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Old 08-17-2011, 06:28 PM   #421
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After a month of driving here is what I have.

1.6tdci 115bhp 6-speed manual

On several 60 mile roundtrips using a full tank - (56miles at 65mph and the rest stopping at lights etc.) 54.7mpg (calculated) 53.1 on dash
Round town for 43 miles before refuelling returned 45mpg with 44 shown on dash.

Above was sensible driving. Doing the same journey putting foot down at the lights a little bit more and doing 75mph only returned 51.8 average.

Anything over 85mph and economy drops off a lot.

Must say this is quite a hilly part of the country aswell.

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54.7mpg
I almost soiled my drawers until I realized you have the 1.6tdci.
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I almost soiled my drawers until I realized you have the 1.6tdci.
I've actually had mine (American 2.0L) get up to 50.0.
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I've actually had mine (American 2.0L) get up to 50.0.
I was able to keep it at about 50 mpg on a 35-40 mph side road that didn't have any stop signs or traffic lights. Unfortunately, I don't drive on this road on a daily basis. I was also able to get it to about 48 mpg going 55mph once... but I was going downhill... and there was probably a tailwind...

My car says I'm averaging ~40mpg in my car right now - manual calculation is closer to 43mpg. Not bad for a combined MPG imho.
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I was able to keep it at about 50 mpg on a 35-40 mph side road that didn't have any stop signs or traffic lights. Unfortunately, I don't drive on this road on a daily basis. I was also able to get it to about 48 mpg going 55mph once... but I was going downhill... and there was probably a tailwind...

My car says I'm averaging ~40mpg in my car right now - manual calculation is closer to 43mpg. Not bad for a combined MPG imho.
The 35-40 with no stop signs is exactly what I did. Who cares what the elements and road grades are like. Use them to your advantage whenever possible. That's part of good gas mileage.
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The 35-40 with no stop signs is exactly what I did. Who cares what the elements and road grades are like. Use them to your advantage whenever possible. That's part of good gas mileage.
Great numbers PratoN!

The numbers still count but I DO care what the elements are. When I first started following this this thread, I started wondering if someone tied a dead horse to my Focus because I was not getting these numbers.
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On the topic of MPGs: I dislike that while braking for a stop sign or stoplight that the car downshifts through all of the gears. I think it might also be worse for gas mileage.

As opposed to forcing the engine to 2300 rpm as it downshifts, I just shift it into neutral and coast like it's a manual car (which seems to roll without losing nearly as much speed). This makes sense considering it essentially IS a manual car. This way the engine idles at like 700 rpm while I coast. Then I shift it back into drive when I'm ready to roll. For the record, I haven't had any trouble shifting it into drive while moving either.

Does anyone else do this?
By keeping the car in gear as you stop, it takes advantage of the aggressive fuel shut off programming and can keep the fuel turned off as you're decelerating.

If it's in neutral then it has to use fuel to keep the engine at idle.
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When I first started following this this thread, I started wondering if someone tied a dead horse to my Focus because I was not getting these numbers.
I know! I didn't know the break-in period would make such a difference.

A friend made fun of me for buying a $27k car and only getting 33mpg combined (what my LCD said). He said "My old Sunfire got that."

Well, turns out his Sunfire got that driving highway miles - and now I'm getting ~43 combined! That's by my manual calculation which was higher than what showed on my LCD.
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By keeping the car in gear as you stop, it takes advantage of the aggressive fuel shut off programming and can keep the fuel turned off as you're decelerating.

If it's in neutral then it has to use fuel to keep the engine at idle.
I was thinking about that today, actually! I realized that I don't think there is much of a difference in fuel consumption. I guess when I had noticed the increase in MPGs it was actually just my break-in period doing its work.

Plus, a point was made where I might need to accelerate and might not have time to shift gears. Not to mention I could also accidentally shift it into reverse! I think I'll just keep it in D from now on... except for when I need S.
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There's a tip on Fuelly that I totally disagree with. The tip says use maximum acceleration to get to your speed. The reasoning being that the less time you spend accelerating, the less fuel you will burn. I know there's math experts here that can do the "accelerating a mass equations" but even lacking that, this makes no sense to me.

Most cars will get 3-5 MPG under heavy acceleration. Even if takes a bit longer to get to your cruising speed, the extra time still uses a lot less fuel in my opinion.

Anyone want to do the math say from a 20MPH rolling on-ramp entry to a cruising speed of 60MPH?
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