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Old 06-12-2007, 13:15   #1 (permalink)
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mad Poor gas mileage on 05 Taurus

Last weekend I rented a 05' Taurus and drove it on I-10 (southern states)
back and forth with A/C on all the time. It used 34.6 gallons gas and run 800 miles. So the MPG=800/34.6=23.12 miles/gallon.

I cannot believe the highway mileage is only 23 for a relatively new Taurus.
It has roughly 13,000 miles on it already, and I guess it is
12 valves SHO engine since there is no 24V sign on the body.
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Re: Poor gas mileage on 05 Taurus

the sho was discontinued in 99. you either have a Vulcan push rod or duratec engine and 23 is a little low but not bad. it depends on actual speed, tire pressure, and if stuff like the air filter and fuel filter has been changed.

go around the car and check tire pressure, and pop the hood change air filter, if it hasnt been a year dont worry but if you dont know change it. if you dont know when the fuel filter has been changed change it too.

also fuel economy drops big time once you reach 55 mph with the biggest notice after 65 mph use your cruse control it will lower gas consumption.

i am going to assume on i 10 you were doing 75-80 if you could. that would do it right there.
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