Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Outer East, Melbourne, Vic
PULP v ULP
Thought I'd try a comparison between PULP (Shell Optimax and Mobil 8000) and ULP (Mobil 2000 and Safeway). Did several full tank runs and recorded all the relevant figures (mileage, consumption, cost).
The running was 40% freeway and 60% city/suburb work outside of peak hour traffic (I work shift). I keep to my speed limits yet don't drive like an old mole.
I took average economy figures from each fuel. I didn't include a country road trip for 2 tanks of ULP.
My car is an AU1 XR6 HP, run between 144,000 and 150,000K's in the last 3 months. Car is in good condition and properly maintained. I felt only a slight performance gain with PULP.
PULP: Average 13.14L/100km. Best 12.40, Worst 13.83.
ULP: Average 13.40L/100km. Best 12.96, Worst 13.95. Road trip figures for 2 tanks of ULP were 11.39 and 10.82
The conclusion? PULP is a waste of money for me!! Especially at an average 9c per litre dearer than ULP.
I'd be interested to know if anyone who runs cars that can use either fuel is better off with PULP.
BA XR6 NA Mercury Silver (daily drive)
XC Fairmont Coupe (sunday cruiser)