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VW diesel refuel #118

Dates: April 11 to June 12
Odometer: 109204 to 110034
Distance travelled: 830.0 km
Fuel used: 52.924 litres

Calculated fuel economy:
6.4 l/100 km
36.89 miles/US gallon
44.30 miles/imperial gallon

After leaving Ottawa, my fuel efficiency suffered. The problem is this town is small. All my trips are shorter. That’s great for saving time and spending less on fuel, but shorter trips are less efficient in terms of overall fuel economy.

I really have no cause for complaint, though. I’m using less fuel overall, which means savings. The fuel I am consuming is also being used far more efficiently than in any car I’ve ever owned.

VW diesel report: 2013

I still use to track my fuel consumption. Here are the results of my driving in 2013:

  • I refueled 10 times.
  • The average distance I drove between fill-ups was 881.3 km (547.6 miles).
  • The average price I paid per litre of diesel was $1.28 ($4.84 per US gallon).
  • The total distance tracked in 2013 was 8,813 km (5476 miles).
  • To drive that distance, I used 521.25 litres of fuel (137.70 US gallons).
  • I spent an average of $66.59 for each refuel.
  • I spent a total of $665.93 on fuel.
  • That works out to 8¢ per kilometre (12¢ per mile).
  • My average fuel economy for the year was 5.9 litres/100 km (39.8 MPG).

Taking it a bit further, 10 fill-ups in 52 weeks averages out to a fill-up every 5 weeks.

Comparing the numbers to last year’s results is nothing but, on the face of it, good news. Fuel efficiency is up 7% and distance driven is down 27%. These positive results can be yours as well. All you need is either a job located within walking distance of your home (which is not what I had), or no job at all (which is what I had). The slight upswing in fuel economy is at least partly because although my daily in-city driving was drastically reduced, my long distance driving was not.

VW diesel refuel #98

April 4 to April 29
Odometer: 85630 to 86529
Distance travelled: 899.4 km
Fuel used: 57.908 litres

Calculated fuel economy:
6.4 l/100 km
36.5 miles/US gallon
43.9 miles/imperial gallon

Yep, I put 58 litres in a 55 litre tank. Thank goodness for that emergency buffer!

VW diesel refuel #97

March 14 to April 4
Odometer: 84790 to 85630
Distance travelled: 839.3 km
Fuel used: 56.582 litres

Calculated fuel economy:
6.7 l/100 km
34.9 miles/US gallon
41.9 miles/imperial gallon

VW diesel refuel #96

February 23 to March 14
Odometer: 84036 to 84790
Distance travelled: 753.8 km
Fuel used: 52.967 litres

Calculated fuel economy:
7.0 l/100 km
33.5 miles/US gallon
40.2 miles/imperial gallon

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