found a road long enough?:thumb:

    If left in the garage for any length of time the consumption goes to nearly 0 mpg as it seems to evaporate despite a new tank, filler hose, breather and filler cap.:(
     
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    In the town can get dead 20ltr per 60miles of lpg
    On a run 13.4ltr per 60miles of lpg
    Don't know what is that in mpg.
    I drive S500 i think it's not too bad at all
     
  20. Alfajock

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    So, how many closet Landy enthusiasts on here?

    2008 C320 CDI = 38mpg long term average, 43ish on a (legalish) run
    1989 LR110 V8 = 15mpg, much less at 80 (but it definitely will do it, much to many a BMW's surprise!)
     

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