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Old 08-07-2011, 02:04 PM   #1
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poor mpg on my brand new 2012 SEL

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I am getting avg. of 18 mpg on my brand new SEL (calculated). Purchased the car 3 weeks ago, finishing my first tank of gas. The car has now 245 miles on the ODO. Confirming this, the dash trip computer consistently shows an avg. mpg below 18. Have not done extensive highway driving on this car, but driving around town in SF and the East Bay. My driving habits are not aggressive. I am concerned I may have some defective component that is leading to plausible failure regarding my fuel economy. Any advice is thoroughly appreciated.


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Old 08-07-2011, 02:08 PM   #2
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don't expect to see decent mpg until the engine has had some time to break in.. give it 2-3000 mi.. do a search on the forums, there are many threads discussing this.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:10 PM   #3
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You are going to have por fuel mileage during break in. My parents have a 2012 SE sedan, and their fuel mileage was at about 20 until it hit 1500 miles, then slowly got better. Now at 4000 miles they are averaging around 38.
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I dunno. I don't buy all the break-in theories that people seem to put forth. Today's cars need very little break in.

I was getting 6.7L/100km (35mpg) right off the lot (car had 300km on the odo). With some around town driving I'm at 6.8 (34.5) currently. I've reset it a couple of times, but the figure always settles there. I'm at just over 5000km (3100mi) now.

However, approx 75% of my driving is on the highway.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:50 PM   #5
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well. you may not buy into the theories. but ford says not to expect great mileage for the first 2500mi i believe (it's in the documentation somewhere) and it's pretty much what people have been observing. mileage is very low for a period of time and then increases. as they say, your mileage may vary...
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:56 PM   #6
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Thank you Scottjl,

Knowing that Ford acknowledges there will be no great gas mileage until the engines breaks in gives me some peace of mind. I appreciate all your responses. Thanks much.
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for your reading pleasure...

ps. no car gets their rated MPG straight out of the box brand spanking new.. so don't worry. enjoy your new vehicle.. welcome to the forums, and surf over to the Third Generation Ford Focus (2012) forum some time.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:13 PM   #8
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I averaged 37mpg (hwy) the first week I had my 2010 and it only had 300mi on it. It should take 500 max to get through the "break-in" period.
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Are you idiling alot with the AC on in the city driving? That kills mpg quick.
But yes it could take a bit of break in before it gets better. When I first got my 2009 it was like that too but only about 1000 miles or so (a few fillups)
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:31 PM   #10
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Even PM has trouble breaking old habits...


The ritual of breaking in a new car is part of the body of knowledge we refer to as conventional wisdom. It’s not necessarily wise, and the technology of building a modern automobile has evolved to the point where a lot of “wisdom” is obsolete. Few cars specify a break-in procedure anymore, simply cautioning you to avoid extreme acceleration or extended idling for the first thousand miles or so, and there’s little in the way of extra service up front. Some don’t even mandate an oil change until 6000 miles. We think your new ride deserves better. Here are a few tips....

LoL. They tell you that few new vehicles don't specify a break in procedure anymore then go on to tell you to do it anyway.

Old habits are hard to break.
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