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View Poll Results: What is your MPG
0-10 10 0.40%
10-20 88 3.54%
20-25 516 20.74%
25-30 967 38.87%
30-35 659 26.49%
35-40 199 8.00%
40+ 49 1.97%
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:53 AM   #661
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Me.

70 miles a day in 09 SE auto.
describe your driving style..haha
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:03 PM   #662
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keep the rpm's below 3k, always try to keep the T/C locked.
Turn Over Drive off during acceleration to lock the T/C in 3rd, then turn it back on when i reach close to my speed.
I try and keep my MPG bar at 4 or more bars.
I speed up down hills and gently slow down going up hills. Basically use gravity in my favor.

Yea never speed up going up hill, just maintain your speed. Speed up on flat ground or going down hill.
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:03 AM   #663
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keep the rpm's below 3k, always try to keep the T/C locked.
Turn Over Drive off during acceleration to lock the T/C in 3rd, then turn it back on when i reach close to my speed.
I try and keep my MPG bar at 4 or more bars.
I speed up down hills and gently slow down going up hills. Basically use gravity in my favor.

Yea never speed up going up hill, just maintain your speed. Speed up on flat ground or going down hill.
i drive similarly but i just cant resist the itch to open up every here and there, haha. can you explain why having overdrive off/locking the T/C is better for acceleration?
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:59 PM   #664
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when the Torq Converter is not locked you have about 10% loss of Power. If you have the t/c lock up while accelerating you get a little boost of power when it locks. Im not really sure how much this saves fuel wise but it certainly brings me to 60mph faster then when it doesn't lock.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:57 PM   #665
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Personally,the focus has been failing me a little bit, lately. It's fantastic for long cruises. I drove to LAX, then anaheim, with a fair amount of city driving, and pulled off the whole 210 miles using only 6 gallons.

But usually I'm not on long cruises. I've got a a 30 mile drive out to school and back twice a week, but the rest of the time I'm putting around town all day visiting the girlfriend, going to lunch, or just driving.

Because of that, and the wonderful new sound from my Trubendz cat-back and the itch it gives me to put the pedal down, I've been doing terribly! only about 240-290 miles per tank. On better days with all this stop and go driving I average 26mpg.
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:54 PM   #666
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1.8 TDCi, 39mpg, http://www.spritmonitor.de/de/detailansicht/141595.html

1.6 Zetec, 34mpg, http://www.spritmonitor.de/de/detailansicht/304049.html

i know, those engines were only available in EU....
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I wish i could get a 4cyl diesel focus :/
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:50 PM   #668
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Personally,the focus has been failing me a little bit, lately. It's fantastic for long cruises. I drove to LAX, then anaheim, with a fair amount of city driving, and pulled off the whole 210 miles using only 6 gallons.

But usually I'm not on long cruises. I've got a a 30 mile drive out to school and back twice a week, but the rest of the time I'm putting around town all day visiting the girlfriend, going to lunch, or just driving.

Because of that, and the wonderful new sound from my Trubendz cat-back and the itch it gives me to put the pedal down, I've been doing terribly! only about 240-290 miles per tank. On better days with all this stop and go driving I average 26mpg.
i mean I wouldn't call it failing, its more driving style. unless you had a fiesta you wouldn't do much better with mileage, its mostly dependent on your driving. When I had a celica (rated like 22/29), i beat up that gas pedal up and never saw better than 23, but my dad got 27 in it driving easy. If im in typical baltimore city traffic, focus is 23. normal around town, also like 26. highway around 32 taking it easy
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:45 PM   #669
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good mpg

I drive an 03 svt and love it! I average 26-27 mpg around town. I do get that erg to 'gun it' and let 'er eat though. Yes, 6 gears help, but common sense is key when trying to do a mileage run. Light on pedal, drafting, coasting, and speeding up going downhill all help for me. Also I try to keep rpm's at 3000 or less at all times. I have yet to go on an open road trip to see how good it gets then. Later.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:07 PM   #670
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winter highway driving about 28 mpg, summer weather 33mpg. that is doing 65-75mph on highway for 75% of my driving.

no significant loss of mpg or performance on my 2004 focus zx5 5 spd manual. 120,500 miles, no major issues. one set of brakes/ rotors, and will probably need new eaxhaust and suspesnion in the next two years...

pretty nice ride overall, also original battery...
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