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    Thread: Stock Volkswagen diesel goes 1626.1 miles on a single tank

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      05-09-2012 10:03 AM #1
      http://jalopnik.com/5908578/stock-vo...e-tank-of-fuel


      Stock Volkswagen Diesel Goes 1626.1 Miles On Single Tank Of Fuel

      Averaging 84.1 miles per gallon, John and Helen Taylor drove a stock, manual 2012 Passat TDI from Houston, TX to Sterling, VA on one tank of diesel. It took them three days and 1,626.1 miles, but they set a new fuel economy world record.

      Specifically, they broke the record for the longest distance on one tank of clean diesel fuel by 99.5 miles, previously held by a European diesel Passat. The Taylors already hold numerous world driving records, and they didn't do any modifications to boost their mileage. They drove in 14-hour stretches, sticking to regular daytime traffic. They also had 120 pounds of luggage in the car.

      Meanwhile, diesels accounted for a a fifth of all US Passat sales in March, and nearly a quarter of all of Volkswagen USA's sales were TDIs for the first quarter of 2012. Maybe American buyers are finding out that you don't have to buy a Prius after all.

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      05-09-2012 10:06 AM #2
      That's awesome!

    3. 05-09-2012 10:09 AM #3
      annoying article is annoying... how exactly does one get 84 mpg in a stock TDI?

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      05-09-2012 10:09 AM #4
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      annoying article is annoying... how exactly does one get 84 mpg in a stock TDI?
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      05-09-2012 10:10 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Newbie16ver View Post
      annoying article is annoying... how exactly does one get 84 mpg in a stock TDI?
      They didn't. It's all a lie and Jalopnik has sided with the dark forces at VWoA to invade and take over.
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    6. 05-09-2012 10:10 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Newbie16ver View Post
      annoying article is annoying... how exactly does one get 84 mpg in a stock TDI?
      Driving 40 the entire time, making sure you never end up stopped for long? Coasting where you can? Hypermilers are crazy.

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      05-09-2012 10:11 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Newbie16ver View Post
      annoying article is annoying... how exactly does one get 84 mpg in a stock TDI?
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      05-09-2012 10:13 AM #9
      I consider myself as reasonable of a fanboi as someone can be... but how many of the 1600+ miles was the car towed?
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      05-09-2012 10:14 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Newbie16ver View Post
      annoying article is annoying... how exactly does one get 84 mpg in a stock TDI?
      You leave it to the professionals.

      The Taylors have made a career out of driving efficiently and conducting workshops globally on fuel-efficient driving techniques. They have collected more than 90 world fuel economy and vehicle-related records from drives around the globe.

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      05-09-2012 10:15 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Grey Mouser View Post
      Driving 40 the entire time, making sure you never end up stopped for long? Coasting where you can? Hypermilers are crazy.
      I got 38.9 MPG in my GTI a few weeks ago on a 9 mile "trip". I averaged 38 MPH. =D
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      05-09-2012 10:15 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by what View Post
      Yeah, not with those child bearing hips!
      Easy now, he has a hard enough time finding pants that fit.

    12. 05-09-2012 10:16 AM #13
      Without knowing the actual average speed this is a difficult one to figure out.
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      05-09-2012 10:23 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      Without knowing the actual average speed this is a difficult one to figure out.
      This. Still crazy though Checkmate, Prius! (yeah I went there)
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      DAMN!

    15. 05-09-2012 10:26 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      Without knowing the actual average speed this is a difficult one to figure out.
      14 hour stretches * 3 days = 42 hours driving

      1626/42 = 38 mph avg...

      Assuming they drove for 14 hours on the nose every day, none of this is a lie etc etc.

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      05-09-2012 10:27 AM #17
      If it is anything like the original Honda Insight guys that set a record doing over 1500 miles on one tank they used careful trip planning and every hypermiling trick in the book to travel a route with minimal if any stops.
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      05-09-2012 10:30 AM #18
      Imagine being stuck behind these people on the interstate.
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      05-09-2012 10:30 AM #19
      Please.. 3 days driving 1600 miles. I can't possibly imagine driving on the highway at 40 mph, let alone for 3 days and 1600 miles. I'd just open the door and jump out hoping for a quick and sudden death.

      Yeah, no thanks! The fuel efficiency achieved is not worth my time. I'd rather dump lots and lots of hydrocarbons in the air with my kittyless 335i

    19. 05-09-2012 10:31 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by vasillalov View Post
      Please.. 3 days driving 1600 miles. I can't possibly imagine driving on the highway at 40 mph, let alone for 3 days and 1600 miles. I'd just open the door and jump out hoping for a quick and sudden death.

      Yeah, no thanks! The fuel efficiency achieved is not worth my time. I'd rather dump lots and lots of hydrocarbons in the air with my kittyless 335i

    20. 05-09-2012 10:32 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Grey Mouser View Post
      14 hour stretches * 3 days = 42 hours driving

      1626/42 = 38 mph avg...

      Assuming they drove for 14 hours on the nose every day, none of this is a lie etc etc.
      I'm not saying it is a lie, and I would also believe that they did not drive a full 14 hours the last day and had a higher average speed. But I wonder how much of the savings goes out the window when you figure that since it took 3 days instead of 2 days, another night was spent at a $50 a night motel off the interstate. They're probably still ahead of the game but it really becomes a time/speed/distance factor to figure out your best overall economy.
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      05-09-2012 10:40 AM #22
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      05-09-2012 10:44 AM #23
      I've driven roughly that many miles since I bought my car in March. I've filled up 7 times. I bet I've had a hell of a lot more fun in those 1600 miles than they did.

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      05-09-2012 10:50 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      I'm not saying it is a lie, and I would also believe that they did not drive a full 14 hours the last day and had a higher average speed. But I wonder how much of the savings goes out the window when you figure that since it took 3 days instead of 2 days, another night was spent at a $50 a night motel off the interstate. They're probably still ahead of the game but it really becomes a time/speed/distance factor to figure out your best overall economy.
      I don't think their overall point was to spend less money (as you said, the extra hotel room stay costs money).

      What this excursion did prove is that it is possible to drive 1600 miles on a tank in a TDI Passat with the couple driving. That provides a lot of positive PR for Volkswagen (notice how the included picture is a VW PR shot) and positive PR for the couple's business.

      It's a win-win. I wouldn't be surprised to learn VW paid for the trip.
      Last edited by Smigelski; 05-09-2012 at 10:52 AM.

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      05-09-2012 11:02 AM #25
      Freshly waxed car? Tires pumped to 50psi? Washer fluid emptied? Enough AdBlue just to make the trip? Coasting on every downhill, stopping engine at lights, who knows what else they were doing - but lots of slow cruise control had to be a big part of it.

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