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Owner: Bearleener
Frugolf: 1996 VW Golf wagon
Displacement: 1.8 L
Fuel type: gasoline
Transmission: manual
Curb weight: 2464 lbs
Coefficient of drag: 0
Frontal area: 0 sq.ft.
Description: Golf station wagon (5-spd. manual; no A/C; weighs about 80 kg more than the sedan). VW managed to squeeze a whopping 75 hp out of a 1.8 L gasoline engine; at least the torque is okay: 140 N.m @ 2500 rpm, no problem with low revs. Currently about 150,000 km (93k miles).
FE info: Not sold in the US, I used EPA (new) values for the previous-generation (and considerably lighter) sedan with 1.8 L (but possibly 90 hp) engine. Median real-world value for normal drivers of the European model is about 28 mpg.
Build Thread:
Current Mods: Engine: Stop/Start buttons above ashtray
Aero: Above-bumper grill block; low-profile wiper blades (?); radio antenna down
Other drag: tires at 2.9 bar (43 psi; vs. 2.1 manuf. spec. or 3.0 on sidewall); low-viscosity motor oil (5W/30)
Weight: Compact spare tire replaced by latex spray & air pump; steel spare tire well cover replaced by plywood (total savings 14.6 kg [32 lb]); leave my wife at home whenever I can :-)
Driving technique: mild P&G at idle (60-45 km/h), EOC on long glides and at stoplights

Planned Mods: Auto start/stop (the hardware's there, now I need some free time...)
Thermos bottle coolant heat storage a la Prius
Small air dams in front of tires?
Plexiglas boattails on side mirrors
Official Fuel Economy Ratings
EPA city 22 mpg(US)
EPA highway 29 mpg(US)
EPA combined 25 mpg(US)

Actual Fuel Economy Performance
Lifetime 35.85 mpg(US)
Last 3 tanks 40.36 mpg(US)
90 days 40.36 mpg(US)
View Fuel Log
Last updated: Jul 16, 2008

(Created: 2008-03-15 19:58:57 / Modified: 2008-07-30 19:06:35)

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