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Old 12-02-2013, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello - Iíve been lurking on this site for a few years now and thought Iíd join up and thank you all for the excellent info on this site.

I currently drive a Citroen C5 saloon/sedan with a 1600cc direct injection turbo engine with 155bhp. Iíve had 46mpg out of a tank (38mpg USA) but usually get around 40mpg (33mpg USA) which is good for a big car but I believe I can improve upon this.

I also have a 125cc Honda CBF which Iíve had up to 150mpg (124mpg USA) and a 2,300cc Triumph Rocket which is capable of excellent MPG but I lack the self-restraint to achieve much over 40mpg.

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Old 12-02-2013, 04:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is your C5 fitted with a manual or an automatic transmission? BTW that engine in the Triumph Rocket is nice, I always wondered how that could fare in a midsize car (such as a Chevy Malibu) compared to a regular 4-pot...
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Is your C5 fitted with a manual or an automatic transmission? BTW that engine in the Triumph Rocket is nice, I always wondered how that could fare in a midsize car (such as a Chevy Malibu) compared to a regular 4-pot...
Hi CR, thanks for the welcome. It's a six speed manual in the C5 with a nice tall ratio in top (63mph = 2000rpm). I love the engine in the Rocket and would like to put one in an old BL mini just for fun, I did get 47MPG (imp) on a 700 mile trip to Scotland once at reasonably high speeds but it takes a long time to fully warm up so my usual MPG when commuting 15.5 miles to work is just 37MPG.
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That engine into a Mini could be a nice project.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It's a six speed manual in the C5 with a nice tall ratio in top (63mph = 2000rpm).
Sigh. I wish we had more transmissions like that on this side of the ditch.

Any specific plans for the car?

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We are collectively jealous of the insane eco friendly cars you have in Europe, especially the fact we can't hardly get a stick shift to save our lives. Slushboxes are the norm over here in the colonies.

We have a couple other guys from the UK, arragonis springs most readily to mind.

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Old 12-05-2013, 05:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
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We are collectively jealous of the insane eco friendly cars you have in Europe, especially the fact we can't hardly get a stick shift to save our lives.
And they can get some manual transmissions not so compromised like the few ones available in America.

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