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Old 08-07-2008, 07:39 AM   #1
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Poor gas mileage with '08

Well no one's responding directly to my comment in the other thread, so I'm making a new one, damnit.

I get 10L/100 km = ~23 mpg, which is pretty much all city driving. This SUCKS. I would understand this if I was driving the crap out of the car, but I'm not. I shift at 2000 rpm, I end going in 5th gear when I'm doing 60-70 km/h, I coast a lot, I don't accelerate hard, and I shut my engine off at stop lights instead of letting it idle for a few minutes.

Shouldn't I be getting around 30 mpg with this way of driving?

btw the car has around 850 km's on it total. We're on our third tank of gas now. I get roughly 300 km's between fill-ups, which is ridiculous.

Any ideas on what's wrong? Should I take the car in to get looked at?


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Old 08-07-2008, 08:12 AM   #2
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Wow....I have a 2002 SE focus and get way better gas mileage than that in the city.....

(like 28 mpg..... but on highway I can get around 33mpg)

It may be driving habits to be honest....but MPG can depend on a lot of factors, the heat outside, weather you have an ATX or an MTX, how high you run your AC....etc. etc.

sorry to hear your stressed about it though.
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Old 08-07-2008, 08:18 AM   #3
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i can get around 500 - 525km of driving on a tank but that was all highway
btw never heard of sumone shutting there car off at a light...to me that would take more gas cause of start up every time
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I don't know what the gauge is like in the 08's but in my 07 i find that when the needle hits below the 1/4 mark i still have almost 20L of fuel left in the tank. It's rather deceptive but i've done the math. It has a 55L tank and i usually only put 35-40L in it per fillup, which gives me roughly 400km of city driving.
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Thanks for the responses so far. My driving style as well as my mom's (she actually drives the car more often than me) is really light. I rarely take the car past 2k rpm. A/C is hardly ever used, and I have a 5 speed. So based on how I drive, it seems like I'm getting the mileage of someone who flogs on their car, which is pretty disappointing.

I fill up when I get about to about a quarter of a tank, which takes 30-31 L. And that's been about 300 km of driving. What I do is measure my mileage using the trip meter and the next time I fill up, I calculate how much gas I've put in. It always stops filling about the same amount so I figure it's a fairly accurate system.

Btw I shut my car off at lights because when you idle you're getting 0 mpg. If you're sitting there for a couple of minutes, you're just wasting fuel. I read that if you're idling for more than 10 seconds, it's better to switch off the motor. I don't know how much truth there is to that measurement, but I know it doesn't waste a lot of fuel at startup.

The only thing that I can think of is that we only do about 30 mins of driving a day, and it includes a lot of stop and go traffic. 15 mins each way. Still, I don't think it could account for such poor mileage considering our light driving style.
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I've noticed in my '08 that 45 mph is where my bets mileage is at (Between 45 and 52 mpg) but that's with an Auto. I work for Dominos and I have gotten my car to sit happily around 28 mpg after working for 8 hours. My trick was basically push hard enough on the gas to make it shift around 3500(or let go of the pedal at 3500, whichever happened first), let off the gas when i hit 45mph and just coast until my next stop or until i hit abt 30mph...
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I personally believe that shutting the car off at stoplights is dangerous and shouldn't be done. There are lots of hypermilers out there that do it but IMO anything that impedes your ability to drive while in traffic (yes, even stationary traffic) is potentially dangerous.

If you want to improve mileage, the best thing you can do is to get out and walk instead of taking the car on those short trips and go inside instead of waiting in the drive thru.
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I guess that will depend on how much youre in stop and go traffic as well. You should get better than that IMO. Maybe you should take it to your dealer and have them run a mileage check. Most you guys dont know that they can do that, but they can hook the IDS computer to the car and take it for a drive and check actual mileage on it. Being as new as it is, they shouldnt charge you.
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I think Ford will also re-program your car for better gas mileage as well for free if you ask.

Obviously this policy may be different in Canada; YMMV (hehe).
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Not really sure, but it might be because you're still in the break-in period of your engine.
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