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    Rabbit MPG

    I curious to hear how many miles per gallon you get out of your Rabbits. When I bought my Rabbit I was hoping for 45-50, but I'm only getting 40. Are there any tips on getting more MPG? Are gas Rabbits better or worse then diesel when it comes to fuel economy?

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    Re: Rabbit MPG

    Well if you slowly accelerate you can squeeze 45 miles per gallon. If you want any higher I would suggest getting a turbo diesel engine. They are known to consistantly acheive 45 mpg and higher. There is a guy out there with a 1986 turbodiesel jetta with 500,000 miles on the odometer and still consitantly acheives over 45mpg. I wish I could find that article at the moment.


    edit FOUND IT http://www.autoblog.com/2007/08/23/v...iesel-in-ohio/http://http://www.autoblog.com/2007/...iesel-in-ohio/
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    Re: Rabbit MPG

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    Re: Rabbit MPG

    Well I have an 1984 2 dr Rabbit Diesel L. "NO rear seat or spare tire"" getting over 50 mpg still and has 609,000 kms none smoker unless I spin the tires 1st and 2nd and if this makes any sence, friends have a newer one 1999 jetta tdi,, and there only gettn like 34 mpg,, strange,, we both ran them out of Diesel to find out,, whos was better,,

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    Re: Rabbit MPG

    Well on my little Cabriolet with Automatic I just found that I got 28 on the highway... I was tickled pink. As it is I get 22-24 in town.
    Yep, for the 45-50mpg, I can remember those days on my Diesel. Now back in the day of my well tuned car, I got 55mpg on the highway @ 55 MPH.
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    Re: Rabbit MPG

    You guys are lucky im only getting 27MPG average, probably because of my tranny gearing
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    Re: Rabbit MPG

    Im getting anywhere from 52-45 in my 81 rabbit diesel depending on driving habbits highway or city, I haven't figured it out for my new 84 Quantum Wagon 1.6 turbo diesel but its gotta be in the low to mid 40's both run on veggie oil....... MM
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    Re: Rabbit MPG

    I'm getting 51 mpg pretty steadily with my 81 4-door diesel rabbit. All original, with all equipment included in the car (rear seat, spare, etc), traveling 50 miles a day round trip to work, mostly hwy at 60-65 mph. I'm hoping to do some suspension work and look into some low rolling resistace tires. Hoping to get to the 55 range soon, but time will tell...maybe I'll just slow to 55 mph for a while and see how it goes...

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    Re: Rabbit MPG

    Over the last month I've been purposely driving etremely cautious in hopes to raise my MPGs. No luck. I'm still getting 35 city, 40 highway with my 84 4-door diesel rabbit. I know I need some front-end work done as the tire shop couldn't do an alignment due to too much play. Could that cause a 5 to 10 MPG loss? If not, is there anything else I can tweak? The tires are new and properly inflated.

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    Re: Rabbit MPG

    I would check the fuel pump with a dial gauge. You may have to tweak it a bit.
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    Re: Rabbit MPG

    i have an 84 rabbit-1.6 non turbo. 150k on the clock. mileage is very consistant. bought it from a tree hugger. i did timing belt, f inj,glow plugs. syn oil in trans(4 spd). running rotella 15/40 in motor. filled it in my drivway, over filled it(translate-spilled). set trip o.d.-went 171 miles-filled it at local diesel station, took exactly 3.10 gallons. drove it 109 miles, same scenario-filled it at same place-took 2.02 gallons. these are 4 lane driving miles,driving usually 62 to 65 mph. in town, i am getting a consistant 43 to 45 mpg. incredable mileage. replaced oil pump, oil psi running at temp at 60 mph is 80+. no oil leaks-no oil consumption. great car. i'd like to find another like it. good luck

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    Got 63 mpg driving to nevada...

    Diesel na with 1.6 block using 1.5 head. injector pump leaned out a bit and ff transmission. 1200 miles 2 tanks

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    Re: Got 63 mpg driving to nevada...

    I consistently get 50 mpg around town with occasional trips on the freeway. I just learned to drive like i`m old, keep the RPM's low, and did a lot of work to make sure the engine is healthy.

    Some of the best and cheapest things you can do are:


    Make sure your fuel pump is in excellent condition, both clean and also no wear. I tore mine down and it was really in great shape so I just resealed it.


    Do a valve job, that means lapping in the valves and making sure you keep the valves adjusted all the time.


    Make sure your compression is top notch, if not a ring job is very easy on an engine that is known good condition.

    Make sure the fuel system in general is in good shape - the pump can take a lot of work, but making sure the tank is venting very well, the screen is not clogged, return lines, etc are in good shape it makes the whole system work better.


    Pop test your injectors, take them apart and lap them, mix and match shims and springs until you get a whole set performing at spec.


    Get a better air filter - probably a minor thing but it won`t hurt.


    Keep your tires in good shape and inflated to a decent number - not to where they wear incorrectly.


    Make sure your brakes are not dragging, grease that stuff up really well with caliper grease in the front, good adjustment in the rear.


    Drive 55 on the highway if you have a 4 speed, 65 max with a 5 speed.

    On long trips I run 5w30 oil - but only for those trips, and then when i`m done with it I dump it in the tank and burn it. I think the fuel savings wouldn`t justify spending $15 for an oil change otherwise.


    Definitely don`t carry around anything you don`t need, including a big roof rack (like I am).


    And mostly, the engine only has 50 HP or so at top condition, so if you have to "push" it at any time it's quickly going to lose any economy you might have hoped for. I think there is a delicate balance here in the power to weight ratio, and forget about aerodynamics.


    This is a good link for some quick and easy tweaks - I didnt really use it on the rabbit since it is so simple, but it helped me squeeze 27 mpg out of my v8 grand cherokee - which will possibly be getting lowered a bit next.


    http://ecomodder.com/forum/fuel-econ...ifications.php
    Last edited by CarlosA; 06-05-2012 at 04:35 PM.

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    Re: Got 63 mpg driving to nevada...

    I get about 38 city, 42 highway in my '84 with a 4-speed (3+E). I'm happy with those numbers, seeing as my Town Car gets 15 city...
    1984 VW Rabbit L, 1.6 diesel, 4-door, 4-speed (3+E), factory original except for radio

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