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Old 09-12-2013, 11:11 PM   #11
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hey RJ did u by any chance order the $95 SFE package did you? Rear Disc Brakes, LRR tires, Aero Hubcaps and Spoiler? was prob the best $95 I ever spent. What options did your order on your SE?
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:05 AM   #12
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The best to max out MPG is not stopping. If on the freeway leave a LARGE gap.. so you can avoid ever tapping the brakes..
Incease tire PSI some.
Choose routes with NO stopping. Inner city areas with endless stoplights are Hell on MPGs.
Drive non rush hour times..
Keep the windows and the moonroof closed on freeways

I get 33mpg city but i avoid rush hours, and choose city streets with few stoplights.
Being forced to drive in rush hour with a lot of stop and go you have no hope of good mpgs.
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The best to max out MPG is not stopping. If on the freeway leave a LARGE gap.. so you can avoid ever tapping the brakes..
Incease tire PSI some.
Choose routes with NO stopping. Inner city areas with endless stoplights are Hell on MPGs.
Drive non rush hour times..
Keep the windows and the moonroof closed on freeways

I get 33mpg city but i avoid rush hours, and choose city streets with few stoplights.
Being forced to drive in rush hour with a lot of stop and go you have no hope of good mpgs.
i.e. the best mpg gains are probably going to be based on your habits and are usually free. spending money on parts to improve mpg is going to take a while to save that money back in mpg.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:21 AM   #14
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I do know that but I am not interested in doing that. My goal is 45+ on the highway, at highway speeds. (70mph)

What aero improvements and what have you found the metrics to be?
This is pretty close to a pipe dream without going 55-60mph on a flat surface. You're going to do have to do a lot of work (that's up to you) in order to get close to that without ideal conditions at those speeds.

Seems like you want everyone to do the work for you as you've already made your stipulations clear (what you will and will not do) in your first post. If you want to achieve incredible MPG, you're going to need to slow down.
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You need to share some more specifics on your vehicle's current state, your typical commute (roughly), and the budget you're looking at for trying to make your goal. If there is no budget then it totally relies on your driving habits (which you don't want to do) and if your budget is excessive then you probably won't recoup your costs back in fuel gain. And these cars are very touchy when it comes to fuel mileage.

I don't have data due to the fact that I don't track my fuel costs. I need to get places and have to buy fuel, but I'm not interested in inching out every single ounce of fuel in mileage. My fuel savings comes from driving the Focus instead of the Jeep or Armada. But I do understand where you're coming from and can give you some options. Test/log them yourself in steady increments and you'll see whatever gains you can possibly see.

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-Increase tire pressure to 5 psi over door jamb. You can go higher if you want, but the increased pressure will give you a lower rolling resistance. Keep your cold pressure lower than the max pressure listed on the sidewall.
-Driving habits (at your discretion)
-Remove spare tire and replace with flat-kit and portable electric air compressor.
-Remove whatever else you don't need.

<$100
-K&N drop-in (E-2993) and snorkel delete
-Aero hub caps (if you have steel wheels)

>$100
-Aftermarket exhaust
-tune
-Lighter wheels/LRR tires (if you don't have these and you're that interested, you can probably find someone to trade, which would put this in the 'free' list)

Everything is a compromise. If you never travel with passengers and pull your seats out, you won't be taking people to lunch. If you inflate your tires to max but live in an area with crappy roads you're not going to have a comfortable ride. I think you see what I'm saying. But in any direction, that's the route I would go based on the information you've given and without adding any hyper-miling/technique-altering.
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The best to max out MPG is not stopping.
^ This. Or rather, minimize any brake usage as much as possible. Brakes convert valuable kinetic energy into useless heat.
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hey RJ did u by any chance order the $95 SFE package did you? Rear Disc Brakes, LRR tires, Aero Hubcaps and Spoiler? was prob the best $95 I ever spent. What options did your order on your SE?
I wanted to, but Ford would not allow me to. (Ie; wasn't available) Can't rememeber specifically why at this time, but apparently another option/package I wanted did not allow me to also get the SFE package.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:36 AM   #18
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Seems like you want everyone to do the work for you as you've already made your stipulations clear (what you will and will not do) in your first post. If you want to achieve incredible MPG, you're going to need to slow down.
I am not understanding your statement that I want everyone to do the work for me. I am just asking for what others have done and found that works.

So far I have heard: drive slower and don't brake as often. Fair enough and I do try to drive in a sensable fashion. However, I do not have the patience to drive at 55 to get 45mpg. So the intent of this question was to find out if there are any modifications that could help me get MPG up. So far, it sounds like there is not.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:40 AM   #19
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You need to share some more specifics on your vehicle's current state, your typical commute (roughly), and the budget you're looking at for trying to make your goal. If there is no budget then it totally relies on your driving habits (which you don't want to do) and if your budget is excessive then you probably won't recoup your costs back in fuel gain. And these cars are very touchy when it comes to fuel mileage.
Thank you for the suggestions. I drive roughly 75 miles a day, 70 of those at highway speeds. Living in Iowa, typically flat road surfaces. :) and all varietys of weather conditions.

I currently drive a 2005 Ford 500 and average 28MPG. My intent was to purchase a new vechicle that could get 40+. (I realize the stated MPG for the Focus is 37.) In regards to budget, I am not so concerned about that - other than, it would not make sense to spend $500 to get a 1MPG increase. My payback is 5 years. So any modification that can pay for itsself in five years - would be considered.
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Couldn't resist sharing this video on weight reduction (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5lHdZ8gF6E)

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