It always staggers me the people here that have Astras the same age or newer than mine (1997 P), with the same or smaller engines (1.6 8valve) and are astounded at the fact that I can drag in excess of 400 miles out of my tank when they struggle to get 250..
Bear in mind it's an automatic as well..I do follow most of those tips. Gentle acceleration up to 50, when lockup of the torque converter kicks in and it's at it's most economical. If I need to overtake, I keep the throttle light (as usual) and just tap the sports mode button to drop the gears, then turn it off when I'm done.
I try to judge for minimal braking and "rolling start" at traffic lights (saves the inertia). When I did my "usual week" trips, I could get a fortnight from the tank which was lovely...now I've cut back, I'm managing 3.5 weeks..hopefully a month.
Most of the car's trips are work trips...BUT..there appears that there may be a bus leaving a few minutes walk up from the house at 7.35am, dropping off right outside here for 8.02am...returning at 4.53pm..which is close enough to my hours to be useable.
It'll require me leaving early, but if I'll be here earlier, it's little or no odds I say.
If I used the bus to work...and I manage at least 3 weeks to a tank with work..it could be a 2 month tank or more..we use the local shops as a rule, we've signed upto a "weekly veg box delivery" scheme, there is even a local butcher etc 20 minutes walk away.
I need to look into getting a monthly ticket, which they apparently do. It also seems I could catch route 44 from the school and get to pretty much anywhere I need to go in Telford..which is nice.
My mother in law is carless for the next 6 months or so...and it's not affecting family life much, once the kids have adjusted to walking and public transport..
To a point yep. If you're over-revving in a certain gear at a certain speed, then shift up to lighten the load.
But you can, as far as i'm aware, start causing damage to your engine, gearbox etc by making it work too hard in too high a gear if the revs are too low. As for pulling away from stationary in 2nd or third, that's just lunacy.
This efficiency problem only occurs when the engine starts to stutter meaning that it does not have enough torque to keep pulling at that speed in that gear. Top compensate for this and keep the car moving forward you have to add more gas into the mix and the car engine will kind of rattle and shudder because you are pumping in more gas to the cylinders than it can burn due to the load on the engine. This wastes large amounts of gas as it is pumped into the cylinders but not combusted. This effect is made worse by the fact that when in this state the load on the engine is very heavy and wears out parts quicker, also due to the lack of complete combustion it dirties up the spark plugs which makes your car less efficient.
So long as your car keeps pulling forward comfortably then your fine and using less gas by lowering the revs, it is only when it stutters or has real trouble pulling forward that you are wasting more gas.
The same kind of thing happens when you floor the gas pedal. The engine does not have enough air in this instance to fully combust the gas so the extra just gets fed out the exhaust system, most wasteful.
Ok a general rule, keep the revs above 2000 when the engine is under load.
The higher the load the higher the revs should be. Going up a steep hill you would want to be higher. Coasting on a low gradient hill you can be lower down the rev range. Mechanical sympathy I think is the general rule.
the bike is a great comfort on fuel though. At the moment about £15-£18 fillup and getting anywhere between 144-175 miles Plus tons of spg's
I did notice my fuel gauge moving fast cruising around 140mph on the M6 Toll last week My engine must be a prostitute, it sucks like one. 2.0i Turbo petrol guzzles round town, i get 250-300 miles off £80
I believe the figure is somewhere above 20k miles pa, which you are obviously doing.you have to do alot of miles for a diesel to work out cheaper
For the revs thing just have a look at a power graph for your car. As a very general rule just for the sake of arguement the torque peaks at around the 2.5k with +/- 0.5k around it being near enough the same power output. Therefore the most ecconomical (both petrol and not damaging your engine/car) is around 2-2.5k rpm. (Like i said, just for the sake of arguement, but it will apply to most on here. Big american V8s etc can rev alot lower...)
I have a 14 year old toyota mr2 which when it left the factory did 36mpg by the book, i get around 30mpg which is not bad going in real life driving in a 14year old car. I never let my revs go below 2k, and very rarely drive over 100yards at less than 2.5k. Normally somewhere just below the 3k mark, but my car is a high reving engine.
Oh and btw i wasnt knocking anyone, thats how we were taught to drive - "get into 5th". But my sister was also taught not slow down for railway crossings otherwise she would fail her test so ive pretty much disregarded everything my teacher told me. I mean WTF?!?!?
Last edited by j17sparky; 4th June 2008 at 04:25 PM.
As someone who has been first on the scene of a major incident, as well as assisting the local constabulary and MOD Police on incidents where speed has been a major contributing factor to both the incidents happening in the first place and the extent of the carnage it caused ...
Please do not speed.
I've twice been a passenger in a vehicle going like the whatsits..one MR2 (couple of years old, M6 toll (again), well over the ton..was wobbling like a jelly..not reassuring), and one Pug605SVE (A5 bypass when first opened, and hell did that thing move..real french cruiser )
In the toyota I had my eyes shut, and in the 605, neither of us even noticed we were "ton+"..it felt like 60. This was in our younger years though..personally, I've always preferred 50-60, and get told I drive like an old fart.
Even at 45-50, you can have immense fun with roundabouts and cornering. On quiet roads and trading estates of course..heh. I think I must have poor grip tyres..it's quite easy to go sideways on some surfaces, and roundabouts can quite easily produce tortured rubber squealing..
Maybe it's because I have 155/80/13 wheels..quite narrow. Always seems to surprise garages, that..they're the same as when I bought it..5.5j rims, apparently usually found with wider rubber, and those tyres.
All good fun though.
I actually saw myself do over a ton yesterday in my mr2, first time ive done it and it was only due to the fact i was absolutely fuming about something. Slowed down when i spotted it, as like i said it doesnt interest me risking my licence to go fast.
Now fast round the corners, thats where its at! Its far more exciting to try and average 60/70/80mph (depending on conditions) through the country roads. Theres alot more pleasure in getting your "brake, turn in, accelerate" just right, and is quite satisfying coming out of the corner at a higher speed than you did previously.
Got some coilovers on my car now which are great for sticking to the road but it actually very hard to make the back end come out unless im being silly, well unless its wet in which case its quite hard not to let it creep out when going fast!
Oh and BTW i think his MR2 must have been fecked as 100mph in my car feels like 60-70 in a normal car. It certainly doesnt feel "wobbly"!!
Last edited by j17sparky; 4th June 2008 at 05:35 PM.
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