Tuesday, August 3, 2010

365/215 Diesel is King!

Posted by hubby...

 Diesel is King!
Finally...after only 20 months and 40,000 miles, I'm starting to see some "real" miles per gallon from my 2009 VW Jetta TDI Sportwagen.

For those of you who don't know my saga, I had a perfectly good 2003 VW Jetta TDI Sedan that averaged 48-50 MPG every fill up. I kept a record every time I filled the car up in order to keep track of whether the higher cost of diesel was saving me money or costing me money. That car was easily a cost saver.

But then, I fell in love with one of the new "clean" diesels and the allure of the Sportwagen led me astray from the humble '03 Sedan. I bought the Sportwagen on my birthday in 2009 and sold the Sedan the following summer.

The Sportwagen has never lived up to VW's billing as offering "mpg in the mid 50's for the highway", averaging from 37-40 mpg per tankful. And I had to drive less than 60, even on the highway to try to get that kind of mileage.

Today, however, was a good day with ideal conditions. On the way to work I actually saw the mpg for my trip hit 50.0 for a brief moment.

I just hope this is a sign of things to come.

The big downside is that, just as my mileage is starting to improve, my daily commute will soon go from 37 miles each way to 2 miles each way.


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