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Old 03-02-2013, 11:54 PM   #1
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Just purchased a 2013 Focus Titanium...but there's just one issue

Gas mileage. The car reportedly gets 38mpg highway, but I'm barely getting 22mpg. I'm not driving it like a madman, and with all my past cars I've been able to squeeze out way higher mileage than the reported estimated mpg.

I called and asked the dealership about the crappy gas mileage and was told that the engine could take about 500 miles to 'break in' and for me to start getting the proper gas mileage.

However, I just hit the 500 mile mark the other day and I'm still getting terrible gas mileage, maybe even worse than when I got the car (24mpg for first couple days).

Any ideas? Before I bought the car I looked around online and found loads of people being able to get 40+ mpg.


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Old 03-03-2013, 12:04 AM   #2
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Gas mileage. The car reportedly gets 38mpg highway, but I'm barely getting 22mpg. I'm not driving it like a madman, and with all my past cars I've been able to squeeze out way higher mileage than the reported estimated mpg.

I called and asked the dealership about the crappy gas mileage and was told that the engine could take about 500 miles to 'break in' and for me to start getting the proper gas mileage.

However, I just hit the 500 mile mark the other day and I'm still getting terrible gas mileage, maybe even worse than when I got the car (24mpg for first couple days).

Any ideas? Before I bought the car I looked around online and found loads of people being able to get 40+ mpg.
I consumed a lot of information here before pulling the trigger on a 2012, and the advice I got was not even to concern myself with calculating mileage for the first several fillups. My car was fine by the 1000-2000 mile range.

If you don't start seeing improvement by then, a trip to the dealer is in order. Good luck!
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:09 AM   #3
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Gas mileage. The car reportedly gets 38mpg highway, but I'm barely getting 22mpg. I'm not driving it like a madman, and with all my past cars I've been able to squeeze out way higher mileage than the reported estimated mpg.

I called and asked the dealership about the crappy gas mileage and was told that the engine could take about 500 miles to 'break in' and for me to start getting the proper gas mileage.

However, I just hit the 500 mile mark the other day and I'm still getting terrible gas mileage, maybe even worse than when I got the car (24mpg for first couple days).

Any ideas? Before I bought the car I looked around online and found loads of people being able to get 40+ mpg.

I have a 2013 ST and I am averaging 24ish mpg and it just turned 500 miles the first fill up I averaged 19. I assume by 1000 to 1500 miles it will be on par with manufacture numbers. On our 12 Titanium w/handeling pack we got crappy milage till about 1000 to 1500 miles we now get 30 mixed if my wife drives it I can get 35 city if I baby it.

The MPGs are there you just need to wait for the motor to break in and summer fuel to come back. Our winter blend is about 2-3 mpg less then summer fuel
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:23 AM   #4
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Gas mileage. The car reportedly gets 38mpg highway, but I'm barely getting 22mpg. I'm not driving it like a madman, and with all my past cars I've been able to squeeze out way higher mileage than the reported estimated mpg.

I called and asked the dealership about the crappy gas mileage and was told that the engine could take about 500 miles to 'break in' and for me to start getting the proper gas mileage.

However, I just hit the 500 mile mark the other day and I'm still getting terrible gas mileage, maybe even worse than when I got the car (24mpg for first couple days).

Any ideas? Before I bought the car I looked around online and found loads of people being able to get 40+ mpg.
Get a Prius if you care that much.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:32 AM   #5
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Wow. How about dont say anything at all ^. He was just asking question
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:54 AM   #6
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My 05 did the same thing. I wanted to return it because it was getting fuel economy like my 94 Aerostar did. I was told to wait 10k miles. It was my first car, so I didn't know any better. These engines are put together ridiculously tight. If you compare the bearing clearance specs to old V8's, you'll be surprised.

Also, I have to ask, how did you figure your fuel economy? Sometimes when we have people come in here and complain about fuel economy they are using bad math. Typically the person will use the fuel tank capacity to divide the number of miles driven on the trip. This is incorrect. You must use the gallons displayed on the tank to divide your trip odometer. These cars can have up to a 14 gallon reserve after the light comes on. My car, for example, takes about 10.5 gallons just after the light comes on leaving me with 3.5 gallons of gas as a reserve. My wife's van, on the other hand, has only 2 gallons in reserve. I also make a point to visit the same fuel station, and the same pump if possible when recording fuel economy.

Once you car gets running better- there are droves of '12+ owners with good fuel economy in the Gen 3 Chat forum- then I highly suggest trying to find as many different fuel stations on your regular route as possible. Try each one for at least 2 tanks. I wouldn't go out of the normal paths, but compare BP, Exxon, Sinclair, Shell, Citgo, or whatever you have up there. I've found as much as 3 mpg difference, but it won't be as obvious on the first tank as that one is typically blended with another fuel. Which brings me to a funny one- I got ridiculous fuel economy when blending half Kroger and half Phillips 66 fuels. There is just not a P66 fuel station on my typical route to work.

Remember- set the trip odometer, and divide that number by the number of gallons displayed on the pump. The more fuel you use, the more accurate the measurement is. If you've only used 2-3 gallons, that is not going to be a very accurate measurement. Ford's in-dash fuel recorder is more accurate at that point.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:04 AM   #7
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Another 2012/2013 gas mileage thread?

Search, people. This thread has been made about 100 times.

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Old 03-03-2013, 10:17 AM   #8
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Welcome to FF...

Please use the search function and not add to many subjects already covered time and time again...

A quick search I found these threads that may help:

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=308783

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=310131

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=255344

Just a quick FYI... Put miles on it and break it in. Gas mileage will go up. Personally running 91 octane helped me as well.
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