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    Thread: MKV MPG and Tank Range Thread

    1. Member waittllnextyear's Avatar
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      07-08-2012 10:01 PM #1
      Today i reached a great personal mile stone: 400miles between fill-ups.

      It gave me an idea for a thread: what is the best average mpg that you have acheived and what's the longest range between fillups you've ever managed.

      Post pics if you have them and tips if you've got any good ones for hyper mileing

      (i guess tdi's are welcome )


      404.0 miles. the range estimator said 15miles to go, but i didn't want to push it and get stranded. It was mostly highway, but there was quite a bit of city and bumper to bumper as well

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      07-08-2012 10:08 PM #2
      I recall my best ever (Golf GTI) was around 485. I filled up when my MFD said 15 miles to go, but when I filled up there was just under 3/4 a tank left!

      It was all interstate from Chicago to Cincinnati (flat land) and I rode in a slipstream every now and then (saw it on Myth Busters).

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      07-09-2012 08:42 AM #3


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      07-09-2012 09:59 AM #4
      I am usually between 330-370 on a tank. Usually fill up shortly after my gas light comes on around 60 miles to go. Lowest I have taken it was 35 miles to empty.

      Best mpg was 34.1, but just for one trip -- not an entire tank. I usually average around 30, depending how I am driving.

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      07-09-2012 10:02 AM #5
      600 miles on one tank with an average of about 40 mpg with mostly city driving. There's others that have reached 700 miles on tank.

      Sorry, I had to. You didn't say gasoline only.

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      07-09-2012 10:17 AM #6
      I only get about 220 mi. at 1/4 tank left and after reading the above post I feel somethings wrong with my 2.5
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      07-09-2012 11:51 AM #7
      I get 350 consistently before the gas light comes on. The best was 400 and that was a result of just highway driving.
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      07-09-2012 11:53 AM #8
      APR Stage 1 i was reliably at 400mi to a tank. Now that I'm stage 2 i get 350-360. Hopefully when I go BT I can go back up some. Learning to shift at the right time to the right gear helps a lot too.

      i used to think my car only held 12.9 because whenever the gas light went on i rushed to the gas station and couldn't get more in. took a lot of convincing from another owner/manual/testing it out to figure out i could go almost 60 miles after the light came on.
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      07-09-2012 12:22 PM #9
      I can just about make it to work and back (~15 mile round trip) on a full tank in the R, haha

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      07-09-2012 02:44 PM #10
      This is a screenshot of my fuel-log program i use. You can see by amount of gallons filled up that the top two fill ups have been at almost empty and give a good idea of TDI range in crappy LA with some highway mixed in here and there.

      So on average it's about 500 at empty


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      07-09-2012 02:51 PM #11
      Last 330 mile trip i took all highway i ended up getting around 44.9 mpg. hyper mile the whole way however there was a lot of downhill near the end.
      most of the time I get just over 330 before the gas light cums on
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      07-09-2012 09:02 PM #12
      i consistently get about 340mi a tank, my best was from my house to NYC on one tank, range was about 425 miles. i think that's pretty good for my 2.5L when it only has a 5sp

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      07-09-2012 11:32 PM #13
      My 08 2.5 was in the 360/tank range...avg 28/29mpg. Never ran it past the gas light very far....
      My 10 TDI is in the 580/tank range...avg 46/48mpg. Mostly "highway" driving at 61mph. 56 mile round trip to work....needless to say I love my TDI!

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      07-09-2012 11:43 PM #14
      My worst in the GTI was 20MPG two winters ago driving to work every night, highway!

      My best was when I first got the car, the first two summers it went to Michigan averaging 32mpg the whole way out. The one time when I left to head out there I departed from my friends in Passaic NJ, filled up and got right on Route 80. I made it all the way to Sharon PA which is just outside of Ohio about 5-10 miles. The range I think said I had 5-10 miles left, which now I know I can still go slightly farther but wont risk it. I could have made it to ohio. The mileage total was something like 410. My highway traveling speed is about 75-80mph with cruise control.


      I wish I could see such high numbers again. It seems the engine must be so gunked up with carbon at 108k now its impossible to get decent mileage anymore unless its all low speed back roads cruising at 45-55mph. My highway 75-80mph MPG now is about 24-25, backroads/town driving is 26-28. I also found that if I fill up at 1/4 tank of gas, the car of course runs a bit better and the MPG calculations come out a bit better. If I let it go down past the 40 mile range the next tanks mileage sucks. The manual must be right about the misfires and engine damage that can happen by letting your tank go so low as I have been doing it for about 2-3 years now ignoring the warning.
      My other other car has 2,150HP per axle.

    15. 07-10-2012 02:01 AM #15
      Damn what is wrong with my driving or my car, after reading all these 300+ MPG's post


      I typically get about 300 Miles per tank but this is on 87octane

      What do you guys throw down the hatch?

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      07-10-2012 02:31 AM #16
      This is the best city mpg consumption i've ever gotten

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    17. 07-10-2012 03:06 AM #17
      Made it from Detroit to either before buffalo or after around 430miles and the low fuel light still didn't go on.

    18. 07-10-2012 03:36 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by xk1llxy0urselfx View Post
      My worst in the GTI was 20MPG two winters ago driving to work every night, highway!

      My best was when I first got the car, the first two summers it went to Michigan averaging 32mpg the whole way out. The one time when I left to head out there I departed from my friends in Passaic NJ, filled up and got right on Route 80. I made it all the way to Sharon PA which is just outside of Ohio about 5-10 miles. The range I think said I had 5-10 miles left, which now I know I can still go slightly farther but wont risk it. I could have made it to ohio. The mileage total was something like 410. My highway traveling speed is about 75-80mph with cruise control.


      I wish I could see such high numbers again. It seems the engine must be so gunked up with carbon at 108k now its impossible to get decent mileage anymore unless its all low speed back roads cruising at 45-55mph. My highway 75-80mph MPG now is about 24-25, backroads/town driving is 26-28. I also found that if I fill up at 1/4 tank of gas, the car of course runs a bit better and the MPG calculations come out a bit better. If I let it go down past the 40 mile range the next tanks mileage sucks. The manual must be right about the misfires and engine damage that can happen by letting your tank go so low as I have been doing it for about 2-3 years now ignoring the warning.
      Im at 120k, just took an 80ish mile roundtrip with A/C on at around 75 mph. I was at 31 mpg, and couldve done better without A/C.

      I havent quite gotten around to cleaning my intake valves yet lol.

      Any changes in your commutes?

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      07-10-2012 03:37 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Matt_Mkv View Post
      This is the best city mpg consumption i've ever gotten

      Wow city? And your in NJ too! Where do you drive and what gas do you use? At 71k my GTI could only see 34mpg coasting down hill the entire way home.
      My other other car has 2,150HP per axle.

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      07-10-2012 03:40 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by HereticByDefault View Post
      Im at 120k, just took an 80ish mile roundtrip with A/C on at around 75 mph. I was at 31 mpg, and couldve done better without A/C.

      I havent quite gotten around to cleaning my intake valves yet lol.

      Any changes in your commutes?

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      I no longer commute. When the car got its worst, 20mpg, i was commuting 50 miles each way to newark to the train station and that was winter time. Summer it wasnt much better, 22-23mpg. All highway. Now I live in a place where i walk to the train and the car gets used maybe once a week sometimes not for a month at a time. I will drive on the weekends to hang with friends etc, but again mostly all highway driving. Even when I have used it for road trips the MPGs are as bad as I described still. Damn this FSI engine.
      My other other car has 2,150HP per axle.

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      07-10-2012 12:45 PM #21
      I've never even gotten close to 300 on my rabbit? It's usually 250 and that's on 205/40's. Something isn't adding up
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      07-10-2012 09:09 PM #22
      geeezee some of you guys get pretty good MPG. My 07' GLI APR stage 1 gets me ~28MPG on a 330mile trip, but i have the cruise control set to 80MPH, how fast are you guys cruising?

      **My gas light fill's up shortly after my trip is over, i usually get 350-380miles on a tank when i make that trip

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      07-10-2012 11:52 PM #23
      30MPG is still elusive with my 2.5 5sp.
      Averaging around 24.
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      07-11-2012 12:29 AM #24
      From Florida to TN I made it 719 miles before filling back up. 51.3 mpg and the hardest part was staying between 55 and 60 mph. Putting LRR tires on the car made a big diffference

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      07-11-2012 12:31 AM #25
      To the 2.5 people... Talked to sister who has an 07 beetle and driving from columbia SC to Orlando FL on the highway she averaged 30-32MPG.
      Last edited by xk1llxy0urselfx; 07-11-2012 at 12:33 AM.
      My other other car has 2,150HP per axle.

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      07-11-2012 01:54 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by xk1llxy0urselfx View Post
      Wow city? And your in NJ too! Where do you drive and what gas do you use? At 71k my GTI could only see 34mpg coasting down hill the entire way home.
      I live in Berkeley Heights, and this was at 12:30 at night so no one was on the road making it easy for me to keep a constant speed. Usually I average around 24-26 city, this was just the best i've ever gotten.
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      07-11-2012 03:14 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Matt_Mkv View Post
      I live in Berkeley Heights, and this was at 12:30 at night so no one was on the road making it easy for me to keep a constant speed. Usually I average around 24-26 city, this was just the best i've ever gotten.
      I gotcha. I wont be too terribly far away soon. Moving to Clark in Aug. Most of my driving is done when nobody is on the road since I am a night owl and work the night shift.
      My other other car has 2,150HP per axle.

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      07-11-2012 07:42 AM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by Kolwala View Post
      I've never even gotten close to 300 on my rabbit? It's usually 250 and that's on 205/40's. Something isn't adding up
      see my post above.I was starting to think I was the only one
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      07-11-2012 05:16 PM #29
      I'm back to VW world with a 08 Rabbit and I'm curious how will it do.
      My 03 jetta 2.0 was doing lousy 20mpg, 03 passat 2.8 was at 21mpg.
      Anywhere above that will make me happy.
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      07-11-2012 11:15 PM #30
      Just went to Buffalo NY from Richmond VA. I got 450 out of a tank. Its about a 550mile trip. Not bad from a 2.0t 6speed manual.

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      07-12-2012 12:31 PM #31
      i typically get 27mpg (calculated since i have a base model jetta 2.5L) which equals about 360-380 miles to the tank. not bad for having a tune and really sticky tires on 8.5 and 9.5 inch wheels.
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      07-12-2012 12:35 PM #32
      i get roughly 300 city driving, and 400-425 highway

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      07-12-2012 10:08 PM #33
      2010 Jetta TDI 6spd - Best tank was my fill-up today actually

      797.6 miles, 15.018 gal = 53.1 mpg

      Mostly highway with minimal traffic
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      07-12-2012 10:50 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by JETuning View Post
      2010 Jetta TDI 6spd - Best tank was my fill-up today actually

      797.6 miles, 15.018 gal = 53.1 mpg

      Mostly highway with minimal traffic
      Did they increase the fuel tank in 2010? my 2009 only holds 14.5

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      07-13-2012 12:52 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by lance0206 View Post
      see my post above.I was starting to think I was the only one
      wow... so much for getting a little car for fuel economy maybe its our driving...
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