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Old 01-13-2011, 06:52 PM   #1
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I just bought a 05 Focus. 2.0, manual only 47000 miles. I bought the car because of the mileage.. EPA 26 city, 37 highway. I did a HW trip,, 180 miles. 75 MPH. I know a little fast,,, but it is the limit here.. I got 26 MPG. OUCH! Not what I expected.. I just finished a city test,,, 100 miles,,, 22 MPG.. Ouch again.. I know that winter driving you get a LITTLE less MPG.. But this is a little crazy. Here in Colorado we have Ethenal in our gas all year long.. What are you guys getting in your Focus??? I am going to try a test at 70 MPH.


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with winter blend and heavy use of defoggers and short trips... forget it. not sure why your highway was so low tho. in colorado my focus for 35 in town and into the 40s on the highway. it was insane up in CO. here in tx though its 32 city and 35-38 highway
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:58 PM   #3
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Something might be a bit awry.
I have an auto and I get over 33mpg all the time on the highway regardless of AC or winter and whatnot with 65-75 as the average speed
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:15 PM   #4
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This topic is poppin' on here lately. MUST be winter related (that's been my first guess all along) EXCEPT for folks in Australia and South America because those people are in the midst of summer.

That said, for peace of mind, you can do the routine maintenance that the car probably needs and it MIGHT help. Fuel and air filters (a bottle of fuel injection cleaner, maybe even 2 consecutive tankfuls depending upon the product - THEN change the oil), properly gapped plugs, properly inflated tires and MAKE SURE THE DANG THING ISN'T LEAKIN' GAS (crazy rare yet possible)...

PS: If you're in the mountains, that isn't gonna help
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:27 PM   #5
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I normally get the stated numbers for the 2009 focus--24 city 33-34 hiway
Do a little worse in winter, better in summer.
My 2005 Focus never did that well-- more like 23-24 city, 31 hiway. Both automatics, by the way.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:32 PM   #6
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It's cold here in Virginia this year, usually have to use the rear defroster, etc, still I get just at or over 33 mpg during in "rush hour" traffic and local driving. Got just over 33 with a jammed full trunk, half filled back seat and two adults in the car doing 70-75 and local roads over the course of 2500 miles for Christmas. Would I do it again? With my GF and the Focus, in a heartbeat. Mine is an automatic too.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:46 PM   #7
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Your fuel economy numbers sound awfully high, according to fueleconomy.gov the numbers are 22 and 32

I had a 2010 rental over the holidays and got around 32 mpg, mostly highway with no cruise control
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Now would be a good time to perform some general maintenance on the car since you just got it.

Start with replacing spark plugs
Replace the fuel filter
Make sure your using correct oil and Motorcraft oil filter
Check tire pressures
Upgrade to a Cold Air intake or Short Ram intake (You have a OEM lifetime air filter that sucks on air flow)

The biggest influence on your gas mileage is your right foot. But the winter time doesn't help with longer warmup times and degraded fuel quality.

My boosted 2.3L is averaging about 27 mpg with 60% highway miles and 40% city miles right now and its been extra cold here in the Mid-Atlantic.
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Posted via FF MobileMy `04 gets 29 in the summer, general use - as high as 33 at 70 on the highway BUT that is summer mileage! Got 23 last time I checked, all winter, all short trip useage. you have all the low mileage issues to deal with, ethanol hurts quite noticceably as most tests show about 10% loss in mileage from that alone. High altitude tends to hurt, despite burning leaner, the loss in power is generally compensated for by a heavier throttle foot resulting in lower mileage at altitude.... Winter is another killer, between rich mixtures for cold start - up and running, along with more accessory loads from defrosters to lighting.... more short trips in winter in general as well... Some "warm up" their cars instead of driving easy when first started as recommended, and this gets 0 mpg.....All those factors add up to about 7 mpg loss, from 30 that equals 23.... so "normal" so far.....
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^good explanation.
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