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    Thread: TDI JSW owners please enter.. MPG's

    1. Member Mach5er1's Avatar
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      03-02-2012 10:50 AM #51
      I am averaging 33-34 mpg. I have 3500 miles clocked so far. I am in traffic a lot. I would say 90% stop and go. 10% cruising. I did replace my 16" Biolines with some 17x8 Phoenix wheels from a CC.

    2. 03-03-2012 07:41 AM #52
      Fillup 2/28
      Miles 566
      Gall 13.85
      MPG 40.88

      Fillup 2/13
      Miles 588
      Gall 13.96
      MPG 42.12

      Fillup 2/2
      Miles 581
      Gall 14.06
      MPG 41.31

      Fillup 1/24
      Miles 571
      Gall 13.24
      MPG 43.12

      I had every fillup since new on my phone...phone broke, lost data Maybe oneday I will learn to backstuff up huh

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      03-20-2012 01:14 AM #53
      Driving to Tooele UT Wednesday. 670 miles. I'll post what I average Wednesday night.

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      03-20-2012 07:14 AM #54
      TDI MPG's numbers are nice to see and are a good selling point for VW. But we need to really look at the numbers.

      3 people at my office (including me) all have 2010 JSW's. What's funny is that I have an "S" the other guy has an "SE" and the third a "TDI".

      We always have to listen to the TDI guy brag about his mileage, which I admit, I'm a little jealous. So one day I say to him "You know, with how high current diesel prices are compared to regular unleaded, I wonder how much that offsets the MPG's".

      He has every single receipt from every fill-up since buying the car, and said he was going to figure it out. About a week later he comes in with the results, which really surprised me.

      At current gas prices it would take 10 years to break even with the SE (which cost $2500 less than TDI) and 20 years to break even with the S (which cost $5000 less than TDI).

      So, if you're buying the TDI based on MPG's alone, you're not saving money in the long run; unless you keep it 20 years.
      I'm not good with numbers, I just count on knowing when I'm high enough

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      03-20-2012 08:53 AM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by casseric View Post
      TDI MPG's numbers are nice to see and are a good selling point for VW. But we need to really look at the numbers.

      3 people at my office (including me) all have 2010 JSW's. What's funny is that I have an "S" the other guy has an "SE" and the third a "TDI".

      We always have to listen to the TDI guy brag about his mileage, which I admit, I'm a little jealous. So one day I say to him "You know, with how high current diesel prices are compared to regular unleaded, I wonder how much that offsets the MPG's".

      He has every single receipt from every fill-up since buying the car, and said he was going to figure it out. About a week later he comes in with the results, which really surprised me.

      At current gas prices it would take 10 years to break even with the SE (which cost $2500 less than TDI) and 20 years to break even with the S (which cost $5000 less than TDI).

      So, if you're buying the TDI based on MPG's alone, you're not saving money in the long run; unless you keep it 20 years.
      There is another way to look at it. Since I bought the car, I've spent around $5k in fuel and gone over 60k miles. According to fuelly, that averages out to about 8.7 cents per mile. Since my car is my business vehicle (as opposed to my pickup truck which is my personal vehicle), the IRS stated operating allowance is 55 cents per mile. Additionally, the car is a green vehicle, so the tax write off there also offset the initial buy in. Basically, after 2 years the TDI is ahead of the gasser for me, fiscally. In addition, it is better equipped, and more fun to drive.

    6. 03-20-2012 11:15 AM #56
      Right now, the cheapest place to get RUG is at $3.86. The exact same station has diesel at $3.89.

      My last fill up was at 42 mpg (figured using actual numbers not the vehicle average). It was around 46.

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      03-20-2012 11:19 AM #57
      Quote Originally Posted by pknopp View Post
      Right now, the cheapest place to get RUG is at $3.86. The exact same station has diesel at $3.89.

      My last fill up was at 42 mpg (figured using actual numbers not the vehicle average). It was around 46.
      this is an important consideration. at certain stations near me, diesel is the same price as super (what i put in my 1.8T passat). at others, they put a 10 cent or more premium on diesel. makes a huge difference in the long run.

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      03-20-2012 01:16 PM #58
      I just paid $3.91 this morning for reg. unleaded

      The same station had diesel at $4.28

      New York taxes are a bitch
      I'm not good with numbers, I just count on knowing when I'm high enough

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      03-22-2012 01:10 AM #59


      Pasadena California to Tooele Utah 676 miles.

      Average mpg 44.9
      Average speed 71

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      03-26-2012 05:50 PM #60
      Pasadena to Tooele Utah and back. Entire trip 1583 miles. Car did great, very comfortable on long trips. Averaged 44 mpg


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      03-27-2012 12:44 AM #61
      43.2mpg over 602miles on the last tank at an elevation of 1900ft and all mountain roads!

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      03-27-2012 07:54 AM #62
      You can even tell when I did some of my mods.



      When I did the tune there was a dip in mileage because I couldn't keep my foot out of it. I still can't.

      Then when I did the full exhaust, my mileage went up. I'm starting to be better about controlling the throttle on the freeway, but it's still to fun to drive this car so on the streets my average goes way down.

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      05-02-2012 01:57 PM #63
      About 8 fill ups with stock 17s averaged about 37.7ish. As high as 39.5. This is from December to March.

      About 6 tanks since the 18 inch HRE eurmesh wheels with falcons 36 mpg with same exact driving style. High of 36.8

      13k miles 2012 DSG.

      Cant believe the hit I took with the wheels. I will have to weigh them in a couple thousand miles when I rotate them.

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      05-02-2012 03:03 PM #64

    15. 05-02-2012 05:14 PM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by Im Rondo View Post
      I don't follow the Lie-O-Meter. I use a calculator.

      I'm just over 3000 miles and have only managed to average 32mpg.
      This with combined city and hwy. I drive 17 miles one way to work every day.

      I'm running aftermarket wheels 18X8.

      I drive it like I stole most of the time and will continue to do this until I hit the 5000 mile mark or not. At that time I will have a tune done and probably still be putting my foot in having more fun

      I'm happy for now. My last vehicle was getting 17mpg and my Wife's Expedtion gets 14mpg and cost $80.00 to $90.00 to fill up
      I have found my car is so close on the MPG I stopped checking it with a calculator. Might be something wrong with the one on your car?

    16. 05-02-2012 07:54 PM #66
      The dash computer gives me 40mpg overall, but that is over-enthusiastic.

      Calculator gives me 35mpg average (Chevron) and 37mpg on B5. This is with 20%/80%, city/hwy with good amount of highway stop/go.

      Car has 1800 miles on it so far.

      Speaking of biodiesel, there is only one B5 truck station in my region. The remaining stations with biodiesel use the Propel fuel....but B20 flavor.

      I'm very happy using the B5 since it not only gains me more MPG (6 cents more per gallon), but provides the lubricity that ULSD leaves out. I don't want any HPFP issues in the future!

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      05-02-2012 11:09 PM #67
      I get 42-43 on my back roads commute to work.

      44-45 on highway trips.

      And about 38 with a more or less even split of my commute and city driving.

      According to my wife, I pretty much drive the piss out of it on a regular basis.

    18. 05-03-2012 09:24 AM #68
      39.8 Average with 11 JSW TDI DSG (Goals/stock tires).

      Tampa city/suburban traffic with some (5 miles each way) highway traffic on a 35 mile each-way commute.

      Tampa is sea-level...mostly flat, some rolling hills.

    19. 05-03-2012 10:07 AM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by casseric View Post
      TDI MPG's numbers are nice to see and are a good selling point for VW. But we need to really look at the numbers.

      3 people at my office (including me) all have 2010 JSW's. What's funny is that I have an "S" the other guy has an "SE" and the third a "TDI".

      We always have to listen to the TDI guy brag about his mileage, which I admit, I'm a little jealous. So one day I say to him "You know, with how high current diesel prices are compared to regular unleaded, I wonder how much that offsets the MPG's".

      He has every single receipt from every fill-up since buying the car, and said he was going to figure it out. About a week later he comes in with the results, which really surprised me.

      At current gas prices it would take 10 years to break even with the SE (which cost $2500 less than TDI) and 20 years to break even with the S (which cost $5000 less than TDI).

      So, if you're buying the TDI based on MPG's alone, you're not saving money in the long run; unless you keep it 20 years.

      The TDI has MUCH better stock trim options, and will have killer resale compared to the gassers though.

    20. 05-03-2012 10:12 AM #70
      So to those with JSW that have lower MPG, mid 30's what rims/tires are you running?

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      05-03-2012 11:33 AM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by Aseras View Post
      So to those with JSW that have lower MPG, mid 30's what rims/tires are you running?
      I generally average about 38 Hwy, driving at ~80mph. These wheels weigh about 20lbs. the vast majority of my driving is city, and I have been averaging roughly 32mpg.

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    22. 05-03-2012 11:36 AM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by Aseras View Post
      So to those with JSW that have lower MPG, mid 30's what rims/tires are you running?
      Stock 17's

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      05-03-2012 03:09 PM #73
      Quote Originally Posted by Aseras View Post
      So to those with JSW that have lower MPG, mid 30's what rims/tires are you running?
      16" Biolines w/Bliazzak's through the winter and 17" Goals with ContiPro Contacts in the summer. A lot of our driving is in the city and if you buzz through my Fuelly history you can see spikes where the all HWY trips were.

      We're just in the process of moving out of the city and up here in the mountains we usually see 42+.

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      05-03-2012 04:51 PM #74
      17 Conti's 75% city, all around 36mpg at 18k miles. Best roadtrip 44.

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      05-03-2012 10:59 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by donw View Post
      Best roadtrip 44.
      I call that 'Tuesday'.

      I'm still amazed at the 'low' numbers people get in these cars. 44 is great, but my road trips (anything over 80 miles actually) regularly see over 50mpg.
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