fuel consumption/power 360e

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  1. bonneville

    bonneville Read Only Funster

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    Hi folks, I have a 1997 Compass 360e based on the Boxer 2.5d, I wonder if anyone can give me an idea if my expierience with mpg and power is normal. Some facts, the engine has 70000 miles on her, she has been serviced very frequently has had cam belt fitted 2000 miles ago, to me(I am a mechanic) the engine and running gear are spot on, no brakes binding etc.
    If I drive at 50 mph I can get 25 mpg, any faster than that and the engine seems stressed too high revs you know, doesnt feel comfortable. The 2.5 non turbo engine seems to run out of puff at the slightest of hills, which is embarrsing when traffic is behind you.What I am asking fellow 360 owners is does this sound like yours or not? I am not expecting sports car perfomance with 60mpg but I would expect to maybe drive at 55 60 and get better mpg.I dont even fill my water tank and have cut down on what we carry to decrease the weight.
    Any ideas or am I expecting too much?
     
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    Hi, Son in law has a fiat 2.5 and reckons on 30 mpg. Yours sound just like mine, A pug Boxer but a 1.9 rolls along great at 50/60. great when down hill, but show it a head on hill and it just gives up the ghost. never quite got down to 1 st gear but struggled in 2nd. got a load of hassle from local drivers coming back from spain over into france Average about 24.5- 25 mpg.
    As the price og Diesel began to rise I started to run on veg oil, but thats as dear as deisel.:thumb:

    Don
     
  3. bonneville

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    Thanks for the reply, My next port of call is to get the fuel pump and the injectors serviced and see if that helps. I suppose its a lot of weight to pull along plus you cant call a C class aerodynamic unless bricks are. Still enjoy every minute of our trips away but will try to make her more efficient.
    Cheers:thumb::thumb:
     
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    with any "Brick" shaped van the fuel consumption will rise exponentially at any speed over 50mph due to the wind resistance.


    "For a solid object moving through a fluid, the drag is the component of the net aerodynamic or hydrodynamic force acting opposite to the direction of the movement. The component perpendicular to this direction is considered lift. Therefore drag opposes the motion of the object, and in a powered vehicle it is overcome by thrust."

    more thrust = more fuel burnt. simple physics for those who want to see the maths involved
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drag_(physics)
     
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