: Better MPG?
08-09-2006, 12:02 AM
My second question in a 2-question series. Right now I'm only getting about 24/28 MPG on my automatic ZX5. From what I understand, I should be getting better MPG than that. I'm putting regular into the tank. Any help is greatly appreciated!
08-09-2006, 12:11 AM
Is that 24 city/28 highway you mean? Definitely keep with the regular, going up in octane won't help MPG anyway, but it will lighten your wallet, especially now.
That sounds about right for an auto. I forget what my sticker says, but my car averages 26 mixed, maybe 60%H & 40%C. Do you have your sticker handy? I'm pretty sure the EPA estimates (though flawed they may be), are right near that.
08-09-2006, 12:54 AM
Yeah, it's 24city/28 highway. The EPA estimates put the '02 focus at 26/32, which seems to be significantly less than what I seem to be getting. And what's this about the sticker? I'm confused. Thanks for the help though.
08-09-2006, 08:19 AM
The way the EPA conducts fuel mileage does not simulate real world driving, yet. Depending on how much time/miles your on the highway, I'd say that's about right..
08-09-2006, 08:32 AM
stay out of the throttle. if you are all highway and getting 28 you should be alot higher.
08-09-2006, 08:43 AM
This may sound stupid, but what does 'out of the throttle' mean?
08-09-2006, 08:43 AM
how long have you had the car, the engine could still be breaking in?
08-09-2006, 01:52 PM
out of the throttle means, lay of the gas pedal. The worst thing you can do for gas mileage is accelerate hard.
LOL, I'm happy to have INCREASED to 22 MPG city. And I hear people saying 24 is too low. That makes my problem seem so much worse, haha. (I'm not saying yours isn't a problem, it should be getting higher than that) [:)]
08-09-2006, 06:56 PM
I posted this on another thread but it fits here too. I have been doing this for only a few months, along with a few co-workers. Both of us so far are getting a 10% increase. Doesn't sound like lots but every tenth tank is free!!
08-09-2006, 07:49 PM
And this has been scientifically proven where? Not to say it doesn't really work, but I'm not putting foreign things into my tank not designed to be there. Although, under warranty I wouldn't car if it blew the f#(% up right now. That's the beauty of a brand new car. Unless they can detect I put it in there......[paranoid]
08-09-2006, 11:18 PM
Acetone works, but only in the most perfect ratio. If too much is used (like on Mythbusters) it will actually lower mileage. If too little is used, it doesnt break the surface tension and do as it is advertised. Acetone also makes rubber (and plastics) brittle, so there are potential problems with your fuel system in the future.
The best way to improve your mileage is to do several things. Use cruise control, avoid stop and go traffic, if stopped for more than a minute, cut off the engine, keep tires properly inflated, soft pedal on take offs, etc. There are a few articles floating around that give the results of real tests that support these type of actions.
08-10-2006, 12:58 AM
check your air filter, condition of the oil, and oil filter, maybe even checking the spark plugs depending on how old the car is. with my car i average right around 32mpg mixed driving.