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Old 03-10-2005, 10:38 PM   #1
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BIG mpg problem

I just started driving my SVT a lot. i do a lot of town driving and such, but calculated out, im only getting 17 mpg. i just got my license and im on my first full tank of gas. im at exactly 1/2 a tank left and only have 82.6 miles on my tripometer. rounded up, thats about 17 mpg. thats horrible. what is wrong. i just filled up on Mobil premium, and put on a predator and livewire ignition system. the car runs great, but it is sucking gas. HELP

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Old 03-10-2005, 11:08 PM   #2
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how are you driving it hehe. Cause that, like you said is terrible, i average get that on my first 1/4 tank if not better, most highway but still shouldnt be that low. One thing ive noticed tho, if i get on it pretty hard just a few times for just alittle bit, mt mpg seems to be alot lower than when i baby it around. Maybe your fuel filter is real clogged?? Def want to look into that.
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:23 AM   #3
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I usually drive my car moderately, running it up to like 4k rpm before shifts (with the occasional flooring hehe), and I usually give it a lot of gas before shifting. Anyway, the long and short of it is that I expect relatively not-so-good gas mileage, but I don't care cuz I live driving this car so much! What I usually get is between 21 and 24 mpg. So unless you're beating your car like no other, something's not right. Maybe engine management? Reflash your car (if you've got a tune) and take it to Ford, if anything.
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:35 AM   #4
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More than likely your driving rather spirited. I noticed my MPG dropped way down right after my tune, but then I realized I was driving like a bat outta hell. Jackrabbit starts from stop lights, blitzkrieg 7k accelerations onto highways, the added power was intoxicating. Ease off the throttle and shift around 3k, youll be in 6th by 45 MPH but your MPG will go back up.
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:45 AM   #5
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I have the same problem with the 5.4L
I don't know about the SVT though. I just drive it really hard and put gas in it, never checked the mileage.
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Mileage for my SVT really sucks for city driving, even when it was bone stock, it's my wife's car and she drives primarily in town and gets maybe 200 mi. to a tank. When I drive it to work, which is about 27 miles away and mostly highway, I get around 300 mi. to a tank. It's kinda funny like that. I'm waiting to see if the SCT tune and coil and Livewires help out with the mpg.
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Maybe your fuel filter is real clogged??


that is such a stupid statement that i see alot here... sorry if i am harsh.. but damn... use your head. if the filter is cloged you will use less fuel.. duh!! not to mention the drivability problems that a clogged filter causes.

ease up on the gas and your milage will improve. It is all in the driving style.
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Old 03-11-2005, 08:20 AM   #8
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I've actually found that I get better gas mileage when I drive "spirited". there's so many hills in my area, and so many stoplights, that babying the car just doesn't work. babying the car has gottem me about 17-18 mpg, whereas spirited driving usually nets around 20. if I go on a long hiway trip, I get around 30
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^^^ I don't know, mine is getting about 19 MPG and it used to get around 24 MPG and my driving hasn't changed, still traveling the same roads with the same driving habits. Even when I baby it, shifting early and being light on the throttle, it is still getting that kind of crappy milage. My supercharged Grand Prix that was cranking out almost 300 HP (it had a few mods) got better milage than this car and I drove it harder than my SVT. I am hoping that when I get my SCT tune installed it will help because I have never seen a 4 banger eat this much damn gas!!
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Old 03-11-2005, 09:34 AM   #10
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Holy crap guys! What is wrong with your cars? On a normal tank, if I drive normally, I get 28mpg, and even since the tune with very spirited driving, I'm getting minimum 25mpg. I am running Royal Purple and Short Ram though...
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