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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 11:55 am    Post subject: What's your gas mileage / fuel economy? Reply with quote

With the high cost of gas these days, I think many of us would like to know how much others consume. Please state:

Year
model
engine
trans
mods
tires
etc
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1987 Vanagon (Full Camper)
2.1l engine/auto trans
no mods done
michelin ( i think?) tires


on 14 gallons i've averaged about 200-225 miles

which works out to about 16/mpg

The $$ spent on gas compared to my jetta hurts - but when you get there and pop the top its OH SO WORTH IT Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1980 Westy
2.0 engine
Original 14" tires w/ worthless regular passenger car tires
No mods.

15 mpg in town (haven't tested highway).
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1981 Vanagon Air Cooled with brand new 2.0L Fuel Injection (Stock). About 18 MPG in town with the Air Conditioning off. Have not taken on highway, but would expect around the same (all of my previous F.I. VWs have gotten the same highway and city MPG)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's your gas milage / fuel economy?

17-18 loaded on highway 16 around town

Year 1985
model westy
engine 2.1
trans manual
mods none
tires stock
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess I should answer my own thread:

Year 1985 182K miles chassis ?? miles on replacement used engine
model Westy
engine 1.9
trans automatic
mods none
tires 185/14 - stock

I get 17 mpg combined for the last two tank fulls. Seems to run just as it should. This mileage is with the van lightly loaded. I am not a lead foot either. Is that why people flip me off and honk?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

16.2 MPG Avg on Mostly Highway, Best run so far is 17.38 MPG.
Year 1986
model VanagonGL
engine 2.1L
trans Automatic
mods Just my driving habits at this point
tires Stock, Do not remember brand, but stock size
etc Love the car, hate the mileage, but better than some cars I know.
I keep the air pressure up, my foot out of the gas, I run chevron or injector cleaner every 4 tanks, And I try to keep her clean.
I try always to keep the windows closed, unless it is just too hot. Also use longer following distances, so I can keep a steady speed, and plan ahead.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

85 westy non camper
1.9
4 speed
stock everything inc. tires
20 city
23-26 highway
I do a LOT of coasting
That 26 average was a trip from vegas to santa barbara, lot of hills.
BTW I never go over 55....if they don't like it..... Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

85, 1.9 7 passenger, stock everything.

I average 20-21 no matter what kind of driving I am doing.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1986 Wolfy Westy Weekender
2.1 - 4 speed
195/75 r 14's Wildcat A/T's (Les Schwab Brand)
Everything is stock.

Get's between 18 and 19 mpg (best of 19.23)

My 70-80 mile round trip to work every day is killing the bank account! I need to get a commuter car Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1990 vanagon gl
2.1 4spd
mercedes clk wheels [16x7.5] with h&r spacers
yokohama avid h4s 215/60x16

in the city i get ~17-18mpg
on trips i get ~22mpg

amazingly, i've had two trips where i am still shocked....
five bro's, 12 surfboards strapped on top, 22mpg and hardly any freeway driving. else with four oc1's, four bro's and all rigging for six man outrigger as seen here:
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~21mpg as well... though i'm easy on the gas pedal...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my sister has a 1989 vanagon gl
2.1l 5spd [non syncro, german installed]
21gal tank
porsche c2 18" wheels
and she gets in just around ~20mpg...

our family must have weird vans Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ekv wrote:
my sister has a 1989 vanagon gl
2.1l 5spd [non syncro, german installed]
21gal tank
porsche c2 18" wheels
and she gets in just around ~20mpg...

our family must have weird vans Confused


How/Were did she get a 21 Gal tank? Stock is 15.9 Gal!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'80 Westy
2.0l Boston Bob with 5k miles
Stock except K&N and 72-74 stock exhaust

22-24 on recent 1200 mile trip in New England.
Don't check local but guess 18-20.
55-60mph mostly
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2005 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How/Were did she get a 21 Gal tank? Stock is 15.9 Gal!!!


the PO had that installed. you can order them from europe and shipped, not cheap at all. kind of like parts from south africa... a few years back when the rand was weaker, it was worth it to contact friends and ship stuff, now the rand is too strong to make it worth while. just fly over and get it yourself Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2005 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

town; 14-16mpg
hwy; [email protected] 70mph
24+ @ 55mph (prefer the 55)
1987 Westy with stock 2.0 lightly loaded.
Automatic
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2005 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Manual 80 Westy w/ and Bugpack exhaust with moderate load gets about 19 mpg on the highway doing 50-60. Cooper LT tires.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2005 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

87 Westy Mine varies as much as 4 mpg, 16 to 20 mpg, 86 Syncro 19 to 21 mpg.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2005 8:06 pm    Post subject: Mileage miser Reply with quote

Being cheap, I opted for a diesel, being retired (poor) I keep my speed down. I have an 1988 turbo Jetta Diesel installed in my 82 Diesel Westy.
Running 195/75 x 14 michelin LTX at 42 psi. Keeping my speed at or below (50mph) I get 30.3 mpg consistently. One long day doing 2900 rpm (48 mph) with a 20 mph tail wind in Saskatchewan (flater than a pool table) I broke 36 mpg after covering 374 miles. I doubt I will ever see that again. I laughed so hard in disbelief I had to get my wife to verify my calculations. And that's being a fully ladened Westfalia topping out at 4,400+ lbs. The worst I get (@ my top speed of 56 mph) is 27.5 mpg.
Mind you my GPS indicates these distances are optimistic by 2.5 - 3 %; still it's impressive even allowing for that.
So switch to Diesel and slow down and enjoy the scenery.
My last Westy a 1984 1.9 wasserboxer AUTOMATIC got 23.2 mpg also at 55 mph or less until my engine job then it dropped to 19.8. I also noticed having a bicycle strapped to the front dropped my mileage a full 10%. These figures are based on 5 trips across America in my westys.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2005 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

84 Camper, no mods, stock tires
I got 17-18 mpg on my last long trek. Florida to Cali in 4 days! Averaged just over 70 mph on the highway. I'd imagine it'd be even better when I'm not in such a hurry Smile
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