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    Default Serious, how to drive a GSi economically.

    HA HA HA, i know alot of you are going to take the mickey but theres got to be a way of driving it economically.

    Right, it's been confirmed today at work that they are moving us from Luton (5 min walk from where i live) to Letchworth which is 20 miles away.
    Now i bought the car at the end of March and don't wanna get rid of it as i love it too much but at present i can't get it above 20 mpg?
    Calculating roughly a 40 mile round trip 5 to 6 days a week its working out to about £300-£350 a month on fuel alone to get to work which i really can't justify.

    Seriously i really need your help guys as i'm really not happy about the position they have put us in.

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    An LPG conversion would probably be your best option tbh. Of course the usual of being in the correct gear, tyre pressures servicing etc.

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    Accelerate slowly, change gear early, but not so early that the engine labours, maintain momentum. When you get to the hilly bits of the A505 between Luton and Hitchin, gain speed on the downhill sections and don't try to increase speed as you go uphill - if you lose a few MPH as you go up, that's fine. Not sure how you'll be able to drive economically as you queue to get into Hitchin though (assuming you'll be doing the journey during rush hour).

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    using the cruise control often helps with MPG figures too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoxie View Post
    using the cruise control often helps with MPG figures too
    Not when you're driving uphill - it trys to maintain speed where you don't need to and costs you extra fuel by doing so.

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    fair point, well made

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    Accelerate slowly, change gear early, but not so early that the engine labours, maintain momentum. When you get to the hilly bits of the A505 between Luton and Hitchin, gain speed on the downhill sections and don't try to increase speed as you go uphill - if you lose a few MPH as you go up, that's fine. Not sure how you'll be able to drive economically as you queue to get into Hitchin though (assuming you'll be doing the journey during rush hour).
    As i'm in Sundon Park i will be going the Barton to Hitchin route and then to miss the traffic going though Hitchin into Letchworth i'll head down the A602 and then onto the A1M as it's nearly in Baldock. Still annoying as they have said they will compensate us for 12 months for fuel costs but that only works out to £4 per day and then its taxed as well.

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    Give it a try both routes - Hitchin straight to Letchworth, and your idea of A1M, (I'm not convinced the A1 route will work out, traffic wise, as the A602 will be slow going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoxie View Post
    using the cruise control often helps with MPG figures too
    Nope generally harms it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mucklestone View Post
    Nope generally harms it....
    Good for driving along with your feet up on the dash though.

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