I'd always be searching the web, never go by what the manufacturer says.
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I have to go by what Mrs.Cno says ...........which is why we ended up with a Renault!
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Ah...now that explains why you bought 2 Renaults back to back!
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The last one had a design, where the engine needed to be removed in order to replace a glow plug!
I can't wait to find out what joys are in store with this one!
Hertz gave me a Renault Megane when I visited Dublin last year, new with only 3000 miles on the clock. On the 2nd day, the gas lift of the rear boot failed, so the door wouldn't stay up! It was a lovely car to drive though.
Yes, they make comfortable good to drive cars, but they do suffer quirky problems. When the previous one was a few weeks old, the tumblers in the ignition jammed down, so the key couldn't be inserted......The whole ignition, along with all locks and immobilizer had to be replaced. This was one of about six faults that appeared in the first year, which included electrical, computer, airbag and oil seal faults.
Renault sorted them without a problem. The car was then pretty reliable, but as it got old, Renault have some weird engineering, which is very expensive to replace when it wears out (scrapyards become your haunt of choice).
I found this with a Peugeot 307 D Turbo I had (2.0 HDi). Official 54mpg, actual about 40-43. It would drop to 38 in freezing weather.
I have a Skoda Octavia vRS petrol now which I get 31-34 from, not a million miles from the 36mpg claimed. VW Group are more honest!
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Buy a Ford... they drive brilliantly and their mpg is good ... also they now have an engine that is the size of an A4 piece of paper that gives great mileage.
I don't think the car companies have any say in the "official" mpg tests.....which means the differing results must be down to something else like drag coefficient or something.
Consider that the Combined figure is merely a calculation derived from simulated, lab-based tests (using a rolling road) for Urban and Extra Urban.
Real world, the Combined is what you'll get on a long run / touring.
Re Golf TDI's MPG - overall, VW Group is notoriously 'modest' re its cars' performance, MPG and power stats.
Worth checking Autocar's road tests becuase they include the test's Overall, Track and Touring MPG.
Thank you for the heads up........when (if) I see 50mpg under any driving conditions, I will be happy.
Honest John's Real MPGs always worth checking
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Yup SD, I did come across the site and it seems to be more realistic.......but thx for the link.
Well I filled up at lunchtime having done 619.5 miles on 51.50 litres, which equates to 54.6mpg. That's about 60% motorway, 25% fast A-road (with long hills) and 15% country A-road, don't know how that relates to "combined" or extra urban etc...
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