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Old 04-08-2015   #46
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Re: 4x4 ta, mpg question

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Incidentally who did I see in a yellow Cross on the A47 tonight, about 7pm, driving eastwards in the direction of Norwich?
On any other day it might have been me (at least on that bit of the southern bypass that goes from the Watton road to the Beccles/Bungay turn-off) but I went to work in the Barchetta today
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By way of example. I used to own a Mini Clubman Cooper S. I used to typically get ~42-44mpg on a run up the M1. One day, I had to follow my in-laws towing their caravan. We probably cruised just under 60mph and acceleration, as you'd imagine, was much slower than what even my usual 'steady' acceleration would be. After 120 miles, the readout showed 54mpg - from a 1275kg, 175bhp 1.6T petrol engine. Point being that normally I wouldn't get anywhere NEAR this, but employing VERY gentle acceleration, with a lower cruise makes a big difference on many turbocharged petrol engines.

That was one of the most frustrating journeys I'd ever driven in that car, though! ;0)
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Interestingly Fiat have a modification to the rear brakes to eliminate the noise. The information from Fiat, via the dealer, was that earlier attempts at a cure involving changing pads, guide pins, greasing etc. were not effective. The parts are on order so I'll be able to report back soon as to how effective the modification is.
Any more news on this? I refused to pay for new rear pads when I complained about my squeaky brakes. Very interested to see if Fiat have finally come up with a real solution.

Sorry triumph to hijack and go off topic, apart from to say has your mpg improved yet?
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Hi. I'm as interested as u r in the rear brake squeal, so happy to veer off-topic lol
On the mpg front, I did a motorway and a-road trips recently and averaged 46mpg which is pretty OK in my book. But the town and country lane mpg is pretty darn poor really. Not that it matters that much to be fair. As for the drop after the service.....looks like an unconnected coincidence
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Also interested in how they fix brake-moan! From what I understand, it's just a build up of brake-dust caking up the calipers and causing the pads to catch?
Back on topic, drove Wells-next-the-Sea to Essex, 2-up with camping clobber at an indicated (likely optimistic?) 52mpg - it was 58mpg, but putting my foot down along the M11 brought it down!
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No news from the Desira as to when they will be able to fit the modification to the rear brakes.

Fuel consumption since servicing over 1600 miles is an average of 51.9mpg. The bulk of this was on holiday (Norfolk to Herefordshire (Black Mountain), Dorset then back to Norfolk via Salisbury, Oxford and Northampton). The journey was made two up with a bike on the back. I don't think my driving was atypical and the journey times matched almost to the minute that predicted by the TomTom Live system. I find good economy is easier to maintain cruising at 60 mph rather than 50-55 mph, using relatively quiet A-roads rather than mortorways where higher speeds seriously affect the economy and using every opportunity to coast in-gear where this doesn't impact on speed on downhill sections and coming up to junctions.
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Hi PaulD, any chance of an economy driving lesson?
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