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View Poll Results: What is your MPG
0-10 10 0.39%
10-20 90 3.50%
20-25 526 20.44%
25-30 991 38.50%
30-35 695 27.00%
35-40 209 8.12%
40+ 53 2.06%
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:05 PM   #451
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:42 PM   #452
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MPG Tips

It would be good if those with the highest MPG (especially 40+) to let us know how they achieved it.

I am at about the 95th percentile, currently averaged 37.29 MPG, having driven 17706 miles on 474.88 gallons of gas since I bought the car used in April 2007. I am hoping to improve this average. Most of my miles are commuting about 17 miles each way to work, suburban/country, somewhat hilly.

Besides the good handling, I chose the Focus because of the power train with good low end torque (down to the 750 RPM idle speed), and the gearing (50 MPH at 2000 RPM in 5th). Because of this low end torque, it is feasible to drive with the low RPMs, which saves gas. I generally up shift below 2000 RPM, often a lot lower.

I added a manifold vacuum gauge to give a readout of the throttle position relative to the engine speed, which I guess is like the engine load reading on the ScanGauge. This is about the 6th car on which I have installed this gauge. (They can be bought for about $20, much less than the $160 for the ScanGauge, but not as loaded with features.) I think the car gets better mileage using a moderate throttle (10"Hg), and it is best not to open the throttle too far (less than 2"Hg).

I put about 40 PSI in the tires to reduce rolling resistance.

I try to coast as much as I can, in neutral, engine running, down hills and to stops, or to avoid stops. (Drat those lights and school buses.)

I drive mostly with the windows closed for less drag and more quiet. I use the air conditioning, but try to switch it off while accelerating or going up hill (except when my wife is in the car). I keep the fresh air off (light on next to AC button) while using AC, so it doesn't pull in the humid air.

Some of these tips apply much better to manual transmissions than to automatic, since you have more control, and can smoothly shift in and out of neutral.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:32 PM   #453
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I've been getting 26mpg for the most part on my SVT. I've only been through 4 or 5 tanks so far but that seams to be where it likes it. I did see one tank as low as 23mpg and one at 25, but the rest have all hit 26. I drive moderately and try to shift early, but the car is just too much fun to wind up! I'm hoping to get another 1 or 2 out of it when I get a tune.
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:38 AM   #454
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It would be good if those with the highest MPG (especially 40+) to let us know how they achieved it.
ok, since i am one of the 13 getting 40+ i will reveal my secret..... absolutely nothing. i drive smoothly about 50 mile commute mostly interstate. i only use a/c when i realy need it and i leave the windows up. i didnt increase my tire pressure until recently but i already was over 40. i have a manual and i coast whenever i can and keep with traffic. i go the speed limit. i also keep junk out of my car so i dont have extra weight. im pushn 200 lbs so im not a feather weight. i think that one think that helps is the 2008 is drive by wire instead of a cable throttle. the only thing that ive done (also after reaching 40+) was to switch to amsoil 0w-20 full synthetic. i gained 1 more mpg and my temp gauge runs cooler. i use BP 87 everytime, i only put 2 tanks of kroger gas at first. and i manualy check my mpgs and the computer is the same as my manual calculation.
so far my highest was 41.4 adn my lowest was 40.1.
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Reports seem to be that the 2008 gets better milage than earlier years.
A longer commute on the interstate at the speed limit probably also helps.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:52 PM   #456
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best was like 29. I average about 25 driving both city and highway.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:52 PM   #457
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I'm on my first tank in a 2009 SES, I'm averaging 29mpg so far with about 65% city miles.
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:47 PM   #458
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The secret to high mileage claims...... Flunked basic math. Only drives down-hill with a tail-wind. Faulty gauge on gas pump at filling station. Wishful thinking......
Maybe... just maybe... you drive differently than those of us getting 40+ MPG? I bought this car because I drive 120 miles a day. I couldn't afford to keep feeding my 5.0L Explorer AWD which was getting around 16.5 MPG.

Now... I'm getting 43.8 MPG. Yes... my math is accurate.

By now it should be obvious that the '08 does get better mileage than the previous years. Those of us who employ some hypermiling techniques and don't have a lead foot do see incredible MPGs.

So... NO, I didn't flunk basic math and it's not wishful thinking. The results ($) are in my pocket.
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Old 08-30-2008, 01:40 PM   #459
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Heh.....I can add to that list. Rarely stops for red lights and never for yellow, steals gas from neighborhood lawn-mowers, and thinks "2s" are "4s" (lost glasses).

The Focus MPG poll today, has the 40+ MPG claims at 1.1%.
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:46 PM   #460
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congrats bdhornback! im following closely behind!
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