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Old August 12th, 2013, 06:48   #46
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Took a road trip last weekend and drove the first half with the top down at 70-75mph. The computer showed 42.5mpg for the first stint. The rest of the trip was with the top up at the same speed, and got around 44.2mpg. The only place to fill up on the way back had B20, so we'll see how this tank goes. Hopefully it wont mess anything up.
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Old August 12th, 2013, 06:51   #47
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Oh, and it seems possible to get the filler neck filled with fuel if you are patient. I just kept filling up slowly until fuel came past the trap door in the filler neck. Since you have to have the nozzle in the whole way, its hard to tell when its about to spill over. No fuel seemed to be going onto the ground afterwards, so I think this is an acceptable fill method to get the most in the tank. Wish it was as easy as my Mk5, but oh well.
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Old August 13th, 2013, 20:02   #48
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From what I have read...
VWOA only authorizes B20 in 1 state.

B20 will apparently cause dilution of the oil over time. Keep an eye on the level of the oil as it will increase. If you keep using it, you will need to change the oil sooner...

I am guessing that 1 tank full won't matter but check with your dealer.
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Old August 18th, 2013, 18:46   #49
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My bug is just about a month old, we took a trip up to North Georgia and then to Savannah before returning home, just over 1500 miles. We left with a full tank and were able to make the trip with only filling up twice on the trip but were on fumes when we got home, averaging just over 40 mpg and about 525 miles per tank.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 18:26   #50
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My wife has put 4200 miles in the 10 months she's been driving her 2013 TDI DSG coupe. 100% city driving. Has about 9 miles to her office.

Her average is 30.2 mpg over the 13 fillups.
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Old August 24th, 2013, 22:28   #51
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Thanks all. We test drove a DSG car today, because that was what they had on the lot. We would hold out for a manual trans in any case. We drove a manual Golf to see how the combo works afterward.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 17:48   #52
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44.33 mpg is the latest on my DSG convertible. Most fill up have been over 40mpg.
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Old September 6th, 2013, 05:33   #53
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Took the Beetle to the Fest instead of the Golf and got 51MPG on the way up and 48.8 MPG on the way back. That is WPB Florida to Bethel Maine. Most of the trip was 68MPH and A/C on.

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Old September 12th, 2013, 07:42   #54
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So far the overall reported average is 37.1, but my daily commute average is typically 41+.. My commute is about 18 miles half of which is highway.

I have been seeing my reported average sneak up as I am not playing with the car as much as I get used to it.

The Sport mode shifts in a much more aggressive way but eats into my MPG. When I use the paddle shifters it is fun but it does not feel like a manual. My 97 B4 was a manual and I have never had an automatic car before. My 97 B4 averaged about 44 MPG on my commute.

I live in Florida so my AC is almost always running. I suspect that as time goes into the cooler months my MPG will climb some.
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Old September 13th, 2013, 14:52   #55
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Took the Beetle to the Fest instead of the Golf and got 51MPG on the way up and 48.8 MPG on the way back. That is WPB Florida to Bethel Maine. Most of the trip was 68MPH and A/C on.

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Old September 27th, 2013, 09:07   #56
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I'm now at about 8,700 miles on my TDi convertible (manual) and seem to be settling in at ~41 back and forth to work and ~44 on longer highway trips.

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Old November 3rd, 2013, 17:30   #57
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9/28 477.8 miles 11.041 gal.
43.22 mpg

Last tank filled early

10/03/13 382.4 miles 8.976 gal.
42.6 mpg.
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Old February 15th, 2014, 06:26   #58
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A tank of diesel gets me over 1000 km in the fall and almost 900 sporting Hakka R snow tires in February using a 2013 manual Highline Beetle TDI in Ontario Canada. Oil changes are now done about every 7 K after the first 20 K with changes done more often.

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Old April 8th, 2014, 07:24   #59
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Seems stupid now, but it makes sense that the MPG number would be lower with the top down...and that would be reflected in the EPA MPG number.

The rag-top probably has a higher drag coefficient than a sleek roofline.

In My Miata I get 34 on the highway with the top up, 29 with the top down. Drag makes a huge bit of difference in a convertible. A freinds Mustang convertible also sees a similar sizeable drop.
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Old May 4th, 2014, 04:48   #60
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My bug was replaced in December with a 6 speed manual.
The new one sat most of the winter.

Here is the calculated fuel economy per fill up in April.

Tank 2 40.15 mpg (464.4 miles/ 11.567gal)
Tank 3 41.31 mpg (480.1/11.623)
Tank 4 42.32 mpg (546.4/12.910)
Tank 5 43.03 mpg (452.9/10.526)
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