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Old 03-22-2005, 18:01   #1 (permalink)
K. Stocker
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Focus Gas mileage

My 2000 Focus Wagon w/automatic gets 26.5 m.p.g. with mostly highway
driving.. Is that all I can expect to get? Consumer Reports Says it should
get 30.
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Old 03-23-2005, 07:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Focus Gas mileage


"K. Stocker" <stok@tds.net> wrote in message
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> My 2000 Focus Wagon w/automatic gets 26.5 m.p.g. with mostly highway
> driving.. Is that all I can expect to get? Consumer Reports Says it should
> get 30.


I presume these are American gallons. Regardless, this is definitely low. My
2000 wagon with 5-speed (Canadian model) gets in the low 40s Imperial, which
is mid 30s U.S., in the same kind of driving. Automatics get 1-2 mpg less.

I see from your other post that you bought it used. Do you know when it last
had a full tune-up i.e. new plugs and wires, cleaning the intake, new air
and
fuel filter etc. I had this done last year and was very happy with how much
better it ran.

Tire inflation can also be a factor, as well as whether the transmission is
going into
overdrive reliably.



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Old 03-23-2005, 09:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Focus Gas mileage

On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 09:14:22 -0500, "Dave Gower"
<davegow.removethis@magma.ca> wrote:

>"K. Stocker" <stok@tds.net> wrote in message
>news:4240c2f7_1@newspeer2.tds.net...
>> My 2000 Focus Wagon w/automatic gets 26.5 m.p.g. with mostly highway
>> driving.. Is that all I can expect to get? Consumer Reports Says it should
>> get 30.



That's where I'm at with our 00 automatic wagon as well. I figure the
only way it will get better mileage is to slow down. (I'm running
75mph.)

Matt
Focus owner
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Old 03-23-2005, 09:01   #4 (permalink)
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"Matt Mead" <mdmead@DELETETHIScharter.net> wrote in message
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> On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 09:14:22 -0500, "Dave Gower"
> <davegow.removethis@magma.ca> wrote:
>
>>"K. Stocker" <stok@tds.net> wrote in message
>>news:4240c2f7_1@newspeer2.tds.net...
>>> My 2000 Focus Wagon w/automatic gets 26.5 m.p.g. with mostly highway
>>> driving.. Is that all I can expect to get? Consumer Reports Says it
>>> should
>>> get 30.

>
>
> That's where I'm at with our 00 automatic wagon as well. I figure the
> only way it will get better mileage is to slow down. (I'm running
> 75mph.)
>
> Matt
> Focus owner


Cold weather seems to have a drastic effect on my 2001 ZX3. In the summer
around 31-32mpg in the winter about 28-29mpg and I drive about 75 to 80 mph
mostly highway miles.
Mine is a 5 speed stick.


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Old 03-23-2005, 10:02   #5 (permalink)
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"SayWhat?" <whereeverforever.com> wrote in message
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> "Matt Mead" <mdmead@DELETETHIScharter.net> wrote in message
> news:pb4341td67mkr4dj67vgrj5qivh33482pa@4ax.com...
>> On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 09:14:22 -0500, "Dave Gower"
>> <davegow.removethis@magma.ca> wrote:
>>
>>>"K. Stocker" <stok@tds.net> wrote in message
>>>news:4240c2f7_1@newspeer2.tds.net...
>>>> My 2000 Focus Wagon w/automatic gets 26.5 m.p.g. with mostly highway
>>>> driving.. Is that all I can expect to get? Consumer Reports Says it
>>>> should
>>>> get 30.

>>
>>
>> That's where I'm at with our 00 automatic wagon as well. I figure the
>> only way it will get better mileage is to slow down. (I'm running
>> 75mph.)
>>
>> Matt
>> Focus owner

>
> Cold weather seems to have a drastic effect on my 2001 ZX3. In the summer
> around 31-32mpg in the winter about 28-29mpg and I drive about 75 to 80
> mph mostly highway miles.
> Mine is a 5 speed stick.


I averaged about 30mpg (US) when I rented a Focus sedan last year in Canada,
with varied driving (city, country, highway @ 75mpg).

Over here my diesel wagon is averaging 43mpg (US) in all-around use, but
that's a completely different animal!


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Old 03-25-2005, 10:01   #6 (permalink)
Way
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Re: Focus Gas mileage


Just one more average for you. Over 29000 Km my average is 26 MPG
US. That is for a 2004 5 speed wagon and is likely 50% local driving.
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Old 03-25-2005, 16:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Focus Gas mileage

In alt.autos.ford.focus Matt Mead <mdmead@deletethischarter.net>:
> On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 09:14:22 -0500, "Dave Gower"
> <davegow.removethis@magma.ca> wrote:


>>"K. Stocker" <stok@tds.net> wrote in message
>>news:4240c2f7_1@newspeer2.tds.net...
>>> My 2000 Focus Wagon w/automatic gets 26.5 m.p.g. with mostly highway
>>> driving.. Is that all I can expect to get? Consumer Reports Says it should
>>> get 30.


> That's where I'm at with our 00 automatic wagon as well. I figure the
> only way it will get better mileage is to slow down. (I'm running
> 75mph.)


With this quite moderate speed 7.8 l/100km (30 mpg) should be
possible depending on the engine. Automatic always adds up a
little bit fuel consumption. Despite the already mentioned basic
things a quite often overlooked fact is tire air-pressure which
has a big impact on fuel consumption and needs to be checked and
corrected regular. Usually it's safe too add at least 0.2 bar or
more to the manual advertised values. Those are a compromise
mostly aimed at comfort.

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