WhiteTruckMan 19:35 10 Aug 2011

Definitely doesnt buy what it used to. I remember when someone who had £100 in the bank was doing very well for themselves. But what prompted this thread was filling my car up on the way home from work, I put exactly £100 in. I know it was exactly that as the pump cut off at that point. I only got 73 litres, but I think a bit more could have gone in. OK, I got over a thousand miles on that (1016) but even so it was a sobering moment, even for someone like me who is used to clocking up £600+ on a fuel pump.

It's really brought home to me the erosion of the purchasing power of money these days.


  Forum Editor 19:38 10 Aug 2011

I know exactly what you mean. I have had the same fright on several occasions recently.

  interzone55 20:15 10 Aug 2011

63mpg, not bad what do you drive?

I can only fit 40l in my Mini Cooper Diesel tank and I get around 530 miles of 75mph motorway driving

  WhiteTruckMan 20:25 10 Aug 2011

"63mpg, not bad what do you drive?"

Peugeot 406 2.0 Hdi 110. Use the cruise control lots, and always do 50-55 mph on motorways.

(But Mrs WTM's panda diesel does those fuel consumption figures chugging round town etc.)

Figures are based on mileages and fuel put in, not the trip computer, which is only economical with the truth :)


  john bunyan 21:06 10 Aug 2011

I remember filling a tank with about 20 gallons in about 1962 into a MG TC for ,I think, about 5/- (20p) a gallon.

  interzone55 21:43 10 Aug 2011


I work 65 miles away from home three days a week, so no time to drive at 50, but I suppose driving a truck gets you used to speeds like that.

I'd be interested in what MPG I'd get in my car driving at 50 for a week, the manual claims 80

  flycatcher1 22:52 10 Aug 2011

I remember moving from one garage when I was unable to get five gallons for a pound. Now I am shocked when I fill up my wife's Real Mini - luckily I only have to do it every six months.

  Aitchbee 23:12 10 Aug 2011

I got a shock recently at the prices on display at a local laundrette. 2 double-size quilts cleaned for 'only 20 pounds!' Prices for smaller items of clothing were also a bit steep.(to me)

  Chegs ®™ 07:31 11 Aug 2011

I recall filling the tank on an original Mini for under a fiver,and sulking when it was costing me £15(if I lifted the nozzle out & waited for the foam to disperse)I recently filled my latest car with diesel,and was starting to wonder if I actually had the means to pay so chickened out at £55,though it still did over 400 miles with the fuel guage still on half.I still find it slightly amusing how winter I get 43 MPG & as the weather warmed up it increased to (last check) 47 MPG. :)

  Quickbeam 09:09 11 Aug 2011

I can remember taking £10 on my first holiday on my own for a weeks camping in Wales in 1973, by 1980 £100 spending money for a week in Greece was needed, around 1990 a £100 was only enough for a weeks camping in the Lakes, by 2000 £100 was enough for the annual test match weekend, but this weekend I'll need near on £100 a day at the test match.

Now I'm sounding like my dad... when I were a lad...!

  sunnystaines 12:54 12 Aug 2011

we have a camper van and the cost of fuel has limited our trips due to cost.

played around with cruise control but find using gears saves more fuel, maybe be better in france where long flat empty motorways are.

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