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Old 16-04-2006   #1
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Multijet MPG

Been off on holiday with the Sporting, just down to the Lake District. When we left Edinburgh average mpg was showing 51.2, as all the driving had been donw in the town. On reaching Spark Bridge some 220 miles later it has gone up to 60.7 mpg. Just checked it as we got home, now showing 63 mpg average and 71 mpg for the trip (M74 and M6 were steady 70+ish). If these figures are correct then I take my hat off to the little engine. it was quiet, smooth, out pulled far more powerful cars on the steeper hills.........Yep maybe i'm coming to like it after all.

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You must have one light right foot! Im guessing its the 1.3 Multijet (Edit- why am I guessing, youve said its a Multijet in the title ) - dont think ive ever heard one bad thing about that engine.

My TDI only averages 45mpg around town and 50/51mpg on a motorway run
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You must have a heavy right foot. If my wife drives the car it's 55mpg, if I'm driving it's 60+mpg.
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On a recent trip to the Cotswolds my 1.9 JTD averaged 56mpg, so with the 1.3 multijet somewhere in the region on 65-70mpg would be entirely possible. 50%+ of all new cars sold in the Uk are now diesel, imagine if the USA converted the majority of their cars to diesel, oil crisis averted for a few years....
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How the hell are you getting these figures?
If I drive gently I get 60 mpg (or very slightly over). This basically means mostly doing 60 mph rather than 70 on dual carriageways. If I drive really, really slowly I might just about get 70 mpg. This involves driving so slowly it's antisocial!
If I drive "normally" (70mph on DCs and Mways), I'd get about 50 mpg.
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We have covered some 700 miles in just over 2 weeks at an average of 64mpg on the cars fuel computer.However if you still test it in the old fashioned way of full tank to full tank basis and working it out it comes out at 65.9 mpg brilliant little car and fantastic engine
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We did 730 miles when we were away, and used 10 gals of the diesel. On the road south the car was nover under 70mph. Ny wife did all the driving, but being an old truck driver i've got her into the way of using the turbo properly now, and that helps.

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We did 730 miles when we were away, and used 10 gals of the diesel. On the road south the car was nover under 70mph. Ny wife did all the driving, but being an old truck driver i've got her into the way of using the turbo properly now, and that helps.

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The 1.3 Multijet is one of the best engines around for general use and ecconomy (even the tax band puts it at 50).
I have a Multijet also but its in a Punto and I usually go at 62 - 64 mph (maybe 60 uphill) but do reach 70 mph frequently especially on downhill since this is more ecconomical and I managed 72.8 mpg according to the computer. I havent checked how accurate that figure is but when I did 65 mpg I worked it out to be 64.8mpg so I presume it is accurate.
I dont understand why people go faster than 70mph as it is against the law (most laws are there for a reason - and going by the number of speeding accidents there are round here, it is a very good reason) and is not ecconomical.
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I've just brimmed my tank for the third time, and have the following observations.
1. The trip computer is 8% optimistic, and that is assuming that the mileometer is accurate.
2. Doing much more fast dual carriageway travelling than is normal for us, we are averaging 65.6 mpg (real) [and 71.2 computed]
3. Today, having filled up, with a warm engine, and driving on Norfolk country roads at around 40mph (when there was nothing behind!) for 12miles , The computer claimed 98mpg!
4. Does anyone know how a trip computer works? Does it actually measure a flow rate of fuel, or does it calculate a supposed total usage from the amount that the engines computer system is sending to the injectors. If it is the latter, and other peoples are giving accurate readings, does this mean that mine is actually injecting 8% more fuel than it is supposed to.
5. I am finding that after driving an old petrol punto, this engine judders when I slow down for junctions much earlier than I would expect (around 1000rpm) Is this normal? It is taking a bit of getting used to. Also could other users tell me what is the lowest speed that their car feels 'comfortable' in 5th? Even though peak torque is reached at 1500rpm/40mph, I find that at 35mph, in 5th, the car feels very sluggish.
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Paul your figure of 8% might not be that far out, all the units under the bonnet i.e. turbo, fuel pump, and maybe even the injectors will be calibrated to a figure of say + or - 3, so it could be that your figures are correct.

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Re: Multijet MPG

1. I have found that my trip computer is generally slightly pessimistic, though on one occasion it was very slightly over-optimistic.
2. I do a trip across town twice a day as well as 25 miles of A road, and I get about 63 mpg.
3. 40 mpg can yield high numbers on the trip computer! My best so far was 78 mpg on the computer after about 15 miles at 40 mpg after a fillup.
4. No idea!
5. Peak torque is very early at 1500 rpm, and it seems to be just as the turbo's winding up. Below 1500 rpm there's not much acceleration, though there's enough torque to maintain the car's speed. 30-35 mph in top is as slow as I'd want to go.
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Thankyou guys for your replies. Another question, with Pandas being comparatively rare, do Panda drivers tend to give recognition signals to one another , in the same way as Multipla owners apparently do?
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I talked to a really helpful guy at Desira Norwich today, who tells me that when the cars are made, they measure the output from each injector, and enter this data into the fuel computer. This would therefore mean that my car is probably injecting the right amount of fuel, which is of course what really matters. He has however offered to get its flow rates tested for me. I think I will leave it another month or so, in order to get more data, and see if its accuracy changes.
I'm enjoying driving it though. It seems to have the best of both worlds, drive it with a light foot, and get excellent economy, or put your foot down, and get pretty good overtaking acceleration.
Next week, it gets a towbar, and is supposed to tow 900kg. Thats a fair sized caravan!
Has anyone else tested its towing performance?
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Thankyou guys for your replies. Another question, with Pandas being comparatively rare, do Panda drivers tend to give recognition signals to one another , in the same way as Multipla owners apparently do?
i always wave, or point (esp at guac greens!), but i think i generally scare the mainly female drivers.....
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Ey up, I'm new here and was just wondering how everyone's managing such low fuel consumption? I've had my Sporting (1 yr old, 14,000m) for about a month and despite driving mostly A-roads at 60mph+ and accelerating normally, using 4th gear for 30 mph etc., I'm only managing 47.4 mpg! Is something wrong or is it just me? RJ.
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