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    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 5th Jan 18, 8:59 PM
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    Jan Service/MOT Sat 6th
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    • 5th Jan 18, 8:59 PM
    Jan Service/MOT Sat 6th 5th Jan 18 at 8:59 PM
    Mser's wish me luck
    After a 3rdy party accident Jan 2017 when my car was written off.
    I find myself with Jan service and m.o.t tomorrow!
    Not like me at all to begin a new year with car maintenance.
    5dr clio 2014 -30k approx.
    Though I think I might have to mention tomorrow
    Is 35 mpg -reasonable,
    It maybe that I was missing my previous Clio -though Iím almost certain that was constant +40/45 mpg -both 5 dr 1.2 petrol.
    sc dmp 2012 13k
    Jan 2018 8840 paid. 60% approx.
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    • jbainbridge
    • By jbainbridge 5th Jan 18, 9:15 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 9:15 PM
    Will depend on the sort of journeys you do?

    Also I guess the cold weather won’t help.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 5th Jan 18, 9:20 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 9:20 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 9:20 PM
    Will depend on the sort of journeys you do?

    Also I guess the cold weather wonít help.
    Originally posted by jbainbridge
    I agree, as I only work 3 days past 10 months approx.
    3 days per week 20 mile return motorway
    Sat to Tues only short local shops driving -a few miles dual carriage way hospital visits-20 miles return once or twice per month.
    Thanks I think Iíll mention mpg tomorrow without adding any additional cost to get an answer from garage.
    sc dmp 2012 13k
    Jan 2018 8840 paid. 60% approx.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 6th Jan 18, 1:29 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 1:29 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 1:29 PM
    Mot pass!
    Service included in 2 yr service plan.
    Forgot to mention mpg-though think I‘ll reset it from current 34.2
    It’s was 50mpg when I purchased the car Jan17
    Maybe a decent few miles motorway run once mpg is reset to get an upto date average reading.
    sc dmp 2012 13k
    Jan 2018 8840 paid. 60% approx.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 6th Jan 18, 3:56 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 3:56 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 3:56 PM
    I'd have expected more. I get 50MPG+ from my Mondeo.

    Read up some guides about economical driving, especially approaching roundabouts, traffic lights and motorway exit sliproads.
    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 6th Jan 18, 6:30 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 6:30 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 6:30 PM
    A January MOT doesn't need to be that bad. Just pretend it's in June and put £200 away in June and keep it for the MOT in January.

    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 10th Jan 18, 8:57 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 8:57 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 8:57 PM
    I'd have expected more. I get 50MPG+ from my Mondeo.

    Read up some guides about economical driving, especially approaching roundabouts, traffic lights and motorway exit sliproads.
    Originally posted by Tarambor
    I have since read Renault eco driving though I don’t have eco mode on my 1.2-2014
    What i have done today is change gear much faster as the gear change led show on dashboard
    This is much faster than other cars I’ve driven (gear changes are faster
    I did drive more at 50 mph today though I like high 60’s maybe 70.
    mpg was very low yesterday 27mpg -the freezing -9 morning -short local drive only,
    Mpg when I got home today 35. Shown some improvement -I’ll stick to 50is mph Thurs+Fri
    Maybe I’ll get +40 mpg though other clio drivers are reporting high 30’s via forums for 2014 clio’s.
    Interesting cost wise it doesn’t feel like it’s expensive to run even with the low mpg -half a tank or 15 pounds a week gets me to office Wed’s Thurs and Frid (part time 3 days only)
    30 miles motorway *3 days 90 miles
    +local driving *5 days maybe 30miles
    At a gues 120is miles a week approx -10-15 u,k. Pounds.
    sc dmp 2012 13k
    Jan 2018 8840 paid. 60% approx.
    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 11th Jan 18, 12:11 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 12:11 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 12:11 PM
    I have since read Renault eco driving though I donít have eco mode on my 1.2-2014
    What i have done today is change gear much faster as the gear change led show on dashboard
    This is much faster than other cars Iíve driven (gear changes are faster
    I did drive more at 50 mph today though I like high 60ís maybe 70.
    mpg was very low yesterday 27mpg -the freezing -9 morning -short local drive only,
    Mpg when I got home today 35. Shown some improvement -Iíll stick to 50is mph Thurs+Fri
    Maybe Iíll get +40 mpg though other clio drivers are reporting high 30ís via forums for 2014 clioís.
    Interesting cost wise it doesnít feel like itís expensive to run even with the low mpg -half a tank or 15 pounds a week gets me to office Wedís Thurs and Frid (part time 3 days only)
    30 miles motorway *3 days 90 miles
    +local driving *5 days maybe 30miles
    At a gues 120is miles a week approx -10-15 u,k. Pounds.
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    You don't get much idea of fuel consumption from random snapshots taken at short intervals from an on board computer.


    You need to do a real brim to brim measurement.
    • gardner1
    • By gardner1 11th Jan 18, 12:18 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 12:18 PM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 12:18 PM
    You don't get much idea of fuel consumption from random snapshots taken at short intervals from an on board computer.


    You need to do a real brim to brim measurement.
    Originally posted by LandyAndy
    Exactly did it on my car......filled up same petrol station same pump (reason being the forecourt was on a slope) for a few fill ups over a six week period and got an accurate mpg.....waste of time using your on board display
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 11th Jan 18, 12:20 PM
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    Still missing where the major savings are to be made and that is when you are moving without using the throttle so backing off earlier for motorway exits, backing off earlier for roundabouts trying to time hitting them so you don't need to stop, same for traffic lights etc.
    • Bigphil1474
    • By Bigphil1474 11th Jan 18, 12:33 PM
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    Also, don't forget to check your tyres are properly inflated, and your boot isn't full of unnecessary junk - made a big difference for me with my 09 Fiesta petrol last year - went from 40mpg to 45 mpg on a typical working week.
    • gardner1
    • By gardner1 11th Jan 18, 12:40 PM
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    Mser's wish me luck
    After a 3rdy party accident Jan 2017 when my car was written off.
    I find myself with Jan service and m.o.t tomorrow!
    Not like me at all to begin a new year with car maintenance.
    5dr clio 2014 -30k approx.
    Though I think I might have to mention tomorrow
    Is 35 mpg -reasonable,
    It maybe that I was missing my previous Clio -though I’m almost certain that was constant +40/45 mpg -both 5 dr 1.2 petrol.
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    Is it exact same model......i know you mention both 5 door and 1.2 engine but there are a few different trim levels
    Last edited by gardner1; 11-01-2018 at 12:43 PM.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 11th Jan 18, 7:44 PM
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    Is it exact same model......i know you mention both 5 door and 1.2 engine but there are a few different trim levels
    Originally posted by gardner1
    2014 63 plate Clio medianav tech 1.2 5 door petrol 30K miles approx.
    Service done with MOT which. Passed-no notifications-MOT readings are within spec.
    Iím wondering why the drop from purchasing car at dealership almost 1 year ago -50K mpg via led dash
    Since dropped to 30ís mpg.
    1 question -does it matter that Iíve only been filling up half tank at a time.
    Could mpg improve by filling up to full tank-though Renault manual advises against filling up to avoid over spills of fuel
    sc dmp 2012 13k
    Jan 2018 8840 paid. 60% approx.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 11th Jan 18, 7:47 PM
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    Dandytf
    Also, don't forget to check your tyres are properly inflated, and your boot isn't full of unnecessary junk - made a big difference for me with my 09 Fiesta petrol last year - went from 40mpg to 45 mpg on a typical working week.
    Originally posted by Bigphil1474
    I didnít get a chance to check tyres past year -though they are since inflated as part of service.
    I didnít check during 2016 as I didnít get any probs with tyres and I need to call breakdown if I do get any probs as I have m.s. -the years of changing my own tyres are since passed.
    sc dmp 2012 13k
    Jan 2018 8840 paid. 60% approx.
    • gardner1
    • By gardner1 11th Jan 18, 9:42 PM
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    gardner1
    2014 63 plate Clio medianav tech 1.2 5 door petrol 30K miles approx.
    Service done with MOT which. Passed-no notifications-MOT readings are within spec.
    Iím wondering why the drop from purchasing car at dealership almost 1 year ago -50K mpg via led dash
    Since dropped to 30ís mpg.
    1 question -does it matter that Iíve only been filling up half tank at a time.
    Could mpg improve by filling up to full tank-though Renault manual advises against filling up to avoid over spills of fuel
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    How do you know your putting half a tank in.......the only way to get accurate reading is to fill right up same pump same petrol station and run it down then do same again
    • gardner1
    • By gardner1 11th Jan 18, 9:43 PM
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    I didnít get a chance to check tyres past year -though they are since inflated as part of service.
    I didnít check during 2016 as I didnít get any probs with tyres and I need to call breakdown if I do get any probs as I have m.s. -the years of changing my own tyres are since passed.
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    if tyres only get checked every service they could be down a few pounds
    • gardner1
    • By gardner1 11th Jan 18, 9:44 PM
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    gardner1
    2014 63 plate Clio medianav tech 1.2 5 door petrol 30K miles approx.
    Service done with MOT which. Passed-no notifications-MOT readings are within spec.
    Iím wondering why the drop from purchasing car at dealership almost 1 year ago -50K mpg via led dash
    Since dropped to 30ís mpg.
    1 question -does it matter that Iíve only been filling up half tank at a time.
    Could mpg improve by filling up to full tank-though Renault manual advises against filling up to avoid over spills of fuel
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    And the previous Clio was the exact same spec
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 11th Jan 18, 9:47 PM
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    if tyres only get checked every service they could be down a few pounds
    Originally posted by gardner1
    I agree from a quick visual check when parked during 2017- I did often think drivers front tyre could have been topped up with air, I keep forgetting to check psi for my clio -I don’t want to over inflate which I have been guilty of in past cars especially when using petrol air pump where you have to be fast to use air on all tyres! Unless there is more 50p’s!
    sc dmp 2012 13k
    Jan 2018 8840 paid. 60% approx.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 12th Jan 18, 8:30 PM
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    38 MPG approx since driving home.
    This week for past 3 days from Weds I’ve beeen more careful whilst driving avoiding taking Clio upto 70 as fast as possible, more constant 60’s this week.
    Seems to be making a noticeable difference in fuel efficiency.
    What I’ll do by Jan end is fill up tank and keep driving this 60mph style for a month or longer.
    Didn’t get home any later 30 mins drive approx.
    I’ll then post last update for this thread maybe mid Feb.
    sc dmp 2012 13k
    Jan 2018 8840 paid. 60% approx.
    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 12th Jan 18, 9:25 PM
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    I agree from a quick visual check when parked during 2017- I did often think drivers front tyre could have been topped up with air, I keep forgetting to check psi for my clio -I don’t want to over inflate which I have been guilty of in past cars especially when using petrol air pump where you have to be fast to use air on all tyres! Unless there is more 50p’s!
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    Before a tyre looks down on pressure it's likely to be quite far way down - more than just three or four psi.

    Tyres that low could be very dangerous if you need to swerve or brake hard.

    For safety's sake if nothing else, find out the correct tyre pressures.

    I'n not familiar with Clios but it's likely to be on a label on the driver's door post or perhaps on the fuel filler flap.

    Go to a Sainsbury's supermarket - where the air is more than likely going to be free, and take your time to get the pressures spot on.

    I suggest that you continue with the 'short-shifting' (changing up a gear well before the car reaches peak revs) it will only mean a tad longer in reaching your target speed and will definitely improve your mpg figures.

    Good luck.
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