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Re: [T3] long distance gas mileage experiment

On 5 May 2006, at 15:26, Jim Adney wrote:

On 5 May 2006 at 9:44, Jens Vagelpohl wrote:

Speaking of long-distance driving and recording gas mileage, I still
have my hand-written notes from 1995 when I drove my 412 wagon (L-
Jetronic) from Midland/MI to San Francisco, San Diego and back. I
went north through the UP, crossed it to Duluth and joined I-94 in
Fargo/ND. Straight shot west to Seattle, then I-5 South to Grants
Pass and US-101 to San Francisco. My best tank yielded 24.5 mpg, and
the worst just under 20. In total 3045 miles averaging 22.25 mpg. And
the gas was averaging about $1.30/gallon.

Do you recall what kinds of speeds you generally maintained? From your mi/gal
figures, I'm guessing that you were moving pretty quickly.

I think I had very similar speeds to yours, 8-9 miles above the posted limit.

It looks like I might be doing a true ocean to ocean cross-country
trip in July, from Salem/OR to just south of DC. This would be to
purchase and drive home a 1976 Porsche 914, coincidentally a 1.8
model which has the exactly same engine that my 412 wagon has, plus a
catalytic converter.

Too bad it's not a 2.0L. I never liked the L-jet 914s as much as the D-Jet.

I've gotten a bit partial to the 1.8. I've had my 412 wagon for 12 years now and except for problems that turned out to be a kinked fuel line when I bought it, one backfire-damaged air flow meter, one transmission that stopped shifting out of 3rd, and the voltage drop/ sticky solenoid I never had a problem with it. Put about 30,000 miles on it in the first couple years when I went to school in Michigan, anything from 95 degree sticky heat to something like 40 below in the cold winter 1994/1995. Guess who had the only car never jump-started by the friendly AAA man ;)


Jens Vagelpohl

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