Best fuel consumption I've ever had!

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    Now that the 330d is well and truly 'run in' I have been checking the fuel consumption on this trip.

    The car has now done 23K miles and this is it's 4th journey to the Balkans.

    Yesterday I filled up to the brim in Liezen in Styria (Austria) then drove 677 km / 421 miles to Lukavac in Bosnia i Hercegovina where I filled up again with only 33.51 litres

    Apart from 3 border crossings Austria to Slovenia / Slovenia to Croatia / Croatia to Bosna I was in 8th gear all the way and cruising at the speed limit of 130kph / 81mph - really :whistle:

    According to my schoolboy maths and conversions that makes it 4.95 l/100km or 57.1 mpg

    That's better than my old 320d - but only for one day and a special day at that - South of Zagreb the autoput was pretty near deserted - only the occasional truck.

    For the whole trip Aberdeenshire to Tuzla - 3035 km / 1886 miles the consumption has been 5.88 l/100km / 48.1 mpg.

    That's pretty good too as I was 'skelping on' as they say in Scotland - especially in Germany - cruising at 100mph where possible with occasional bursts up to around 125 mph.

    Traffic on the German autobahns prevented me reaching the magic 200kph for more than just a few minutes at a time - it needs a load of concentration to travel fast on the old 2-lane autobahn sections with the amount of trucks there are on weekdays on the A3.

    Hopefully it will be less busy on the return journey.
     
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    Steady on, you speed devil you.... :D
     
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    Fantastic Bob....
    That's exactly why you bought it.....
    How many days does it take you? I am looking forward to you giving us a full breakdown of your trip, when you get your full EV ( electric) vehicle in the future.....
    How are you going to undertake a trip like that in a battery powered car?.... How many stops... !!
     
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    Good figures there Sing (y)

    Managed 35.3 mpg on a round trip to Cardiff last weekend (about 300 miles) which i was pretty pleased with, kept it in Efficient mode the whole way.
    The long term average i've been used to is around 22 mpg but mostly do shorter journeys.
     
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    sounds like very good economy, i know i am getting nothing like that mileage from the same engine in a bigger body, but then i have never really done any real long motorway trips

    what am i getting, I have no idea at all because i have never checked, the OBC has never been reset since i have had the car and i would imagine it is around 37-38 combined i haven't looked at it for ages so have no idea what it is on currently
     
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    That s very impressive figures .(y)
     
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    Looked up 'skelping'...So this is the Scottish way of cruising? :oops:

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Skelping
     
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    This shows that for long journeys and crossing continents, diesel is still the best option. (y) :whistle:
     
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    when we were kids and got a skelping it was usual a smack around the ear from mum
     
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    Impressive stuff. I've just returned from Croatia and managed this:

    IMG_0815.JPG
     
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    I dread to think how many days and stops would be needed to do this kind of a journey in a pure electric vehicle.

    As things stand at the moment only a masochist would even attempt it - current battery life is useless for a long journey.

    We take five days to travel to Bosna i Hercegovina - I could (and have) done it in two and a half with minimal stops - but you then need a day or two to recover so it's pointless.

    Far better to travel like a civilized human being rather than a present day Mr Toad - we like to set off around 9.30 to avoid the 'getting to work' rush hour and stop for dinner, bed and breakfast not much later than six o'clock usually.

    The outbound trip generally goes like this:

    Aberdeen to Wolverhampton
    Wolverhampton to Lille
    Lille to Wurzburg
    Wurzburg to Graz
    Graz to Tuzla

    I can totally understand that most people couldn't take the time to do this - if you only have two or weeks holiday then you are unlikely to want to spend more than half of it getting just there and back.

    Of course I'm spoilt - I used to be a Teacher then a University Lecturer -so long Summer holidays to wander around Europe were the norm for us.

    I still enjoy this particular trip - I've been doing it for over 25 years - and always vary the homeward leg to visit new places or old familiar favourite ones.

    A diesel is perfectly suited to this kind of use - and the N57 engine suits it better than most.

    Being a fully paid up drive-train anorak I even drew up a chart giving me kph & mph per 1000rpm in all of the 8 gears.

    I don't push it much over 2000 rpm - that's where it reaches peak torque of 560Nm which at 45mph/1000rpm equals 90mph or 145kph.

    Running around peak torque in 8th gear equates to great economy - better than in the UK at 60mph in 8th gear for example, which would be only 1300rpm or so.

    It sounds a bit counter-intuitive but this engine with the ZF box gives better economy the faster one goes.

    Obviously that holds good only up to a point - which I guess would be around 140mph - i.e just over 3000rpm.
     
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    Yup that meaning is there too. (y)
     
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    Same philosophy here. First time we did the trip we did it in a oner and it was horrendous as I had to do all the driving, never again. This time round we spent two days in Germany, two in Austria, 12 in Croatia, three in Italy and one in France - much better. Itinerary looked like this:

    Cochem in the Mosel Valley. Gorgeous but busy.
    Hallstatt in Austria. Glad I went but never again.
    Ogulin, Croatia to see the folks.
    Island Vis for ten days - scorchio.
    Back to Ogulin for a day.
    Limone, Italy near Lake Garda for three nights. V relaxing, never left the hotel!
    Epernay, France for one night. Probably the worst leg, almost 12 hours in total from Italy, traffic was miserable and it seems to take forever getting through Switzerland.
     
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    @The CO - I have my trip computer programmed to 'reset automatically' every day so I never see statistics like your pic for an entire round trip, but instead get each day separately

    What you're showing is pretty good - I'm sure that mine would likely show similar figures if all the 'pootling about' in BiH with short journeys to shops and restaurants etc. on poor roads was taken into account.

    I've just filled the tank on arrival and the overall figures for the entire life of the car so far in the 'On Board Computer' screen is currently showing:

    Range: 1045km 649 miles
    Consumption: 6.0l/100km 47.08mpg
    Av Speed: 65.2kph 40.51mph
     
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    the moving quickly part was us running up the close away from mum :LOL::LOL:
     
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    I would like to have a better idea of my fuel consumption as well. I sometimes check it 'on the go' but haven't managed to set my trip computer to calculate or see mine after a trip yet.

    Do all versions of idrive let you do that? Mine is a 2009 E61.
     
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    As in "I’ll gie ye a skelpit lug! Ya wee Nuff!" :D
     
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    I heard it described as, 'I'll gie ye a scalp in the pus!' Is that right, should it be 'skelp'?
     
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    yes a skelp is a smack with an open hand, so a slap in the face,
     
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