What's most disappointing is that I've been babying the car, too. I'm talking 115km on the highway (with CC), and no sport mode. I might hit 130km every now and then, but I'm actively trying to drive slow and steady, and these are the results I'm getting.
My daily commute is about 55km roundtrip, most of which (75%) is highway. I tend to bike around the city, so my 40/60 (city/hwy) spread is also fairly forgiving. I'd say I'm averaging about 10L/100km, which is nowhere near the EPA rating of 9.1L/100km|6.5L/100km, especially considering the amount of highway driving that I do. What gives?
Out of curiosity, how often do you guys check tire pressure? I'm a bit lazy, and I haven't checked it in 2 months or so.
Last edited by jferreir; 05-23-2012 at 06:01 PM.
Yeah my one way trip is 52km from Newmarket to Toronto daily. I just installed the Carbonio before I left SoWo so time will tell how my mileage is.
I find that babying the car is not always the best for better mileage for some reason. It is truly weird. What did help me with my mileage, I purchased an app for my phone called Torque Pro (android) and a bluetooth OBDII dongle. This app has shown me the sweet spot on the peddle and calculate real time MPG L/100km etc... Its a very interesting app and with a total cost with the dongle and app it was under $30. It also does a whole lot more and I see it as a necessity for any gear head.
I have gotten into the habit of checking my air every weekend when I wash the car. I do have stretched tires and I have learned was happens to them if not properly inflated with camber
Gonna do a full fill up on Friday, I will track the results.
cars HAVE to be ran a lil hard every now and then.
driving like an old man can have serious bad effects:
-carbon build up on the cat
- dirty injectors
its always good to keep the car at around 3k rpms for a couple mins. (per manual)
my car, in its 78k miles runs perfect. no build up, injectors work fine, i get 33 mpgs on the hwy and 27 on the city...
First post here on vortex*, but figured I'd add to the data pool: http://www.fuelly.com/driver/psn/jetta
Right now the car is bone-stock (aside from a Sebring antenna -- best $6.31 spent) and does a lot of highway commuting (70-75 mph).
* Super-fast intro: Grew up in LA and the first car I had was a '93 Passat GLX wagon (yes, a VR6!), then went many years without a car (college and grad school in the Northeast). Moved back to SoCal last fall and a few months ago picked up an '09 Jetta S, manual transmission of course.
I try to drive my Rabbit to the last drop of gasoline.
How far does everyone else go after the "fuel up!" light comes on the dashboard?
I thought I read somewhere that this light comes on when two gallons of gasoline is left in the tank, which means if the average MPG is ~25, we have ~50 miles to go before our car stalls.
I provided my fuelly link, but forgot to put up some basic numbers. These days I'm getting ~29 mpg (generally 28-30) on 91 octane.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angeles_Crest_Highway. He slept the whole time. (He's three months old.)
Do you guys suggest any injector/valve cleaner to run through these cars? I somewhat regularly used Redline fuel injector cleaner about every 30-40k on my past vehicles and it seemed to work well. I haven't done anything with this Rabbit yet but I'm thinking with 97k on it I should. My last fill up I only managed 26mpg and that was mainly highway driving.
So, I checked my tire pressure and I was slightly low on two (~0.5 PSI); probably not enough to make a big difference with respect to fuel economy. I honestly don't know how you guys are pulling those numbers without hypermiling, but I'm envious. In any event, I'm just going to ignore my gas bill and resume ripping it on weekends
I don't throw it into neutral, but I take my foot off the gas and coast when I can. I normally limit my highway speed to 115kph (71.5mph), and use cruise control ~85% of the time. With the Carbonio intake, I'm still averaging between 500-550km per tank (310-340mi), and that's when I'm trying to conserve fuel. I noticed a plethora of mods in your sig. Maybe that accounts for the difference? I'm not a gearhead, and probably have the automotive know-how of a 12 year old girl.
I absolutely, unequivocally, indubitably, frickin' love driving this car! I've owned it for about 4 months now, and I'm still excited to drive to work in the morning. That says it all...
I made it almost 730 km (453.6 miles) on my second tank from FL to PA. The first tank was just shy of 700 but this one should have more then 750 km (466 miles). I had a 15 min detour downtown DC, then I lost 35 minutes (verified by GPS) in traffic from Baltimore to Philadelphia. I put in 13.321 Gal which gives me 33.9 mpg (IN TRAFFIC AND CITY DETOURS!) so I was very very impressed!
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C2 tune, Peloquin LSD, .717 TDI 5TH gear swap, AWE exhaust, BSH CAI, H&R street sport coilover + 25mm RSB, neuspeed short shifter, 17x8 BBS RGR.
Some data to add
2008 2 Door 2.5L Rabbit auto-
Winter tires- usually around 25-27MPG driving between my house and my mom's (around 25 miles, mostly highway)
Summer tires- around 30-32MPG on the same road
I usually get right around 400 Miles/Tank in the summer
My rabbit is completely stock, except for a rear seat delete.
I've noticed that the rabbit likes to stay right around 65MPH cruising for best MPG