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Old 03-25-2013, 06:29 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by kylet11 View Post
I recently bought a new 2012 ford focus sel and since i got the car the transmission has been studdering and i only get 400 kms to a full tank and i drive mostly high way and i have 4000kms on the car now. Is it normal that i only get 400kms to a full tank of gas? i took it to the dealer and they said it normal for this car? does anyone else have this bad mileage too? and they also seem like they don't want to do anything about my bad studdering/ noise when taking off. What should i do? Thanks in advance
When I first purchased my 2012 SEL I had similar issues. I was only getting about 450 kms per tank, but that was because I think the engine was still breaking in. Also, I got it in October so the winter weather didn't help with all the warming up and slow driving etc.

I am now getting about 485-495 kms per tank and I do about 95% city driving.

I only notice the transmission shuddering after driving for long periods on the highway (e.g. I recently came back from driving down the I-5 towards Seattle and I noticed when I got onto the city roads the shuddering was a bit more noticable, perhaps it's because of the adaptive strategy that Ford implemented, but I've also been told this adaptive strategy only occurs when the battery is disconnected and the car has to re-learn you driving style).

Lastly, what size are your tires? I'm currently on 15" snow tires and I'm getting that kind of mileage. When I switch back to my stock 17" ones I'm sure my mileage will worsen a bit.

Hope that helps.
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