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    Hi all,

    I fitted Greenstuff pads to my 2.2dti Signum a while back (6-9 months ago) and have noted an increase in fuel consumption of 5-10%. ie was doing regular 50mpg on a long run (250 miles) now varies between 45-47 mpg.

    Anyone any thoughts on why?

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    Maybe they are sticking on a bit?
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    wouldnt of though brake pads whould do anythin..unless they were sticking
    maybe a service or oil change...or change the filters may help!

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    I was very careful to ensure the pads weren't sticking even to the extent of fettling up the pad 'tabs' so they didn't bind in the caliper sides so I don't think it's that. No servcing done until recently and the drop in mpg was immediate.

    How about the anti-sqeal pads which Greenstuff provide which are a rubber shim you stick to the back of the pad? This obvoiusly provides some resilience and compression of the rubber may be holding the pads onto the disc, whereas the metal shims used before don't.

    Greenstuff pads also claim to be less dusting than normal pads but I haven't noticed it.

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    I would say the cold weather has a big part to play. My economy has come down a tab too.

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    To be perfectly fair, 47mpg out of any lump of a car like a Signum, isn't too shabby!

    My 1.9 CDTi Signum won't do more than 42 and that's supposed to be a more modern, more efficient engine.

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    Thanks for your thoughts, lads.

    The mpg dropped as soon as the pads were fitted last spring and that was the only change made. The mpg has stayed lower, I know it's not much but it's noticeable, all through last summer and is still lower than it was.

    The 2.2dti seems much maligned for no particular reason and even if agricultural sounding seems more robust to me and it doesn't need cam belts changing. We've consistenly got over 47mpg (was 50) and my wife even saw 57mpg on a couple of long trips up the motorway. So I don't know why the 1.9 (Italian block with German head?) is deemed better other than its 150bhp!

    I've been more than happy with the Signum albeit I now fancy an automatic, but won't like losing the manual mpg!

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