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Old 02-16-2009, 01:33 PM   #1
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1st tank of gas-'09 Focus auto-28mpg

filled up after the pump clicked a few times and kept going. Squeezed 12 gallons and had 336.1 on the trip. Not too bad for highway and stop and go combined. My commute has some of both. I cruise at 75-80 on the hwy..and while I'm not a lead foot, I'm usually always 10mph or so over the speed limit in most cases. All in all I'm pretty pleased with my first tank mileage and the car


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Welcome to FF. You'll find a lot of great info here and a bunch of nice guys and gals that love to share information.

When your ready to start making modifications to that baby this is the place.

I'll throw this one out right now. Ground your throttle body! You'll get better throttle response and may even see an increase in MPG.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:54 PM   #3
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Welcome to FF. You'll find a lot of great info here and a bunch of nice guys and gals that love to share information.

When your ready to start making modifications to that baby this is the place.

I'll throw this one out right now. Ground your throttle body! You'll get better throttle response and may even see an increase in MPG.
How do you "ground the throttle body"? Actually I had a Mustang GT and other modded cars. I got the Focus for the specific reason to leave it alone and keep it stock. I just wanted an economy car for the mileage and size.
I've done all my modding on my sportbikes :)
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Yeah sure, thats what we all said at one point.
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Old 02-16-2009, 02:05 PM   #5
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Seriously I highly doubt it. I like cars but the Focus is for A to B really. I only really drive it when it's raining, on weekends when taking my dogs out hiking or to the beach with the girlfriend.

The rest of the time it's cbr1100xx or sv1000 which are just insane fun to me.
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I got the Focus for the specific reason to leave it alone and keep it stock. I just wanted an economy car for the mileage and size.
OK, stop laughing at him that's not nice.

I purchased my Focus for the exact same reason. In fact we bought it one week after we bought our Edge, specifically to use as our commuter car. I had no plans at all to modify it. Check my profile and look at my current modifications, some how my original plans got changed.

Be careful, it's all FF's fault! The more you hang around here the more your money seems to go from your wallet to your Focus.

Anyway, the TB ground is an easy one. Get some nice 4 gauge power/ground cable and a couple of lugs from your auto parts store. Make a cable long enough to go from one of the four bolts on your throttle body to the neg. on the battery. You're done.

I've personally done this on my own and four other 08's. One of those 08's even belonged to a Ford Salesman. Every single time the owner couldn't wait to call me and tell me what a difference it made in the throttle response.

A little background: The 08' was the first year Ford changed the Focus to a fly-by-wire throttle. Myself and numerous other 08/09 owners swear by this simple modification. And of course there are some that think it's a waist of time and money. Try it, if you don't like it you can always take it off.
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Old 02-16-2009, 03:10 PM   #7
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OK, stop laughing at him that's not nice.

I purchased my Focus for the exact same reason. In fact we bought it one week after we bought our Edge, specifically to use as our commuter car. I had no plans at all to modify it. Check my profile and look at my current modifications, some how my original plans got changed.

Be careful, it's all FF's fault! The more you hang around here the more your money seems to go from your wallet to your Focus.

Anyway, the TB ground is an easy one. Get some nice 4 gauge power/ground cable and a couple of lugs from your auto parts store. Make a cable long enough to go from one of the four bolts on your throttle body to the neg. on the battery. You're done.
Thanks for the tip. And I know what you mean about the modding bug. I dumped a couple grand into my last Mustang. And looking back, I wished I would have left it the hell alone (aside from the mufflers). I remember how much I enjoyed it stock. Hate to say it but the only mod this Focus will ever see is tinted windows. Before the Mustang I had a Mazda Protege for 8 years and didn't do one thing to it...nor cared to. I simply could care less about squeezing any more hp or sound out of a 140hp car. It's quiet and relaxing to drive which is just what I'm looking for when I'm not on my bikes. If I didn't have 2 other machines that can rocket to 150mph on a steep incline, then I'd be more likely to mess with the Focus or better yet....would have kept the Mustang.
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Don't let these guys get to you....after you get off a really fast motorcycle, or a fast car, the thought of trying to make your Focus go fast is silly. But there are plenty of other mods you might consider. I've had a blast working mine since I got it.....but not a single go-fast mod.

And that MPG thing.....that's about what I'm getting on my '06 automatic (in warmer weather than right now). You'll find a lot of talk about 40+ MPGs....but it's just talk. Your/my Focus is not a super high-MPG vehicle, compared to a number of similar-sized cars. 28MPH is ok.....
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That seems about right, I always get by perfect 28 each gas visit.
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Best I've gotten on my auto, with an incurable lead foot is 34.4, over 5 years of records. My engine isn't exactly yours, but they're close enough to count.

That being said, there have been many times that I've broken 30, and 33 isn't all that rare (according to my friend Excel).. I never "top off" the tank or keep clicking either, the mileage is very reasonable (esp for a non-hybrid auto, IMO!)

And to FF! Like others have said, we can be a bad influence, but it's not always such a bad thing- I'm sure you know the feeling
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