i wonder if the 14 hours driving takes into account breaks for lunch and bathroom. if it does, then the average could very well go up to 50ish mph average.
my dad got 55mpg while going 55 in traffic (not stop and go). im sure if you baby it, you can get somewhat close to 65, but 84 seems a bit high.
if you do the math tho, 1626.1 miles / 84.1 mpg, then you 19.33 gallons of Vin Diesel. I thought the passat has an 18.7 tank. filled to the brim, and w fuel already in the lines, i doubt that could make up the .6 gallon difference.
Considering Ford managed this: http://gas2.org/2010/06/25/ford-must...ol-race-track/
I don't know why anyone would think they are outright lying. Still, sounds boring as hell.
Last edited by 2VWatatime; 05-09-2012 at 11:50 AM.
The couple told the Times Free Press of Chattanooga, Tenn., where the Passat is built, that they kept the six-speed manual transmission in top gear as often as possible, typically cruised at 60 mph and only used the air conditioning twice during the trip. They brought 120 pounds of luggage along to make the experience as realistic as possible
A few summers ago with my TDI I set out to go a whole summer of city driving on one tank. I planned to bicycle when I could to save fuel too. I made it about two months and probably about 600km in before I had to drive to another city and throw my plan off but in that while, I manged 68 IMPG city driving. I was very impressed but I imagine it was hard on the car. I avoided idling whenever possible, coasted in neutral a whole lot and when I was close to my destination, I would off engine coast to a parking spot. When I worked it out right, I could coast over a kilometre to a spot with the engine off.
3 + 3 + 3 = NEIN!
Last edited by feels_road; 05-10-2012 at 02:32 AM.
14 hours is really not that bad,
when i drove from NYC to Park City 2,200 miles, i did it in 2 days
1st day 900 miles in 13 hours, stopped to fill up twice, used bathroom, food to go
2nd day 1300 miles in 17 hours, stopped to fill up 3 times, used bathroom, food to go
that was in my 03 Impala, so cruising in that boat is no biggie.
even now i drive from LA to Denver in the winter. this is now in my 10 TDI GOLF
i've had 17 hour dirves
record was just under 13 ,,, still averaged low 40's and mid 40's on way back thanks to elevation drop
only stops are for fuel/bathroom and food to go to save time.
but thats just me and i enjoy being on the road
Last edited by romanl; 05-10-2012 at 02:41 AM.
While it seems highly unlikely, I do believe in exceptions and assuming all this is true I think it's awesome! I managed to get 46 mpg once in the winter driving 65 mph for a period of 37 miles on the highway using cruise control and not slowing down or accelerating at any point... that's about 15 mpg over what was advertised by VW. Is it practical? Not really. Is it fun? Kinda.
That is crazy yesterday i averaged 55mpg going 60-65mph mostly but i have in no hurry and just wanted to relax. I could not handle it for the tank of the trip. Best was 657mpt at 75mph in my JSW TDi. I could hit 750 maybe 800 a tank if i hypermilled and went 60-65mph on 14 gallons of gas.
02 GTi 1.8T haldex'd w/35r-SOLD 7.3@102mph 27psi on 93 octane--04 A4 1.8T converted to AWD also- SOLD--'11 JSW Tdi 6speed Manual- Gone--
13' BMW 335i M-sport EBII