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Hi people.

Having owned my DBP MKV R for 3 months now I am really happy with it. With work I was posted for a course to travel 220+ miles one way and was happy to see avg 32+ MPG on the clock.

Before when I was enquiring about the ups an downs of ownership people would often say low 20's and some even teens but I got to say, if anyone out there is thinking of buying one then think about petrol on avg is 5p cheap per litre an sometimes more, than diesel and on my journey I was travelling around 70 mark with a few blasts in tunnels I came across
so mpg really isn't too bad if you drive the car with respect and unleash it every so often as cars DO need the foot planting in them every now and again(there is a technical reason behind this, trust me) and also that during a bit of town driving thrown in I avg 26MPG. Drive it how it should be and you will achieve this but also to the people with avg a lot lower they WILL be flooring it a lot of time and also if you do a short car journey where they car hasn't managed to stretch its legs then you will see single figures but this is due to the resetting function after 2 hours I believe and also the mpg won't read from what your doing to start with, it will be building itself up so with a little longer drive it will jump right up.

If you only going to drive your R32 fully for say 4-5 years before storing it or keeping as a weekend fun then don't worry about fuel either as it takes in avg 7years to get any sort of benefit from diesel car and like I said, they are 5p + more per litre to run.
 

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I ran a MK5 R32 for 5 years with a daily commute of between 70 miles and 120 miles a day and averaged just over 30mpg. When it came time to change i decided to go down the diesel route and now average just over 55mpg. This increase increase in economy more that compensates for the 5p difference in fuel price. Although in reality most people use V-Power / Momentum in their Rs which is roughly the price as diesel.

It does;t always make sense to change to a diesel to reduce running costs due to car purchase price, depreciation and mileage. For me, it has reduced my running costs significantly but you need to to sit down with a spreadsheet and work it out.
 

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I get 23/24mpg, driven in slowish traffic for 7 miles each way to work. Fun is had at evenings and weekends though
 

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Yeah it doesn't always make sense to go diesel route if your doing your types of journeys where the distance is actually commuting and is more than the average how's distance to work it does actually make it worthwhile having a diesel where as if its, if you can say the 'normal' driver who may travel afar for holiday then maybe to shops then just a general around trip then the benefits aren't there as much. Btw, how was you R for reliability over those years/mileage?

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Cupra bob

Yeah it doesn't always make sense to go diesel route if your doing your types of journeys where the distance is actually commuting and is more than the average how's distance to work it does actually make it worthwhile having a diesel where as if its, if you can say the 'normal' driver who may travel afar for holiday then maybe to shops then just a general around trip then the benefits aren't there as much. Btw, how was you R for reliability over those years/mileage?

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I only had 3 issues with my R over the period;

- engine needed to be replaced at 64k miles due to a porous block (VW picked up the tab)
- Haldex ECU needed replaced at around 80k miles (VW contributed towards the cost)
- High Level LED Brake Light replaced. (VW picked up the tab)

Other than that nothing but normal servicing
 

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What was fault with haldex ecu and how did you know it wasn't right? What was symptoms of porous block an again how was it known at all?

They aren't common surely lol.
 

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Fault with the Haldex ECU was that the ESP light intermittently starting staying on and eventually wouldn't go off.

Porous block issue manifested itself with coolant loss.
 

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If any one can help i'd appreciateit : I'm likely to buy a 06 R32. I do a lot of motorway miles: At a fast cruise
-85mph (hypothetically of course) what's the likely mpg?Cheers
 

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If any one can help i'd appreciateit : I'm likely to buy a 06 R32. I do a lot of motorway miles: At a fast cruise
-85mph (hypothetically of course) what's the likely mpg?Cheers
I did a lot of motorway miles in my R32 and would average between 28-32mpg.
 

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Been stealing the wife's mk4 this week to get to and from work. All dual carriageway cruising at 60-62 and been getting 30-31 mpg 15 miles each way.
On her commute. Bit of traffic by our estate then 7 miles of twisty A road she gets 22-23 mpg.

Car has full milltek manifolds back and sports cats and non res. carbonio and apr map. 139,000 on the clock and counting.

Got to do a 314 mile round trip in it in a couple of weeks so we'll see what it costs. Cirencester to Barnsley and back!
 
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