So, since the MOT the Corolla has been doing it’s usual sorts of things. Daily duties. Sitting in McDonalds drive thru. Getting a strange little hiccup when you accelerated from low revs. That last one was getting a bit annoying but fortunately didn’t take much finding. I had a spare few minutes on a weekend and decided to try and find it as it was getting a bit worse, and found that number 1 plug lead was er, dissolving slightly, for want of a better word. It was depositing a lot of grey, graphitey powder onto the plug and seemed to be coming loose causing arcing, so fortunately that was a nice cheap fix. Can’t really complain that the original HT leads lasted 18 years.
The Manchester Classic Car Show was coming up, a round trip of a few hundred miles, and I’d never really done a long run in the Corolla, so off I went, giving the GT86 a rest from being the long run machine. As expected, absolutely no issues. The day after this I had a few hundred mile round trip the other way up to Scotland to be on the Toyota Enthusiasts Club stand at a classic car show. A rushed cleaning job in the dark on Saturday night and I think it came up alright.
Again, the car performed faultlessly, knocking up just over 1000 miles in a week. As I’ve mentioned previously, the official MPG figure from Toyota for this car was about 40. I like trying to beat these numbers, I almost treat it like the score in a game trying to improve all the time. The Corolla hasn’t got a trip computer so I enter all my fillups into aCar for Android to get my MPG readings. On my normal commute with summer temperatues, I’d been consistently getting 44-47MPG, and over one tank that I posted above I’d managed 48.9. Very close to cracking the magic 50MPG, but I’d never managed it.
Imagine my happy little face then when I entered the last tank into aCar after this thousand mile or so, and it threw this back at me:
This was all just normal driving. No daft hypermiling techniques or anything, not something you can do in the hilly twisty single lane roads of the Scottish Borders. Even Toyota’s lab tests for motorway driving only gave 46.3MPG for the G6, so I’m really pleased with this, especially for an engine with no fancy bits like variable valve timing or anything. Gives me some indication that the engine is still very healthy, and it still pulls like a train (albeit a train with 86hp).