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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 24th Dec 10, 10:01 PM
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    MSE's 2011 Petrol/Diesel Cost Diet Challenge: Put your money where your pedal is!
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    • 24th Dec 10, 10:01 PM
    MSE's 2011 Petrol/Diesel Cost Diet Challenge: Put your money where your pedal is! 24th Dec 10 at 10:01 PM
    The Petrol / Diesel Diet!
    Join together to slash 100s off your petrol bill?

    What it's all about

    Petrol prices are prohibitive, yet there are ways to cut the cost. The power of this forum has seen people work together to get debt free, pay off mortgages, save more, deal with dodgy builders and more, so now we want to tackle cutting petrol costs.

    What to do

    Tell us about your car, your journey and what you're going to do to save. Use the forum as a place to diarise your costs and techniques to cut the cost. Read what others say and share tips.

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    Official Petrol Dieter

    MSE's tips as a wee starter
    • Step 1: Make your car more efficient. Pumping up tyres, getting rid of extra junk, turning off unnecessary aircon and detaching empty roof racks combined can save you 15%. See full car efficiency checklist.
    • Step 2: Drive more smoothly. This is the BIG saving, accelerate and brake gently and you can get 20-30% more miles per tank. See full smooth driving guide
    • Step 3: Find a target price. Find the cheapest petrol station in your area. See for current prices and cheap fuel finding section of the MSE guide for more tips.
    Yet that's just the beginning

    Now let the diet commence

    PS. I've been doing this too for a while, here are my efforts...

    How much further can you go on a tank?
    20% petrol efficiency improvement - while getting engaged!
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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 14th Mar 17, 1:57 PM
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    Who's still doing the Petrol/Diesel challenge?
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    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 14th Mar 17, 2:46 PM
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    Who's still doing the Petrol/Diesel challenge?
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea

    Now got a Merc A45 doing 25mpg, a Porsche Boxster doing around 27mpg and a Volvo S40 2.5T T5 doing around 27mpg.

    The challenge is to use as much fuel as possible, right?
    You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.
    • Stuntcyclist
    • By Stuntcyclist 20th Dec 17, 7:27 PM
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    Two things from me. Cheaper petrol/des usually means poorer quality
    • Stuntcyclist
    • By Stuntcyclist 20th Dec 17, 7:40 PM
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    I do circa 20k miles a year mainly due to work. For cost effectiveness I only buy cars that have 25k miles plus on them and are several years old. I tend to use the higher grade fuel as it does give me more mpg and makes engines last longer. My last car did 250k miles and only ever needed regular servicing. Current car is a 3litre BMW estate that easily does 50mpg + and requires a service every 22k miles. Big engines are understressed so last much longer than small engines require less frequent serving and at normal road driving sip fuel - hence cost effective motoring for me is a car with a large diesel engine run on performance fuel. They are often quite cheap to buy to because after a few years old no one wants a big car. So big is cheap from my experience.
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