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09-24-2012 10:04 PM
ChrisRyan My brother and I road tripped ~2000 miles and were getting 38-39mpg at 70-80mph. If I travel between 55-65 I will see 40+
09-24-2012 09:26 PM
suss6052
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Originally Posted by bball40dtw View Post
41.8 MPG!!!

We've never been able to break 35 MPG on any road trip ever...

I'm guessing the Michigan norm of setting the cruise to 79 MPH doesn't help.
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Originally Posted by Wildsailor View Post
I can attest to that. My son and I drove a 250 mile roundtrip from the Detroit area down into Ohio and then back. When he drove he set the cruise at 65 MPH because he is on a learning permit and was comfy there (by the way he really liked the little speed readout over the cruise indicator). The FE meter said he was getting 41.0 MPG. When I was driving I set the cruise at 72 MPH (still getting passed by everyone and their Grandma) and I was getting 38.3 MPG. I imagine 79 - 80 MPH and you will be down in the 34-35 MPG area.
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Thanks for the confirmation. Glad to see someone else who's played around with octanes is seeing similar behavior.



Ha, yeah. I set the cruise at 65 as much as possible. This car is really sensitive to MPH once you start moving beyond that.

I still averaged about 37 MPG on a tank that included a chunk of miles blowing down 696 at 80+ MPH last month, though. Not too shabby!



Indeed, I can't lay all the blame on MFT. I've taken to rebooting my phone every couple days and that seems to help with some of the weird BT issues.
470.1 miles/11.176 gallons at about 65 mph without cruise control heading down to Cincinnati and back on 9/15-9/16/12. That was with three people in the car (although the weight of nearly 4 plus over night bags). I had to stop once on the way down for breakfast, then the other half of the trip down was done in one direction. Then getting semi stuck in the parking garage at the end of the event, then driving to the hotel, parking and then parking again ( moving nearer to the room), then breakfast the next day, and back towards home the next day. Made it from home to Cincinnati and back to Toledo on one tank of fuel. 16" alloy wheels, DCT hatch. The F.E. meter said I was getting 41.4 mpg by the end of the tank, but it kept climbing even as I was climbing back uo hill. Passing cars at 70 occasionally, and other times having to slow down to 45-55 mph.
09-24-2012 06:48 PM
TiPilot
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Originally Posted by TiStick View Post
I noticed that trend during my octane tests as well. I also agree with the open road use of 93 delivering a benefit. For my everyday commute, not an appreciable difference to justify the extra expense.
Thanks for the confirmation. Glad to see someone else who's played around with octanes is seeing similar behavior.

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Originally Posted by bball40dtw View Post
41.8 MPG!!!

We've never been able to break 35 MPG on any road trip ever...

I'm guessing the Michigan norm of setting the cruise to 79 MPH doesn't help.
Ha, yeah. I set the cruise at 65 as much as possible. This car is really sensitive to MPH once you start moving beyond that.

I still averaged about 37 MPG on a tank that included a chunk of miles blowing down 696 at 80+ MPH last month, though. Not too shabby!

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I wanted to touch on some of the issues you were having with the Bluetooth. This is not MFT issue per se, but more of a bluetooth connection issue. I have other devices that connect through bluetooth on other devices and it also drops once in a while.

So far I have 4300km on my new 2012 Titanium and I am beyond pleased with Sync and everything else with the car, so far no issues reported. No reboots, no connection issues (except bluetooth on a rare occasion)
Indeed, I can't lay all the blame on MFT. I've taken to rebooting my phone every couple days and that seems to help with some of the weird BT issues.
09-24-2012 05:37 PM
gsxrboy I wanted to touch on some of the issues you were having with the Bluetooth. This is not MFT issue per se, but more of a bluetooth connection issue. I have other devices that connect through bluetooth on other devices and it also drops once in a while.

So far I have 4300km on my new 2012 Titanium and I am beyond pleased with Sync and everything else with the car, so far no issues reported. No reboots, no connection issues (except bluetooth on a rare occasion)
09-24-2012 04:34 PM
bball40dtw
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Originally Posted by Wildsailor View Post
I can attest to that. My son and I drove a 250 mile roundtrip from the Detroit area down into Ohio and then back. When he drove he set the cruise at 65 MPH because he is on a learning permit and was comfy there (by the way he really liked the little speed readout over the cruise indicator). The FE meter said he was getting 41.0 MPG. When I was driving I set the cruise at 72 MPH (still getting passed by everyone and their Grandma) and I was getting 38.3 MPG. I imagine 79 - 80 MPH and you will be down in the 34-35 MPG area.
The Focus does have the best steering wheel and cruise control readout ever. I am glad they put it in the Escape and C-Max.
09-24-2012 04:01 PM
Wildsailor
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Originally Posted by bball40dtw View Post
41.8 MPG!!!

We've never been able to break 35 MPG on any road trip ever...

I'm guessing the Michigan norm of setting the cruise to 79 MPH doesn't help.
I can attest to that. My son and I drove a 250 mile roundtrip from the Detroit area down into Ohio and then back. When he drove he set the cruise at 65 MPH because he is on a learning permit and was comfy there (by the way he really liked the little speed readout over the cruise indicator). The FE meter said he was getting 41.0 MPG. When I was driving I set the cruise at 72 MPH (still getting passed by everyone and their Grandma) and I was getting 38.3 MPG. I imagine 79 - 80 MPH and you will be down in the 34-35 MPG area.
09-24-2012 03:19 PM
bball40dtw 41.8 MPG!!!

We've never been able to break 35 MPG on any road trip ever...

I'm guessing the Michigan norm of setting the cruise to 79 MPH doesn't help.
09-24-2012 03:08 PM
TiStick
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Note - I'm cross-posting this in a couple applicable threads.
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Took a trip up to MI this weekend. Impressive mileage once again.

It was about 20% city (by time) or 10% city (by miles) so let's call it 85% highway, 15% city.

Total of 492.2 miles on the tank; I had about 0.6 gallons left when I filled up. Yeah, cutting it close - anyway... that comes out to 41.8 MPG. Was running Shell V-Power 93 Octane.

Half the miles were in serious rain and/or a strong headwind and I noticed (watching the MPG meter) both caused a performance hit, as you may expect.

After 11.5K miles and a few long road trips I'm starting to come to the conclusion that I realize a measurable MPG boost on 93 Octane whenever I'm running all/mostly highway. When it's my more-usual 50/50 city highway split, I'm not sure that there's an MPG benefit from running premium.

One final note - MPG meter in car indicated 39.8, actual was 41.8. Pretty much in line with the 5% variation I usually see. What I do find interesting, though, is that the car more often underestimates when I run premium and overestimates when I'm running regular.
I noticed that trend during my octane tests as well. I also agree with the open road use of 93 delivering a benefit. For my everyday commute, not an appreciable difference to justify the extra expense.
09-24-2012 02:11 PM
TiPilot Note - I'm cross-posting this in a couple applicable threads.
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Took a trip up to MI this weekend. Impressive mileage once again.

It was about 20% city (by time) or 10% city (by miles) so let's call it 85% highway, 15% city.

Total of 492.2 miles on the tank; I had about 0.6 gallons left when I filled up. Yeah, cutting it close - anyway... that comes out to 41.8 MPG. Was running Shell V-Power 93 Octane.

Half the miles were in serious rain and/or a strong headwind and I noticed (watching the MPG meter) both caused a performance hit, as you may expect.

After 11.5K miles and a few long road trips I'm starting to come to the conclusion that I realize a measurable MPG boost on 93 Octane whenever I'm running all/mostly highway. When it's my more-usual 50/50 city highway split, I'm not sure that there's an MPG benefit from running premium.

One final note - MPG meter in car indicated 39.8, actual was 41.8. Pretty much in line with the 5% variation I usually see. What I do find interesting, though, is that the car more often underestimates when I run premium and overestimates when I'm running regular.

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07-11-2012 11:05 AM
TiPilot
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Agree 100%. Great car with inexcusable glitches that should never have been a problem in the first place.
Yup, pretty much how I feel as well.

Having to go 200 miles (because you don't want to pull over on the side of a highway or pay a toll to get off and reboot/restart the car) after losing your audio is frustrating... especially when the rest of the drive is awesome!
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