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Stretching from Denver to Las Vegas, the third wave of the Audi Mileage Marathon has, I believe, the most beautiful landscape views of the 4,700 mile cross-America journey. Lucky for me, this is the leg that I'm participating in. I've been assigned an Audi A3 2.0 TDI and for the first day - Denver to Durango - my partner (Don Buffamanti of Autospies) - and I did OK, not great, on the mpg challenge. We averaged 44.4 mpg and 56 mph, which was beat by the other A3 team of Royal Ford and Lauren Fix, who managed 44.7 mpg and 59 mph. I'd like to say that our day two numbers will be better, but I fully expect them to be much worse. I came down with a terrible case of the flu (or something) in Durango and so we high-tailed to Sedona. Correction, Don drove while I slept and tried to ignore the upset feeling in my stomach. So much for getting to see the scenery. Perhaps the Sedona to Vegas leg will be where we make up some mpg. We'll get our day two numbers soon. Stay tuned.

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      Hey, can you guys take some pictures of the inside too? I know it probably isn't different from the normal A3, but it'd be nice to see and hear about what the car comes with.
      • 3 Months Ago
      This fuel economy is not good given VW/Audi's potential. I drove a '97 VW Jetta TDI 1.9, a lighter, less optioned-up recent ancestor of the A3, for 10 years and 203k miles. It regularly got 55 mpg at 55 mph, & upper 40's at 70 mph with the a/c. Now they brag about 45 mpg.
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