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About rossferguson

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  1. Thanks for all the replies, folks...I forget that the tiny size of the tank can make a disproportionately-large impact on measuring economy. I'm used to measuring economy in my Grand Caravan and Camaro, and they're much easier to fill consistently and the margin for error is much smaller. I've tried to keep my driving style consistent across all the tanks, but that's about the only consistent one out of all the variables. And as I'm typing this, the tank (of Husky diesel) I'm currently running on seems to be burning up at a much greater rate than the last one...! Sometimes when I first start the engine, I'll catch a whiff of diesel smell inside the cabin with all windows / cabrio roof closed. Could the wildly-varying economy - combined with the occasional diesel smell - be indicative of a larger problem?
  2. Hi all, Does anybody else find that the brand of diesel they buy affects their fuel economy hugely? I've been tracking my economy via Fuelly, and I've found that buying my diesel at Husky stations makes a massive improvement on my economy - my best tank ever was 4.6L/100km/ and that was running on Husky diesel. I've had Shell's upper-tier diesel, Petro-Canada, Esso, and Chevron, and they've all returned worse fuel economy in that order (with my last tank of Chevron coming in at a jaw-droppingly poor 6.4L/100km!!) Does anybody else experience this? For what it's worth, I'm in Greater Vancouver. Thanks!
  3. Howdy folks! I bought my 2006 Lite White & Silver Tridion Cabrio a week ago from a friend and bought my first full tank of fuel yesterday - 350km and 4.4L/100km sure put a huge grin on my face! Loving my Smart so far, and I have to say that it's one of the most engaging vehicles I've driven in a long time. And although I seem to be in the minority here, I actually like the automated manual's nice to have to think like a stick driver again after having only automatics in our little fleet! And I find its lack of power to be part of its charm...when I'm in a hurry, I just grab the keys to my '95 Z28 convertible instead. ;-)