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  1. Thats my 4th tank of fuel in those 680mls (admittedly not always empty when filled) of mostly motorway driving I took that last week after completing a journey from Glasgow to just south of Ashford, Kent. I don't find it that inaccurate.
  2. The range remaining function is not very good at all and I don't ever trust it. My gauge is that when it goes to the low fuel message, i know there is roughly 2 gallons of diesel left, in my mind I know I can drive upwards of 60 miles safely before I will run out. I usually get to my low fuel message at around 400 miles mark. I find my range gauge to be fairly accurate. Obviously it reads a little on the low side. My fuel light comes on after about 220mls.
  3. Not decided at all. Seen a nice 330C Diesel. Admittedly slightly high milage, but a good price. My sister has the 5 door version of this and attains good MPG, and has 210 or so BHP. I dunno, I'd need to shop around, see what I see. It's probably going to be German though.
  4. Yaris too small and after the problems with this I wouldn't, at least for the middle term, buy Toyota again. I've owned 3 VAG's before and had very little problems bar general maintainence. Sure the cost isn't the cheapest, but TBH I haven't found Toyota particularly cheap either.
  5. Even if they are somehow getting this figure, the car isn't going to be fun to drive. I want a car I can just jump in and drive, and not need to worry about changing gear at exactly the right revs, and how much pressure I'm putting on the accelerator/brake/clutch/whatever, it's not fun at all and detracts considerably from the driving experience. Quite literally being a few fractions out on these has a a big effect on the T180, where as in any other car I've owned or driven, it's the difference between say 48mpg and 50mpg. I really don't want to have to think about how I'm driving all the time. Coupled with the niggley problems I've had with the car, and general poor build quality, I just can't say I love it anymore, indeed I hate it and am sick of the sight of it. The connection that was there when I bought it is well and truely severed. Small capacity Petrol is what you want for those figures, maybe a Renault Twingo or Mitsubishi Colt? Both too small. I'm looking at something like a Golf GTTdi. My mates got one and comfortably averages mid 40's.
  6. Even if they are somehow getting this figure, the car isn't going to be fun to drive. I want a car I can just jump in and drive, and not need to worry about changing gear at exactly the right revs, and how much pressure I'm putting on the accelerator/brake/clutch/whatever, it's not fun at all and detracts considerably from the driving experience. Quite literally being a few fractions out on these has a a big effect on the T180, where as in any other car I've owned or driven, it's the difference between say 48mpg and 50mpg. I really don't want to have to think about how I'm driving all the time. Coupled with the niggley problems I've had with the car, and general poor build quality, I just can't say I love it anymore, indeed I hate it and am sick of the sight of it. The connection that was there when I bought it is well and truely severed.
  7. OK. Where do I start. Took the car for it's 40k service, which cost a bomb, and Toyota claim they got 48mpg out the car. I've did 197mls since Wednesday, driving the car uber carefully, driving a little slower to work, leaving 5 minutes early. Being very cautious, I've did that 197mls with 25.6L of fuel, so that equates to around 34.5mpg. I physically can't drive the car any more carefully than I am, and I really don't want a car that I have to really think about how I'm driving as it affects the fuel economy so drastically. It's a chore having to think about every single little thing I'm doing, it's no joy at all. I don't need to think about how I drive my parents car, and still get very good MPG figures. I've no idea what Toyota can be doing so drastically different to what I'm doing to get 13mpg more. That aside, since I bought the car back in June. Sunroof has stopped working Burning smell from aircon Front speakers distorting Interior trim (various bits) has fell off Drivers seat broke Start button broke Central locking fault Auto wiper fault I'm at the end of my tether with this car, so, the T180 is now going to get traded in, with the dubious honour of easily being the worst car I've ever owned... Cheers to all on this forum, it's been a great help in my 6mths of Auris ownership, and there is some really good guys on here that know their stuff. Unfortunately, it will be the last time I buy Toyota, so.... Just frustrated more than anything else. The T180 really should of been a great diesel car, it had all the right ingredients. Good equipment levels, powerful diesel engine, decent looking, etc..... it just doesn't work though.
  8. I did an experiment today, driving the 40mls or so to work over B roads. I got stuck behind a small lorry, just followed that, rarely going above 50mph over a B road. Lots of gear changes, however I was returning 50mpg. It got me thinking. So on the way home tonight, I came via a dual carraigeway, I drove approx 10mls @50, 10mls @60 and 10mls @70, purely using the trip computer as a guide (as I know this is accurate to within 5%) Anyway 50mph - 47mpg 60mph - 34mpg 70mph - 29mpg Almost a 30% drop off in economy between 50mph and 60mph and well, 40% drop between 50 and 70mph. 50mph is completely impractical to drive down a motorway. You really need to be doing 70mph on the 400mile+ trips.
  9. Not big enough for my needs. Even the Auris is a little tight. If you are referring to my dual carriageway test, in simplest form, at 70mph if i remember rightly, the T180 sits at around 2k - 2.2k and according to my test that should give around 46mpg. My test includes a big uphill stint plus 2 roundabouts, stop and starts. It's a fairly mixed, fair test. Yeah, on the motorway it's around 2k-2.2k. I'm getting around 250mls to a tank at that speed, which is unacceptable. I don't really see what I can doing that different, cruising at 70mph, to be getting 15mpg less than somebody else.
  10. I hear what you are saying, I to achieve decent fuel economy driving at 50mph. However driving at 50mph is not really feasable for a 450 mile journey. It's 2.5hrs longer than driving at 70mph.
  11. Well when driving down the motorway I don't tend to change gear often :P. The car is just sitting steady at around 2k revs. As for usual driving. I change pretty much when the shift indicators come on. Possibly have a tendency to slightly over rev, but not too bad. I've got the car booked into Toyota. Just a pain in the ***** having to make the round trip, and take a day off work, then find something to do for 5-6-7-8hrs while I wait. Car had it's 40k mile service not long ago, so everything should be fine.
  12. I've been driving 11yrs, owned 20 odd cars, and can't say that I've ever had any problems with poor fuel economy without reason. I've always got around what I'd expect.
  13. My calculation for that trip today, would indicate about 29mpg +-0.5.
  14. Made this journey today. Left at approx 6am, got back home around 2pm. Topped up the tank about 20mls from home. Filled up somewhere south of London, and set the milometer and trip comp, refilled around Manchester (got something to eat) and filled again in Glasgow, about 20mls from home, with 3/4 bars left. Heres the trip computer.
  15. I use BP fuel, I don't have a shell garage within 15mls of me. However BP/Shell/Esso/etc, I don't find any significant difference. Even using the ultimate diesel makes little if any difference. I have cleaned the EGR, I found it made some difference for a short time, but.... It might of been down to me subconsciously driving super cautious. Either way it was last cleaned about 1000mls ago. I've never had a car I've had to drive super cautious before as a tiny difference makes huge differences in MPG. It's a pretty useless scenario if the Auris is going to be like this. If I drive my mums car, a 5 speed 1.7TDi Astra, and I tend to drive that hard as I find you need to get speed out it, I still achieve 54-55mpg. I've never had any MPG problems with any previous car, all have got around what I'd expect, and without really thinking about what I'm doing so.... I don't think my style of driving is the problem. I drive the Auris thinking a lot about what I'm doing and achieve not very good results. The bit I don't get with the car, is no matter what style I seem to drive it in, or the type of road I am driving over, the end mpg stays about the same on an average. I'd say 32mpg +-3mpg is normal, no mater what I'm doing or how I'm doing it. I'm going to be entering a phase of work that is going to see me driving 30-40k miles over the next year. I'm starting to think it's time to trade the Auris in and go back to the German cars. If it wasn't for the fact I'm going to take a big hit on a car I've did less that 10k on, thus not really had value out of, I'd already of did it. However on long journeys I want to be cruising about 78-79mpg down the motorway, and getting low 40's at worst, the Auris just simply does not let me do this, or achieve anywhere near this. I'm not expecting a miracle, I understand it's a fairly powerful diesel car, I just don't think I'm getting good value for cash with this, considering other cars I considered with similar power like the GTTdi Golf, Leon FR, VRS, C4 VTS, etc all achieve mid 40's fairly easily. I would NEVER of bought the Auris if I had been made aware of the low MPG rating. In the forecourt I seen the facts and figures presented to me, and made my decision based on the car I liked most.