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Old 07-09-2012, 03:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Blue Meanie - '02 Volkswagon Golf TDI
90 day: 48.52 mpg (US)

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I can't say for the best mileage where to shift as that depends on several things like terrain and traffic. Also I have only owned my 02 Golf TDI 1.9 for two weeks as of today, at 75mph mostly highway I have been getting 42 with each tank a few points higher.

If the car is not warm I shift at 2000-2500 depending on gear. When it is warm I will shift between 1500-3000.

In the city without traffic on mostly flat ground I shift as follows.
1-3 3100rpm
3-5 37 mph (or about the same speed to 4th if there is a hill trafic)
All of those are when taking it slow.

The issue with the VNT as I understand it is from always shifting at low RPM. If you wind it out with heavy peddle on occasion when warm you should be fine. I do this from 2nd when entering the HW till I get up to 70-80mph. (Speed limit is 70mph)

It all depends on the conditions you are driving so look ahead and have some fun at times with the go peddle, just do not do it from 800-1200rpm.
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