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    Default Lighter boots needed!

    My employers moved from Luton to Milton Keynes last week, which means that my daily commute is now 50 miles round trip instead of 6.
    I was hoping that a longer run would get my MPG up from it's usual 36-ish, but it didn't seem to make a difference. The trip I do now is across country to J12 of the M1, to avoid traffic, up to J14, then a few bits of dual carriageway and a few roundabouts until I get to the office.
    Today I'm doing a later shift, so I decided to experiment, by deliberately taking it easy, no hard acceleration, and not above 2k revs unless it's an emergency. The result was that my mpg for the trip was 42!
    I'll just have to stop enjoying the bendy bit across to J12, and the urge to swing it around the roundabouts, I suppose! Anyone have a device to stop a V6 sounding nice? or, failing that, an adaptor for filling my right shoe with helium? Maybe it'll settle down when the novelty of the journey wears off.
    Otherwise, I may have to think about something a bit cheaper to run in the future. The company are compensating us for the extra travelling, but it won't be forever.

    Phil

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    MK is not a good place for economy I'll agree there.

    Don't go there often, but will be heading there later today for a couple of days. I always find my range drops horribly when driving around MK - the open dual carriageways with so many roundabouts coupled with a 3.2 auto is probably about the worst combination.

    Can be fun coming off the roundabouts and leaving the majority of other cars standing though

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    Quote Originally Posted by MysteryElite View Post

    Can be fun coming off the roundabouts and leaving the majority of other cars standing though
    In my case, in a cloud of diesel, too!

    Phil

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    I dont find MK is an different to any other town for fuel consumption TBH, and i am a bit heavy footed! I spend most of my life going from Leighton Buzzard to Milton Keynes and driving round there. To be fair,i dont do it in rush hour though.

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