Bad gas mileage in the cold - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Discussions > Ford Focus & General Car Chat

Ford Focus & General Car Chat Discussion Forum relating to nonspecific Ford Focus models, car purchasing, auto industry news and any car talk.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-08-2004, 11:41 AM   #1
FF #1 Most Wanted
 
microtonal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Fan#: 470
Location: Seattle, WA
What I Drive: 2012 GTI, 2014 Forester XT

Posts: 6,890
FF Reputation: 12 microtonal Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (7)
Bad gas mileage in the cold

The temperture has dropped from 40-60 degrees to 15-35 degrees the last couple of weeks and I've noticed that my gas mileage has gone down from ~34MPG to ~30MPG.
I calulate my gas mileage every week when I fill up and have been pretty consistent with 33-34MPG.
Now, my gas mileage had gone down every since the temp has been below or around 35 degrees and my driving habbits haven't changed.

Has anyone else encountered decreases in gas mileage when the temperture drops ?

The only other thing I can think of that may be causing this is that they have switched the gas over in Washington state to 10% ethanol to reduce emissions in the winter.


__________________
Just reading.....
microtonal is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-08-2004, 12:56 PM   #2
Focus Enthusiast
 
oracleguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Fan#: 73
Location: Hillsboro, OR
What I Drive: 02 Cloud9 ZTS

Posts: 456
FF Reputation: 1 oracleguy Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Re: Bad gas mileage in the cold

Quote:
Originally posted by microtonal
The only other thing I can think of that may be causing this is that they have switched the gas over in Washington state to 10% ethanol to reduce emissions in the winter.
That'd be the problem...
__________________
Kevin
02 Cloud9 ZTS - Windows tinted, Volant Cold Air Intake, FC 65mm Throttle Body, Phoenix Gold speakers, clear corner lenses, fog light mod, 2.25in Magnaflow cat-back exhaust, Redline Tuning hood quick lift kit.

SVT Upper Front Grill and Euro lower grill is up next.
oracleguy is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-08-2004, 01:42 PM   #3
Focus Addict
 
knightm3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Fan#: 1861
Location: Rochester "The Chest", NY
What I Drive: 2003 Pitch Black ZX3 2.3

Posts: 875
FF Reputation: 1 knightm3 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Re: Re: Bad gas mileage in the cold

Quote:
Originally posted by oracleguy
That'd be the problem...
In one of the other threads on gas mileage, someone actually did a pretty comprehensive test w/ and w/o 10% ethanol gasoline. There was no REAL difference in mileage, and I think a bit more acceleration, even.
knightm3 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-08-2004, 02:41 PM   #4
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Fan#: 350
Location: Buckley, WA
What I Drive: 2005 ST

Posts: 3,368
FF Reputation: 1 vanace Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
In one of the other threads on gas mileage, someone actually did a pretty comprehensive test w/ and w/o 10% ethanol gasoline. There was no REAL difference in mileage, and I think a bit more acceleration, even.


nope.. ethenol will make worse milage and power than all gas. ethanol doesn't have the BTU's that gasoline does, and our cars are calibrated for gasoline. I am near seattle too.. and i have noticed less milage. But it has been just since the snow. Driving in the snow makes a huge difference because of the added drag caused by dragging the snow around. It is my understanding that washington state no longer requires ethenol.. but i could be wrong. the price has gone up about 5 cents a gallon in the last few days. so they very well could have added the ethonol.
__________________
ST crew #18
vanace is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-08-2004, 03:26 PM   #5
FF #1 Most Wanted
 
microtonal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Fan#: 470
Location: Seattle, WA
What I Drive: 2012 GTI, 2014 Forester XT

Posts: 6,890
FF Reputation: 12 microtonal Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (7)
I haven't seen any stickers posted about them using ethanol at Chevron but here is what I found at the Chevron website.

Quote:

What oxygenates does Chevron use for oxygenated and reformulated gasoline?


Chevron uses primarily ethanol for the winter oxygenated gasoline programs in Anchorage, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, Portland, Southern Oregon, Salt Lake City, Reno, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, and El Paso.
Here's the link to the Chevron website.
__________________
Just reading.....
microtonal is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-08-2004, 04:19 PM   #6
Focus Enthusiast
 
slvrfocus03's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Fan#: 391
Location: Nacogdoches, TX
What I Drive: Silver 2003 Focus ZX3

Posts: 317
FF Reputation: 1 slvrfocus03 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
It's not near that cold here in Texas, but it has been alot colder than normal this past week. The lows have been running anywhere from 20-30 and the highs from 45-55. Anyhoo, yes, my mileage has dropped tremendously. I'm like you, I haven't driven it any different, and actually a lil bit more gentle than normal. I haven't filled up in almost two weeks, cause I was on vacation during christmas, so I don't know what my mileage is just yet, but I will need to in a few days and find out then. I just know i'm not getting near the mileage out of this tank. On avg., I get 27-30 driving back and forth to work and 30-35 on the highway. When I fill up i'll let you know what it is. I estimate it to be around 24-25 this time.
__________________
Current Mods: Tint/Darker Tint on rear windows and tint stripe on windshiled, Focus Fanatics.com decals on both rear windows, changed out base wiper switch w/ 6-speed intermitent wiper switch, Blue M&M (named B.J.) mounted in back seat all buckled in, 10"Pioneer sub w/ 240w Pioneer amp, xm satellite, clear corner lens, Focus third brake light sticker, Replaced stock antenna w/ a 6" aluminum antenna
slvrfocus03 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-08-2004, 04:45 PM   #7
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Fan#: 350
Location: Buckley, WA
What I Drive: 2005 ST

Posts: 3,368
FF Reputation: 1 vanace Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Chevron uses primarily ethanol for the winter oxygenated gasoline programs in Anchorage, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, Portland, Southern Oregon, Salt Lake City, Reno, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, and El Paso.

I am about positive that this is old news and hasn't been updated. Portland no longer uses the oxygenated gas because they found out that it doesn't reduce pollution because they are burning more gas. i am pretty sure seattle did the same.
__________________
ST crew #18
vanace is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-08-2004, 05:10 PM   #8
Focus Fanatic
 
viney266's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Fan#: 93
Location: westminster, maryland, MD
What I Drive: focus ztw ,zx3,mustang, motorcycles

Posts: 25,614
Points 240,849, Level 100
Points: 240,849, Level: 100 Points: 240,849, Level: 100 Points: 240,849, Level: 100
Level Up 0% Completed
Level up: 0% Level up: 0% Level up: 0%
Forum Activity 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
FF Reputation: 112 viney266 Excellent Standing Member viney266 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (4)
Yes, you will def. see a drop in milage from it. I had an old 78 dodge with a 318 lean burn it it years ago and it would go from 18 mpg to about 14, it was terrible.
__________________
Speed is only a matter of money; how fast do you want to go?
viney266 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-08-2004, 06:18 PM   #9
Focus Enthusiast
 
oracleguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Fan#: 73
Location: Hillsboro, OR
What I Drive: 02 Cloud9 ZTS

Posts: 456
FF Reputation: 1 oracleguy Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally posted by vanace
I am about positive that this is old news and hasn't been updated. Portland no longer uses the oxygenated gas because they found out that it doesn't reduce pollution because they are burning more gas. i am pretty sure seattle did the same.
I think you might be right... It makes sense, I mean you put it in cars... lowers pollution but also lowers mpg so you have to burn more of the stuff to go the same distance. It is a no brainer.
__________________
Kevin
02 Cloud9 ZTS - Windows tinted, Volant Cold Air Intake, FC 65mm Throttle Body, Phoenix Gold speakers, clear corner lenses, fog light mod, 2.25in Magnaflow cat-back exhaust, Redline Tuning hood quick lift kit.

SVT Upper Front Grill and Euro lower grill is up next.
oracleguy is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
anybody else have really really bad gas milage malconsSVT SVT Performance (2002-2004) 37 10-21-2005 12:09 PM
Bad Gas? SteelRain SVT Performance (2002-2004) 9 10-15-2005 11:37 AM
Effect of exhaust mods on gas mileage pagaporcristo Ford Focus & General Car Chat 19 07-31-2005 01:48 AM
gas mileage fordluvr4 DURATEC Performance (2003-2007) 20 03-28-2005 03:09 PM
Gas Mileage...What Do You Get? John Hyde ZETEC Performance (2000-2004) 12 02-20-2005 08:59 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:54 AM.


Copyright 2002-2015 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Mazda CX-3, Audi S3, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus, Focus ST and Focus RS related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. If you own other makes have a look at Challenger Hellcat Forum, Charger Hellcat Forum, Cadillac ATS-V Forum, Cadillac ATS Forum, Cadillac CTS-V Forum, Lexus RC-F Forum, Lexus GS-F Forum, Mercedes GLA Forum, Mercedes GLE Forum and Volvo XC90 Forum.





Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1