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Old 5th January 2006, 13:19   #76
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Default Baleno average in CNG mode

I recently came across a new Baleno LXI at my filling station which also sells CNG. The Baleno was queued up for filling CNG. I asked the driver how much average he got from CNG and he mentioned that he got 15-16 per KG in city. He said he was quite happy with the results of CNG fitment but mentioned that the pick-up drops while in the CNG mode. (CNG costs Rs. 18 per KG in Delhi compared to about Rs. 45 per litre for speed petrol and Rs. 30+ per litre for diesel.)
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Old 5th January 2006, 15:27   #77
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Ummm, no error. Made a note of the mileage when I left the service centre, on my phone. Made another note today. Prices of petrol are correct, as far as I know. Please confirm my calculations if you are in doubt.

What can I say? Japanese engines! Driver talent!


If your calculations are indeed correct, then thats an awesome mileage "your Baby's" giving...unbelievable. Whats that Shell's got that my petrol aint got??
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I have rarely exceeded 3000rpm on my Baleno, so how do you manage more beats me. I feel anxious at the sound of the engine beyond that, and the need to upshift, purely by instinct (The Baleno is the first car I have had with an rpm meter). Sure Zenx, with driving like that, you are putting a smile on the face of the oil cartel!
I know. But the OHC does not sound stressed at all. In fact its the audio that makes me want to do it again, and the fact that the curve shoots up at 4k.

Inside the city, its 2.5-3k but lots and lots of shifting. The best I've ever achieved is 16kmpl on a real sedate overnight drive to Hyd, but usually in-city/highway figures are not very different for me. Lower gears vs high wind/road resistance (anytime u're over 100, i guess, thats a factor). Am sure a *steady* 110 would be great, but u soon get to a slow convoy, go down to 50-70kmph, downshift and pull ahead. All this drinks up the black liquid more than it can - so I'm waiting for the Golden Quad.
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Old 5th January 2006, 17:12   #79
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OHC engines (all three) are very rev happy. They sound best at 6800 rpm, which is coincidentally where they produce their peak power. The Baleno has most of its 13.8 kgm of torque starting at 1000rpm, and peaking at 3000rpm. So in traffic, shifts anywhere below 2000rpm will give you 15+kmpl.

For the first time, I put in Shell's Super Unleaded. Let's see what difference it makes to my mileage calculations...
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Default Mileage really is quite good !

First ~ 500 kms report.
Topped up the tank after taking delivery with XtraPremium on Jan 18th.

Since then usage pattern was :
100% city driving - 485 kms
Generally driven around the 1000 to 2300rpm band. Max rpm reached 3000 - save a few times when I missed slotting the 5th gear and hit 4000rpm momentarily !!
Max speed 90kmph .. once or twice .. otherwise kept max at steady 80kmph whenever I could go upto that speed.
Average speed over this distance was around 25 to 30kmph. (went for a 80km drive yesterday which took a total of 4 hours).
Max travel was in 3rd gear !
A/C usage 10%
Blower usage 30%

Topped up last night 29th Jan with 38.99 L of XtraPremium ..
Mileage returned - 12.45 kmpl
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Old 30th January 2006, 14:59   #81
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Hope you are not pushing is around or hitching a ride for your car behind someone's else

Jokes apart, I think getting such a mileage should be OK on any fuel knowing the Baleno's torque characteristics. People have got 16~18 in Accent CRDi and upto 20 in M800 in city conditions and somebody mentioned 22 in Fiesta diesel.

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Hope you are not pushing is around or hitching a ride for your car behind someone's else
haha .. on the contrary I tend to revv to the 2.2, 2.3 mark quickly for each gear.

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Jokes apart, I think getting such a mileage should be OK on any fuel knowing the Baleno's torque characteristics.
Since this is what I got for the first 500kms, should I expect it to increase slightly after the first service ?
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Since this is what I got for the first 500kms, should I expect it to increase slightly after the first service ?
IMO, the improvement in mileage is due to driver adapting to the engine characteristics or initial josh of driving a new car being replaced by maturity in driving style.
Because the change in effieciency is diffucult to feel after the bedding in of parts (the engine are already operating at 90% + mech eff and 1 or 2 % improvement can only be measured at test bench - dynos)

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IMO, the improvement in mileage is due to driver adapting to the engine characteristics or initial josh of driving a new car being replaced by maturity in driving style.
I thought so too ... subsequent driving may not lack josh but will surely get smoother once I get used to the machine ...
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Since this is what I got for the first 500kms, should I expect it to increase slightly after the first service ?
In my case there was an increase both after the first service (at 1K) and the second service(5k).

The Engine gives better mileage after run in. Also the car adapts to your driving style,so to speak.

You'll slowly get tuned to the engine and the torque curve charactersitics at which pt even the in city driving is pure bliss. I just love the low end torque.
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On our way back to Bangalore from Chennai track, filled up tank on Ranipet. Came back through Krishnagiri. Most of the time AC was on except when we were (Jaggu and me) smoking. 3500-4000 on taco, 120-130 kph...

In Bangalore, filled up tank again and it took 16 ltrs. Simple calculation tells 16km/lt.

Good or bad?
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I have been using Shell V Super for the last 8 months on my SWIFT, was getting around 10.5 till the 3rd service, now I get 11 to 11.5, 25% a/c, high rev's only sometimes but mostly around the 40 to 60 kmph speeds in Bangalore. Highways with a/c full time max I got is 14 kmpl. I've got 205/60/R15 Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD2. No matter how I go about driving my car with without a/c, slow, fast its never gone below 10.5 and never maxed 11.5 in the city.
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My Baleno has now run more than 25000 KMs and i have never got more than 12 KMPL and less than 9 in the city. On the highway with AC on all the time, this figure is around 14... But i do drive with a reasonably neavy right foot
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On our way back to Bangalore from Chennai track, filled up tank on Ranipet. Came back through Krishnagiri. Most of the time AC was on except when we were (Jaggu and me) smoking. 3500-4000 on taco, 120-130 kph...

In Bangalore, filled up tank again and it took 16 ltrs. Simple calculation tells 16km/lt.

Good or bad?
.. bad ??? Are u kidding ???? Thats pretty good ..
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Women lie about their ages.

No offence to anyone but this is what men lie about:

1. Top speed of their cars.
2. Mileage of their cars.
3. Salary.
4. And you know the last.
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