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Fuel cost, very exciting I know:)

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Fuel cost, very exciting I know:)

When I went to a website to calculate how much we'll spend on gas it said that the trip from Dublin to Donegal Town would be about 16 Euros, is that about right? We will have an economy Nissan hatchback. Thanks for any input!

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1. Re: Fuel cost, very exciting I know:)

Try this route planner: http://routes.aaireland.ie/

It estimates your fuel cost at 35 Euros. I'd guess the actual cost is somewhere between the two.

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It will be nearer CardinalsLady's figure than Littleworms. My assumption (using the old method of calculation based on gallons and miles) is that an economy car would do about 40 miles per gallon. The journey is about 140 miles and would therefore use about 3.5 gallons which, at circa €7.50 per gallon is €26.25. Note that the UK/Irish gallon is a little different from the US gallon - but still expensive by US standards.

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dont use the air con if you have it, its not needed and adds roughly 10% to fuel consumption

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This trip is 230 Km via Enniskillen (always check that your car hire company isn't imposing some rip off charge for visiting NI) or 272Km via Sligo. Even the smallest petrol car will use 14-16 litres for this journey, no way can you do it for €16, more like a minimum of €23. Also add tolls, another €6 or so, depending on the route you choose.

Perhaps a diesel car could do the trip for €20.

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5. Re: Fuel cost, very exciting I know:)

Based on Christina's Renault (roller skate) Megan, I generally recon about 7.5 or 8 miles per €1. that would work out about €20 to €25. as with the above.

FG the belts are still driving the pump on the aircon whether its switched on or not, but you are right it cuts efficiency by about 10%. US emission control kit can cut efficiency by up to 20% for a 2% reduction in emissions.

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That 10% increase may be true for stop-start urban traffic, but at higher speeds using air con is much more efficient than driving around with windows open. Don't forget AC in cars over here isn't as powerful and icicle-forming as it is in the US.

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