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12-01-2012 12:21 AM
bikerlbf406 Well I just rolled in to the 1K mile mark. 1015 miles when I just filled up tonight. I also achieved my best fuel mileage at 29.4 mpg at 75% city driving. Now that I broke a 1K miles maybe ill get lucky and break the 30 mpg when fueling up next month.
11-03-2012 06:12 AM
tankinbeans
Driving Style and GDi

Hello all -

I'm new to the forum and was wondering if there are any special driving techniques required with the GDi to achieve maximum mileage? I have the 5MT SE model. Should I actually follow that stupid little shift light when it tells me to downshift earlier than I'd prefer, or should I just follow my instincts and do what I'm used to? If I were to follow the shift light religiously I'd be in 5th at 30 mph and going nowhere fast.

I ask because I've grown up with conventionally fuel injected engines and GDi is new to me. I've read on and off about "keeping the engine loaded," and cruising at 2,500 rpm (the racket of which drives me nuts), cruising at the lowest possible rpm and anything in between. Color me confused.

I'll post an intro thread some day, when I'm awake.

Thanks,
Tankinbeans
11-02-2012 11:20 AM
ffr1229 All my reporting was driving the 5MT
11-02-2012 02:49 AM
empowah I know this is obvious but folks often forget: MPG is directly related to the amount of work you're asking your car to do. As such, it's usually not helpful comparing MPG numbers with each other because we're all asking for different things from our cars. I've had tanks ranging from 35.9 MPG (all-highway road trip) to 22.8 mpg (a week when I drove to work and averaged 6 miles per hour).

As they say, YMMV. There are so many variables to consider, so the best you can do is to drive another car through the same environment and see how your Focus does relative to that.
11-01-2012 08:21 PM
FocusOnMeNow 5MT here. I was hitting 27 to 28 in the city with very little to no freeway driving. I also had under 1000 miles on the clock. Post 1000 miles, I hit 30 in the city. Add a K&N air filter, now I get 33 in the city and 37 freeway.

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11-01-2012 07:02 PM
StingRay I have a 5 speed and I average about 28.5 with almost strictly city driving. And that's driving pretty spirited most of the time
11-01-2012 06:47 PM
ArcticGabe Is it safe to assume most of you have automatics??

Can anyone report mileage from a manual trans? From the sticker, it looks like the manual gets 2 MPG less on the hwy and 1 MPG less in the city.
11-01-2012 03:02 PM
blasman
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Anyone else's average drop a few MPG's since the weather has gotten cold? Mine has a tough time averaging about 32 MPG, beofre it started getting cold, i'd drive with the AC off and window slightly cracked, I was averaging 35.x mpg's via the dashboard.
The switch to winter blend gas always drops my MPG by several points...
11-01-2012 02:55 PM
suss6052
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Anyone else's average drop a few MPG's since the weather has gotten cold? Mine has a tough time averaging about 32 MPG, beofre it started getting cold, i'd drive with the AC off and window slightly cracked, I was averaging 35.x mpg's via the dashboard.
Cold dense air is harder to drive through, as well as the switch to winter blend fuel = poorer fuel economy typically
11-01-2012 02:51 PM
nick753 Anyone else's average drop a few MPG's since the weather has gotten cold? Mine has a tough time averaging about 32 MPG, beofre it started getting cold, i'd drive with the AC off and window slightly cracked, I was averaging 35.x mpg's via the dashboard.
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