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Old 02-06-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
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new 2009 Focus getting bad gas mileage

So I am a new Focus owner. I have an SES Sedan with automatic transmission. Dealer says 33 MPG highway. I basically do ONLY highway. Each day, 5 days a week its 1 mile to the parkway, then 50 miles highway, then 2 miles local. So I would expect to get darn near that 33. My car is already at 2500 miles (well past where I would consider being broken in) and I am averaging 29 MPG! That is 13% lower than I would expect and am very unhappy. Is this normal? Am I being too critical or should I have the dealer check it out?

I drive pretty steady speeds of 70mph and am not too heavy on the gas. My previous car was a 2002 Nissan Sentra and I consistently got 32 mpg. I was not expecting the new car to be a step back! Feedback would be appreciated.


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Old 02-06-2009, 03:55 PM   #2
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Maybe it still needs a little more time to break in. I also think 70 mph is quite a bit faster than the highway MPG rating is taken at. Though my 2.3 gets over 33 mpg consistently on the highway at 70 mph(MTX). The sentra is lighter and may be geared better for cruising at 70.

Are you looking at your lifetime MPG? Because that will include the break-in period. I heard that the first tank of gas always gets poor mpg.
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:58 PM   #3
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yeah, 70 is a little fast, i tend to find that my pull offs and acceleration have a HUGE effect on my MPG. also the roughness of the road and inclines etc could be killing it!
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:00 PM   #4
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That does seem odd my 08 gets an average of just over 36mpg (85%highway)Though mine is a mtx.

There could be a couple of factors.
1)winter time= longer warm up times.
2)Check your tire PSI it may be low.
3)Do you have the 16inch wheels or 17inch wheels?, that will make a differance because the 17's are a bit wider. 205/50/16 vs 215/45/417

I am willing to bet its do to the cold, my mpgs always go down in the winter because I let it warm up at least 5 min.
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So I am a new Focus owner. I have an SES Sedan with automatic transmission. Dealer says 33 MPG highway. I basically do ONLY highway. Each day, 5 days a week its 1 mile to the parkway, then 50 miles highway, then 2 miles local. So I would expect to get darn near that 33. My car is already at 2500 miles (well past where I would consider being broken in) and I am averaging 29 MPG! That is 13% lower than I would expect and am very unhappy. Is this normal? Am I being too critical or should I have the dealer check it out?

I drive pretty steady speeds of 70mph and am not too heavy on the gas. My previous car was a 2002 Nissan Sentra and I consistently got 32 mpg. I was not expecting the new car to be a step back! Feedback would be appreciated.
I have an 09 S model w/ 5 spd trans.. Only 1200 miles. I checked my last tank and had a combined city/highway, some of that with the a/c on, 32 mpg. I was a bit spirited when driving on the last tank.. The tank before that city and highway, no a/c 35 mpg... I'm hoping it will improve once it breaks in... My 2001 got about 38 mpg over it's life time... 95% of the miles were highway...
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:28 PM   #6
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Make sure your checking your mileage correctly first...if your going by the little thing the digital readout say...don't. Divide your total trip mileage from full to empty by the amount of gallons you put in. Secondly, its winter time and dropping temps will drop the psi in your tires significantly so check those. Also, automatic or manual? and have you been keeping up with your oil changes. But yea, 70mph is not going to net you the 35mpg or whatever the EPA estimate is on the car, that estimate is based on 55mph, most likely with cruise control and on flat hwys.

I wouldn't complain too much, half my cars life I got sub 20mpg no matter how I drove or where....I still don't get anywhere near 29mpg.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:27 PM   #7
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I had the exact same experience when I bought my '07. I got 27 mpg the first summer. It stayed there through the winter but when the wheather warmed up last summer I started getting 32 mpg consistantly. It took me close to 10k miles to see an improvement in mileage. This may have been due to the full synthetic oil affecting the break in period, i don't know.

also, one reason why you may get worse milage with the ford than what you got with the nissan is the height of the car. There is more cross sectional area displacing the air which will become more of an issue as average speed increases.

I'm sure youre mileage will increase soon, mine still seems to be improving and my car is now at 19K miles.
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:40 AM   #8
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Just some replies to people who have posted:

The people who brought up the tires have an intersting point. I have the SES Sedan but with the 17" coupe wheel option. I assumed that since the car is a mere month old that it would have properly inflated tires but I really should check that and report back. With the lower profile tires I would maybe not expect to see the noticable bulge in the tire when low on air.

Also good point with the warm ups but generally It doesnt take more than a few minutes twice a day. I only drive my car too and from work on a typical day.

I am only invistigating this because when you purchase a car based on gas mileage, you want to be pretty close to that. I already got sucked into the dealer under the 35 mpg promise only to learn that was for the manual, not the automatic like mine.

I had thought that after the first oil change things should improve but now with the Focus manual suggesting 7,500 miles per change, that is going to be a while. I just needed to hear from people that I wasn't crazy and didn't need to bring the car to the dealer for a look over. It is so far between new cars that you forget how a new car is supposed to be. I will check the tire inflation and report back.
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I went from a '95 Nissan Sentra automatic to my '06 Focus automatic, and my MPG decreased by 2.....same driving, same roads, etc.

Summer driving gets me about 28mpg with this car, driving very conservative. So the MPG figures you quote don't surprise me. Automatics get about 2mpg less than the manual transmission models.....that's about it, unless you try the hypermiling techniques. As far as MPG improving with more miles on the car....don't bet on it. Despite the claims you might read about, the Focus is not a good choice for a high MPG vehicle.
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7500 miles? That seems high no?
The usual I hear in Canada is every 5,000KM's. And Since you're talking miles that seems really high, or is this just me?
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