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martinph78 on 12 Nov 2012
May as well ask here, just wondering what real world mpg your getting out of your 1.9tdi Golf, specifically the GT TDI 130?

Selling my Land Rover Discovery with great sadness as I need something much, much, much more economical. I was looking at Citroen C3 1.4hdi's and such but 'm not dead yet, don't have kids, and quite fancy something that's fun but economical (talking average 50mpg+ and extra urban 60mpg+).

Not gonna get the 30 a year road tax that I'd like but would be worth paying a bit extra each year for something less like my mum would drive!

The golf meets the criteria on paper, specifically the torque figures as that would suit my driving style (and hence why I'd like a bit bigger engine). Shame it looks so boring, but I can live with that if it's fun behind the wheel :)

Working out my finances I do genuinely need to be getting over 50mpg on A roads, with 60mpg+ on long drives. I don't do town mileage, mostly going from Durham to the Lakes or South, so A roads and motorways mainly.

I know driving style will make a big difference, but I tend to drive economically/relaxed and sit at 65-70mph on the motorways.

I'd appreciate any pointers regarding the golf. Also looked at the Bora but need to see one in the flesh. Open to other suggestions if you have read this far and don't own a golf :P

Cheers, Martin.






Nicola - on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

I have just bought a Seat Leon TDI 150 which is the same engine as the Golf GT TDI 150. It is great fun to drive and I still get 50mpg average from it. Haven't had it long enough to gauge the mpg when driving sensibly though. The mpg is pretty poor when the engine is cold, so I would expect it is expensive if you are just doing short journeys around town. The other one to consider might be the Octavia VRS Diesel.
Camm on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:
Not mid sized but Octavia Scout Estate 4x4 2.0tdi 140bhp, Got about 45mpg going from Nottingham to The Owgen/Tryfan Area in North Wales this weekend, plus driving around (about 450 miles), mostly tanking it. Can average over 50mpg if I drive 'normal' and could get about 60mpg if I kept at about 60-65mph. Around town I get about 50 aswell, which is strange. Though usually 40 if I just drive swift. Cracking climbing car. It's a volkswagen/vag engine btw.
Caralynh - on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

When I wanted a Golf, I bought a Leon. Same engineering, massive drop in price for the same spec. Plus at the time (2004) the Leon was so much lighter, you got the same performance from a 1.6 Leon as a 1.8 Golf, and corresponding lower insurance.
stack - on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: Driving an audi a3 2.0 tdi & find it really good on the motorways or round the town. Get 300 or just over on motorways & a roads & almost 300 round the town. Not driving it to hard which I'd say helps & even more bizarre, found I get more miles when I fill up from Texaco or Total filling stations!
Orgsm on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

Subaru Outback diesel you'll get around 48-50 mpg at 80 mph on motorway.
alexcollins123 - on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

I've got a Golf 1.9PD 130 - great little car, on a long journey it gets around 50mpg at 80, 55 at 70 and 57 ish at 65-70.

I have had to replace one injector at massive expense (600 + labour each) after owning it for 3 months, and I can feel another going (misfires once about every 50 miles) The way the engine is designed means the wiring loom breaks down easily too (60 + labour). Reliability has not been good. I've only put about 6000 miles on it and spent in excess of 1000 ontop of the 2400 I paid for it on repairs. It has 135k on the clock, 2003 plate.

Also the paint is aweful - laquer peeling everywhere & finish is poor - seen this on more than one MK4 Golf!

Great car especially with the Recaro Leather interior, but reliability has been poor. It eats the miles too - i'm quite happy sitting in it for three or four hours straight and still don't have a numb bum! I'm keeping it though because I can't think of a replacement I want!
alexcollins123 - on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

Oh and a FSH is vital as well as a strict oil change with special Diesel PD oil! Either long life changed every ~20k miles or short life changed every ~10k. Mine has got FSH from VW and is still breaking on me!
martinph78 on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Caralynh and Nicola:

I have just had a quick look and the Seat Leon looks very appealing and is well within my budget. The Octavia VRS is well over my budget though! Looking around the 3k mark, there are a quite a lot of golfs and even more leons at that price. I don't really do cold journeys, pretty efficient with my driving and useage. Never thought of the leon so thanks, will have a look at some this weekend.

Gonna miss the Landy but am looking forward to having a "hot hatch" again :)
martinph78 on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to danrock101: That is very surprising, wouldn't have thought that out of the 4x4. Kind of glossed over the 4x4 estates because of this.

Will take a closer look. I used to drive a company Passat and got 48mpg out of that. Don't need anything quite so big and would like another 10mpg, hence looking at smaller cars. Wrongly thought I'd need a small diesel engine as well, but the 1.9tdi seems to meet my wants :)

martinph78 on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to alexcollins123: Sounds worrying, I usually only buy vehicles with fsh. Sorry to hear you are having so much bother with yours. I do all my own servicing so oil changes will be very regular.

Hope yours gets sorted!
martinph78 on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to A Game of Chance: Way, way, way over budget, but thanks :)
martinph78 on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to stack: Have looked at the A3 as well. Quite a few of those about and I was going to look at one this weekend. I was amazed at teh economy of the A4 in the 115bhp version as well. Very tempted by an avant but don't think I'll get a decent one for my budget.

I also find different filling stations affect performance/economy.

Cheers, Martin
alexcollins123 - on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

I wouldn't really describe it as 'hot'. Its not that quick (versus Focus ST, Golf R, Golf GTD etc.), but it is excellent overtaking stuff - stick your foot down in 5th and 6th on the motorway and watch it wizz past 80...90...
martinph78 on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to alexcollins123: Is a lot quicker than my Landy :)

Ram MkiV - on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: I get 55-60mpg out of my mk4 Golf TDI without really trying to drive economically. It's only the bog standard 90bhp 1.9 (non-pd) engine though. Handles pretty well but not got much power.
richparry - on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:
I had a 1.9 golf tdi sport, which had a 6speed box and slightly lowered suspension as standard. It was nice enough to drive and handled well but was underpowered for overtaking on A roads. I believe the GT tdi is much better and you get similar mpg.
Father Noel Furlong on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

"fun but economical"

And therein lies the issue. You need to compromise on one.

I've just bought a C220 CDi Sport. I should get 50+mpg but once you get used to putting the boot down.....
Jim Gayler - on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

I've got a passat with the TDI 130 engine and its been amazing. No issues, 110k on the clock and runs like new. A friend of mine has the same car and he's covered 230k, still pulling strong - highly recommended.
steveB - on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:
I'm on my third Golf TDi, never had serious problems and two of those had/ have done 140,000 + miles. My current commute is a mix of twisty back roads and motorway and I get typically 52-55mpg without trying. When I was trying I could get 60mpg so long as there weren't loads of hills (600 miles from a tank before going on reserve was pretty normal). Rear beam bushes are a regular issue over 100K but other than that the mechanics have been pretty standard. Power is adequate once you get used to/ know how to get the most out of it. To be honest its about the best blend of sporty driving/ economy/ low maintenance you'll probably find.
Wee Davie - on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

I've got a 1.9tdi pd Golf. I quite like it, it's not one of the hot ones but drives ok. I'd advise you to get yours professionally inspected before buying. I just had to fork out big bucks for a new dual mass flywheel & clutch. Don't buy one blind, though I'd advise that for any 2nd hand car.
Hardonicus - on 12 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: I have a Golf 130 bhp TDI 1.9. I rinse it a bit and get about 45 mpg on short trips. Longer motorway journeys about 50-55 but that's sat at 80-85 mph. If you don't drive like a nob 60 is obtainable as demonstrated by the missus...
Wallm0nkey - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: I've got a Bora tdi 150 another option to look at same engines but tends to be higher spec for less money. I usually get 45mpg average and around 55 on longer journeys I find the same it's worse on short journeys. But as said check it over with a fine tooth comb mine had full vw history but has still needed the camshaft and lifters replacing due to wear. The dmf is on its way too now... I like the car but it doesn't seem to do small cheap problems! It's just getting to 100k miles ideally look for one that's had the expensive jobs done.
handjammer - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: We've got a 2003 Golf 1.9 GTI (150bhp), which we have owned from new, and I have to say that it's an absolutely fantastic car. It has been serviced regularly throughout the 106000 miles we've done in it, still pulls really strongly and get the sort of economy you're after - I don't mess about with my right foot either.

I live in Germany so on the autobahns it is superb - fast yet thoroughly safe, not as fast as my Saab Aero but significantly better than the 30mpg I get out of that on a run! The Golf seats are really comfortable too, after a 3 or 4 hour drive I get out feeling fresh. Boot space is sufficient for a family of four camping trip, or our trips back to the UK.

I summary, it is a brilliant car and I'm glad we have it. Highly recommended.
Trangia - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

In the past I've owned both a 1.9 GTI 130 Golf and a 140 Bora. Both are great cars and as you say loads of torque and very economical, both easily returning 60 plus mpg on a run and 50 mpg plus around town.

The Golf is also a very sturdy car as I found when I was hit head on by an out of control car coming towards me on a bend, and walked away from the write of with hardly a scratch and just minor air bag burns. I suspect the Bora is the same.

The Bora has a huge boot and could carry more than the Golf when going away climbing/camping, although with it's hatchback the Golf was better for awkward shaped loads like a lawn mower.

The Bora was more balanced, cornered better and was altogether a nicer and better drive than the Golf. I also think it's a nicer looking car.

If I was in the market again for a VAG range car I'd definitely go for a Bora.

Drive one.
Trangia - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Trangia:

I meant to say that with the exception of my current car, which is a totally different concept, the Bora is probably the nicest car I've ever owned.
martinph78 on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: Thanks again everyone. I shall look at the Bora as well, did notice quite a few of those about on autotrader.

I have been looking at the Saab 9-3 saloon also. It claims to do 52mpg combined, 64mpg extra urban but I am dubious. Used to own a 900 and it was awesome, love the Saabs and can't believe that you can get them so cheap now. There's also the Astra 1.7cdti, but we used to have a couple of them in work and I wasn't very impressed. They did return awesome mpg though.

The sensible money does seem to be on one of the VAG 1.9tdi's. Surprised to hear of the problems, so will keep all of that in mind when I'm shopping.

Thanks for the great feedback, pretty confident I'll be getting the mpg I want. Hopefully the landy sells quickly!

Cheers, Martin
Swig - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

My Leon PD 130 does about 49mpg average commuting (with plenty of hills and sheffield traffic). Around 54mpg on a longer journey.
Tall Clare - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

I've heard of issues with build quality on the 9-3s - that might be a reason why they're surprisingly cheap.
Trangia - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

One other thing which I don't think has been mentioned is that the VAG engines are normally due for a cam belt change at about 80,000 miles. This could set you back a few hundred quid, so if the mileage is close to that check whether it's been done or if buying from a dealer I'd ask for a new cam belt to be included for anything over 60,000 miles.
Fultonius - on 13 Nov 2012
I'm about to sell a 2006 1.9tdi Seat Leon if you're interested?

55000 miles, just done the big service (timing belt and water pump) so good for another 60000 with no major bills. Selling it to fund our campervan.

Irk the Purist - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

My Focus 1.8 TDCi (2005) gets 45mpg around town and short journeys and easily goes over 60mpg on a-roads. I used to get 65mpg+ on a 45mile each way commute entirely on a-roads, driven carefuly. It drops to 60mpg ish on the motorway because I tend to go much faster.

HTH

martinph78 on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Fultonius: YHM. Think it will be over budget though?

Thanks again all.

Just looked at "Real MPG" website and the VW's do well, the SAAB not so well. Not heard of build issues but know the company has gone bust so maybe, like rover, that's why they are so cheap now.

Will look at the focus as well.

Glad I asked, was getting bored of wading through autotrader at the same stuff.
cap'nChino - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: If you can wait and want to buy new. There is a new style golf coming out next year. Looks very nice.
GrahamD - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

Mid 40s from my 200,000 mile Peugeot 307 1.9l. If you are really that worried about economy, you probably need to swallow hard and think about this bit of your question:

"The golf meets the criteria on paper, specifically the torque figures as that would suit my driving style (and hence why I'd like a bit bigger engine). Shame it looks so boring, but I can live with that if it's fun behind the wheel :)"

You won't get economy if you drive like a boy racer !

Bjartur i Sumarhus on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: I just had a look at the true MPG page on what car and I have to say I am dubious.

I compared a Ford Focus 1.6 petrol (3k miles a year/urban/slow drive style) with a Discovery 3.0 ltr diesel (same stats as Focus)

A difference of 70 annual fuel costs. Can that be right?
Tall Clare - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Game of Conkers:

I have a Ford Focus 1.6 petrol (53 plate) and it's not that hot on fuel consumption - not much over 40 to the gallon last time I checked. I don't drive like a nutter (regardless of anything else, I can't afford to!)
dunc56 - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: Would you consider the later version ? - the MKIV has a pretty poor chassis - but a good engine - I have the MK5 gt TDI 140 and get about 45 -50 - beware the computer though as mine fibs.
pebbles - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: skoda fabia 1.9 diesel (so more or less the same engine as the golf). between 55-60mpg most journeys, once got 74 mpg when driving very stingily on low fuel and a forgotten wallet!
Fraser on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

I'm on my second Passat 130 TDi Sport with the 6 speed box; the current one is a '53 plate. On a long run I can get mid 50's taking it easy. About town, it's nearer 30, if I'm only going a couple of miles. Not sure if it's exactly the same engine as the GT Golf, but it's way more torquey than the newer Passats which are 140bhp (new sport versions are the same engine, just different interior trim)

I'd considered a Golf, but felt it just a bit small in cabin space as well as boot space. I'd had a saloon Passat before getting my current estate, which wins hands down.
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Bjartur i Sumarhus on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Tall Clare: I'm sure you're right, but I still would have thought a car that weighed probably twice as much, four wheel drive, with an engine almost twice as big, using a fuel that is 8p a ltr dearer just driven in an urban environment would cost more than 70 extra a year in fuel costs over the 1.6 petrol focus.

Irk the Purist - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Game of Conkers:

3000 miles a year? That's only 6 tanks of fuel so 70 is quite a lot!

At 20k miles a year that's 500 a year difference.


martinph78 on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Game of Conkers: Think you've gone wrong somewhere, or the website has?

I've spent a lot of time working it out and doing EVERYTHING I can to NOT sell the discovery!

Mines a 2.5 diesel getting a combined average 25mpg. Can squeeze 29mpg out of it but that's the best. So it cost me 40 to get to Keswick and back, without any driving around when I'm there or going further to say the Langdales.

I'll be able to save at least 1612 per year, or 31 a week, driving a golf tdi. I was looking for a smaller diesel to save on road tax as well, but decided that's one price I am prepared to pay!

Haven't looked at petrols because It wouldn't be worth me chaniging to a petrol.
steve taylor - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

My 2005 2.0TDi Octavia with 144k on the clock gets 54mpg with normal driving, if I'm frugal I get 60mpg. That's on a 40 mile each way commute. On a longer run I still get about 60mpg. Shorter journeys through town return about 50mpg.

Running costs over the 65000 miles I've had the car have been nil, barring fuel tyres, MOT fharges and servicing. I know the EGR is playing-up, but that's only 70 to replace and the car runs OK even with the engine warning light on.

Sadly I've got to sell it soon - doubt I'll ever get something as reliable again.
stack - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: Try waiting for the new plates to come out in the spring & that may knock the price down a bit?
martinph78 on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to steve taylor: Hi Steve, the octavia is on my list, never considered it before asking here.

Also looking at the Astra 1.7cdti estate (57mpg combined but a bit dull!)and another surprise, the A4 1.9tdi 130 (really like these).

Gonna enjoy test driving them all. An estate would be ideal fr the mountain bikes I guess, but I've managed with roofbars before :)

Thanks again, handy to bounce ideas around from people with similar interests/needs to mine as well. It's all about getting to the mountains more and having momey left to tell the tale in the pub afterwards :p



martinph78 on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to stack: Problem with that is the best time to sell my Landy is in the winter :) I am now praying for heavy snow in the next week or two!
suilven - on 13 Nov 2012
2001 plate Audi A4 Avant 1.9tdi 115bhp - 130k on the clock and drives like new. I can get 63mpg by taking my time, around 50-53mpg on average when mostly short local runs. Would highly recommend.

Beats my Pajero 2.8 tdi which did 23mpg - but then again it ran on cooking oil......
Different Steve - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:
No-one's mentioned the Honda Civic Diesel yet. Probably the best car I've ever had, frankly.

Mine's the previous model (a new one came out last year I think) but the 2.2l diesel pulls like hell and does around 50mpg urban or motorway (more if I had a lighter right foot) . It also has significantly more space than a Golf and a much funkier dashboard. I'd buy another right away.
Tom V - on 13 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:
That's because it's not a true 4x4. In normal use it drives with 90% + power to the front wheels so it's a great and fairly economical cruiser.

I drive mine into wet fields quite a lot and it's then that the Haldex clutch kicks in and sends some power to the back wheels as well. So far I've only been bogged down once but you have to realise the limitations of what you're driving: it is no Defender!

TBH I have had a few hefty bills this year (shock absorbers, A/C pump ) but as you approach the 1000,000 mark you expect a few things to crop up.

It's a UK cliche but the Octavia, especially 1.9 or 2.0 TDI, is the car to beat.
thebrookster on 14 Nov 2012
Skoda has my vote as well, good solid cars that perform well all round.

There is a good reason why Taxi's have been using them for a while, they tend to be economic, hardwearing, and dealer garage costs were normally very cheap (or at least they used to be). That was one of the reasons taxi firms liked em, cheaper to fix than most other marques in the UK!
steve taylor - on 14 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

Oh - failed to mention - mine's a hatchback, but I can fit a bike in the boot (seats folded down) without taking the wheels off. Could probably get 2 in with front wheel off.
martinph78 on 14 Nov 2012
In reply to steve taylor: Drop me an email if you have an idea how much you will want for it. Could be interested. Of course I need to wait to sell the Discovery before I can buy anything but hopefully that won't take long.

lithos on 15 Nov 2012
In reply to Tom V:
> TBH I have had a few hefty bills this year (shock absorbers, A/C pump ) but as you approach the 1000,000 mark you expect a few things to crop up.
>

a million miles - really ?
Fraser on 15 Nov 2012
In reply to lithos:

All cars are "approaching" a million miles, just some faster than others ;)
martinph78 on 17 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: Had a look at a few cars today and actually really liekd teh Peugot 307 1.6 HDi station wagon. Comfortable, flexible seating, good driving position (bit higher seat). Might not be the most fun vehicle out there but it looks great for lugging bikes and climbing gear about. Not the most fun I looked at today but...

Anyone got one of these?

Quite a few newer/cheaper than the VW/Audi group vehicles.
Fraser on 18 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:
> ...really liekd teh Peugot 307 1.6 HDi station wagon.

<sucks air through teeth>

Your call, but I'd take VAG over PUG any day. (There's a good reason they're a fair bit cheaper.)
Ciro - on 18 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

Tanking it up to Pembroke from London as fast as I can on a friday evening (100 - 110mph wherever the traffic allows), I get about 43mpg from my 110 bhp 2.0 hdi citroen C5 estate, so I assume at 65mph I would be getting close to the figures you're looking for, and it's a great climbing car.

Absolutely cavernous in the back with the seats down (comfortable for two to sleep in if you're not a giant) and fine for a team of 5 with boulder mats down to bleau.

Pursued by a bear - on 18 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: Another recommendation for the Bora 130 bhp diesel from a happy ex-owner. The only reason I changed was because rust was beginning to bubble at the foot of the passenger door, so do add that to your inspection list.

I also looked at a Saab diesel when changing but was put completely off the idea by owner's reviews. I ended up with a Vectra 150 bhp diesel. Not quite the economy of the Bora but otherwise fine. Dull, but fine. And the boot's enormous.

T.
fast eddie - on 18 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

Just hit 100k in a 2000 mk4 TDI golf (not 130). Very little has gone wrong with it, never broken down, just needed to fix the usual small things which you can sort yourself in the main. The mkiv golf forum is a handy resource.

Really like it but now looking at new shocks etc that need replacing through age. I'd wager it would be good for another 50,000 as long as you replace the relevant old parts.

In terms of economy, never worked out exactly, but reckon it must be just over 50mpg on average. Recent trip from Yorkshire to font (driving around font for a week) with roof rack and four people only took two and half tanks. Economy really good on motorway even with roof rack.
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fast eddie - on 18 Nov 2012
In reply to Fraser:

Am trying to put the wife off a Peugeot despite an improving reputation.

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/articles/2011/03/cars/peugeot-207-is-most-reliable-used-car

In terms of build quality versus VAG- what are the main differences?
John_Hat - on 18 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

Lady Blue used to have a 1997 1.9 Golf Tdi (90hp) and despite being a severly ill car by the time we got rid use to regularly return 50+mpg, up to 65mpg if driven carefully.

She's now got a 2012 Seat Leon Ecomotive (1.6tdi), which returns 55mpg on her (stop-start) commute, and well over 70mpg on motoways. We've not hit the theoretical 84mpg yet, but we've had mid-70's. If you are looking for both fun to drive and economical the Leon is hard to beat, as slowing down for corners appears optional. :-) Plus its a Golf-based car.

I used to have an 2005 Octavia 1.9tdi (115hp) 4x4, which used to return 55mpg-60mpg on motorways (and I have a heavy foot).

The 2006 passat (1.9tdi 105hp) used to get 45 (heavy foot)-55 (economical)mpg on motoways. Quite a bit worse than the Octavia despite not being that much bigger, and having a lower power turbo.

I've currently got a 2011 Skoda Superb 4x4 2.0tdi (170hp), and that does about 45 mpg on motorways if seriously tanking it (90-100mph+), 50mpg at normal motorway speeds (70-80mph), 55mpg at 65mph-75mph and on one notable day where I had a puncture and hence was limited to 50mph but had to do a long journey whether I liked the idea of driving on a space saver spare or not returned 70mpg, which is outstanding for such a big car.

The above gives you a range for VAG-based cars, both current and past. Hope helpful. Basically it looks, from my experience and what you say about your driving, that any of the golf-based (Golf/A3/Leon/Octavia) 1.9tdi or 2.0tdi engines (with possible exception of the 170hp version of the 2.0tdi) will meet your criteria, and the 1.6tdi versions will exceed them.
jon on 18 Nov 2012
In reply to Ciro:

> Tanking it up to Pembroke from London (...)

Down. You go UP to London...
Pursued by a bear - on 18 Nov 2012
In reply to jon: Across both ways, shirley?

T.
jon on 18 Nov 2012
In reply to Pursued by a bear:

Try asking a Londoner.
Pursued by a bear - on 18 Nov 2012
In reply to jon: No, thanks. Replies from the directionally self-centred tend to attract the assertive response they unassumingly invite. It can lead to feathers becoming ruffled.

T.
NewBoyoDano on 20 Nov 2012 - cpc6-wiga12-2-0-cust551.pres.cable.virginmedia.com
In reply to Martin1978:

My wife drives a Golf GT Sport TDi 170bhp, DSG. When I drive, I get low 40's MPG, however my wife easily gets mid 50's MPG.

Incredible car.

Also something to note - We've had it since new - it's 2006 - last year we received a letter from VW stating there was a recall on some 2.0 TDis from that year. They replace all the injectors FOC.
martinph78 on 26 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978: Just to say thanks for the advice, gone and bought an Audi A4 1.9tdi estate. Very nice it is as well. "Only" 110bhp but to be honest, coupled with teh 5 speed gearbox, I really like the way it drives. Pulls well from low down and gets up to speed without you realising it! Handles VERY well as well, even in this horrid weather!

Fingers crossed it is reliable and trouble free. I'm very pleased with it having looked at so much rubbish over the last week it's nice to find something clean, tidy, without any rattles!

Looking forward to giving it a run over to the Lakes at the weekend!
thebrookster on 26 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:
> Handles VERY well as well, even in this horrid weather!

Ahh!! You mean it is an amphibicar!!
Tony Simpson - on 27 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

Hi ya Martin,

made a good choice the VWA group are great cars and really liked the A4 we had.

Why not take it in for a remap, an added 40 bhp and if you get the right map then a big increase in MPG's as well. Just had my T5 camper done 130 to 170 (well with the map Ive had on its more like 154) but an increase in mpg's from 37 ish to 45+and a much smoother drive.

Def worth the money I would say you could reach nearly 70+ mpg with yours (as mine did nearly 60 on long runs anyway) on the right map

T
floss_81 on 27 Nov 2012
Dont get a pug/cit 1.4 diesel. Total crap. The money you save on tax/fuel you will spend on fixing the junk. Stick to german. vag all the way!
Rigid Raider - on 27 Nov 2012
In reply to Martin1978:

2011 Passat B7 estate, 140 bhp Tdi model, with 22,000 miles on the clock I am now averaging 48 mpg, easily achieving 52 mpg on a short run and have seen 58.5 mpg on a long A road run.

I can fit 3 people and 3 bikes inside it, it handles well and is comfortable and accelerates very well. The winter pack gives me heated windscreen, seats, washer nozzles and mirrors. Oh, and the CO2 emissions are so much lower than my old B6 model that I got a 135 reduction in my monthly tax with the new car.

What's not to like?
martinph78 on 28 Nov 2012
In reply to Tony Simpson: I did think about a remap, will wait until the new year though. I am happy enough with the performance to be honest. I like the relaxed drive. Your passenegrs (an I) don't realise just how quickly it gets up to speed. It is really, really quiet inside as well.

60mpg on a run would be great and help with the higher 215 road tax that I am paying. Figured it was worth it though!

I miss my Land Rover but think I've made a good choice (and got a bargain!) with the A4. Much smoother/quieter than mostly everything else I drove, and I don't think the hatchbacks would have been big enough.

Do need to sort out a replacement for the radio cassette though!





martinph78 on 28 Nov 2012
In reply to floss_81: That is an argument I made to myself. Perhaps unfairly, but was justification in my mind!
martinph78 on 03 Dec 2012
In reply to Martin1978: Well it seems unbelievable, but without really trying to drive economically I have returned 55mpg over mixed driving and conditions, mostly A roads but quite a bit of running around town.

If that's without trying I'm well pleased! If I stick to speed limits and go a bit easer on the right foot I'm sure this could increase further.

Brilliant! I can now get to the Lakes AND still afford to eat!

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